Summer School

Tai Ji Quan, and Qigong5th Aug to 7th Aug 2024
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 one day 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 great Tai Ji summer school. (Summer School 2023)

Drizzle, Drool, Scribble and DripCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List5th Aug to 7th Aug 2024
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Monday to Wednesday


An expressive watercolour and ink workshop working on smooth (hot pressed) watercolour papers, as well as rough surfaces, to compare. Aimed at all levels - encouraging a loose colourful experience to break taboos about watercolour painting and encourage confidence levels to increase through mini workshops and individual tuition within a group dynamic..... read more

"I have learned many new things, with excellent demonstrations and advice from the tutor." (April 2019)

Botanical Illustration - Luscious Fruits in WatercolourCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List5th Aug to 6th Aug 2024
Tutor: Jackie Isard SBA - NEW TUTORMonday to Tuesday


Would you like to paint a luscious strawberry, an exotic fruit or some shiny berries? Patterns, textures and colour are common in fruits so it is a lovely subject to explore and refine your skills. I will teach you the techniques to create shine and fruit textures with watercolour. You will receive my helpful tuition throughout the two days. There are many fruits to choose from so please bring one or two of your choice with you..... read more

From Sketchbook to Finished Artwork5th Aug to 7th Aug 2024
Tutor: Barry HernimanMonday to Wednesday


A great way to sketch 'en plein air' in front of your chosen subject and then produce a finished piece(s) of work from all your preparatory loose and lively sketches. The main theme here is information gathering so sketches, scribbles and notes will jog the memory of time and place within your painting(s)..... read more

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. Missenden Abbey is a beautiful location and we made good use of the grounds for our sketching. (Summer School 2023)

Upholstery Restoration: - ONE PLACE LEFT5th Aug to 8th Aug 2024
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.There will be another upholstery tutor on hand for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to help out..... read more

Woodcarving5th Aug to 9th Aug 2024
Tutor: Ernest RiallMonday to Friday


The course aims to introduce complete beginners 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.PLEASE NOTE: This course is being held at Wooburn Craft School - see below...... read more

Japanese Embroidery7th Aug to 9th Aug 2024
Tutor: Janet CroninWednesday to Friday


This course will cater for all level of student. Beginners will have the opportunity of stitching a simple design designed by the Japanese Embroidery Centre. There is a choice of one of four designs that will teach up to about six beginners stitches. Advanced stitchers will be able to carry on with their existing project. For those who have stitched some Japanese Embroidery I have a selection of small and straightforward designs at various levels..... read more

Honiton Lace - ONE PLACE LEFT7th Aug to 9th Aug 2024
Tutor: Alison Thoburn - NEW TUTORWednesday to Friday


This course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to the experienced. The aim is to tailor the course to the individual. For those new to the discipline, instruction will be given using a project which covers the basic techniques. The more experienced Honiton lacemaker will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in technique, design, and interpretation..... read more

Adventures in Linocut8th Aug to 9th Aug 2024
Tutor: Jessica RoseThursday to Friday


In this two day course you will learn a number of advanced linocut techniques, including chine colle, multi-block and reduction printing. This course is ideal for those looking to gain a greater understanding of the processes involved in making more complex prints. Those new to linocut are also welcome - just be ready for a slightly steeper learning curve than normal!.... 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)

Mark Making for Surface Decoration8th Aug to 9th Aug 2024
Tutor: Janet EdmondsThursday to Friday


During this workshop you will create your own zigzag sketchbook. We will then add some free mark making to the sketchbook and select areas from the marks to interpret into stitch..... read more

"I really enjoyed the course" (June 2019)

Chinese Brush Painting - Red Crowned Cranes, and Fish8th Aug to 9th Aug 2024
Tutor: Desmond Chung - NEW TUTORThursday to Friday


I will demonstrate red crowned cranes on the first day and fish (e.g. goldfish, angel fish) on the second. We will start from an initial sketch, to outlines using ink and water, then application of colours, and finally background washes..... read more

Dynasty - The Godwin Family12th Aug to 13th Aug 2024
Tutor: Richard StoneMonday to Tuesday


This two day history course will cover the story of three generations of one of the great noble families of 11th century England, from the dramatic rise to authority and influence of Earl Godwin of Wessex to King Harold and his sons, and their equally spectacular fall from power in the wake of the Norman Conquest..... read more

Excellent. (Summer School 2023)

Impressionist Landscapes with Acrylics12th Aug to 13th Aug 2024
Tutor: Jonathan NeweyMonday to Tuesday


