Chelsea Fine Arts: It’s all in the Method

Chelsea Fine Arts: It’s all in the Method

Artist Stephanie Villalba and her team of tutors are providing all ages with the chance to learn classical artistic skills and be creative in an inspiring studio space

I’d say that the omens are promising for Chelsea Fine Arts. Recently opened in Ravenscourt Park, this exciting venture, which is the brainchild of artist Stephanie Villalba, provides fine arts classes for children and adults (and much more besides).

My snap judgement is based purely on how hard Stephanie and I found it to grab a few moments peace and quiet for a chat. Even though it was ‘out of hours’, a stream of aspiring artists kept appearing at the light teaching studio-cum-exhibition space-cumart shop to enquire about classes.

Stephanie is convinced that everyone – whether naturally gifted or a complete beginner – can learn to draw and paint if they follow a proven teaching method and receive personal attention. ‘The students at our Chelsea studio have produced amazing results,’ she says. ‘We’ll be using the same approach here, so it’s lovely that we’re already attracting interest.’

The Chelsea Fine Arts method is founded on the belief that latent artistic talent can only be discovered once the basics have been  learned. ‘We’re not teaching talent; that cannot be taught. We’re teaching classical skills; without mastering them, the ability to create will always be limited,’ explains Stephanie.

‘Look at early works by Picasso and Pollock and you see how technically adept they were. Fundamentally, our method is based on showing students how to observe and then critically analyse what they see. Focusing on tone and line, we prompt them to break down the way they view objects; from these building blocks, they can develop an original vision.’

Term-time, half-term and holiday classes for 8-18 year olds are mixed, with each child taught on an individualised basis and a ratio of four students to a tutor. All materials are provided (including art and photography reference books and framing service) and the tutors, who are artists themselves, have been trained to follow the method. The still-life set-ups are composed to concentrate on a specific skill, such as perspective, composition or using complementary colours.

‘We teach in every media, because each is relevant to a particular technique,’ adds Stephanie. ‘For example, charcoal is excellent for encouraging students to see big shapes and bold tones while ink and pencil helps identify textures and line work.’

When she started Chelsea Fine Arts, Stephanie only intended to teach children. That soon changed when parents saw how much fun was being had and how much progress made. ‘At Chelsea, I kept being asked for an adult programme, so that’s how that began. Here at Ravenscourt Park we hold two adult drop-in classes (Wednesday evenings and Thursday mornings) for novices and those who want to refresh long-forgotten skills.’

Stephanie is delighted with the new space. ‘We’re so lucky to have north-facing light here and, because it’s a street-front location, we’ll be holding quarterly exhibitions.’ She is also keen to stress that absolutely no experience is needed to make the most of the classes. ‘Yesterday two young children came for the first time; they were nervous, but they loved it. Those students are so satisfying to teach. Often the ones that progress fastest are those who arrive knowing nothing.’

Chelsea Fine Arts – Ravenscourt Park
271-281 King Street,
London W6 9LZ
+447899908917
+447841630948
info@chelseafinearts.co.uk
http://www.chelseafinearts.co.uk

Chelsea Fine Arts

Chelsea Fine Arts

Chelsea Fine Arts

Chelsea Fine Arts – Ravenscourt Park
271-281 King Street,
London W6 9LZ
+447899908917
+447841630948
info@chelseafinearts.co.uk
http://www.chelseafinearts.co.uk

Chelsea Fine Arts – Chelsea
10 Chelsea Wharf,
15 Lots Road,
Chelsea, London SW10 0QJ
+442073510140
+447899908917
+447841630948
info@chelseafinearts.co.uk
http://www.chelseafinearts.co.uk

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