The art of learning proves a hit at Askrigg centre

Popular painting class with Moira Metcalfe.

By Betsy Everett

Painting and drawing classes in Askrigg’s Learning Curve programme have proved so popular they are to be extended by four weeks and more will be introduced after Easter.

Artist and tutor Moira Metcalfe from Appersett started the series of six classes in January but they were so over-subscribed a second, afternoon, class had to be introduced.

“We now have 20 people for the two sessions and people are still wanting more,” said Jan Hale, administrator of the Wensleydale Sport and Leisure Centre where the classes are held. “It has proved to be our most popular class and we are delighted with the response.”

The theme of this week’s class was trees, chosen by the students who are all at different levels of skill and competence.

“It really doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, I can teach a  wide range of students in each class,” said Moira. “We start with the basic techniques, build confidence and work from there. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are, either. There’s always something more to learn.”

The classes cost £10 for two and a half hours’ tuition.

The Learning Curve was introduced into Askrigg last year, following a survey which showed 60 per cent of respondents were interested in classes which used to be provided by local authorities until funding was withdrawn.

There are still places on the Conversational Spanish course which starts next Friday, March 3, for six weeks from 10-11.30am. The cost for the full course, taken by tutor Monica Metcalfe (not to be confused with Moira) from Leyburn, is £36. There is also a map-reading and navigation workshop on Saturday, March 25, from 10am-1pm, with Alan McDonald. Other subjects have included photography with Guy Carpenter of Gullwing, iCan iPad, Brexit, Italian, basic computer skills and mental health.

A full list of classes for the summer term will be available soon. Contact Jan Hale on 01969 650060 for full details or to book. Or email

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