Dive into the vibrant world of impressionist style landscapes with acrylic paint! This enriching course invites you to capture the essence of nature through expressive brushstrokes and vivid colors. Explore the techniques pioneered by renowned artists like Monet and Cezanne as you learn to portray light, atmosphere, and movement in your own creations. From serene meadows to rolling hillsides, unlock the secrets of impressionism and infuse your artwork with energy and emotion..... read more

"Excellent tutor." (May 2019)

When Art meets Craft13 Aug 2024
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Tuesday


This one day extravaganza is all about gaining confidence with watercolours whilst using up paintings which have not quite made it to the frame for one reason or another. Languishing under the bed is now a thing of the past! We shall magically revive or just start again……making simple experimental marks on paper, taking chances and surprise discoveries. Entering the world of Japanese Origami folding in the simplest way, boxes will emerge as if from nowhere..... read more

"As usual, Jackie has taught a wonderful course - she always goes that extra mile." (March 2019)

Sketching with Watercolour Pencils14th Aug to 16th Aug 2024
Tutor: Jonathan NeweyWednesday to Friday


Discover the vibrant world of watercolour pencils in our immersive course! Unlock your artistic potential as you learn essential techniques in sketching and painting with these versatile tools. From mastering colour blending to sketching techniques such as pen and wash, our expert instructor will guide you through every step. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned artist, join us to explore the boundless possibilities of watercolour pencils and elevate your artwork to new heights!.... read more

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

Floating Ink and Watercolour14th Aug to 16th Aug 2024
Tutor: Jackie Devereux Wednesday to Friday


Floating ink and watercolour featuring the wonders of watercolour with an optional drop of ink on the side! Discover the joys of watercolour and ink during this exciting organic workshop. Do you feel as if you are stuck in a rut with your painting? Then take the pressure off yourself by coming along and relax into watercolour with well known award winning professional artist, Jackie Devereux. Enjoy creating beautiful brushstrokes and wallow in luscious colour. Jackie will expertly guide you and your brushes through exciting exercises designed to take a leap into her colourful and creative world! Experimenting with different paper surfaces coupled with confidence growing modules, you will also learn how to see as an artist..... read more

"Excellent course with Jackie" (February 2019)

Print, Collage, StitchCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List14th Aug to 16th Aug 2024
Tutor: Paula WatkinsWednesday to Friday


Using hand carved Indian wood blocks with drawing and simple stitch we will be making decorative paper, fabric and embellishments to create collages. You can choose to display your collages as framed artwork or use them to add exciting pages in an artist book or sketchbook..... 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)

Watercolours with Wow factor - Blooms and Gardens15th Aug to 16th Aug 2024
Tutor: Nicky Hunter Thursday to Friday


Enjoy creating vibrant watercolour artworks that have the wow factor! You will spend two days learning loose and lively painting techniques. On day one, we will focus on bold beautiful blooms filled with radiant colour and bursting with expressive brushwork. To expand your watercolour skills and knowledge and range of subject the second day will focus on painting a garden scene with bursting light and vibrant florals and foliage. Take your watercolours from drab to fab and improve your understanding of how to use this challenging yet magical medium!.... 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)

Milanese and European LacesCourse Full - Add me to Waiting List19th Aug to 21st Aug 2024
Tutor: Claire BonitoMonday to Wednesday


This is a three day course with a primary focus on Milanese lace with other European laces supported. This course offers individual tuition to focus on a new project, a new lace or continue and make progress on an existing project. This course will 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

" The course and tutorial was amazing and most enjoyable." (Summer School 2022)

Portraits in Pastels and Pastel Pencils19th Aug to 20th Aug 2024
Tutor: Kevin Scully - NEW TUTORMonday to Tuesday


In this workshop you will be using both pastels and pastel pencils to create portraits in a traditional style as well as some more contemporary images. If you've ever wanted to draw or paint a portrait but you don't feel that you have the confidence or technique, then this workshop is for you! As well as creating a realistic likeness in a portrait, you will be shown how to produce some interesting and lively paintings..... read more

Chinese Landscape Painting19th Aug to 21st Aug 2024
Tutor: William CaiMonday to Wednesday


You will be introduced into how to use the skills of Chinese brushes,and the various methods of depicting trees and leaves along with rocks and stones, as examples, in order to build on the elements needed for a full landscape painting. Through demonstrations, everyone will be trained together, so that you will gradually master the skills of brushes and improve your ability to describe landscapes in Chinese painting..... read more

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

Drawing Skills in Graphite Pencil with a Touch of Colour19th Aug to 20th Aug 2024
Tutor: Jill WinchMonday to Tuesday


This is a two day course learning all about the drawing skills with graphite pencils and adding a touch of colour ..using coloured pencils. An exciting combination. Subject matter will be from the large range of Botanical subjects on offer at this time of year...... read more

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