Creative Arts Courses

Amaryllis, Bulbs and Roots19th Jan to 20th Jan 2019
Tutor: Jill WinchSaturday to Sunday

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Amaryllis provide us with some much needed colour in January. On this two day course Jill will show you how to draw and paint these, discovering the distinctive sweeping stamens of the amaryllis, the beautiful bulbs from which they grow and how to achieve the complex network of fine and thick roots that descend from the base of the bulb. Those participating can choose to depict these in either watercolour, coloured pencils or pen and ink. Jill will give indiviual tuition throughout the weekend and demonstrate on a variety of techniques..... read more

Chinese Brush Painting: Studying Ren Bo Nian19th Jan to 20th Jan 2019
Tutor: William CaiSaturday to Sunday

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Through face to face instruction and with demonstrations, this course will introduce the work of the famous artist Ren Bo Nian from Qing Dynasty, China and will guide you through the processes he employed, to enable you to paint in his style. .... read more

Winter landscapes with Watercolour and White Paint2nd Feb to 3rd Feb 2019
Tutor: Jonathan NeweySaturday to Sunday

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This is a course that will show you how to paint winter landscapes with watercolour and white paint. Using photos supplied by the tutor you will be shown how to paint winter trees, skies and buildings in a winter landscape and how to use white paint for highlights and snow. Other techniques will include colour mixing from a limited palette, flat washes and working on tinted paper..... read more

Chinese Landscape Painting in freehand style2nd Feb to 3rd Feb 2019
Tutor: Kaili FuSaturday to Sunday

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This course is for painting Chinese landscapes on rice paper in the freehand style. The learners will learn basic elements of landscape painting, and finish complete paintings. The cultural background and significance will be introduced and discussed throughout the course. This course is suitable for both beginners and the more experienced..... read more

Block Magic - Lino and Monoprinting WorkshopCourse Full15th Feb to 17th Feb 2019
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

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Creative printmaking with lino and unique monoprinting techniques will be the basis for this exploratory weekend. By using a variety of materials with which to take impressions, and superimposing simple lino cut designs, we shall create a limited edition of variable prints in a water based medium on Japanese papers. Numbers will be limited so early booking is recommended..... read more

Chinese Brush Painting: Landscape Painting in the Traditional StyleCourse Full15th Feb to 17th Feb 2019
Tutor: Lei Lei QuFriday to Sunday

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This course will enable you to learn the techniques of Chinese painting and composition and you will learn how to paint trees, rocks, mountains, as well as to manage space, such as waterfalls, streams and mist. .... read more

Painting Animals in Acrylics in the Impressionist Manner9th Mar to 10th Mar 2019
Tutor: Richard BoxSaturday to Sunday

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We shall be inspired by Georges Seurat, who used every colour in the spectrum to create the illusion of a brown dog in his 1883-84 painting 'Bathers at Asnieres'. We shall follow his example diligently and be similarly amazed, just like the seven year old girl on a school trip to the National Gallery in the late 1970's, who examined this part of the painting and exclaimed to her classmates: "It's a punk dog!"..... read more

Camellias in Watercolour9th Mar to 10th Mar 2019
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday

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The attractive flowers of camellias make attractive, exciting pictures with their dark shiny leaves contrasting with delicate flowers and bright colours. They bloom over a limited time so now is the opportunity to be painting. Many of the challenges; the interleaving of the petals, the leaf shine, or even white flowers on white paper can be overcome with a bit of technique. This course is about solving these problems because skills learned can then be applied elsewhere. .... read more

A Dynamic Duo - small square watercolours 22nd Mar to 24th Mar 2019
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

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Concentrating on a simple shape, we shall explore the dynamics of creating a diptych. Taking an idea and running with it is an exciting goal - incorporating simple techniques to create simple shapes with impact through colour and strong composition. We shall also explore different paper surfaces and textures. All levels of ability welcome..... read more

