Art Academy East was founded by Norfolk based fine artist and teacher Claire Frances Smith. Working in partnership with ‘The College of West Anglia’, the Academy has grown in size and popularity. Courses are delivered in a bright studio space in the centre of Dereham. The Academy offers a dedicated space for creative learning with facilities for painting, drawing and printing. It accommodates the local and broader community providing a variety of art courses from leisure classes to UAL accredited Diplomas.

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Our Approach

Art Academy East has a strong traditional focus. Skills such as colour mixing and the use of a reduced colour palette, the importance and effective use of tonal values, design and composition, brushwork and paint handling are taught as fundamental building blocks. Experienced painters and makers will find these neglected areas invaluable as they incorporate them into their practice. AAE delivers step by step carefully designed programs of study that can lead to technical excellence. Fine art evolves continually and finding ways to use the traditional skills of the old masters in conjunction with experimental new ideas makes for exciting discoveries. Art Academy East offers intensive tuition designed to meet individual learner's needs and goals.