The need for a creative centre in Mid-Norfolk led to the opening of Art Academy East. The purpose was to engage students and break down the barriers of learning within the arts and to structure achievable, skills based courses with a strong foundation in technical ability.

Art Academy East was founded by Norfolk based fine artist and teacher Claire Frances Smith. Now working alongside ‘The College of West Anglia’, the Academy has grown in size and popularity. Courses are delivered in a bright studio space on ground floor level. The Academy offers a dedicated space for creative learning  with facilities for painting, drawing and printing. It houses facilities to teach the local and broader community a variety of art courses from leisure classes to BTEC accredited Diplomas.



Claire Frances-Smith

Fine Art Course Leader

Claire Frances-Smith is a practising fine artist and founder of Art Academy East. Claire delivers a carefully designed step by step program that starts with the core basics of paint handling then colour mixing, good drawing skills, working with tones, creating mood and atmosphere working towards eventually exhibiting work. Claire has experience in teaching complete beginners and taking them through to becoming professional, exhibiting independent artists. She is a knowledgeable and patient tutor with a wealth of experience of the commercial art world, publishing and art sales. Students are supported in their learning with demonstrations, achievable projects and opportunities to take part in exhibitions, events and shows.

See Claire’s work at www.clairefrancessmithfineart.co.uk