Chinese Calligraphy: Running Style23rd Mar to 24th Mar 2019
Tutor: Xuzhuang LiSaturday to Sunday

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Chinese calligraphy has been regarded as an essential part of Chinese culture and a unique form of oriental art with over 4000 years of history. Among the five different scripts, running script is the most practical and useful. This weekend course will focus on running script, from basic strokes to some popular phrases and meaningful titles used in Chinese flower- bird and landscape paintings as well as some interesting stand alone phrases for calligraphy. The course is suitable for all levels and will be conducted with introduction, demonstration and individual supervision in an encouraging and enjoyable way..... read more

Chinese Brush Painting: Flower and BirdCourse Full12th Apr to 14th Apr 2019
Tutor: Lei Lei QuFriday to Sunday

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During this course we will study flowers and birds in the freehand style, along with brush strokes and ink techniques, to enable participants to build the structures of the subjects and to capture and depict the expression of the spirit..... read more

Spring into Action with Wild and Wonderful Watercolours12th Apr to 14th Apr 2019
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

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Explore brush techniques - indulge in colour - blend the two ……….. et voila! On this weekend workshop we shall concentrate on getting the most out of everything - the paper, the brushes and the paint ………. and by the end of the weekend you will forget that you have a brush in hand - it will become a natural extension to your hand. Take all the spills and thrills and throw caution out of the window …………. All levels of ability welcome..... read more

Botanical Illustration - A Step by Step Guide13th Apr to 14th Apr 2019
Tutor: Jill WinchSaturday to Sunday

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This course is a step by step guide to Botanical Illustration. This two day course will cover how to achieve an accurate drawing and then use this information to translate your study into watercolour..... read more

Pet Portraits with Coloured Pencil4th May to 5th May 2019
Tutor: Jonathan NeweySaturday to Sunday

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This is a two day course that aims to introduce students to drawing pet portraits with coloured pencil. The course will practise basic pencil techniques including shading, texturing, blending and embossing. The tutor will demonstrate each exercise step by step in a relaxed and friendly manner, showing you how to draw fur, eyes, noses, feathers and other features of domestic animals such as cats, dogs and budgerigars..... read more

Chinese Landscape Painting:Flower, Fruit and Bird in freehand style4th May to 5th May 2019
Tutor: Kaili FuSaturday to Sunday

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Through the tutors introduction and demonstrations and followed by individual supervision, beginners will learn the basic skills in holding brushes correctly and mixing different colours for single brush strokes when painting flower petals in freehand styles. More experienced learners will benefit from the tutors supervision in developing further their preferred areas and painting subjects. The course will be conducted in an encouraging and relaxed way. .... read more

Irises in Watercolour18th May to 19th May 2019
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday

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Watercolour is the medium for creating an exciting image of a big showy Iris. Techniques to help you get the flower correctly proportioned will be explained so you can make a reliable drawing. Demonstrations of colour mixing, and ways of portraying the delicate flower structure will be included, as will dealing with the folded dry papery coverings of the buds. This is a challenge but so worth it!.... read more

Spring Woodlands: Ink and Coloured Pencil Landscape18th May to 19th May 2019
Tutor: Helen Hanson SBASaturday to Sunday

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Coloured pencil is increasing in popularity and combines interestingly with ink. Enjoy creating the light and shade of the woodland in spring with appropriate plants. Some experience of coloured pencil work and composition is useful but not essential. You will learn techniques for mark-making in ink and coloured pencil application and practise integrating the two to suit the subject. You will develop a small landscape creatively, without colouring in. .... read more

Life Drawing the Chinese Way14th Jun to 16th Jun 2019
Tutor: Lei Lei QuFriday to Sunday

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Use Chinese brush and ink (also colour) to draw from a life model. This course aims to promote the use of Chinese philosophy to observe and express the natural world of beautiful shape through brush stroke and ink techniques. Please note: this course is to be held upstairs in The Barn Hall so unfortunately access is limited..... read more