reviews

This is an absolute gem of an after-school class which both my daughters adore and have attended for years. Artworks start off as detailed charcoal drawings and are then then turned into paintings, which can take months to complete. This process teaches children patience, focus and perseverance, as well as fabulous technical fine art skills. The structured approach to teaching gives children confidence in their drawing and painting abilities, and Noel and her team are all really lovely, kind and encouraging. The artworks that the children produce are of a jaw-droppingly high quality. I love what my children have done so much that I've joined the adult class! Thank you to all!

Angi Pendleton

This is where kids of different ages create art magic. Noel and her team are not only talented artists they are fantastic art teachers. My daughter loves the art studio she always says how calmly she learns and paint. I have huge amount of admiration for Noel in the way she has dealt with the pandemic, creating a safe hub. Fantastic communicator. Don't miss out on her holiday classes, equally brilliant.

Ammeneh Mahloudji

Noel and Polly are brilliant teachers who not only teach the craft of painting but the art of seeing. Noel is super nurturing and holistic and has helped my daughter on many levels. I'm also doing the adult classes where for the first time ever I've learnt a technique to be able to draw and paint. I always leave the sessions feeling reenergised. Thank you so much we feel so lucky to have you in our lives!

Rachel Kay-Williams

Noel's classes have been a consistent joy through some pretty hard times in my boy's life. Noel and her team strike a wonderful balance of taking the children's work very seriously, within an atmosphere of warmth and fun. The kids are artists when they're in the studio and the work that they produce there, really shows concentration, patience and craft well beyond their years. You won't believe what your kids are capable of under Noel's guidance.

Polly Penrose

This is such a wonderful course. The teaching is exceptional, the standards are high and the students are given well thought out goals that are unique to their talents and skill levels. There is an excellent balance between developing their technical skills and creative expression which is clear in the work produced. The atmosphere is warm, supportive and always feels like the students and Tutors are having fun. Cannot recommend it enough.

Nana Fani-Kayode

It was great for us to find such a gem 💎 in the heart of Hackney. Noel is amazing and the kids make incredible art in a relaxed yet well-structured environment. So exciting to see many young artists expressing themselves with creativity!

Lara Montefiori

Hackney Fine Arts is a very professional centre for art courses, given by very friendly, professional and skilled art teachers. Various painting media and necessary skills are being taught in a warm, positive and encouraging atmosphere. I highly recommend this course if you wish to discover, learn and enjoy various painting techniques.

Sieta Pops

Noel is a dedicated an inspiring teacher and artist, with enormous skills in teaching drawing and painting.
She is able to bring out the very best in her students.... their application, dedication and creativity.

Daleen Ellof

Brilliant art club with a brilliant team of artists teaching fine art drawing and painting. Noel and the team of teachers are very professional and friendly. My daughter loves the sessions so much that it's hard to get her to leave at the end of a session. We her parents, our family and friends are very impressed with the work she is able to produce. We highly recommend Hackney Fine Arts Club. It builds the kids' confidence and really helps them develop their ability to draw and paint. We feel very fortunate that our daughter has access to such good quality teaching.

Roua Horanieh

 

We were recommend to check out this art class a couple years ago and immediately signed up! It continues to be be a totally awesome experience for Jarvis which he looks forward to every week. Noel is an absolutely brilliant teacher, so great with the kids and her team rock as well! The supportive, community aspect of the classes is super special and we are so grateful to be part of it. To see the progress of the students and how encouraging everyone is towards each other is just fabulous.
Allegra Mullaney

My daughter absolutely loves each and every session she has been to. I think this is due to the calm setting, friendly staff members and her overall passion for art. The time and dedication taken by Noel and her team to help teach and guide their students to creating masterpieces is just amazing and I will always continue to use the service for as long as my daughter is a keen artist! I, myself have never been artistic by any means but I have been considering taking some of the adult classes that are on offer, so watch this space!!!

Chenelle Marcel

Wonderful after school painting classes for kids. Noel and her team are incredibly talented, inspiring and patient. Children copy artworks in stages, learning drawing and painting techniques whilst working on one painting over an extended period of time. They learn to really focus and pay attention to what they can see. The extraordinary results are worth the effort and wait - beautiful, detailed paintings for everyone to be proud of. 10/10. Signing up early is recommended as the waiting list is almost as incredible as the paintings.

Hannah May

Finn has been coming to Young Hackney Fine Art since he was 6 years old. He absolutely loves it and looks forward to it every week. He has developed some amazing art skills as well as produce some extraordinary art, all under the expert guidance of Noel.

Noel is a wonderful teacher and is incredibly supportive and encouraging, so much so that Finn’s passion for creating and appreciating art has grown massively over these last few years. I also believe that he is a much more confident person because of Noel and her wonderful art class.

