Art Classes with Rachel Connolly BA(Hons)


The Art Room, Belton Garden Centre

Since September 2013 I have been running my art classes from a permanent dedicated art room at Belton Garden Centre called The Art Room.

My classes now offer greater flexibility to students, as reference materials, art books and magazines, folders containing previous work and other items are permanently housed in the building.  I have permission to draw and paint out and about in the garden centre and to 'borrow' items to use as reference during the classes, to be returned at the end of the day.  I  can also exhibit my art work and those of the students attending the classes.  Exhibitions of students' work are held at the end of each academic year, towards the end of the summer term.

This year's Art Room four-day exhibition, held during 22-25 July, was a huge success, showcasing work by myself, my son Daniel and students attending classes at The Art Room.  With over 500 people visiting, the comments were very complimentary at the standard of work on show.

Classes recommence on Monday, 4 September 2017 for seven weeks at a cost of £77 per student.  After the success of Rachel and Daniel's exhibition all Rachel's classes are now full.

Mondays          1.30pm - 3.30pm,     Drawing and Painting.  FULL
Tuesdays        10.00am - 12.00pm,   Drawing and Painting.  FULL
Tuesdays         1.00pm - 3.00pm,     Drawing and Painting.  FULL
Wednesdays    9.30am - 11.30am,    Drawing and Painting.  FULL 
Wednesdays    1.00pm - 3.00pm,     Drawing and Painting.  FULL.

For further details call RACHEL CONNOLLY (who lives in Marston) on 01400 250711.

Rachel Connolly  BA(Hons)

Rachel was born in Newark in Nottinghamshire in 1965.  After completing her ‘A` levels, which included Art, she attended a one-year foundation course in Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University, and it was here that she became interested in Graphic Design and Illustration.  She then went on to study for a three-year degree in Graphic Design at Leeds Metropolitan University, where she chose illustration as her main option.  In 1988 she was awarded a BA (Honours) Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration.

After graduating Rachel remained in the Yorkshire area and started work as a free-lance illustrator working with an agent producing samples of greeting cards and writing paper for the commercial market.

She also continued to hold exhibitions of her private work, exhibiting in a number of one-woman shows and also in conjunction with other artists. Venues at which she has exhibited include: Cartwright Hall in Bradford, West Yorkshire; Patchings Farm Art Centre, Calverton, Nottinghamshire; Walkley Clogs, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire; The Kings Hall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire; Newark Library, Newark, Nottinghamshire; and Marston Village Hall, Lincolnshire.  After exhibiting for the first time at the Kings Hall, Ilkley, Rachel was elected a member of the British Society of Painters and awarded the prize for the most promising new artist exhibiting at the show. In October 2005 she was accepted for a one-woman exhibition of her original paintings based on her love of illuminated manuscripts, in the Chapter House of Southwell Minster, Southwell, Nottinghamshire.  In 2009 and 2010, Rachel also exhibited her paintings, prints and cards as a professional artist at the Guildhall Arts Centre during the Grantham Art Festival.

In 1995 Rachel successfully completed a one-year teaching certificate at Huddersfield Technical College to enable her to teach all aspects of art in Further and Adult Education.  She initially worked at Dewsbury College teaching evening classes, before relocating to the Grantham area in 1997.  She started teaching a wide variety of art classes at Bottesford Community Centre, based at Belvoir High School, Nottinghamshire in 1999, where she continued to work for seven years, leaving in 2006 to become a self-employed art tutor.

Rachel was a runner-up in the Lincolnshire Church Trust competition with her painting of Hougham church.   She was also a runner-up in the Michael Sanders Bursary run by the Society for All Artists (SAA) in which students nominated their tutor in recognition of the inspiration they provided:  "In recognition of a tutor who went the extra mile and encouraged them to be the best they can be".

Rachel repainted the Thorold Arms sign that can be seen hanging outside the pub in Marston.

Rachel's influences include Flemish manuscript illumination during the Renaissance period, the work of the Persian manuscripts of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the work of William Morris and the Arts and Craft movement, and Victorian and modern day botanical illustration, as well as many more recent and present day artists too numerous to mention.

Rachel lives in Marston with her husband, two children and three cats.  Examples of her work often appear on the front cover of the Hougham and Marston village magazine, 'Together', and she illustrates the Alan Mason short stories in the 'Village Link' magazine.

Art class, dec 13

hotograph of artwork at rachel connolly's art classes