About The School

Structured tuition in skills which enable your creativity, it’s not too much to ask is it?

Foundation course tutor Fen explaining glazing principles before her demonstration to Beyond Simply students, 2019

By far the most impressive aspect of it all is the efficiency that you run the school with, every  detail being well considered.
As far as the course goes,  I didn’t know what to expect and I am still really overwhelmed by how much I learnt in such a short space of time.  Trying to teach myself how to paint has proven to be an expensive and convoluted exercise and yet in 3 days at the NPS I achieved so much.  I feel so much more enthusiastic and inspired.

P-SWSimply Oils June 2019.

The Secret of Our Students’  Success

You can get Art tuition almost anywhere, but finding proven , structured and inclusive tuition which actually teaches skills to enable personal creativity is rare.

Unlike most Schools we don’t have a ‘right way to paint’, because we teach the principles of painting so each and every one of our students learns the skills they need to paint their way.

That’s why we started the Norfolk Painting School in 2007, why we’re the fastest growing specialist painting school in the UK, and why despite being in deepest Norfolk, we attract students for all over the world.

All of our students start by learning or improving their core skills on our Simply Oils workshop (think of it as three years at art school when skills were still taught).  Once you know the basics from gesso to optical painting then we can take you wherever you want to go, from seriously structured traditional painting to full on personal creativity.

“Would like to thank you plus  Martin and his team for creating such an amazing environment in which to absorb  so many aspects of art” DB, Kenya.

Courses for Everyone

We offer a range of courses from our short three day Simply Oils workshop to our challenging and  immersive 12 month Professional Diploma in Oils. All of our courses include all of the materials you need on them to ensure that you get the best learning experience. With courses from as little as £395, excellence is surprisingly affordable.

Foundation Course lead tutor and Diploma graduate Fen. All of our tutors are trained in house so your next course ties in perfectly with your previous one.

Those who can, teach

Consistent, professional teaching standards matter to us, and that’s why we train all of our tutors in house through our respected Diploma program.  So whatever course you take now or in the future, you’ll be taught by a working professional artist who understands exactly how it feels to stand at your easel.

“this course, so competently run by Fen, showed me that the Norfolk Painting School clearly now has strength in depth. This is a win-win because it seems to me you get Martin as well ! He’s around, and his presence and his comments are as illuminating as ever”

Course Director Martin Kinnear is a successful self representing artist and writer who exemplifies our vision for sharing knowledge and skills to other artists

World Class Facilities

The School is a dedicated, purpose designed and fully equipped art facility, with two  dedicated studios – each with a fully equipped demonstration theatre, plus professional workstations for each student, a specialist materials counter, student cafe and ample free off-road parking. Nearby, the School has, several houses providing affordable accommodation and enjoys the benefits of being on the unspoilt North Norfolk coast with its restaurants, beaches and tourist attractions.

One of our three light and bright studios, each is equipped with a demonstration easel and two 70″ high resolution screens

“I found the new place remarkably homely – Jane, Jim, Lucy, the dogs all combining to make this dynamic business a truly family affair.  Increased size does not seem to have diminished the core values one jot. Unique. Congratulations”

We make it easy

You can book your Norfolk Painting School course online in seconds if you know what you’d like to do. However we pride ourselves on being available to take each enquiry and booking in person, so we can chat and help you to select the optimum course for your needs at this time. Once you’re with us we provide everything you need on and for the course, from materials to notes, refreshments and even a light lunch.

Relaxing in the student cafe and reflecting on what you’ve learned is all part of the Norfolk Painting School experience

“The new school has a lovely atmosphere and it’s rather nice to be able to see what’s going on in the other studios. Cute puppies scattered around make it homely too!”