Summer School

Tai Ji Quan, and Qigong 15th Aug to 17th Aug 2022
Tutor: Clare SkeltonMonday to Wednesday


Nurture yourself with three days of gentle exercise to enhance your health and well-being. These traditional Chinese health arts, Tai Ji Quan and Qigong (Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung), create stillness in the mind whilst increasing vitality and fitness. Your ability to relax, your flexibility, co-ordination and balance will improve with practice. Steve Gorwits (instructor with the Longfei Taijiquan Assoc GB, and a BCCMA L2 Coach) will be joining us for two days of the course, bringing his expertise to broaden your experience and to allow us to give you more individual attention. The course is open to everyone, no previous experience is necessary..... read more

Another lovely Summer School! By the time it finished I felt relaxed, refreshed and revitalised. (Summer School 2021)

Upholstery RestorationCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List15th Aug to 18th Aug 2022
Tutor: David JamesMonday to Thursday


This is a project led course with students providing their own upholstery project to work on under the expert eye and with guidance from a very experienced upholsterer and tutor..... read more

Making your Mark: Explore the Expressive Qualities of Line15th Aug to 16th Aug 2022
Tutor: Janet EdmondsMonday to Tuesday


The use of line in design plays an important part in giving rhythm, direction, shape and style to a composition. This course explores these aspects and will provide lots of ideas and inspiration to develop and build confidence to express your ideas into fabric and thread..... read more

"Janet is an experienced tutor who always provides excellent examples of her work, which I personally find very inspirational." (November 2019)

Summer Meadow Flowers and Bees and Vibrant Irises in Watercolour15th Aug to 16th Aug 2022
Tutor: Nicky Hunter Monday to Tuesday


Spend two days painting vibrant loose and lively watercolours with expression chasing the light and aiming for transparent and lustrous colours. We will look at summer meadow flowers and bees and also vibrant irises..... 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)

Raffia Hat Making15th Aug to 16th Aug 2022
Tutor: Claire RichardsMonday to Tuesday


Make your own beautiful raffia hat during the two days. Relax with raffia, plaiting and learning the skills to make your own bag and many more for family and friends if you wish. Raffia is a lovely material to work with - natural, sustainable and very flexible, which also means forgiving(!) - these days are good for complete beginners. All materials are provided, please just bring a smile….... read more

Modern and Traditional Milanese LaceCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List15th Aug to 17th Aug 2022
Tutor: Claire BonitoMonday to Wednesday


This is a Milanese Lace Summer School course with a primary focus on Milanese lace with other European laces actively supported. This course offers individual tuition to focus on a new project, a new lace or continue and make progress on an existing project. Longer courses give you more concentrated time than a weekly class to make significant progress. The course is taught through individual learning and group demonstrations of techniques as appropriate..... read more

"I really enjoyed Claire's course." (April 2022)

Watercolour with more than a hint of INK17th Aug to 19th Aug 2022
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Wednesday to Friday


Explore the watercolour medium beyond the 'norm', with more than a hint of risk taking, as we think out of the box, experiment and stretch our ideas, and lose ourselves in colour. .... read more

"Excellent tutor." (November 2019)

Decorative Knitting Techniques17th Aug to 19th Aug 2022
Tutor: Sarah Hazell - NEW TUTORWednesday to Friday


This three day course will cover several aspects of decorative knitting techniques and is suitable for knitters who want to add an extra dimension to their work. The project will take the form of creating a cushion cover. You will have the opportunity to knit blocks and panels for your cushion, by exploring different techniques such as 3-D effects, surface decoration, embroidery, edges and trims, slip stitch colour work and some finishing techniques. Your cushion will serve as a reference for future design work. .... read more

Egg Tempera Demystified17th Aug to 19th Aug 2022
Tutor: Maz Jackson - NEW TUTORWednesday to Friday


Enjoy making a painting of any subject matter you wish by applying egg tempera to a gesso panel. You will be taken through initial exercises to familiarise yourself with the handling of this ancient medium and then build up a unique painting of your own..... read more

Chinese Brush Painting - Over the Misty Mountains17th Aug to 19th Aug 2022
Tutor: Paul MaslowskiWednesday to Friday


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 and build on mountains and water. Working toward the principles of the Chinese Landscape will give us the opportunity to explore this classical subject along with other subjects that may be seen with them..... read more

I loved Paul's style of teaching and demonstrating and was amazed how much we covered. (Summer School 2021)

Paper Cuts and Embossing18th Aug to 19th Aug 2022
Tutor: Mark L'Argent - NEW TUTORThursday to Friday


Paper-cutting and embossing has gained popularity as it is a very flexible and relaxing medium, which requires a limited number of tools and materials. Suitable for all skill levels, paper-cuts and embossed artworks can be large and small, and as simple or complex as you choose. For all participants there will be plenty of templates and guides to help you get creative. Once you get going with paper, the variations are endless..... read more

Drawing with Graphite Pencils using Botanicals18th Aug to 19th Aug 2022
Tutor: Jill WinchThursday to Friday


A relaxing two day course where Jill will guide you around the use of pencils when drawing. You will learn how to create shade and tone with different pencils, how to achieve accuracy, and where to apply the darkest tones and also the lightest..... read more

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

Honiton Lace Making22nd Aug to 24th Aug 2022
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleMonday to Wednesday


