Stepping into Picasso with Artchievable! London Art Experiences

If you’ve ever dreamt of getting in touch with your inner artist and unleashing your creative side then Artchievable! London art experiences will be right up your street. Designed specifically for each client, they’ll teach you techniques that will increase your confidence. When I first heard about Artchievable!, I thought they were theoretical lessons but far from it as they will get you creating your own masterpiece straight away. I was a bit daunted to find out that we would be painting as although I loved drawing in school, that was a long time ago!

However, Graham and Zarina instantly put us at our ease. With many years experience as an art tutor and artist respectively, they’re uniquely placed to help you channel your inner artist. They run specific courses aimed at children aged 6-19 and others aimed at adults and travel to you – they can even travel abroad if required. For our bespoke lesson, they had dreamt up the theme of Stepping into Picasso and created this masterpiece especially for us.

Artchievable! Picasso
As one of my favourite artists, I wondered how our creation could possibly match up to the master of cubism. On the plus side, Picasso’s paintings have a certain simplicity which I imagine is why it was chosen as our theme! We were both given an empty canvas and pencils to start our sketches. Artchievable! can organise family classes at home, birthday workshops for children or adults, gallery tours and art drinks – the sky is the limit. From £120 per person per hour, they have some really interesting masterclasses such as Drawing Humans, Build a Jungle or Paint a Realistic Sky.

Artchievable! London artI went rather overboard on the detail, filling in features on the face. Graham advised that it’s best just to create a broad outline as he then did with the first figure on the left and I was soon to realise why…

london-childrens-art-classNext we mixed our acrylic paints, with Zarina helping us to get a good mix of colours. Acrylic paint has the advantage of being fast drying and gives a subtle yet striking effect. White paint can be used to soften all colours, creating attractive pastel shades.

Artchievable! paintingNow it was time to start painting in earnest. I applied the paint with a fairly thick brush for the base colour and the facial features that I had painstakingly drawn were instantly erased. Oh well, practice makes perfect! We used slimmer paint brushes for the details and the thinnest one possible for the outlines that we traced in black paint.

Artchievable! art class
Mr Luxe and I had quite contrasting styles, with my painting being quite a detailed one that only filled half the canvas and his one using less black paint for definition but filling the whole canvas.

london-private-art-classNoticing this, Zarina suggested that I add some geometric shapes to the top and bottom of my canvas. It certainly improved the overall look.

All that remained to finish off our masterpieces were to sign them…

Artchievable! art lesson
Whilst it’s safe to say that I won’t be exhibiting my creations in art galleries any time soon, we thoroughly enjoyed our taster session. Graham and Zarina taught us some valuable tips of the trade and most importantly, gave us confidence. What do you think of our endeavours? Do you have an artistic streak?

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  • This looks like so much fun and something I’d definitely like to try!

  • I wish I had more time to draw and paint. I really, really miss it.

    • Your drawings are fab, Frankie – I know how hard it is fitting everything in though!

  • You both did really well! I have never progressed beyond stick figures myself but I bet this is a really fun experience!

    Laura | Loved By Laura

    • I’m sure you’d have found this easier than you imagine – you can’t go wrong with Picasso!

  • The art is simply amazing
    How i wish i can do it myself as i dont have talent on this hahaha.

    Have a great day!

  • This is such a fun concept and really takes the (perceived) “hoity toitty” out of art (when really, art can be as fun or as playful as you want it to be!).

    I suppose I have an artistic streak having trained as a graphic designer (there IS artistry in pixel pushing, promise!) and having freelanced as an illustrator although the latter has been somewhat dormant for a while.

    Are you going to frame your masterpiece? 😉 x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • I’m sure you’d have rocked it, Jasiminne, and probably in half the time that it took me ;-). We’re definitely planning on framing the masterpieces 😉

  • This sounds like such a fun date night!! I’ll definitely have to find something similar to this and drag my boyfriend with me haha!

    • The only thing that we should have brought along was some wine, many of their clients do!

  • I like the result! It must have been exciting. It’s a shame that we draw and paint a lot as children and somehow most of us stop when we are adults. So this is a great way to get in touch with our creative side.

    • That’s very true, I think we have the creativity stamped out of us by life and this is one way of getting it back again!

  • So fun! What a cool experience!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Oh, this is so wonderful!!! Fun to do, but so good to have professionals around for guidelines. x

  • Wow, Suze, it turned out so beautiful, you’re very skilled! Painting and coloring are becoming more popular these days, i’m seeing materials in places I never saw before! It’s so relaxing and good for the mind, I need to take a class! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re having a lovely week so far!



    • We’re pleased with the results though I think that’s mainly down to the simple style of the painting ;-). You definitely should take a class

  • Paola

    You’re so talented!!!
    Such a cool experience!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  • Your art pieces look incredible! On the first photo of you holding them, I thought they were pieces from the gallery!

    Rachel xx

    • That’s really kind, Rachel – amazing what a bit of personal tuition can do. If I had to do it without supervision I can imagine the results 😉

  • I love Picasso and I miss painting. These are amazing, I want to try it 🙂


    • Oh you should, Alyssa! I’m about to go to Spain so looking forward to seeing Picasso’s inspiration everywhere!

  • How brilliant they travel to you, what a great concept! You both did brilliantly and I’ve no doubt this was a fun activity to do together 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • This looks like so much fun! I loved art as a student, but have to admit have been focusing more on photography and writing since – this looks like a nice way to get back into it!

    Erin xxx

    • Me too, I haven’t taken up a paintbrush in ages – apart from painting my walls!

  • I don’t have much of an artistic streak but this looks like exactly the sort of experience to get one’s creative juices flowing!

  • Oh my gosh I am awful at art but used to love textiles and this looks like so much fun and actually achievable! xxx

    • Yes like their name, it’s definitely achievable – painting can seem so daunting but they made it fun

  • Your painting looks great! I would be completely useless – when it comes to painting I am pretty talent free 😉

  • Oooh looks really fun! You did a much better job than I would have!

  • I beg to differ, your art is really nice! I love painting, however I’ve never tried replicating a style such as Picasso before. It looks really nice! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Your paintings look beautiful! This sounds like such a wonderful experience!

  • Your pieces are stunning! I would love this! Their teaching and technique sound amazing and Picasso is the perfect one to copy. Very fun post!

  • What a quirky fun idea Suze! And your finished piece is brilliant! My husband is quite good at painting and still does it every so often whereas I have never had an artistic bone in my body so I’d love to do something like this with him, if only to see the priceless look of laughter in his face watching me try to paint whilst he will inevitably end up showing me up 🙂

  • This looks so fun!! I would love to do this

  • iconluxury

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  • Alina Watson

    Hi Luxury,

    Beautiful Experiences about Art, This Art looks really amazing & beautiful for home.


  • Lucy

    This appeals beyond belief, I love art appreciating and attempting to do. This sounds like so much fun and your art work is really very good Lucy x

  • The Reader’s Tales

    WOW! This is a great activity;-) looks really fun! You did a great job, Suze

  • Such a fun date night activity – though you and Mr Luxe are much better than what my certain someone and I would be… couldn’t draw a stick figure to save myself!