All Courses

A complete list of all of our courses.

Painting from Nature – The Algarve Portugal

Dates: August 26th - September 1st 2018 ( Sunday to Saturday)

This includes arrival and departure dates. The course runs from August 27th - 31st Monday - Friday

This course offers the opportunity of five days painting in the stunning location of the Algarve. Whilst staying in a beautiful villa, situated right on the boundary of a National Park, you will get inspiration for paintings in response to the surrounding secluded beaches with their views of the sea, landscape, rocky hillsides crammed and carpeted with wild herbs and flowers. The local landscape is studded with exotic trees and plants. Emily's guidance will focus on helping students to become more confident and fluent with their handling of paint in order to create paintings that capture the experience of the place and the intensity of sensations. Emily will provide warm up exercises to help students navigate how to make studies and then use these to inspire finished paintings.

All art materials, food and accommodation are included in the fee, but not flights. If students wish to have a single room there will be a supplement to pay of £175 for the week. This is an option in the checkout.

Event Date 26-Aug-2018
Event End Date 01-Sep-2018
Capacity 9
Available places 0
Individual Price £1,060.00
Reference PFN
Tutor Emily Ball
Residency  Week 2 2018

Course Dates: September 10th - 14th 2018 ( Moday - Friday )

This is an opportunity to give a sustained commitment and studio time to your work and yourself over 5 days. It will be untutored, however you will be working alongside a professional artist and selected fellow artists who are equally committed and focused. You could choose to use the space and time to make large scale work or focus on an existing body of work. With group critiques at the end of each day this combined working energy and support, in a spacious well equipped studio, will let you see your work take leaps forward and your confidence in your practice will grow. Limited to 5 artists, on application.


Event Date 10-Sep-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 14-Sep-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 5
Available places 2
Individual Price £200.00
£200.00 2
Breathing Life into Paint - Where sea meets land and sky

 Course dates: September 17th - 20th 2018 (Monday - Thursday)

Exploratory drawings have direct energy and freshness. Finding ways of getting that equivalent quality into the paint can seem elusive. This course gives you four, full studio days of painting from drawings that you will bring with you. Three weeks before this course you will be emailed with some homework. Your inspiration will be the sea so you will need to be able to do several visits to your nearest beach and coastline to do drawings. Simon will ask you to do a series of ten minute drawings. Different approaches to the making the drawings will be suggested, to give you challenges and to make sure that you come on the first day of the course armed with exciting and inspiring studies (this is an essential part of the course, providing the subject and impetus for your paintings). Simon will show you, through demonstrations and instruction how to use the drawings that you bring. You will layer the paint and marks to create vital and beautiful paintings. By the end of four days you will have gained a greater understanding of the process of developing paintings from drawings.

Event Date 17-Sep-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 20-Sep-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £320.00
Tutor Simon Carter
Still Life - A personal Life History - Term 1

Course Dates Sept 27th, Oct 18th, Nov 15th, Dec 13th 2018

By registering here you are booking for all the weeks in the term.

You will make a body of work (both drawings and paintings) from your objects paying special attention fabrics and objects with sumptuous colour, pattern, texture, as well as personal association. Using different approaches to get to know the subject (through touch, writing and memory as well as visually) we will explore the subject beyond the traditional still life. The work produced will be autobiographical, a personal story, a self portrait using objects that mean something to you, or that have metaphorical relevance to your life and loves. Meeting monthly means that Katie and Emily will ask you to do preparation work for each session. The work you do in your own time will be used to inspire paintings and drawings during the class. You will be encouraged to get into the the routine of a daily practice, even if it is just 10 minutes drawing a day.

Event Date 27-Sep-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 27-Sep-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 13
Available places 0
Individual Price £320.00
Tutor Emily Ball, Katie Sollohub
The Painting Group  - Term 1

Course Dates October 1st & 2nd, November 5th & 6th, December 3rd & 4th 2018

By registering here you are booking for all the weeks in the term.

This monthly course provides help and support for experienced painters to become confident in establishing and sustaining a good regular working practise and a flow with their work. Both Emily and Julian focus on ways of inspiring a creative energy by giving talks, creating helpful exercises, giving demonstrations and one to one tutorials. Working as a group and individually each artist is helped to put more intensity and content into the work. Artists are given strategies to prevent hesitation, being stuck or bored. Artists need to bring their own subject, studies and on going work to each session. Being part of a group of like minded artists, and attending this course regularly over the year, will help each artist produce a strong and significant body of work, build confidence, independence and trust in their own creative abilities and intuition.

Event Date 01-Oct-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 02-Oct-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £450.00
Tutor Emily Ball, Nick Bodimeade