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.

The Moving Image II

January 8th - 10th 2018 (Monday - Wednesday)  

This two day intensive will be led by artist-duo Kaleidoworks - made up of Betsy Dadd and Lydia CS who both have a practice based in moving image. Part II of the moving image course is open to anyone regardless of experience, but is also a chance for those who took part in part I to immerse themselves further in the scope of film and animation. The course will explore a range of hands on drawing techniques and investigate ways to transform these into digital, projected moving image pieces. Over the course of the two days, we will experiment with ways of making drawings come to life and work with kinetic qualities. The course is suitable for anyone with a curiosity for movement, mark-making, sequence and photography, or wanting to make time-based work.

Event Date 08-Jan-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 10-Jan-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 6
Individual Price £160.00
Tutor Betsy Dadd , Lydia CS
£160.00 6
Colour - the language of dreams (NEW)

Course dates: January 15th & 16th 2018(Monday & Tuesday)

Colour! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams'. (Paul Gauguin)

Colour is something as artist we often feel nervous or afraid of but used correctly it can open your work up to a kaleidoscope of possibilities. After many years of experimenting with colour I have learnt there are some fundamental rules that I keep coming back to that engage the luminosity and purity of the language. During the course we will be looking at how we can use colour with a little bit of theory but mainly taking a hands on approach working applying colour liberally and making our own discoveries.. Over the 3 days we will be looking at ways in which colour can open up your own work with key lessons about pigment, pitch, under painting, layering, transparency, opacity and luminosity. 

Event Date 15-Jan-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 16-Jan-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 2
Individual Price £150.00
Tutor Julian Brown
£150.00 2
Working from Photographic Imagery

February 12th - 14th 2018 (Monday - Wednesday)

 For many years we have lived our lives surrounded by photographic imagery. Since the advent of digital photography our relationship with the photo has changed, now with infinite possibilities for manipulation, photography seems seamlessly to have moved into the malleable imaginative territory of painting. This course explores how students can use digital photographs and technology to create dynamic and ambitious paintings. There will also be daily slideshows and discussions exploring historical and contemporary approaches to the use of lens-based technology in painting. A three day practical workshop.

Event Date 12-Feb-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 14-Feb-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 4
Individual Price £225.00
Tutor Nick Bodimeade
£225.00 4
Painting by Candlelight

Febuary 17th & 18th 2018 (Saturday & Sunday) 2-9 pm each day..

This is a magical experience painting in the soft, winter, afternoon light as it fades into dusk and then darkness. The setting is Rackham Village hall with its large windows looking out to the Downs. A sumptuous still life will be set up in the space for you to work from: lit by candles that will glow with light and enliven the shadows as the daylight fades. You will start work in the afternoon working from observation making drawings and paintings on paper and canvas. As you get to know the subject the light starts changing whilst you carry on painting. As you work in the near dark unexpected colours and marks overlap to create new work that is charged with the atmosphere changes in your work to unfold. "When you can't see what you are doing, you have to simply trust in the process!" Your finished paintings will be done freshly, fast and spontaneously to capture the magic of the moment.

(Each evening there will be a simple supper provided for you, to finish off the day with good food and good company cooked by Emily)

Event Date 17-Feb-2018
Event End Date 18-Feb-2018
Capacity 9
Available places 0
Individual Price £180.00
Tutor Katie Sollohub
Let go and Play (NEW)

March 5th - 7th 2018 (Monday - Wednesday)

The aim of these 3 days is to for the students to lose fear and doubts surrounding making a painting and to create work that has no boundaries, encouraging  play and experimentation. Gain confidence through experience of combining, clashing, layering different colours, textures and contrasts, appendages, motifs and ornaments together with collage and painting; and anything else you wish to add to the work. Apply 3 and 2 dimensional elements together to create original and lively work. Painting can become serious. We will bring more fun into the studio through many textures, colours, techniques, things , forms and shapes. Artists we will be looking at are Jessica Stockholder, Paul McCarthy, Isa Gengken, Mike Kelley, Richard Smith, Richard Tuttle, Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel, Fontana, and Annette Messager .

Event Date 05-Mar-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 07-Mar-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 9
Individual Price £225.00
Tutor Helen Turner
£225.00 9