"I started painting because I wanted to do something different with all the other things I do “golfing, cycling, walking and swimming”. Once a week this is great fun, you learn to look and make colours and that produces something. Now in the rooms of the children and grandchildren and in our own now hang my “artworks”. I can recommend it to anyone."
— Rudolf from Holland
"Having not had a go at painting since school, many years ago, I was nervous at attending art classes, totally unsure of my capabilities. I need not have worried, Karen patiently went through every aspect of painting with oils. The classes, which I’ve attended for about 4 years, are fun and very enjoyable. With Karen’s help and expertise I’ve produced paintings far better than I ever imagined possible."
— Pam from England
"In 2013 I joined Karen’s art classes. With her enormous knowledge, encouragement and support I was able to paint with oil on canvas using different techniques within a short time. She is very experienced and she shares her knowledge with her students. Nowadays I have enough confidence to paint on my own at home but I still continue to enjoy attending her art classes every week. Thanks Karen for the inspiration you have given me!"
— Susanne from Germany
"I have been attending Karen’s classes for several years and look forward to each class. Her teaching methods are really effective and I have learned so much in the use of colour and new techniques.
The lessons are like Meditation to me and I can lose myself for hours."
— David from Wales
A new world opened up to me during my first art class with Karen. I’d always appreciated art but never thought I could be an artist.
Karen understands that we are all at different levels and that we have strong and weak areas. The studio class size is small enough to allow for patient individual attention.
Karen really knows her art and is eager to teach it and very generous with her knowledge. I have been going to Karen’s classes for 3 years and absolutely love it.
— June from England
Being able to paint was something I always wanted to do and when I retired I thought this is now the time but did not know where to start then I found Karen. Karen has an unique way of teaching bringing out each individual ‘s strengths. She has the ability to make you feel like you have a individual lessons in a group situation. Karen opened up a whole new world to me. Thank you Karen!
— Mari from South Africa
“Do you want to go for oil painting lessons? I really can recommend First Class Art. I have had lessons from Karen Wride for more than 3 years and I have learned such a lot – she is an amazing and very qualified teacher.”
— Els from Holland
“The highlight of my week are the painting classes with Karen. She takes you through from start to finish with lot of patience and points you to pick the right colours and techniques. Best time ever, so enjoyable.”
— Jatta from Finland
“I painted this with Karen's help in just six lessons. She is a fantastic, patient teacher and always very encouraging. We have a lot of fun in our weekly lessons”
— Andrea from Germany
“Thank you so much for all your fantastic tips and advice. Although I've been painting for some time myself I didn't realise how little I knew! I've really enjoyed your lessons.”
— Rod from Ireland