Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall has introduced yet another new class to its portfolio, this being the fourth since the start of the year.

But unlike the previous three that have been based around health and fitness, namely Belly Dancing, Zumba Fitness and Slimming World, this is creative class designed to develop new skills and improve the mind.

The teacher, Annie Chapdelaine, was originally an Art teacher for both adults and children working in Montreal, Canada, where she also had a number of paintings displayed in local exhibitions in the Quebec Province.

Having now got married and moved to Mapplewell, Annie is keen to use these skills by introducing her own art classes for people wanting to work in acrylics for the first time.

Annie, 47, explained: “I have been working in the local Mapplewell community on a voluntary basis for the last two years but I recognised that whilst there are a number of established art and craft classes in the region, no one was working in acrylics – especially at an entry level.

“The Village Hall was the ideal location as not only does it offer easy access, free parking and a hall large enough to enable the course to grow, but the existing customer base guarantees that the course will be noticed through posters and other Village Hall media,” she added.

Annie’s longer term goal is to be able to offer an evening class on the back of this.

Nick Hibberd, The Village Hall Manager, said: “I am very pleased that Annie has approached us and we are working together to try and make this beginners course a success. We have been contacted on a number of occasions by people wanting to take up painting, but the existing creative courses are either for other arts, for the more experienced or are simply closed to the general public as private groups.

“I have seen some of Annie’s work on line and know that she’s a successful artist in her own right and having already had previous teaching experience at adult and child level, I’m confident the course will be well received,” he added.

Registration for the class starts on Wednesday the 14th March at 2pm in the intermediate hall where beginners will be advised as to what equipment they may need and to discuss the style of works they’ll produce.

The course is open to all levels but will start off with the basics to attract the new beginners.


Picture Caption:

 Annie Chapdelaine putting the finishing touches to her new Acrylic art class for beginners.