Art School Ilkley was established in September 2016 and now offers a variety of art classes from a specially designed studio space situated in the Manor House Courtyard.

It is run by Sarah and John Gamble. Sarah has had a long career working as an art specialist secondary school teacher and has a personal practice that centres on textile, print and stitch. John completed his MA in Creative Practice from Leeds Arts University and works mainly with drawing and, more recently paint. They both regularly exhibit work and have completed residencies in Bradford, Kinvara and Warsaw.

Art School Ilkley holds regular tutored after school art workshops and evening adult creative courses, in addition there are regular weekend ‘Day of’ courses which explore drawing through stitch, print making and life drawing. There will soon be a new range of full day courses as they look to collaborate with other creative practitioners to deliver workshops. They also provide specially themed creative children’s birthday parties in the studio.

Sarah and John relish working with students of all ages and of differing educational needs and backgrounds, and their personal practice is enhanced and extended by their work within Art School Ilkley. The classes focus on encouraging a free exploration of the creative process in a friendly, encouraging and inclusive space.

Both Sarah and John hold enhanced DBS checks, have pediatric First Aid Training and are members of AXIS Arts and Artists Network.


Weather permitting, classes will be held outdoors and we have the option to work under our new canopies, or the studio which will be well ventilated. We will ask people to keep to social distance rules and wear masks.

We are limiting numbers to keep our students safe.



To book any course or for further information please email:

Weekly Classes

We focus on encouraging a free, playful exploration of the visual arts in a friendly and inclusive space.

Materials, tuition and light refreshments provided.

5 week Courses £85.00 (under 18: £75.00)

Young Peoples Workshops (11 – 18 years)

Monday 4.30-6.30pm
Wednesday 4.30-6.30pm
Thursday 4.30-6.30pm

We provide a place where young people are encouraged to explore and develop skills in drawing, painting, print and collage. We also offer the space, materials and guidance for them to work on their own projects, including GCSE and A level work.

Adult Visual Arts

Wednesday’s 1:00-3:00pm
Wednesday 7:00-9:00pm

A multi media course developing skills across a range of art disciplines. We will guide and encourage you to explore different processes and themes, providing all the materials and guidance. You will be working alongside other people in a relaxed and positive environment.

Tutored Life Drawing

Monday 7:00- 9:00pm
Thursday 10:00 – 12:00pm
Thursday 1:00 – 3:00pm
Thursday 7.15-9.15pm

An opportunity to explore different approaches and mediums, whilst developing a personal response to the figure. We provide the model, materials and a friendly comfortable place to develop your practice. It is suitable for beginners and the more experienced life drawers.