Giant Oil sketches & Clarinet

Indulge your visual and aural senses when artist Martin Close paints live on our stage to the accompanied sounds of professional clarinettist Wendy Allen. this unique experience is not to be missed!
Wendy has played for many years on the professional circuit and performs regularly with various local bands and duos including Saxuality and Mojito.

She has previously worked with the famous 70s group Odyssey and Rod Stewart's original band members - Jim Cregan, Robin LeMesurier and Gary Grainger and recently had a successful overseas tour on stage with some ofthe UK's top cabaret artists including Andy Abrahams of X Factor fame.

Her versatility enables her to play in many different musical styles including contemporary smooth jazz, blues, pop and soul.


We specialise in teaching classical drawing and oil painting techniques from the Old Masters of the Renaissance. This method is steeped in the tradition of learning directly from the artist in his/her atelier (meaning studio). 
Our delightful, bijou, 8 easel studio is within walking distance of the beautiful sandy beaches of Bournemouth. Martin Close has been drawing and painting all his life.  Having understudied in the studio of a renowned London portraitist, he developed into a successful painter in his own right with many celebrated commissions.  In 2004 he opened his own gallery and began master tutoring in 2007. Rachel Close studied art and design in the 1980s.  After a successful career as a holistic massage therapist, relaxation coach and teacher working in many partsof the world she returned to her first love of painting and has been apractising artist since 2010.