News from Cheltenham School of Fine Art

With over one hundred active members of the school there is always lots going on outside the formal sessions.

October Draw – get your creativity flowing!

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News posted, 1 October 2020

During Lockdown

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News posted, 23 June 2020

Art School Closed

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News posted, 16 March 2020

Spring 2020 Term Dates

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News posted, 12 December 2019

Term Resumes Tuesday 7th May

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News posted, 26 April 2019


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News posted, 3 March 2019

CFA Season of Summer School

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News posted, 9 July 2018

One Week Half Term - Resume 4th June

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News posted, 24 May 2018

How to book your class

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News posted, 11 April 2018

Not that summers over ...

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Autumn art classes in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in painting, drawing and print.

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News posted, 10 August 2017

Two Week Half Term

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News posted, 25 May 2017

Call to Artists - Cheltenham Literature Festival Exhibition

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News posted, 4 April 2017

Summer Booking Open

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There is an outline of the summer courses now available on the website. We have changed our booking system so all registration and booking is now online, and if you wish to pay by card there are now no card fees.

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News posted, 12 February 2017

CFA Yogashala - Yoga and Meditation Classes

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News posted, 15 January 2017

Exhibition of Art School Work

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A date for your diaries is the Cheltenham School of Art end of term show for current students at the Gardens Gallery in Montpellier Gardens in Cheltenham on 16th - 22nd November 2016. This is a hugely ...

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News posted, 21 June 2016

Summer Schools and Workshops Online

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Booking is now open for our summer schools and weekend workshops. We hope that there is something for everyone from working from British farm animals, to exploring colour and abstraction and some ...

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News posted, 28 April 2016

Spring Term Starts 9th January 2017!

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.... for those who were wondering.... ...

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News posted, 28 April 2016

What’s the best way to fight memory loss? – Art classes of course

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Originallypublished 14 July 2015 in the he BBC Magazine We’d all like to about keep our brains as sharp as possible as we age. But what are the best ways to do this, asks Michael Mosley. A ...

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News posted, 16 July 2015

Studio Refurb Complete

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The middle studio (formerly the Art Life studio) has been knocked through into the main studio to create more space in the main teaching studio.Also the flooring has been replaced to reflect even ...

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News posted, 25 June 2015

Alexandra Woods Joins CFA

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Welcome to Alexandra who some of you will meet this week, and will start two new classes; Saturday Art Club and Monday morning mixed-media classes in June.Alexandra has recently taught in local sc ...

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News posted, 5 May 2015

Spring Exhibition, Gardens Gallery, 11th – 16th March

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Our spring exhibition this year is in the Gardens Gallery in Montpellier Gardens. The exhibition showcases the huge variety of painting and drawing that is produced by the students, tutors and ...

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News posted, 27 February 2015

Spring Term starts tomorrow!

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Happy New Year!Just a gentle reminder that term starts tomorrow, Monday 5th January. Be great to be back in the studio and looking forward to seeing you soon.If you haven’t signed up for a class yet ...

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News posted, 4 January 2015

Christmas Art Fair

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Why not come along and look at our extensive selection of art & craft gifts including paintings, etchings & prints, ceramics, jewellery, garlands, decorations and cards. The Christmas Art ...

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News posted, 24 November 2014

Happy Handmade Christmas

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At the end of term we are running a series of craft workshops: – Linocut Gift Cards with Viv Ayres, 8th December, £30– Paper Garlands with Jaynie Tricker, 9th December, £25– Willow Decorations with Su ...

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News posted, 30 October 2014

Landscape Summer School at Large

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Reportedly chillier than it looked on day 1! ...

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News posted, 16 July 2014

CFA Summer Exhibition

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12th & 13th JulyFollowing on from the very successful exhibition last autumn at The Gardens Gallery, this was the first exhibition and sale of work since the move to Normandy House on Cheltenh ...

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News posted, 14 July 2014

Summer Evening Classes

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We are running a Monday evening painting & drawing class suitable for all levels from 6 – 8:30pm and an untaught Life Class from 7 – 9pm on Wednesday evenings.Full details are on our Courses p ...

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News posted, 1 July 2014

Art Life – Easels for Rent

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Our middle studio at Normandy House is now set up for people who want to come along and work for a day, for a week or a month in a workspace set up with easel and side table. It is proving popula ...

