We offer a fabulous range of art classes and workshops delivered from our Herefordshire-based studios. Regardless of whether you are a beginner, or someone with more experience, they will be an ideal choice.

So our art classes are designed to build your confidence and skill levels within a specific area of study and the theme for the art classes will change for each 10-week session. Furthermore, during the art classes, you will be expertly guided through a carefully designed area of study. Therefore, you will be provided with all of the help and guidance that you will require to become more adept in the art form.

However, if you are unable to commit to a regular art class, then you can choose one of our art or photography workshops. In addition, we also run festive crafts workshops to celebrate the Christmas season. Regardless of your choice, the workshops are normally between 2-4 hours and are designed to offer a taster session in the chosen medium.

For further information on either our regular art classes or our workshops, please click on the information buttons to jump to the relevant page section.

Art classes in Hereford

Art Classes

Art workshops in Hereford


Art Classes

Art Classes in Hereford

Backbury Art Classes

Weekly on Thursdays 2-4pm

Our art classes are offered from our idyllic Herefordshire studio. They offer fun and informative sessions which are led by a fully qualified art teacher.

In summary, you can attend our art classes throughout the year in 10-week blocks for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter sessions. Please also note that each class is two hours long.

For your enjoyment, we offer weekly challenges designed to develop your confidence and skill levels in a range of art techniques. You are also encouraged to develop your own ideas and style.

We restrict the art classes to 8 attendees so that you can receive appropriate support tailored just for you.

Furthermore, our weekly art classes offer the opportunity to mix with other like-minded creatives in a supportive environment.


  • 10-week art classes offered with expert tuition for just £135.
  • Includes the use of specialist art materials.
  • We also include refreshments.

Private Art Classes

If you have a friend/friends with interest in attending art classes in Hereford, we can offer you a private class.

Furthermore, you will receive expert guidance on themes of your choice making this truly a bespoke option.

To clarify, private art classes require 2-8 attendees for a minimum of 5 x 2 hour sessions.

The price per person, per 2 hour class is £25 when booked in a five-week block.

However, there is a 15% discount for:

  • block bookings of 6 sessions or more.
  • group bookings consisting of 4-8 attendees in the party.

Please email Sharon at  sbrookes@bhretreats.co.uk to check availability and to book your private art classes.

private art classes


Art and Photography Workshops

Our workshops offer the opportunity to have a taster session in a range of creative artforms. What’s more, they are available in a rolling programme throughout the year.

In short, we offer beginner’s watercolour painting workshop and beginner’s photography workshops.

Workshops generally take place on a Saturday. However, we offer more choice of days and times during special events such as Herefordshire Art Week.

In summary, workshops are typically 2-4 hours in duration and prices start at £28 for a 2-hour workshop which includes tuition, materials and drinks.

Lastly, all of the workshop events are published on our calendar with full details. Please click the button below to view our calendar of events.

photography workshops in Hereford

Christmas craft workshop

Christmas Craft Workshops

To celebrate the festive season in crafty style, we offer two fun and creative workshops.

In summary, you can choose from either:

  • Christmas Textiles Weekend Workshops. This workshop involves creating a decorative Christmas card using fabric and decorative embroidery techniques.
  • Christmas Printmaking Weekend Workshops. This workshop will enable you to hand stamp Christmas designs to create your own gift wrap and Christmas card designs.

Both of the workshops run from 10-1pm on the designated weekend in the approach to Christmas.

In summary, we include full tuition, the use of all specialist materials and festive treats within the workshop price of just £45.

There is also a special gift on offer for the first few customers who book their places.

Please see the event details for further information.

bespoke workshops

Bespoke Workshops

If you, your family or friends would like to attend a tailor-made creative workshop, we can arrange a programme just for you.

What’s more, our bespoke workshops make ideal corporate or private party events.

To explain, the workshops are offered for a maximum of 8 people and require a minimum of 2 people to run.

Our standard package for a tailor-made workshop is £45 pp for a 3 hour workshop including materials and refreshments.

We also offer a 15% discount for group bookings consisting of 4-8 attendees in the party.

To express your interest in a bespoke workshop and receive a quote, please fill out the enquiry form below.

Bespoke Workshop Enquiry Form

Are you interested in attending a weekend course or retreat?

We have a range of weekend courses and retreats available.

To list:

  • an animal painting course
  • a landscape drawing and painting retreat
  • a beginner’s drawing and painting course
  • an introduction to creative mindfulness course
  • a mindful drawing course
  • a nature journalling retreat
  • a creative portrait photography retreat
  • a still life and landscape photography course

Please click on the button to learn more.

Here at Backbury House Retreats, we are a huge fan of Winsor and Newton painting supplies.

Whether you are a novice or experienced practitioner, you will no doubt be impressed with their range.

For your convenience, we have included below a basic list of recommended supplies.

Please note that it is important to shop around to achieve the best possible price on supplies.

Watercolour painting:

  • Winsor & Newton Cold Pressed Watercolour Paper Pad A4/ 300g
  • Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolour tube sets
  • Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour Synthetic Sable Brushes


  • 2B, 4B, 6B sketching pencils
  • a kneadable rubber
  • a 30cm ruler

Gift Vouchers

Would you like to purchase an art course to send as a gift?

In summary, our digital gift cards can either be:

  • firstly, sent direct to the gift recipient by clicking on the send as a gift option at the checkout and entering their email, a personal message and the send date,
  • or leave unchecked and the gift card will be automatically sent to the purchaser.

In addition, if you open an account on My Account page, you can accumulate purchased vouchers in a total balance which can then be redeemed for a future purchase of your choice.

Backbury House Retreats

Backbury House





07584 081970