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Patrick Oates – (Fine Art, Drawing, Life Drawing & Painting)

  • Painting & Drawing Programme Overview - Patrick OatesAcademically-trained Figurative Fine Artist & Sculptor from Manchester
  • Retired as Head of Oldham School of Art & Design
  • Retired Historian and Archaeologist
  • Dedicated to the study of both early 20th century British Art and the Legacies of Ethnic & Ancient Civilisations

Patrick, our most experienced art Tutor, is now leading our special structured programmes for DRAWING & PAINTING – which we are offering in both of these areas:


at 3-levels (each attendable individually)


The aim is to provide, for those who desire it, a structured programme for the serious development of artistic skills. Under Patrick’s guidance, in small groups, students can expect to develop both their practice and understanding of theory to a high level. This is the quality of art tuition we honestly feel should be a part of every single serious artist’s experience. Think of it as the equivalent you used to get in structured adult education programmes, which now have all but disappeared.

If you are serious about properly developing your art skills, then this is a unique opportunity to do so, under the tutelage of a hugely-experienced expert, working at your own pace, free of any pressure of exams or over-formulaic course requirements. This kind of course, where technique is taught comprehensively and in depth, is very rare these days and provides a good formal choice as a traditional complement to our other art courses, which are deliberately less formal.

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“The course was great fun and I’ve gained lots of new ideas to think about! Too short!”
“Patrick is extremely knowledgeable and has the gift of imparting this in an easy and interesting manner.”
“Very good tutor. Excellently structured course.””The best course I have ever attended at Higham Hall. Excellent tutor – he was interesting to listen to, kept us working hard. I learned a lot and developed a great deal.””Patrick provided exceptionally good art education.”

“This was a very good course conducted in excellent surroundings. The atmosphere for group was relaxed and supportive and the teaching enlightening. It was everything I had hoped for. I have learnt such a lot.”

“Fab course – wonderful tutor – surpassed my best expectations.”

“Great course, stimulating and relaxing in equal measure.”

“Patrick Oates is one of the best tutors I have encountered. He is very friendly and most helpful.”

“A perfect course by an articulate and insightful tutor. I enjoyed every minute.”

“Informative, enjoyable, both group & individual instruction excellent.”


Upcoming Courses

August 2018


August 26th at 18:30 to August 31st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

This 3rd part*, we take image-gathering trips and consolidate previous approaches with deeper understanding of layering Pastel and Ink to create a wholly expressive experience in our work. Gain real richness and texture by enjoying the physicality and depth of surface as we build up successive colour blocks and drawn line. Dr. Patrick Oates (Cheshire www.highamhall.com/patrick-oates) Residential: £499 Non-residential: £344 *3rd of our 3 Masterclass PEN, INK & PASTEL programme, designed to guide artists swiftly from basic to advanced techniques.…

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