Creative Arts Courses

Lino Printmaking WeekendCourse Full21st Feb to 23rd Feb 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday


Whether you have dipped into this exciting medium before or not, there will be lots to discover - for all levels. We shall use the latest easy-cut lino and basic tools to create and print unique designs of our own making. Traditional as well as contemporary methods will be employed, and the use of a variety of beautiful delicate papers will tease your taste buds into submission! .... read more

"Excellent as always." (March 2019)

Finds, Feathers and Shells22nd Feb to 23rd Feb 2020
Tutor: Jill WinchSaturday to Sunday


This is a two day course using coloured pencils painting finds, feathers and shells. Jill will bring along plenty of objects to ensure this course is full of information and practical advice. There will be lots of demonstrations throughout the weekend on using coloured pencils to achieve the fine hairs of a feather, or the smooth and twisted shapes of the shells, or even a knarled piece of wood. Bring along your own items or use some of the many objects that Jill will provide. .... read more

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

Chinese Landscape Painting in freehand style22nd Feb to 23rd Feb 2020
Tutor: Kaili FuSaturday to Sunday


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

"As always, very informative and relaxing, in beautiful surroundings, thank you." (Summer School 2019)

How Wet is Wet-into-Wet? More drizzling and drooling over pure Watercolour13th Mar to 15th Mar 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

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A weekend dedicated to developing the joys of creating confident, loose watercolours - definitely not pale and insipid - but not quite mad! Thoroughly learning the basics of brushwork, simple colour mixing, as well as taking on board the basics of good composition, will be the main objectives for this weekend. Observation and how to interpret a subject through a series of experimental exercises, will undoubtedly lead you another level! Be prepared for spills and thrills! .... read more

"Jackie was most helpful, especially as I am not an artist and a complete beginner; she was very patient." (Summer School 2019)

Chinese Brush Painting: Studying Wang Xuetao14th Mar to 15th Mar 2020
Tutor: William CaiSaturday to Sunday


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

"The course was wonderful." (Summer School 2019)

Chinese Painting Workshop: Insects, Flowers and Fish Course Full27th Mar to 29th Mar 2020
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

Tulips in Coloured Pencil28th Mar to 29th Mar 2020
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday


Tulips have such strong colours they really demand to be tackled in coloured pencil. You will be able to choose the complexity of the tulip you want to paint, so the course will suit beginners and the most adventurous botanical artists. Help with techniques and pencil use (including demonstrations) will be provided according to individual needs. This is an opportunity to make use of all those colours!.... read more

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

Spring Bouquet - vibrant watercolour painting05 Apr 2020
Tutor: Nicky Hunter - NEW TUTORSunday


Paint a vibrant spring bouquet in watercolour from beautiful fresh spring flowers, learn techniques how to loosen up and give your floral images and still life a bit of vibrancy and zing and keep the translucent beauty of watercolour singing from the page..... read more

More Spills and Thrills ... an extraordinary thINKtank using ink and watercolour24th Apr to 26th Apr 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday


No nonsense approaches to buildings, objects and anything on the table will be the on the cards this weekend! Getting to grips with handling the materials, then experimentation, interpretation and exciting composition is what will set the work apart - a thoroughly modern approach! .... read more

"Excellent tutor." (November 2019)

Chinese Brush Painting: Flower and BirdCourse Full24th Apr to 26th Apr 2020
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

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

Botanical Illustration - Apple Blossom 25th Apr to 26th Apr 2020
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday


This course takes you through the interesting challenges of painting of one of the most iconic spring flowers. We will look at the problem of painting white blossom on white paper, how to compose and draw the complex pattern of flowers, green leaves and brown bark, and how to drop in the delicate shades of pink on the opening blooms. It is a course where there is a lot to learn, but is very rewarding..... read more

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

Paint like Les Fauves ... The Wild Beasts9th May to 10th May 2020
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)

Birds of Prey with Coloured Pencil9th May to 10th May 2020
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

"Amazing how far you can get in three days from nothing." (Summer School 2019)

Less is More - Creating contemporary compositions in watercolour22nd May to 24th May 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday


Incorporating hand embossing and collage this totally creative experience will take you through the thought process and practicalities of making contemporary artwork. Emphasis will be on simplicity with a high degree of emphasis placed on composition and why it is so important. All levels welcome. .... read more

"Wonderful course with an excellent tutor.  I'm delighted with the courses that the school offers." (February 2019)

Chinese Calligraphy - Running Style23rd May to 24th May 2020
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

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

Life Drawing the Chinese Way12th Jun to 14th Jun 2020
Tutor: Lei Lei QuFriday to Sunday


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

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

Fun with Lino Cutting10th Aug to 12th Aug 2020
Tutor: Anna PyeMonday to Wednesday


Enjoy this fun, creative printmaking. You will learn about the tools, techniques and materials used in this exciting medium, to design and cut your own design on a block of lino, ink it up and print it by hand and a press on a variety of papers. Warning: this can become an addiction!!.... read more

"Absolutely brilliant all round.  Anna - informative, clear, great fun - learned loads." (Summer School 2019)

Landscapes and Buildings with Pen and Wash10th Aug to 12th Aug 2020
Tutor: Jonathan NeweyMonday to Wednesday


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

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

Paint, Collage, Stitch, Create10th Aug to 11th Aug 2020
Tutor: Gina FerrariMonday to Tuesday


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)

