Creative Arts Courses

Watercolour Painting - Poppy Seed HeadsCourse Full30 Oct 2020
Tutor: Nicky Hunter - NEW TUTORFriday


Using watercolour we will explore texture, tone and experimenting with harmonious colour palates to capture the essence of poppy seadheads learning new watercolour techniques as we go. You will be encouraged to experiment with different layouts and scales. Perhaps try one painting in one tonal family of colours at actual size and another painting with more detail and texture supersized and quite abstract? Through out the day there will be demos and lots of one-to-one guidance and encouragement to help you progress your painting to a finished pleasing piece of art and develop your watercolour skills on route. .... read more

Art JournallingCourse Full9th Nov to 11th Nov 2020
Tutor: Paula WatkinsMonday to Wednesday


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

"Fantastic, enthusiastic and generous tutor." (Summer School 2019)

Printmaking with LINO and Monoprinting techniquesCourse Full27th Nov to 29th Nov 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday


A printmaking course with a difference, incorporating linocutting, monoprinting and an element of paper sculpture thrown in!.... read more

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

Birds of Prey with Coloured Pencil16th Jan to 17th Jan 2021
Tutor: Jonathan NeweySaturday to Sunday


This is a two day course that aims to introduce students to drawing portraits of birds of prey with coloured pencil. The course will practice a variety of pencil techniques including using the pencils on different surfaces. The tutor will demonstrate each exercise step by step in a relaxed and friendly manner, showing you how to draw eyes, beaks, feathers and other features of birds of prey..... read more

"Altogether excellent! Lovely place, tutor superb, hope to come again." (Summer School 2019)

More Spills and Thrills ... an extraordinary thINKtank using ink and watercolourProposed Course12th Feb to 14th Feb 2021
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday


A no-nonsense approach to capturing a variety of subjects tailored to suit individual wishes, including flowers, still life and buildings. .... read more

"Jackie was an inspirational tutor." (April 2019)

Chinese Brush Painting: Studying Ma YuanProposed Course13th Feb to 14th Feb 2021
Tutor: William CaiSaturday to Sunday


Through face to face instruction and with traditional demonstrations, this course will introduce the work of the famous landscape artist Ma Yuan. 'One-corner Ma' was a great painter in the Southern Song dynasty. In this workshop, through the study and research of Ma Yuan's works, we will understand and master the essence of Chinese painting from the Southern Song dynasty. "His brushwork was excellent, firm and simple, with strong lines, and "axe cut and split" brushwork for texture. His pine trees were very tall and strong as if they were made of iron wire, sometimes painted with a stump brush" according to a contemporary commentator. .... 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)

Paint, Collage, Stitch, CreateProposed Course13th Mar to 14th Mar 2021
Tutor: Gina FerrariSaturday to Sunday


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

"Brilliant course, really enjoyed it." (March 2019)

Getting Started - an introduction to watercolour paintingProposed Course13th Mar to 14th Mar 2021
Tutor: Jessica RoseSaturday to Sunday


This absorbing two day workshop will give you the skills to master watercolour, a form of painting that can produce effects unmatched by any other medium. You will learn to mix luminous colours, create cascading washes and understand how to use the many exciting types of brushes available. This course will give you the confidence to handle this hypnotic, addictive medium and produce paintings with transparency and glow! .... read more

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

Chinese Painting Workshop: Insects, Flowers and Fish Proposed Course26th Mar to 28th Mar 2021
Tutor: Peng Su - NEW TUTORFriday to Sunday


Traditional Chinese ink brush painting with a focus on fish, flowers and insects. Suitable for all levels, Chinese artist Peng Su will cover the traditional materials and freestyle brushstrokes behind subjects such as iridescent dragonflies, peonies, and leaping carp. Through demonstrations and one-on-one support, you will ultimately create your own authentic compositions. Peng Su focuses on mastering subtle impressionist movements of the brush, telling nature's stories, and the importance of an artist's spirit..... read more

Printmaking with LINO and Monoprinting techniquesProposed Course26th Mar to 28th Mar 2021
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday


A printmaking course with a difference, incorporating linocutting, monoprinting and an element of paper sculpture thrown in!.... read more

"Great course as ever with excellent tutor.  Follow on please" (February 2019)

Paint like Les Fauves ... The Wild BeastsProposed Course10th Apr to 11th Apr 2021
Tutor: Richard BoxSaturday to Sunday


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

"A wonderful course, thank you Richard." (Summer School 2019)

Less is More - Creating contemporary compositions in pure watercolourProposed Course23rd Apr to 25th Apr 2021
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday


Incorporating a strong approach to colour with watercolour, incorporating hand embossing and collage. Simplicity is the aim, with a high degree of emphasis placed on composition and why it is so important..... read more

"Totally superb!" (Summer School 2019)

Botanical Illustration: Flower Buds of Peonies in WatercolourProposed Course24th Apr to 25th Apr 2021
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday

Details to follow.... read more

"Always enjoy coming to Missenden - quality of tuition excellent." (Summer School 2019)

Chinese Calligraphy - Running StyleProposed Course22nd May to 23rd May 2021
Tutor: Xuzhuang LiSaturday to Sunday


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

"The course exceeded my expectations; I learnt so much and now I know how much I have to learn.   Tutor and group were all very friendly and helpful." (March 2019)