Creative Arts Courses

Chinese Brush Painting: A Winter Scene of Flowers and PlantsCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List14th Jan to 16th Jan 2022
Tutor: Lei Lei QuFriday to Sunday

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During this course we will study plum blossom and bamboo 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, to create a winter scene of flowers and plants. We will also look at techniques for painting snow using colour and wash..... read more

"Lei Lei is fab and the facilities are excellent." (June 2019)

Woodcarving15th Jan to 16th Jan 2022
Tutor: Ernest RiallSaturday to Sunday

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This course is for all levels. Complete beginners will be introduced 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

Paint like Les Fauves ... The Wild Beasts12th Feb to 13th Feb 2022
Tutor: Richard BoxSaturday to Sunday

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Les Fauves (The Wild Beasts) is the name given to a group of artists who had an exhibition of their work in 1905. Their paintings were so surprisingly colourful that the art critic, Louis Vauxcelles coined the term. This course is for all of you who would like to paint with bright and bold colours and to use them expressively rather than naturalistically. .... read more

"Excellent course - cannot wait to do my next one." (Summer School 2019)

Experimental Lino and Mono Printing WorkshopCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List25th Feb to 27th Feb 2022
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Friday to Sunday

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Incorporating collage and working with a variety of exquisite papers, blending traditional methods with exciting contemporary ideas. Suitable for people with a little prior experience..... read more

"Jackie's course was highly informative and allowed experimentation and development of my work - thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed it!" (November 2019)

Chinese Brush Painting: A Chinese Dragon is more than the sum of its parts...26th Feb to 27th Feb 2022
Tutor: Paul MaslowskiSaturday to Sunday

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Explore your first (or a deeper) taste of the art of the Chinese Brush with Paul who was traditionally trained. In this course we will explore the complexity of the Chinese Dragon. Breaking it down into principal-lead sections will give us the opportunity to explore how Dragons are put together so that you can create your own..... read more

Great course Great teacher. (Summer School 2021)

Woodcarving12th Mar to 13th Mar 2022
Tutor: Ernest RiallSaturday to Sunday

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This course is for all levels. Complete beginners will be introduced 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

Ink and Watercolour knows no bounds ...Course Full - Add me to Waiting List25th Mar to 27th Mar 2022
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Friday to Sunday

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An energetic stroll into abstract on this Ink and watercolour workshop. Feel the excitement brew as the unexpected creeps over the paper whilst we develop ideas through creative play and experimentation..... read more

"Thoroughly enjoyable course, lots of information and useful ideas.  Going home inspired to do more!" (Summer School 2019)

Chinese Brush Painting: Landscape Painting in the Traditional StyleCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List25th Mar to 27th Mar 2022
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

"Lei Lei is an awesome tutor and the organisers very supportive." (June 2019)

Botanical Illustration: Parrot Tulips in Watercolour26th Mar to 27th Mar 2022
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday

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Making a painting of a parrot tulip is a great opportunity to explore the problems of drawing complex shapes and observing reflected lights, and to hone watercolour skills to bring it all to life. At the same time the incredible variety of shapes, twists and reflections means you can hardly be wrong! This course though, will be about observation, tone, reflection and teaching precision handling of watercolour technique..... read more

"So pleased to have Roger's tuition and encouragement." (Summer School 2019)

Chinese Brush Painting - Painting Big Birds in freehand style 1st Apr to 3rd Apr 2022
Tutor: Kaili FuFriday to Sunday

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This practical course covers the basic skills of painting big birds in freehand style and will give students the chance to try out the techniques and materials used as well as looking at the culture behind the art. The big birds will be eagles, pheasants, roosters and cranes with some background. The tutor will help students learn how to hold the brush and mix different colours and ink on to it. The course will also include some demonstration and individual supervision. Both beginners and experienced students are welcome. .... read more

"Kaili Fu is a great teacher and I enjoyed her course." (May 2019)

Botanical Illustration: Parrot Tulips in Coloured Pencil2nd Apr to 3rd Apr 2022
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday

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Drawing parrot tulips is an adventure. Yes, getting their form on paper is tricky and needs careful observation, but nobody can criticise your accuracy in interpreting these idiosyncratic, extraordinary blooms. This is an opportunity to really use an extensive variety of your pencil colours and a full range of techniques. Certainly this is an opportunity for learning a lot while having fun..... read more

"Excellent tutor." (October 2019)

Contemporary Works on Paper ...22nd Apr to 24th Apr 2022
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Friday to Sunday

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Oh the joys of creating contemporary works - with ink and watercolour - join me on a journey with a difference It's not all about paint, and paper isn't just the vehicle for it. Find out more on this very exciting and creative workshop..... read more

"Wonderful experience.  Jackie provides a wonderful course, with a friendly atmosphere which is fun and really useful and challenging." (Summer School 2019)

Paint, Collage, Stitch, Create II23rd Apr to 24th Apr 2022
Tutor: Gina FerrariSaturday to Sunday

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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 use the papers for collage before adding stitch with free machine embroidery creating 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

"Tutor excellent.  Lots of demonstrations and individual attention.  Food lovely, room immaculate - really enjoyed it, thank you" (March 2019)

Chinese Calligraphy - Running Style6th May to 8th May 2022
Tutor: Xuzhuang LiFriday 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 4,000 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

"Can you run it again please." (March 2019)

Composition, Composition, Composition ...20th May to 22nd May 2022
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Friday to Sunday

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Working with pure unadulterated watercolour, we shall explore some intriguing methods which would make the early Victorians' hair curl! We shall be dipping more than just a toe into this tantalising medium - taking unnecessary risks and reaping the rewards together as a result..... read more

"Jackie is a great teacher who loves to share her knowledge with her students." (Summer School 2019)

Summer Meadows: an introduction to landscape in ink and coloured pencil21st May to 22nd May 2022
Tutor: Helen Hanson SBASaturday to Sunday

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This course explores Helen's fresh approach to landscape, using drawing pens and artist-quality coloured pencils. Inspired by the colour and profusion of our native wildflower meadows, we shall progress from demonstrations and a step-by-step approach to individual support for your own style. Creative ink and coloured pencil techniques, such as embossing and lifting out, are easy to learn and effective; this is slow art, but relaxing and rewarding in its results..... read more

"The course was excellent - a good balance of tuition and freedom to create our own end product." (Summer School 2019)

Woodcarving21st May to 22nd May 2022
Tutor: Ernest RiallSaturday to Sunday

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This course is for all levels. Complete beginners will be introduced 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

Small Format Strong Contemporary Ink and Watercolour Works on PaperCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List10th Jun to 12th Jun 2022
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Friday to Sunday

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A workshop full of surprises ... let s get brave with these liquid challenges..... read more

"Totally superb!" (Summer School 2019)