Art Classes & Courses

Art Classes & courses at Wildwood Art Gallery in the Old Sunday School on Dartmoor

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Welcome to our Old Sunday School Art Lessons at Wildwood Art Gallery. We run 2hr lessons Wednesday mornings and afternoons, plus a monthly all day lesson on nature diaries, our specialist workshops include a variety of different mediums and subjects for all abilities.

A Very Warm Welcome

If you are looking for friendlybespoke, professional teaching with small group sizes, or even one-to-one, in a lovely art environment then you are at the right place!

Cheri Hunston is a fully qualified and experienced teacher. She has been teaching all age groups for  over twenty years. Consequently, she has a deep understanding of student needs and how to help individuals develop on their learning journey.

Cheri has been a professional artist for 12 years and has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour  and the Society for Graphic Fine Art.  Her work is in private collections across the world.

Cheri, also established Wildwood Art Gallery in 2017 from where she has supported West Country artists in their careers and gained a wide understanding of the art market and knowledge of art history. She is also a member of The Association of Women Art Dealers.

Why learning with us is so different

  • Our classes are small. We have a maximum of 5 students. One-to-one teaching in a small group so it is bespoke to you.
  •  Our classes & workshops are run by a a fully qualified and experienced teacher, a professional artist, who is also a gallery owner.
  •  Our classes  & workshops are art focused with some socializing thrown in not the other way around.
  • Most classes & workshops are about copying the teacher’s style.  Ours are about developing your OWN style.
  • The teaching area is within the Gallery which has ample natural light. You will be surrounded by beautiful art works to inspire you; they’re useful teaching aids too.
  • We have our own What’s App group to share what we have done, support one another and to share useful tips and videos.
  • We are on Dartmoor with beautiful scenery and lots of inspiration.

Weekly & Monthly Classes & Workshops

Weekly Art Classes

Bespoke  one-to-one art tuition within a small group

All mediums | All subjects | All abilities

 Every Weds | 2 hrs| Start date: 7th Feb 24

11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

Max 5 students |From £40

coming soon...Monthly Nature Diaries

For budding artists & writers who love nature

Art | Nature | Creative writing

Last Thursday each month |10.30am-4.30pm

Start date: 28th March

Max 5 students|From £135

Speciality 2 & 3 Day Courses

Nature Diaries coming soon...

Introduction to Nature Diaries

Max 5 students

Dates: 21,22,23 March 24 tbc

From £375

Creative Writing tbc

For budding writers

Max 5 students

 Dates: May 24

From £250

Private lessons

All abilities

Max 1-2 students

Dates: On request

From £60 per hour

Drawing & Painting Wildlife tbc

From Feathers to Fur

Max 5 students

Dates: July 24

From £375

Creative Writing :Children's books

 Picture books 

Max 5 students 

Dates: September 24

From £375

Gouache & Watercolour tbc

Water-based Mediums

Max 5 students

Dates: 18,19,20 April 24

From £375

Botanical Art tbc

Fauna in watercolour, oils

Max 5 students

Dates: June 24,25,26

From £250

Painting from the Imagination tbc

Turning  your ideas into art

Max 5 students 

Dates: August 24

From £375

Illustration Children's Books tbc

For budding illustrators

Max 5 students

October 24

From £375

Professional Development Especially For Artists

Art Critiques

For Semi-professional/professional artists

How to improve your work

Max 1-2 students

Dates: On request

From £50 per hour

Art Advisory

For semi-professional/professional artiists


Max 1-2 students

Dates: On request

From £50 per hour


How many people will be on the course?

Up to five people.

What do I need to bring?


You may like to bring your own packed lunch.

What do I do for lunch?

You may like to bring your own packed lunch which you can eat in the gallery, or there is a local park by the river at the end of the road.

There is a convienence store and a bakery in the village where refreshments or lunch can be purchased.

Alternatively, there are two lovely country pubs in the village, with gardens, should the weather permit and both are within walking distance of the gallery- but we would suggest you book in advance. 

The Leaping Salmon

The London Inn

Is it okay to be a total beginner?

Most of the workshops and classes are suitable for ALL abilities.

Where courses are aimed for the more experienced this will be highlighted.

If you have any concerns and need reassurance just get in touch and Cheri will advise you.


How do I book?

You can book here on line at the top of the page or call us on 01822 258529 or 07718386580

We take card payments over the phone  or by BACs. We accept most cards apart from American Express. 

You could also send a cheque made payable to Cheri Hunston.

Can I reserve a place?

We will hold a provisional reservation for 24 hours if you give us a call  or e-mail us. Otherwise please book online or by telephone..

You can reserve a place with a £100 deposit; the balance is due 12 weeks before course start date.

Where do I park?

Early birds can park directly in front of the gallery where there are up to three spaces on the road. Other parking is wherever you find it on the road. 

If you are staying or eating at either of the two village pubs- just let them know and you can use their car parks.


How do I find you?

The nearest train station is Plymouth, which is 14 miles away.  Wildwood is a 5 minute walk from the bus routes from Plymouth and Tavistock.

The bus stop is by Manor Garage  at Horrabridge on the A386.

The buses are the no 1, 55, 56, X1 and are generally every 15 minutes.

Taxis are available from Tavistock town centre by the church and from Plymouth city centre or the Train station . 

The nearest airport is Exeter Airport. 

You can view maps HERE

View more about our location HERE


Where can I stay?

The Leaping Salmon have lovely rooms available with parking and is a short walk to the gallery

Copper Moor Holiday Cottage is a short stroll away

The Overcombe Hotel is a ten minute walk away

There are a number of Air B&Bs 

What's the surrounding area like?

Beautiful! We are in a National Park.

From the wild Tors and Dartmoor ponies, to river walks, nature reserves, world heritage sites and local markets. There's lots to see and do here.

You can see more about our location HERE

What are the Terms and Conditions ?

Terms and Conditions can be found here