Art courses for all

The Phoenix Studio runs a range of art courses in many mediums for all ages and abilities. 

Clay Life Sculpture Weekend with Karin Ort 12th & 13th March

Clay Life Modelling Class at the Phoenix Studio, Towersey near Oxfordshire taught by Karin Ort

Karin Ort teaches life sculpture classes at the Phoenix Studio art school, Towersey, Nr Thame, Oxon.

Make a clay sculpture based on the human form.

Karin will guide you through the process of clay modelling; explaining how to handle & control the clay, get your proportions right and finish the piece in preparation for firing.

Perfect for the complete novice and experienced artists alike, you can work in a realistic or abstract manner and interpret what you see in your own particular way.

Once finished the piece will be dried out and fired in one of our kilns.

Karin has an exceptional eye for detail and is able to guide and encourage students through to reaching their creative potential. FIND OUT MORE

Wire & Mixed Media with James Ort, 14th & 15th May 2016

Students & their creations on a Wire and Mixed Media weekend at the Phoenix Studio, Towersey near Oxfordshire taught by James Ort

Students & their creations on a Wire and Mixed Media weekend at the Phoenix Studio, Towersey near Oxfordshire taught by James Ort

Come and get wired one weekend!

Learn how to use wire and other materials to make the sculpture of your choice – the only limit is your imagination.  This course is perfect for releasing the creativity that we all have inside ourselves, regardless of your ability or experience.  And the best part is that wire is so accessible you can carry on doing it at home with minimal expense. FIND OUT MORE


At the Phoenix Studio you’ll find a great range of art and craft courses to help you learn a new skill, develop your ideas and be creative! There’s a place here for every artist – absolute beginner or seasoned practitioner, adults and children, and we especially like people who think they have no talent but long to have a go. Classes take place in our light and airy purpose-built studio, which overlooks the wildflower meadow.

We offer all kinds of art making and shaping classes and workshops like oil painting, portrait painting, ceramic life modelling, drawing and printmaking. When you visit you may find a mosaic being pieced together, a wishing stone in the raku kiln, or ceramic animals evolving. Click on the links for more information about all our courses including prices and how to book, and come and see us soon.

The Phoenix Studio is supported by

Hambleden Marina

What our students say

Thoroughly enjoyable

Would definitely recommend, a fun, creative and thoroughly enjoyable weekend with some lovely people. Look forward to my next time at Phoenix.

Brian Paterson

Pleasant company

Good value, different sitters each week, friendly atmosphere - what more could you ask?

Pete Hughes

Completely Happy

Just as I was beginning to realise how much I had neglected my 2D work by being a member of the Thursday Life Modelling Group, my wildest dreams came true-a space in the Monday Oil Painting Classes! When will the Phoenix do Face Lifts?  Then I will be completely happy!

Annie Thomas

The perfect environment for creativity.

The course that I experienced has completely changed my approach to my own creativity. It's laughable now that I was so worried about my lack of artistic flair.

Alison Pink

Approachable tutors

The Promote Your Art Online course was good - approachable tutors - good follow-up - everything covered - suitably experienced people delivering information with good humour - an informal approach allowing interjections from us all. Only my own limitations restricted the pace at which I could implement what I was learning!

Thoroughly enjoyed


I thoroughly enjoyed Liam's printmaking workshop. I was a complete beginner, but Liam guided us through the different processes and encouraged us in such a way that I had confidence to have a go and was rather pleased with my efforts!



Julia MacDougall

Really helpful

I found the course [Promote Your Art Online] really helpful, motivating and I learnt loads. Will be putting it into practice.

Promote Your Art Online

A summary of comments: "Great people, learnt masses...Thank you. I have really enjoyed the course...Best IT course I've been on...I am pleased with the course and hospitality...The course has been very good...I like the opportunity to practise in-between sessions and the online support has been fabulous!"

Liam’s informal and encouraging approach was perfect for me was the level of personal attention allowed by the class size. He is experienced in many processes and took the time to find out what we were all interested in before the class convened.


The Phoenix Studio is fabulous - lovely surroundings, inspirational art all around, fantastically friendly, supportive atmosphere, great facilities and plenty of tea breaks and biscuits.

Becky Lusby

Focusing on portrait painting...

...and drawing in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere - next best thing to sliced cheese.

Alan Kidd

I'm hooked!

I've always painted and thought I would be hopeless at sculpture.

Surrounded by some great clay modelling pieces whilst painting at the Phoenix I was nudged into having a go. Ten weeks later I can only say I'm hooked!

Jeannette Matelot Green, Thame

I was amazed at what I went home with…


I highly recommend the Phoenix Studio. The well-equipped light studio looking onto the garden is a splendid place to work. I will definitely go again.


Angela Wilkes

I was a complete beginner

...but Liam guided us through the different processes and encouraged us in such a way that I had confidence to have a go and was rather pleased with my efforts! It was all very relaxed. Liam was well organised and all the equipment and materials we needed were readily to hand. The Phoenix Studio in Towersey was a pleasant and accommodating space to work in. I look forward to the next opportunity.

Creative buzz

With a good balance of personal attention and creative buzz throughout, Liam’s informal and encouraging approach was perfect for me.

James is a natural teacher

Would definitely recommend this course, a fun, creative and thoroughly enjoyable two days with some lovely people. With his friendly and supportive style, James is a natural teacher and helps you create sculpture you can be proud of.


Brian Paterson

An excellent course and highly addictive!

I started coming here 3 years ago and I've been coming ever since.

The Phoenix studio is a wonderful place, a gem set in the South Oxfordshire countryside. But it's the people who make the place. Try it, you won't be disappointed.


Lindsay Dutton


James’ original and innovative away of working with clay was put across with boundless patience in the most comprehensive way. Everyone in the group produced lovely objects. Marvellous!!

Valerie Powell

Inspiring, fun, energetic...

I attended my first class at the Phoenix Studios with Sally today. It
was inspiring, fun, energetic, informative........ I could go on!!!
I have booked my next class and will continue too book.
Well done.

Liz Bayntun

It’s always such fun!

James is not only very encouraging, but has a wonderful eye for anatomy, and comes up with amazing ideas for building the details of the sculptures.

Sue Fish

Just have a go!

It’s always great there, and it doesn't matter whether you are good or bad at what you are doing as everyone's pieces have validity and indeed, artistic value.


Evelyn Hillier


James is so inspirational and patient. He is able to rescue any potential disasters with such ease that everyone completes the weekend with amazing pieces.

Rena George

Relaxed but serious!

Sociable, good working environment, good atmosphere, relaxed but serious!

Ken Organ

A pleasure

James has a talent for bringing out everyone’s creative side and encouraging them to achieve their best. As well as being pleased with my own efforts, it was a real pleasure seeing everyone else’s very varied creatures emerge.

Becky Lusby


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