A bit about us...
stART studio is a family business passionate about delivering affordable and flexible art classes for the whole community in Norfolk. We strongly believe art and the exploration of creative processes helps you to feel better, switch off from the day to day and develop confidence within skills of art and in yourselves. We offer a wide variety of classes from watercolours to oils, life drawing to printing. Keeping our timetable fresh with a variety of accessible classes. We offer friendly workshops from specialised local artists, fun 'Sip and Paint' art nights, a weekend pottery and art cafe for families and classes for total beginners to developing artists, children to adults. Our art classes not only strengthen students' art skills, but they also allow people within the community to start practising art again or to try art for the first time in a relaxed and sociable space.
Our studio is situated in a beautiful Grade II listed building in the heart of Wymondham's town centre. Built in the early 17th century it makes a perfect setting for a tranquil, creative studio. We aim to provide an environment allowing artists to be curious, take risks and express themselves, gaining exposure to a wide variety and diversity of disciplines while having fun and creating art with others. All resources and refreshments are included in the price of our classes. At our family events, parties and art nights you can order to your table Afternoon Teas from the Mad Hatters Tea Shop next door.
A bit about Sarah
stART studio started as a mobile art studio and we still continue to be on the road. We are invited to many lovely events, festivals and private venues providing fun, art classes or craft activities for different groups. We particularly enjoy teaming up with local charities such as FISH, who provide activities for children in the school holidays and Friend Indeed who invite us in to residential homes to provide multi-generational art activities for residents and children.
Having studied fine art at Loughborough University School of Art and Design I moved on through higher education with a real passion for art. Painting and drawing in my free time I continued making art for myself, family and friends. Often pet portraiture commisions or watercolour gift cards, I found a love for gouache and acrylic and constantly strive to develop my own style and experiment with different mediums to continue to develop as an artist.
In 2005 I trained as a primary teacher at Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln before working in primary education for many years, leading schools in the arts and delivering arts awards to children who wished to receive a step towards qualifications. Seeing the teaching of the arts becoming largely overlooked in schools due to the focus shifting to “core” subjects, children are left without a creative outlet, without a way to express themselves or feel a sense of achievment outside of maths and english.
stART studio began as a mobile art studio in April 2018, with determination to getting art valued in the community from a young age, I ran baby groups in different areas of Norfolk, taking my little girl with me to join in the fun. In July 2018 I started our Art Nights and rented rooms in local pubs for adults who wanted to do something different in the evenings, get together with friends or meet new people.
Leaving the teaching profession in 2019 I couldn't wait to make my dream of building a community studio a reality and as soon as I saw 16 Market Place in Wymondham I knew this was the place to stART.