Nia Vaughan 

 

Both my son and daughter have been attending the ‘Young Hackney Fine Arts’ class for the last 3/4 years.  Due to the lack of tutoring in the Arts at school, I deemed it very important for them to express their creative side.  I had no idea they were to be taught in such a detailed capacity.  Noel and her team are brimming with experience, and pass this on to all their pupils.  The standard of work is immense. I was taken aback when my children produced their first pieces of art.  This is a tremendous place where children actually study art, in an environment that is skilled and expertise. I would recommend this as an outreach to every parent. Children need the opportunity to expand their minds creatively.

Lynda Scott

 

My 10 year daughter loves these classes. Art has always been her favourite thing to do, whether at school or in her spare time, but we could tell she wanted to learn more, and to learn properly - to push herself - rather than just be praised for her creations, and the class is perfect for that. The classes seem special and unusual in terms of what is on offer to younger children. In contrast to lots of creative workshop activities, organised in short digestible chunks for theoretically short attention spans, Noel offers an opportunity for these small human beings to really focus on one thing intensively, to learn technique as opposed to simply expressing themselves, and to take responsibility for creating something (right down to mixing their own colours). Each child takes weeks to produce a painting, and I love peeking into the room and seeing them all concentrating at their easels, and then witnessing their joy and pride on the day when they finally complete, and their colleagues gather round and applaud them.  When I show friends the work my daughter has produced, they say, ‘Wow, she is really talented!”. And then I always have to say, “I am in no way doing down my daughter, and of course I think she is brilliant, but the amazing thing is that EVERY SINGLE child in that class produces paintings of beauty. Noel just manages to draw it out of them.” It almost seems like magic. I am in awe of it.

Daisy Froud 

My two children attend the Hackney Young Artists class at Hackney City Farm on a Thursday. It is a wonderful class and the children love it. The quality of the teaching is excellent and the paintings that are produced are so impressive, the children feel quite rightly extremely proud of themselves. Noel and her colleagues support and motivate the children extremely well dealing adeptly with a broad age range. My young daughter was kindly taken care of at her wobbly start and my son has always intensely engaged with the class under Noel's guidance. I can't recommend it enough.

Helen Jerold

 

These art classes really are fantastic. Noel is really great with the kids. Her enthusiasm and passion for art and teaching is amazing. The results the kids come home with are like nothing I remember from my childhood. It’s a fantastic refreshing approach to art that we and the kids love.

Julia Graham 

 

My two daughters aged 8 and 11 have been with Young Hackney Fine Arts lead by Noel for a term and they love it. It has given them a chance to explore their visual skills in more depth than before and really given them a huge sense of achievement and they’re glowing with pride. Both of them have been taken back with surprise at what they have achieved in a short space of time and it’s turned out to be a session they long for at the end of the week. Noel and her team are super friendly and create a wonderful and engaging learning environment for the kids.

 

When I first started I thought it was going to be glitter, paint, scissors and paper. But it was so different… first I was joining dots to dots, then I started to paint layers to make my panda come to life. I’ve learnt so much I didn’t think I could do. I can’t wait for my Friday art sessions at Hackney City Farm. I also like it because it’s a calm place and we can see the animals at break time.

Juni 8 years old

 

 

From the outset our daughter has been loving going to her weekly art class. As parents we have been amazed by the results, the kids’ paintings are just breathtaking. There is a nice ambience, very well organised by the teacher, Noel, and her assistants. All in all a great after school activity for any kid with an interest in drawing.

Loic Seurot

 

I find the art classes absolutely amazing. I was stunned on how much helped my son to concentrate and feel confident to insist to his vision . The results are unbelievable and is a joy to see the children in the class chatting about art while looking at each other’s drawings. 

Loukia Minetou

Truly excellent art classes for children that teach the fundamentals of drawing and painting in a positive and nurturing environment while fostering high standards.

The new space is beautiful, filled with natural light.

Classes are always incredibly well organised. One of my children goes regularly, the other only for the half-term / school holiday courses.

Even with a large gap between classes (for child 2), the teachers know exactly where students are up to -- and what needs to be taught next.

Highly recommend!!!

Tasmin Waby

 

Somehow manages to create an environment in which our daughter is content to calmly and systematically develop her painting skills over a prolonged period of time. Can’t help but feel like she’s learning quite a lot more than just how to paint in this class. Big thank you to Noel and team.

Christian Arrowsmith

 

My daughter has been attending art class for a while now and we couldn’t be happier. Fine art for children- this is no ordinary art class! Noel and her team are a dream team. Their skill set is something else. What they manage to achieve with young people is more than impressive. The classes are highly professional and highly motivating, and take place in a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere that is conducive to learning.I cannot recommend them enough. Hackney is lucky to have Hackney Fine Arts yet I would encourage others to travel to be witness to the magic that happens in the studio.

Finally a serious art club for children! My daughter loves it. I am amazed on how she shows patience and don’t mind correcting and improving her strokes, and learning drawing, shading and painting techniques in the process. The end result is incredible and very gratifying for the children. Cilka would not miss a session! Warmly recommend to any children: thanks to Noel they will learn that anyone can draw and paint like a pro!

Makila Nsika