Short Courses

If you are interested in enrolling in any of our courses you can register below. If the course has reached capacity you will be added to our waiting list. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Exploring Abstraction

Course dates: May 14th - 16th 2018 (Monday - Wednesday)

Starting with an explanation of, and slide show on, Process-based Abstraction , this course will explore the formal qualities of composition, colour, shape, scale, space, surface and edge in relation to the observable world around us. We will also explore the many benefits of working in series, in particular how critical judgments can develop from simple comparative preferences. This is particularly important because with non-representational work the critical yardstick of  ‘does it look like the subject?’, no longer applies. Paint and its manipulation will be a central element of this course and in order to facilitate experimentation and speed up development, it is recommended that participants work in acrylic paint. A three day practical workshop with daily slide shows.

Event Date 14-May-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 16-May-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £225.00
Tutor Nick Bodimeade
£225.00
Working from Nature

Course dates: May 29th & 30th 2018 (Tuesday & Wednesday)

Cost includes some materials

This course is about transforming the dramatic natural structures of trees, flowers, pods and seeds into amazing drawings and paintings. Students will use motif and pattern to simplify the forms together with using scale, materials and compositions creatively to transform these incredible structures into singular images, rather than scenes of landscape. Students will work from our wonderful resource of natural objects as well as objects borrowed from the Booth Museum.  We will be making large and small scale work using lots of different materials and approaches to the subject. There will be demonstrations and slide shows of artists work as inspiration. Louise Bourgios drawings in the Tate Modern of plants and Terry Winters drawings and paintings are perfect examples of this approach. Other inspiration will be drawn from art from the East.

Event Date 29-May-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 30-May-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £150.00
Tutor Helen Turner
£150.00
Working Large in the Landscape

Course dates: June 6th & 7th 2018 (Wednesday & Thursday)

Cost includes canvas and paper

We will be working outside in the woods and landscape close to the studio; making paintings and drawings on large pieces of canvas and paper. We can get immersed in the tranquillity of being surrounded by nature. By working large on the ground the marks made will have an inspiring physicality and energy. You will respond to fleeting moments and changing light; walking on and round your work to get the full 360 degree experience. The work will be brought back into the studio to look at and potentially develop. It can then be either taken back into to the landscape or fresh work can be started. The practicalities will all be sorted for you!   

Event Date 06-Jun-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 07-Jun-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £170.00
Tutor Emily Ball
£170.00
Working Large in the Landscape

Course dates: June 25th & 26th 2018 (Monday & Tuesday)

Cost includes canvas and paper

We will be working outside in the woods and landscape close to the studio; making paintings and drawings on large pieces of canvas and paper. We can get immersed in the tranquillity of being surrounded by nature. By working large on the ground the marks made will have an inspiring physicality and energy. You will respond to fleeting moments and changing light; walking on and round your work to get the full 360 degree experience. The work will be brought back into the studio to look at and potentially develop. It can then be either taken back into to the landscape or fresh work can be started. The practicalities will all be sorted for you!   

Event Date 25-Jun-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 26-Jun-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £170.00
Tutor Emily Ball
£170.00
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 1
Individual Price £320.00
Tutor Simon Carter
£320.00 1