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Workshop FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

What precautions are you taking against coronavirus?

We have individual workstations for each artist and limited class sizes to ensure safe and socially distanced working for everyone who attends one of our workshops. We have plenty of space in the studio so work stations will be generously spread out. Hand sanitiser is located both inside and outside the entrance and at strategic points around the building. There are multiple hand washing facilities. Masks are now mandatary in Wales when in enclosed spaces and as we’d like everyone to feel safe, please bring one to wear in the studio. Visors, gloves and aprons are available for every student.

How big are the classes?

Group sizes are usually six to eight people, and no more than twelve*. This ensures everyone has enough work space and that there is plenty of time for individual attention.

* Currently group sizes are smaller due to coronavirus restrictions.

Who else will be on my course?

Painting tuition attracts people from all walks of life, from all over the world, with a common desire to be creative. We foster an atmosphere of kindness, respect, fun and friendship and we hope you will experience all of these elements whilst you are with us.

What skill level is required for our courses?

Most of our courses are designed for both the enthusiastic amateur and those with some experience. Whether you have had formal training or not, a willingness to learn and have fun is far more important than having specific skills. Some courses are more suitable than others if you are a complete beginner.

I’m a complete beginner. Will I find it difficult working alongside more experienced artists?

The Studio is a very friendly and welcoming place for all levels of experience and you will all learn much more by working alongside each other. All our courses (unless otherwise stated) are suitable for all abilities. If a course is designed for more advanced students, we say this clearly on the website.

Do the courses interlink?

Many of the courses are modular in that they follow a certain theme, which means you can return and learn something different each time. Some are more suited to different levels of experience so please refer to the information for each course and if you are unsure please contact us before booking.

I’m a practising artist, are the courses suitable for me?
Yes Definitely!… All good artists work through practice and by constantly expanding their knowledge, learning new skills, and exchanging ideas. Being in a new environment can also stimulate fresh thinking. Courses provide focused time to explore new approaches and meet other artists. We often learn more by working alongside others than we do in isolation because we can bounce ideas around and inspire one another. For these reasons there is an emphasis on experimentation, discussion and evaluation throughout each day. Some courses are more suited to advanced students than others, so please refer to the individual course description.
Do you supply all materials or should I bring my own?

We provide all the basic materials you are likely to need and these are included in the price of the course. Please feel free to bring any unusual or special materials you might want to use or try out. All equipment, e.g. easels, aprons, brushes and knives are provided although some people do like to bring their own brushes as they are used to working with them. If you have your own personal sketchbook feel free to bring it to work in, otherwise clipboards and paper will be provided. Please be sure to read the separate course requirements, sent in the booking confirmation email, as they may vary.

Will we be working outdoors or in the studio?

As we are located in the heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, we try to take advantage of it! Many of our sessions therefore involve making some sketches/studies on location and then more time developing paintings in the studio. How much time we spend outdoors depends largely on the weather, but also on the type and duration of the course. Please bring suitable clothing and footwear. (See below)

What else do I need to bring with me?

We will send you a list beforehand but here are the basics:

Bring a pair of flat shoes suitable for walking in, especially as we may walk on the coast path or over rocks at the beach. A peaked hat or sun glasses and sunscreen are advisable if the weather is nice but a waterproof jacket is usually good to have handy! Also bring a warm hat, gloves etc in case it is cold. The wind here can be quite chilly even in summer. The Studio is usually on the cool side too so please wear warm comfortable layers that you can add or subtract and that you don’t mind getting paint on!

It’s a good idea to bring a backpack, or bag suitable for carrying materials in, if we’re out on location. Make sure it’s at least big enough to carry basic materials and A4 sized sketches. It would be useful to have your own digital camera or smartphone.

What do I do for lunch?

All course days break for lunch (usually 45 mins) and we provide a light lunch of soup/sandwiches or similar, which is included in the price. If you have special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we’ll do our best to cater
for you (or you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch into the studio if you prefer).

What times do courses run?

Most of our courses start at 10.30am and end at 4.30pm but may vary. Please check the details for each course which will be sent with your booking confirmation. Plan to arrive 10-15mins before the start time to allow for coffee and conversation! Sometimes you may be able to continue working in the studio at the end of the day, but this is optional and dependant on staff being in the building.

