Developing caring learners who are actively growing and achieving.


Our classes are designed to involve children in the creative process while developing skills of observation.

We integrate all components of fine and contemporary art education by engaging students in building a visual vocabulary and using critical thinking skills as they explore creativity, art history, art appreciation, explore art and craft techniques using an assortment of materials.

New skills are gained through investigating art elements and principles – including line, colour, shape, form, texture, pattern, balance and emphasis – as well as art-history, media exploration, creative self-expression, cultural appreciation, right-brain drawing techniques, and much more.

We teach both expressive and technical aspects of art while allowing learners to make choices about what and how they will draw, paint, and sculpt.



See What’s Available

Northwood Heights is a beautiful renovated bright and spacious house with a wonderful garden in SE19.
At Northwood Heights your child will experience a unique home learning environment exploring and leading their own inquisitiveness at a pace that suits them.
Our ethos is to offer an unhurried, creative and motivational learning environment where children can find a real joy in learning and experience the richness of life. Learning in a relaxed home environment.


£15 per child
Mondays Group (1) 11-1
Mondays Group (2) 1-3

Arts Award Discover is the introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25.

To achieve Discover, children and young people discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end.

They then continue their creative journey with Explore Award.


Wednesdays 1-2

Learning the basics of hand sewing. Students will learn new stitches, cut a pattern and pin, while working on some fun projects.
All students work at their own pace mastering a skill.


£15 per child
Wednesdays 2-4

To achieve Bronze, a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25.
Young people need to plan their work with an adviser, and keep a record by creating their own Arts Award portfolio. Their portfolio might be a folder, sketchbook, video diary or a website – it’s up to them.


Thursday 10:30-11:30

In this group, children will engage with current issues while developing their critical thinking, research and presentation skills. Children will build self confidence by gaining skills in public speaking and by forming and deconstructing both the opinions of others, and their own.
Each week we will debate a topic inspired by that week’s current affairs leading to a greater understanding of the world they live in.


£7 per child
Thursday 12-1

This group is aimed at children who have an interest in learning about art movements, artists and individual pieces of art work.
We will study the history of art by analysing artworks and trying out practical art techniques. We will discover what inspired the artists, what their world was like and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of art in all its forms.


Therapy Dog Wilf Attends all Pastel & Smudge classes

Wilf is a gentle 1 year old Sproodle, and has recently passed his assessment to be an official Pets As Therapy dog.

He is always on hand to give the children some love, time out or a run around the garden when work gets too much.

here are some of the benefits we get from having Wilf around...

Physical benefits. Interaction with therapy dogs has been shown to reduce blood pressure, provide physical stimulation and assist with pain management.

Social benefits. A therapy dog promotes greater self-esteem and focused interaction with other children and tutors.

Cognitive benefits. It has been empirically proven that therapy dogs stimulate memory and problem-solving skills.

Emotional and mental health benefits. A recent national survey of adolescent mental health found that about 8 to 10 percent of teens ages 13 to 18 have an anxiety disorder. A therapy dog can lift moods in a learning environment, often provoking laughter. The therapy dog is also there to offer friendship and a shoulder to lean on for students.


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