Creative Arts Courses

Prickly Plants in Coloured Pencil5th Aug to 6th Aug 2019
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsMonday to Tuesday


Artistically prickly plants represent a bit of a challenge, but the fun is getting round the obstacle. Careful observation, drawing with care and some specialised techniques (all of which will be demonstrated and taught) can help you achieve an arresting, exciting, interesting piece of artwork. Coloured pencil is a surprisingly good medium for this, provided you keep the pencils sharp!.... read more

Chinese Brush Painting: Studying Hongren (Jian Jiang)5th Aug to 6th Aug 2019
Tutor: William CaiMonday to Tuesday


Through face to face instruction and with demonstrations, this course will introduce the work of the famous artist Hongren (1610-1663), also known as Hong Ren or Jian Jiang, who was a famous painter in the early Qing dynasty, China. In this workshop, through the study and research of Hongren's works, we will understand and master the essence of Chinese painting from the Song and Yuan dynasties: simple and beautiful composition, concise shape, strong brushwork, and the spirit of the work. .... read more

Pure Contemporary Watercolours - where creativity knows no bounds!Course Full5th Aug to 7th Aug 2019
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAMonday to Wednesday


If you feel you are stuck in a rut, have artist's block or just want to explore ideas, this is a must. Experimenting with daring colours, strong contrasts and whacky composition will be the disorder of every day, and much more. Each day will be peppered with short demonstrations, group and individual tuition encouraging individuality and sharing of ideas. .... read more

Drawing for the Terrified06 Aug 2019
Tutor: Richard BoxTuesday


Are you terrified of drawing but to have a secret longing to learn how to do it? On this one day course, Richard will guide you through certain processes slowly, gently and step by step..... read more

Sketching Landscapes and Buildings with Pen and Wash7th Aug to 9th Aug 2019
Tutor: Jonathan NeweyWednesday to Friday


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

Seashore and Flowers: Landscape in Ink and Coloured Pencil8th Aug to 9th Aug 2019
Tutor: Helen Hanson SBAThursday to Friday


A new approach to landscape, using ink and coloured pencil in an integrated way to create a balanced image (without colouring in). Ink contrasts pleasingly with the soft, smooth textures of coloured pencil. Using a range of easily managed techniques, you will create seascapes with their appropriate local flora. Select what appeals to you - from Scottish heather to South Coast chalk plants - and bring your own images or choose from the tutor's inspirational collection. .... read more

Bark and Lichens12th Aug to 14th Aug 2019
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsMonday to Wednesday


Twigs covered in lichen growth are attractive subjects, with shapes and colours that are worth exploring. Being able to add details like bark can enhance a painting, so practising them is really a good exercise. The course will give you information on how to recognise lichens, how to draw their interesting shapes, how to make their special colours, and how to tackle the process of illustrating bark. .... read more

Bold, expressive Ink and WatercolourCourse Full12th Aug to 14th Aug 2019
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAMonday to Wednesday


A melange of Indian Ink and watercolour, or just ink and water - a potent mix - a recipe for creative exploration. Whether you are experienced or not, there will be a lot on offer. We shall interpret whatever we find within the Abbey and its grounds, or re-imagine our own sketches through experimental play with a fast and loose approach…………..... read more

Fun with Lino Cutting12th Aug to 13th Aug 2019
Tutor: Anna PyeMonday to Tuesday


Enjoy this fun, creative printmaking workshop. 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 on a variety of papers. Warning: this can become an addiction!!.... read more

Chinese Painting on Silk in Meticulous Style - Ancient Ladies14th Aug to 16th Aug 2019
Tutor: Kaili FuWednesday to Friday


Meticulous style on silk is more than a two thousand year old traditional Chinese art form and figure painting has been one of the three main subjects in Chinese brush painting (along with flower and bird and landscape painting). Suitable for both beginners and more experienced, this course will teach you how to paint 'Ancient ladies' in meticulous style on silk and sized rice paper. In this course you will learn how to use brown brush to draw fine line for face and cloths, how to use two brushes to colour face and clothes. .... read more

Botanical Illustration: Luscious Leaves and all things Green15th Aug to 16th Aug 2019
Tutor: Jill WinchThursday to Friday


On this two day course on leaves and all things green, we will look at the challenges required to achieve the correct colour. During the many years I have taught this subject, painting leaves is always the one area that seems to be problematic, and intimidating. I aim to take out the mystique of painting a leaf, fruit or vegetable - in fact, anything green! Simple and helpful information will be given on achieving the correct colour, in particular greens. Participants are very welcome to bring along anything green they have been struggling with....... read more