Art students in the frame at Westacre Theatre

Preparing for this month's showcase exhibition at Westacre Theatre galleries, with art tutor John Hughes on the left
Preparing for this month's showcase exhibition at Westacre Theatre galleries, with art tutor John Hughes on the left
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Students of well-known art tutor John Hughes are having their works showcased this month in three spacious areas of Westacre Theatre Art Gallery.

Throughout the year the gallery – with lots of natural light by day and plentiful illumination after dusk – hosts a revolving programme of wide-ranging exhibitions by local artists.

This month it is John’s students in the spotlight, with his classes being held at Westacre Theatre’s newly-built purpose-designed facilities.

Trained at Cambridge Art School, Kingston School of Art and Goldsmith’s College in London, John is an artist with a lifetime’s experience in art education.

He has had work accepted in prestigious London open shows including The Royal Watercolour Society encouraging excellence, innovation and a fresh approach.

Always available for talks, demonstrations and workshops, he is much sought after.

His classes, traditionally watercolour-based, teach techniques in various mixed media.

John’s students have the benefit of learning from each other.

Covering a wide age range, some students are relatively inexperienced while others have enjoyed painting for many decades.

The classes are not merely skills based but aim to improve understanding and comprehension of the complete artistic process.

Outside the classroom, Westacre Theatre’s scenic setting includes a landscaped lagoon and the River Nar is but a short wander away. These unrivalled opportunities can often inspire students to test themselves with new ideas.

And it is the results of these efforts that will be on display during March with about 50 attractively priced works in all.

The Gallery is open at all performance times (see details at www.westacretheatre.com) or visitors are welcome on other weekdays too, but must check in advance by calling the theatre on 01760 755800.