Creative Arts Courses

Watercolour Painting - Toadstools22 Oct 2021
Tutor: Nicky Hunter Friday

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These bright fungi are fun to paint! Using irresistible, vibrant reds and oranges and lovely textures you can try a very classical watercolour approach or a wilder way with vivid colour and freer brushstrokes, however you approach it they always look appealing. We will work with masking fluid, which can at times can make your watercolour look very static and garish and often naive. You will be shown how to get a more sensitive outcome from this medium, along with other watercolour techniques to keep your work loose, lively and vivid. .... read more

I really enjoyed the course and all the tuition and demonstrations that Nicky did. I thought she was excellent and a very good teacher. And very patient!! (Summer School 2021)

Experimental Watercolours - from transparent to REALLY transparentCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List29th Oct to 31st Oct 2021
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Friday to Sunday

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Discover hidden depths in watercolour and capitalise on it during this exciting experimental weekend as we mix on the paper, create illusions and use rescue remedies to creative exciting effect..... read more

"Excellent tutor." (November 2019)

Chinese Brush Painting: Autumn FlowersCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List29th Oct to 31st Oct 2021
Tutor: Lei Lei QuFriday to Sunday

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During this course we will study autumn flowers in the freehand style, in particular the chrysanthemum, 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

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

Chinese Brush Painting: Autumn FlowersCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List29th Oct to 31st Oct 2021
Tutor: Lei Lei QuFriday to Sunday

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During this course we will study autumn flowers in the freehand style, in particular the chrysanthemum, 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

"Very enjoyable course - never enough time!" (November 2019)

WoodcarvingCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List30th Oct to 31st Oct 2021
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

Linocutting: Handprinted Christmas Cards and Decorations13th Nov to 14th Nov 2021
Tutor: Jessica RoseSaturday to Sunday

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Add an artistic touch to your home this Christmas by designing and printing your own decorations and produce your own Christmas cards. We will use the wonderful printmaking method of linocut to produce richly patterned decorations and cards. Print them out during this workshop and then take your printing block home and carry on creating your collection there!.... read more

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

"A wonderful course, thank you Richard." (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

"The course more than met my expectations.  The food was superb too!" (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

I really enjoyed this course and felt I learnt so much from Paul's wonderful tuition. (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 ...25th 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

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

Botanical Illustration: Parrot Tulips 26th Mar to 27th Mar 2022
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday

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Details to follow.... read more

"Roger is an excellent, knowledgeable tutor. Very supportive and helpful." (May 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

"As always, very informative and relaxing, in beautiful surroundings, thank you." (Summer School 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

"A truly fantastic weekend, Jackie is a wonderfully inspiring teacher. I have learnt so much." (April 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

"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)

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

"Excellent facilities and course content.  Lots of tips, techniques and methods shared by the excellent tutor." (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

"Really enjoyable - good mix of instruction and leaving us to get on with it." (August 2018)

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