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News posted, 2 December 2013

December Sale of Work and Workshops

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There are now two workshops planned for December.Christmas Willow 10am – 1pm, 11th DecemberWe have invited Susan Early back to run a Christmas Willow workshop making wreaths, christmas tree decorati ...

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News posted, 22 November 2013

CFA moving to a new home

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After over 15 years at Abbeyholm Stables in Lansdown we are moving to a new studio in Normandy House, High Street, Cheltenham.Originally the School of Painting and Drawing, and more recently as Chel ...

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News posted, 10 October 2013

Term starts week commencing 16th September 2013

What a wonderful summer!Classes resume week commencing 16th September and there are a few last spaces still available for daytime and evenings. ...

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News posted, 3 September 2013

Summer’s Over!

Today was the last Summer School of 2013.There are some great photos of the work produced on flickr . Just Children’s Art Clubs next week then classes ...

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News posted, 15 August 2013

Landscape Summer School 2013

To kick off this years summer school’s we took advantage of the weather and held the first day out “in nature” in the lovely surroundings of Middle Duntisbourne near Cheltenham.The day was spent d ...

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News posted, 10 August 2013

Exhibition of Paintings

An exhibition of Paintings By Lella DeyShowing at – 6 Suffolk Parade13th 14th 20th & 21st of April 9.00 am – 5.00 pmMost works will be offered for Tel (07770) 742334 ...

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News posted, 9 April 2013

Free Talk – Selling Your Art Without Selling Your Soul

We are hosting the following free workshop and would like to invite you to a free talk by Tom Brereton Downs7pm-9pm, Wednesday, 27th February 2013 Cheltenham School of Fine ArtPlaces are limited so p ...

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News posted, 16 February 2013

Snow – School will be open on Sunday 20th Jan

Single pose Sunday will run on Sunday 20th Jan.There are still some spaces so if you need to get out of the house come and join us for a day of life drawing and painting. ...

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News posted, 18 January 2013

Paddy Cornaby

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Paddy was a great character, always with a smile and some prank going on.This lovely drawing by Alex Small captures a typical scene at a Life Class, showing Paddy as we will remember him at his easel. ...

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News posted, 18 December 2012

Mulled Wine, Friday 14th 6-8pm, Saturday 15th 10-4pm

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To celebrate another great year at Cheltenham School of Fine Art, we invite you to join us for a glass of mulled wine at our end of term sale of workIn the main studio at Chelt Fine Art – for dire ...

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News posted, 3 December 2012

Gift Voucher for Christmas?

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Why not give the gift of an art class to someone special this Christmas.We have gift vouchers available for purchase online at in either £50 or £100 denomi ...

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News posted, 20 November 2012

Whimsical Paper Workshops

Learn how to turn beautiful but unwanted old paper, such as old maps, music manuscripts and tattered books into exquisite paper- sculpture hangings with a little skill and imagination. Local artist Ja ...

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News posted, 8 October 2012

Summer Exhibition 7-8th July

What better way to round off the summer term than to throw open our doors and invite students, friends and family to came and see the fantastic work that has been produced this term. Work by loca ...

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News posted, 29 June 2012

Single Pose Sunday’s

Coming soon is a series of what we are calling “Single Pose Sunday’s”, an in depth opportunity to study a single pose inspired by the Atelier tradition, in all day facilitated workshops. Watch thi ...

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News posted, 29 June 2012

Dates of Summer Schools

During July and August we recognise that many of our students have periods away from Cheltenham and don’t want to commit to a weekly class. So this summer we have a programme of 3 day summer scho ...

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News posted, 30 April 2012

Spring Comes to CFA

We had a new model come into the school today. The two week old lamb called Aitch is being hand reared by one of our students and she needs her bottle – so she came into class. With the sun pou ...

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News posted, 28 March 2012

New Friday afternoon drop in session 1-4pm

What better way to start the weekend than to get some extra studio time. New this term on Friday from 1-4 pm we are opening the studio for an untutored afternoon to those who are on one of our oth ...

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News posted, 26 January 2012

End of Autumn Term 2011

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Thanks for your feedback on the term. We are trying all the time to build up the school, and your feedback on what works well and where we could improve are essential to our future development. Be ...

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News posted, 21 December 2011

Chelt Fine Art at The Cheltenham Literature Festival, Sky Arts Tent

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We are excited to be heading to the Cheltenham Literature Festival 2011, one of the world’s most prestigious and longest-running literary events attracting more than 120,000 people each year. The ...

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News posted, 12 July 2011