Creative Arts Courses

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

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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

"Thank you.  Learnt more than anticipated thanks to Jonathan's skill, patience and experience." (Summer School 2019)

More Spills and Thrills ... an extraordinary thINKtank using ink and watercolour12th Feb to 14th Feb 2021
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

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

Chinese Brush Painting: Studying Ma Yuan13th Feb to 14th Feb 2021
Tutor: William CaiSaturday to Sunday

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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

"Williams information was very helpful with the most enjoyable subjects to paint" (March 2020)

Changing the Surface - adding and subtracting23rd Feb to 24th Feb 2021
Tutor: Janet EdmondsTuesday to Wednesday

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Many textile artists are drawn to materials and surfaces weathered by sun, wind and rain, and that are transformed over time into an aesthetic beauty of decay. Close observation of the patination on old, disintegrating surfaces will be the inspiration for this workshop. The act of selecting textures that are changed by the ravages of weather and time such as crumbling stonework, peeling paint, dry plaster and decaying wood, of looking, considering and recording their details, will result in intensely worked surfaces on paper and fabric.... read more

"Excellent tutor who gave helpful and timely advice.  Good range of techniques and methods - I really enjoyed it." (Summer School 2019)

Paint, Collage, Stitch, Create13th Mar to 14th Mar 2021
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 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

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

Getting Started - an introduction to watercolour painting13th Mar to 14th Mar 2021
Tutor: Jessica RoseSaturday to Sunday

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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 26th Mar to 28th Mar 2021
Tutor: Peng Su - NEW TUTORFriday to Sunday

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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 techniquesCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List26th Mar to 28th Mar 2021
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

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

"I am pretty much a beginner in watercolour and Jackie was an inspiring teacher who taught me many techniques. I would come again and recommend it to others."(April 2019)

Botanical Illustration: Parrot Tulips in Coloured Pencil27th Mar to 28th Mar 2021
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday

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Parrot tulips have such strong colours and fascinating shapes. 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 using pencils (including demonstrations) will be provided according to individual needs. This is an opportunity to make use of all those colours!.... read more

"A lovely challenge and much learnt.  Thanks to Roger for individual help." (October 2019)

Paint like Les Fauves ... The Wild BeastsProposed Course10th Apr to 11th Apr 2021
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)

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

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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

"Excellent as always." (March 2019)

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

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Peony buds are naturally shaped to provide good composition and their contrasting colours of white and pink along with lush green leaves make them irresistible as subjects to paint. Shapes are clear-cut and simple to draw and almost impossible to get wrong because the subject material is so variable. At the same time the opportunity exists for having fun with a variety painting techniques and colours..... read more

"Excellent course - excellent tutor." (Summer School 2019)

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