Hedgerow plants in Watercolour10th Aug to 12th Aug 2020
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsMonday to Wednesday


The plants which fill our summer hedgerows with shapes and colours give us a wide opportunity for artistic creativity, from the subtle wild roses and brambles to the brash poppies on the edge of the growing corn. The course looks at the species that we find growing around us and the ways of tackling their portraits, maybe a single species or a combination (like poppies and corn), looking at the techniques to build portraits of the ones most admired..... read more

"Roger is an excellent, knowledgeable tutor. Very supportive and helpful." (May 2019)

Getting Started - an introduction to watercolour painting10th Aug to 11th Aug 2020
Tutor: Jessica RoseMonday to Tuesday


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 Brush Painting - Painting Big Birds in freehand style 10th Aug to 11th Aug 2020
Tutor: Kaili FuMonday to Tuesday


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

"Thank you for another enjoyable course, Kaili." (Summer School 2019)

Simply Gorgeous Watercolours with a Modern Twist ...12th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAWednesday to Friday


Composition will be key during this three day course we shall be looking both at creating simple yet dynamic compositions through landscape as well as floral studies. We shall revel in the purity of colour and experience the joy of positive mark-making and how to get the best out of the simplest of ideas. .... read more

"Excellent course - I have learned so much, Jackie is such an inspiring teacher.  I am full of ideas to try at home and will certainly book onto another course." (Summer School 2019)

Summer Serenity: Landscape in Ink and Coloured Pencil12th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Helen Hanson SBAWednesday to Friday


Try out this unique approach to landscape, integrating ink and coloured pencil without colouring in. Mark making in ink works well with the smooth textures of coloured pencil. Using a range of simple techniques, you will develop a watery landscape with appropriate surroundings and flora. Both the process and the subject create calm as you observe and interpret light, shade and detail. Bring your own images or choose from the tutor s inspiring collection..... read more

"Lovely venue. Lovely small group." (May 2019)

Take Ink, Watercolour, a spoonful of daring, take a deep breath - and stir17th Aug to 19th Aug 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAMonday to Wednesday


This outrageously creative three day course will take the fear out of picture-making. Through a series of modules aimed at overcoming the fear of spontaneous mark-making, we shall create a collection of exciting images based on everyday objects and/or structures. .... read more

"Wonderful course with an excellent tutor.  I'm delighted with the courses that the school offers." (February 2019)

Clematis in Coloured Pencil17th Aug to 18th Aug 2020
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsMonday to Tuesday


The garden Clematis provides an opportunity to use the versatility of coloured pencils to the full. Choose your subject carefully and you can have challenging colours to mix, superb leaf curls to draw and textures to work at that make you grab for your pencils. We will look at layout, drawing, researching colours and how to build up textures for a really attractive piece of work..... read more

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

Art Journalling19th Aug to 21st Aug 2020
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

"As always, Paula delivered the course in a very friendly and informative manner.  She really is an excellent teacher and I love her courses." (Summer School 2019)

Calligraphy: INKteresting, thINKing19 Aug 2020
Tutor: Judi WhymarkWednesday


In this digital age, beautifully handwritten items, such as quotations, cards and invitations, can be very satisfying to create. On this one day workshop, you will spend a relaxing enjoyable time acquiring these skills..... read more

Drawing for the Terrified - in Monochrome20 Aug 2020
Tutor: Richard BoxThursday


Are you terrified of drawing but have a secret longing to learn how to do it? Then enrol on this course where Richard will guide you through certain processes slowly, gently and step by step. If you follow his 'recipes', you will be amazed at what you will be able to draw..... read more

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

Chinese Painting: Beauty of Summer in Chinese Xieyi Ink20th Aug to 21st Aug 2020
Tutor: Peng Su - NEW TUTORThursday to Friday


Chinese ink brush painting with a focus on summer flowers and insects. Suitable for all levels with demonstrations, individual support, and opportunities to add advanced details. The course is intended to be an enjoyable experience for nature lovers wishing to capture the spirit of summer with this freestyle technique. Artist Peng Su will cover the traditional materials and brushstrokes before moving on to summer subjects such as Foxgloves, Lilies, Green Crickets, and Damselflies..... read more

Botanical studies: Summer Fruits and Vegetables in Coloured Pencils20th Aug to 21st Aug 2020
Tutor: Jill WinchThursday to Friday


Two days of colour! Jill will guide students on how to use the wonderful colours found in coloured pencils to depict the glorious summer fruits and vegetables. There will be lots of individual tuition and group demonstrations..... read more

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

Super Size your Sunflowers - vibrant watercolour painting20th Aug to 21st Aug 2020
Tutor: Nicky Hunter - NEW TUTORThursday to Friday


We will use beautiful fresh sunflowers to create a vibrant watercolour painting. Working bold and supersized in a loose and lively watercolour painting style, we aim to achieve soft defused edges contrasting with brave dynamic brushstrokes which is the beauty of the medium of watercolour. Capture the flowers' sunny radiance and their characterful twisted veiny leaves. Learn techniques on how to loosen up and give your floral images a bit of vibrancy and zing and keep the colours fresh and let their translucency sing from the page..... read more

Painting for the Petrified21 Aug 2020
Tutor: Richard BoxFriday


Are you petrified of painting but long to try watercolours and have been deterred by the erroneous myth that they are supposed to be difficult ? If so, this course is for you!.... read more

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