A course suitable for all levels of Honiton Lace makers and for lace makers new to Honiton Lace but with experience in other bobbin laces. This course aims to enable learners to improve skills in Honiton Lace making. For those with experience of Honiton Lace working on new or existing projects there is the opportunity to expand knowledge already attained with encouragement to experiment with technique, design and interpretation. For those new to Honiton Lace instruction will be given in the practice and theory of the lace with the commencement of the first project covering the basic techniques required..... read more

"Excellent course" (June 2019)

Upholstery RestorationCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List22nd Aug to 25th Aug 2022
Tutor: David JamesMonday to Thursday


This is a project led course with students providing their own upholstery project to work on under the expert eye and with guidance from a very experienced upholsterer and tutor..... read more

INK with more than a hint of Watercolour22nd Aug to 24th Aug 2022
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Monday to Wednesday


If you think watercolour with ink is scary, then you really need to try this out! It's more than scary, it's exciting, exhilarating, and amazing. From baby steps, immediately into the deep end, where fear goes out of the window within the first 30 seconds..... read more

"Fabulous weekend! Great time! Excellent tutor!" (February 2019)

The 'Travelling Sketchbook' comes to Missenden22nd Aug to 24th Aug 2022
Tutor: Barry Herniman - NEW TUTORMonday to Wednesday


A great chance to hone up your 'sketching' skills working 'en plein air' in and around the Missenden environs. Learn some new techniques as you explore the area and respond to your own chosen subject. Spend an exciting few days sketching in your desired medium be it watercolour, pastel, coloured pencils or anything that will make a mark!! A super opportunity to 'loosen up' and enjoy your art..... read more

Owain Glyndwr: the life and legacy of a Prince of Wales22nd Aug to 23rd Aug 2022
Tutor: Richard StoneMonday to Tuesday


An unlikely rebel, Owain Glyndwr studied at the Inns of Court and campaigned with the English army before retiring to what he intended to be a comfortable life with his wife and family as lord of Glyndyfrdwy. Destiny intervened, and his subsequent revolt against English rule, fuelled by an ambitious vision of an independent Wales made him a national hero. .... read more

"Most interesting." (Summer School 2019)

Funky Faces in Stitch22nd Aug to 23rd Aug 2022
Tutor: Gina FerrariMonday to Tuesday


So, you think you can't draw? Come and join me to make an original portrait which we will convert into stitch in a variety of ways and discover what fun drawing portraits can be. .... read more

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

People Portraits with Watercolour and Coloured Pencil24th Aug to 26th Aug 2022
Tutor: Jonathan NeweyWednesday to Friday


This is a three day course that will show you how to achieve the texture, colour and character of people using watercolour and coloured pencils (crayons). Using photos supplied and after tracing down the outline you will be shown how to mix the skin tones and then paint the basic colours of the eyes, hair and skin with the watercolour. You will then be shown how to use the pencil to add detail and texture..... read more

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

Art Journalling - Mini Books24th Aug to 26th Aug 2022
Tutor: Paula WatkinsWednesday to Friday


Art Journalling is a huge subject and there are so many styles and techniques to be learned. It is really enjoyable to spend each Summer School exploring a series of different themes and some of the special techniques associated with these..... read more

"A very enjoyable course delivered in a very friendly and informative way." (Summer School 2019)

Chinese Brush Painting: Studying Liu Jiyou (Animals)24th Aug to 26th Aug 2022
Tutor: William CaiWednesday to Friday


Through face to face instruction and with traditional demonstrations, this course will introduce the work of the artist Liu Jiyou (1918 to 1983), a native of Tianjin and an outstanding Chinese painter. Known as the "Rembrandt and Michelangelo of the East", Liu Jiyou is an accomplished master of animal painting and figure painting in the history of modern and contemporary Chinese art. In this workshop, through the study and research of Liu Jiyou's works, we will understand and master the essence of this master of Chinese painting. .... read more

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

Linocut meets Painting25th Aug to 26th Aug 2022
Tutor: Jessica RoseThursday to Friday


Painting and printmaking don't often combine together but we will be melding two completely different disciplines with stunning results. A must for anyone who's wondered how to take their skills in linocut further..... read more

Great course Jessica was a brilliant tutor and I felt I learnt a great deal from a patient passionate tutor. Looking forward to the next one. (Summer School 2021)

Orchids in Watercolour and water-soluble pencil25th Aug to 26th Aug 2022
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsThursday to Friday


Capturing the textures and intricacies of structure in orchid flowers is a challenge. Generally, coloured pencils deal very well with textures, but fine detail is easier with watercolour. Water-soluble pencils can sometimes give you the best of both worlds. In this course you can be a water colourist, a pencilist or both! The course will allow you to explore this overlap..... read more

"So pleased to have Roger's tuition and encouragement." (Summer School 2019)

Impressionist Landscapes and Beyond25th Aug to 26th Aug 2022
Tutor: Richard BoxThursday to Friday


This is a painting course with acrylics. Impressionism is continuing to be a very popular style of painting, even though, as a movement, it was short lived. Many artists who were influenced by the style moved onwards, and other movements like Post-Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism and even Abstraction were soon to follow. This is a practical course, but will also be interspersed with short slide shows to explain all these..... read more

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