Creative Arts Courses

Radiant Roses in WatercolourCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List9th Aug to 10th Aug 2021
Tutor: Nicky Hunter Monday to Tuesday


Paint Roses with WOW Factor! Using watercolour we will experimenting with expressive and vibrant techniques to keep your work looking bright, fresh, dynamic and sun kissed..... read more

Woodcarving9th Aug to 13th Aug 2021
Tutor: Ernest Riall - NEW TUTORMonday to Friday


The course aims to introduce complete beginners to the basic skills of carving, chisel sharpening and wood behaviour. In further sessions you may follow a structured course of set projects or develop your own ideas. At every stage you will add to your skills and knowledge of all aspects of carving and develop design skills. Experienced carvers will be helped to develop their own projects and skills..... read more

Sketching Landscapes and Buildings with Pen and WashCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List10th Aug to 12th Aug 2021
Tutor: Jonathan NeweyTuesday to Thursday


This is a three day course that will introduce you to sketching landscapes and buildings in the landscape with pen and watercolour wash. You will be shown how to combine waterproof pen with a watercolour wash to sketch buildings in the landscape including architectural detail, trees, bushes and figures for scale. Using demonstrations and working from photographs supplied by the tutor, you will be shown how each technique can be achieved. Ideal for beginners and students with some knowledge..... read more

"Great course and excellent tutor." (Summer School 2019)

Ink and Watercolour - a spoonful of DaringCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List11th Aug to 13th Aug 2021
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Wednesday to Friday


Another take on ink and watercolour - take a spoonful of daring, a deep intake of imagination, breath deeply and stir…..... read more

"As always, a superb course stretching my abilities in all directions.  I appreciated the many tips and instructions for mounting and presentation and the tutor's own inspiring work to see." (November 2019)

Paint, Collage, Stitch, CreateCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List12th Aug to 13th Aug 2021
Tutor: Gina FerrariThursday to Friday


Unleash your creativity as you paint and print your own unique papers and backgrounds, experimenting with colours, textures and mark making using a variety of techniques. Then cut them up and collage them before adding stitch with free machine embroidery to create your own unique artworks. This course is suitable for all levels of experience as full instruction will be given. You will need your own sewing machine and be able to lower the feed dogs..... read more

"Enjoyable course with some new techniques, very good tutor." (March 2019)

Botanical Illustration: Painting White Flowers in WatercolourCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List12th Aug to 13th Aug 2021
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsThursday to Friday


Getting technique right is not a difficult task and once you master it there is great fun to be had painting white flowered subjects. Confidence depends upon adjusting the greys you use and getting good mixtures that behave well on paper. Here is an opportunity to try out new techniques and build confidence in your repertoire of skills..... read more

"Roger is a patient and generous tutor." (Summer School 2019)

More Simply Gorgeous Watercolours with InkCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List16th Aug to 18th Aug 2021
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Monday to Wednesday


A modern twist on a traditional medium, discovering its enormous possibilities and exciting unexpected outcomes..... read more

"Totally superb!" (Summer School 2019)

Chinese Brush Painting: Fish, Ponds and TreesCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List16th Aug to 18th Aug 2021
Tutor: Paul Maslowski - NEW TUTORMonday to Wednesday


Explore your first, or get a deeper, taste of the art of the Chinese Brush with Paul who was traditionally trained. In this course we will explore and build on the humble fish. Working toward the principles of the carp this will give us the opportunity to explore fish in natural ponds along with the trees that may surround them..... read more

Art JournallingCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List18th Aug to 20th Aug 2021
Tutor: Paula WatkinsWednesday to Friday


During this three day art journalling course we will enjoy discovering many different aspects of art journalling with an exciting and adventurous combination of mixed media techniques. .... read more

"Paula was creative, informative, inspiring and inclusive. The course was beyond my expectations." (Summer School 2019)

Botanical Illustration: Fuchsias in Coloured Pencil 18th Aug to 20th Aug 2021
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsWednesday to Friday


Their grace, diversity, intense colours and interesting shapes make Fuchsias ideal subjects for coloured pencil work. Flowers are from white, through reds and purples, even to blues, with a background of semi shiny leaves. Composition almost makes itself, and you can really give a wide range of colours a day out of the box..... read more

"Excellent - best course yet."  (Summer School 2019)

Learn to LinocutCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List19th Aug to 20th Aug 2021
Tutor: Jessica RoseThursday to Friday


This accessible form of printmaking has been used by artists including Picasso and Matisse. Working with an experienced printmaker, you will quickly be able to create bold, expressive images. .... read more

"Very helpful tutor - I thoroughly recommend her." (October 2019)

Botanical Illustration: Fruits and Berries in Watercolour23rd Aug to 24th Aug 2021
Tutor: Jill WinchMonday to Tuesday


Using watercolour, Jill will teach you how to paint different types of fruits, including blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, peaches and pears, plus lots more. .... read more

"Excellent.  Jill was lovely and very helpful.  Great teaching and very nice atmosphere."  (Summer School 2019)

Pique Assiette Mosaic (China and found Objects)23rd Aug to 24th Aug 2021
Tutor: Rosalind WatesMonday to Tuesday


A creative course in which you will use found objects and china to mosaic a board, a pot, a frame - whatever your imagination comes up with! You will be guided through your own individual project to create a unique piece to take home. This is an opportunity to use all those bits and pieces you've been collecting over the years: the pieces of china you dug up, the buttons you didn't like to throw away, the shells and pebbles - whatever you can come up with! .... read more

"Very good tutor - a lot of different materials.  The food and accommodation was very good." (August 2018)

Chinese Brush Painting: Studying Wang XuetaoCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List23rd Aug to 25th Aug 2021
Tutor: William CaiMonday to Wednesday


Through face to face instruction and with traditional demonstrations, this course will introduce the work of the artist Wang Xuetao (1903 to 1982), a famous modern Chinese painter, and accomplished master who made outstanding contributions to small freehand flower and bird painting. He was the President of Beijing Art Academy, Director of China Artists Association, and Vice-Chairman of the Beijing branch of the Art Association. In this workshop, through the study and research of Wang Xuetao's works, we will understand and master the essence of this master of Chinese painting. .... read more

"Another great workshop with William.  There is a lot to learn and it's fun!  William is very skilful and knowledgeable." (Summer School 2019)