WHO WE ARE
Graduates from the Kent Institute of Art and Design at Canterbury, Val Carcary-Green and Dan Green established Novus Art Studio and Gallery in 1996.
After several moves over the course of the next five years in the Maidstone area, we have been for the last 18 years located in pleasant and peaceful rural surroundings at Manor Farm in Wateringbury, near Maidstone in Kent.
Still providing excellent service to our new and regular students at the studio in Wateringbury, we decided to move to France 6 years ago and now live in the small northern French town of Aire-sur-la-Lys, in the Pas-de-Calais, Hauts-de-France.
The main intention in this move was to give ourselves more time to pursue our own work whilst still maintaining the classes.
As regards our popular art classes, the only change in the way that we run them is that instead of being spread throughout the week, classes are now only held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, for both adults and children.
The children’s classes are principally held on Saturdays and as with the adults all 2D media are covered. The classes are especially popular, with a waiting list of eager young artists willing to demonstrate their skills, many having started at the age of 8 or 9 carrying on until they complete GCSE’s, A Levels and beyond in some cases!
We have also helped a number of year 5 & 6 pupils prepare their art portfolios for art scholarships in secondary school.
Meet The Artists
Dan has a first class BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art from the Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury (now University College of the Creative Arts) and also a BA in Art History from University College, London University. He has exhibited extensively in and around Kent and London, in both group and solo shows. He paints primarily in oils but also works with pastel and watercolour, and much of his time is taken up with commissions.
Also holding a BA (Hons) Degree from the Kent Institute of Art and Design, at Canterbury, Val's main preoccupation in her own work is photography focusing on two main areas - the natural world about us and portraiture, especially that of young teenage girls, most of whom started as youngsters at her art classes and who are now on the cusp of adulthood and the changing gaze that this casting off of the mantel of childhood brings!