How do I get my work home?

We have special tips/techniques for packing paintings to transport home, which we will assist you with. Please bring something to protect your car upholstery with, such as dust sheets, old blankets, plastic sheeting etc. For international students or those travelling by public transport we can assist you to arrange for a courier to transport your work. Please note, this will be at your cost. If you have a portfolio you can bring it to carry your work in, especially if you intend to travel by train/bus. A carrying tube is also good for rolled work on paper.

Can I visit the studio before I attend the course?

Yes! You are very welcome to come and see the studio, but please call us beforehand on 07874 219942 to arrange a time/day to visit.

Where is SJB Fine Art Studio?

For directions and a location map, please visit SJB Fine Art Studio on Google Maps.

Our address is:

SJB Fine Art Studio
1 St. Davids House
Brawdy Business Park
Haverfordwest SA62 6NP

Is there parking on site?
There is a large free parking area on site, just below the studio, only 20m from the door.

The area is generally very safe but please be advised that vehicles are left at the owners risk.

Can I get help with choosing a course?

We are always happy to discuss the courses in more detail as well as your individual learning needs. Please call us on 07874 219942 for a chat and we can help you choose the course that would suit you best.

What about accommodation?

A selection of websites where you can source accommodation and places to eat in the evening is listed below. The search area is St David’s, Solva, Newgale, Haverfordwest to ensure you are not accommodated too far away from the studio. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Websites:

How do I reserve a place?

We will hold a provisional reservation for 24 hours if you give us a call whilst you find accommodation. Otherwise please book online or by telephone on 07874 219942.

Booking a course

How do I reserve a place?

We will hold a provisional reservation for 24 hours if you give us a call whilst you find accommodation. Otherwise please book online or by telephone on 07874 219942.

Can I pay for a course in instalments?

We usually require an initial deposit of 50% and the remainder due at least 2 weeks before the course starts. That being said, if you need to make a different arrangement in order to attend then please do call us to discuss it.

I do not have a credit/debit card, can I still book? Can I pay by cheque?

We no longer accept cheques but payment by BACS can be made directly to our bank account. Please contact us about this. You can also use PayPal or ApplePay via the website.

Can I use an SJB Fine Art Gift Voucher against workshops?

Yes absolutely! Just enter the voucher code at checkout on the website. If you have any difficulty using your code please email us on admin@sjbfineart.com or give us a call.

How long are the gift vouchers valid for?

All gift vouchers are valid for 2 years from the date of purchase. If you are using the free £10 voucher available to all email subscribers, there is currently no time limit.

What happens if I am unable to attend a course?

Please see our Terms & Conditions.

What happens if my course is cancelled?

We will never cancel a course unless it is absolutely necessary, in which case we would refund you the full course fee. However we cannot refund you for lost travel or accommodation costs, so we strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance. Please see our Terms & Conditions which refer to our cancellation and refunds policy in
more detail.

Where can I find full terms and conditions?

Please see Terms & Conditions in the Classes & Workshops section of the website.

I have a learning difficulty/disability; do I need to tell you about this?

Any student who has additional support needs should contact us before booking.

I am physically disabled. Is the studio accessible?

The entrance from the car park is via a concrete ramp with a small lip on the door sill for which we can provide a threshold ramp. There is also a side access with ramp. Both doors are bifold type so are suitable for those using walking aids and are wide enough for wheelchair access. However please note we do not have a disabled toilet and the pre-existing toilet facility is quite narrow. Whilst we may be able to arrange certain aids to assist, we can not guarantee that you will be able to access the toilet. Please call us on 07874 219942 before you book your course to discuss your specific needs, and ensure that they can be met.

I have a disability and require my carer/support worker to join me on the course. Do I need to pay for him/her to attend?

There is no additional charge for carers/support workers assisting you on a course; however we do need to be advised at the time of booking that they will be coming. Please note that their attendance is free based on the understanding that they will not be directly participating in any of the activities of the course other than in an assistance capacity. They should bring their own lunch or pay a small fee to eat the same lunch we provide to students. Complimentary tea and coffee will be available to them throughout.

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