Art Square Plus is a joint project of professional artist Christopher May and amateur artist Diana Church. For both of us painting is the substance that makes every day life interesting and helps us make sense of ourselves and the world in which we exist

In creating Art Square Plus we wanted to inspire and help people make the first step towards unlocking their creative power. We know that more and more people today are aware of their creative potential but we also know  that the start can be intimidating. Facing alone the big HOW? CAN I? and WHAT IF I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH…? can be daunting.

This is why we have designed classes where absolute beginners will feel instantly at ease and inspired. With a long experience in painting and teaching and a very relaxed and encouraging teaching style, Chris’s art classes are friendly, fun and inspiring events where learning comes effortlessly and joyously; you will feel encouraged and motivated to explore your talent, find your own way of artistic expression and develop your own personal painting style.

We hope that with your help Art Square Plus will grow into a community where we can share, celebrate and be inspired from each other’s works and ideas.




About our events

We have different types of events, all suitable for absolute beginners (although people with previous painting experience can also learn a g

reat deal from our very experienced tutor).

    • Monthly ½ day workshops (Saturdays) where we usually work from the painting of a famous artist, most often using acrylic paints. You can attend these workshops whenever suits you, regularity is not a must. 
    • Art&Resilience evenings for stressed out professionals who need to recharge, relax and energise (currently run for NHS staff but could be open to a broader range of professionals). 
    • 10 week drawing and painting programme for beginners where we take you through a variety of media and explore basics of painting  and drawing, using a variety of media and learning essential skills that will allow you to develop your own independent art projects. These teach you a broader range of of skills and regular attendance is important. 
    • Private one-off or regular painting events for groups ofup to 12 people (see example here). Suitable for corporate events, birthday parties or other special get togethers. These can be organised at our usual location or in different place conveniently to you. At our default studio we can also provide a finger buffet and drinks.  Contact us to discuss an event or for more information.

All our classes are held at the Fairways House in Southampton in a large room with natural light and a dedicated space for each student (next door to Chris’s painting studio). 

We provide all the materials so that you can enjoy your painting experience completely stress free.

Fore more information on our forthcoming classes go to our events page and browse through our calendar for our forthcoming classes. Feel free to  get in touch if you have any questions or would like more information.

The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint.

Keith Haring