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.

Course dates: October 19th & 20th 2017 (Thursday & Friday)

Using papers and fabrics this course extends the idea of what drawing can be. Over the two days the aim is to make quick works involving all different types of paper and fabrics. You will be discovering different ways of using these materials by folding, cutting, ripping, layering, attaching, assembling and sewing. In conjunction with the fabric and paper you will include paints, glitter and pigments. Even other liquids such as gesso and food dyes can be used to incorporated into the marks and images. The starting point will be the physical act of working with the paper and fabric. There will be tutor led demonstrations to help with ideas and personal direction. Work can be small and large and extend into different shapes made on tables and the floor.

Artists who will be looked at for inspiration will be: Louise Bourgeois, Issey Miyake, Lucio Fontana, Sam Gilliam, Mike Kelley and Robert Rauchenberg .

Event Date 19-Oct-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 20-Oct-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 10
Individual Price £160.00
Tutor Helen Turner
£160.00 10

Course dates: October - 23rd to 25th 2017 (Monday - Wednesday)

This course follows on from Painting Pattern ( Part 1) . It is designed for students who have attended Painting Pattern ( Part 1).  It will be a development of the work created and open out the subject further.  

Event Date 23-Oct-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 25-Oct-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 2
Individual Price £225.00
Tutor Nick Bodimeade
£225.00 2

Course dates: November 6th - 8th 2017 (Monday - Wednesday)

This course is about exploring the beauty of surface by building texture and layers through the repetition of pared down marks, gestures and techniques. The inspiration for these marks could come from a drawing, a print, a small painting, a photograph or even a piece of music. Something that would inspire a movement, emotion, atmosphere or rhythm of mark making. We will also be looking at the more decorative side of surfaces using a combination of collage and paint. Exploring different processes like casting, printing, stencilling and lovely possibilities especially in conjunction with collage. The paintings created will be experimentally layered over the 3 days to create some finished samples that will inspire future work.

Feebback from students

‘Julian is an excellent tutor, his courses are carefully planned. He is generous with time for every student and with materials - he prepared grounds for every member of the course. In addition he supplied us with lists of sources of materials and appropriate galleries for work relevant to the course’.

‘We learnt so much. Julian was so generous and encouraging and really good at guiding us in our different directions, it was a very positive and inspiring experience’.

Event Date 06-Nov-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 08-Nov-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 6
Individual Price £225.00
Tutor Julian Brown
£225.00 6

 Course dates: November 20th - 22nd 2017 (Monday-Wednesday)

This course will explore the possibilities of changing light, colour and mark making. As you work Gary discusses the importance of direction, movement, surface and the function of specific bodily energies. The qualities of what makes a painting will be explored. It should have what Gary refers to as ‘an area of flexibility, to be alive and interactive with the spectator, without formula’. You will work on a large scale and develop drawings and paintings over the three days (mediums paper and canvas provided).

Includes large primed canvas and paper.

Event Date 20-Nov-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 22-Nov-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £265.00
Tutor Gary Wragg

November 27th - 30th 2017 (Monday - Thursday)

Mixing colours can seem like a hit and miss process. It is helpful to understand which pigments have greater transparency and opacity. It is essential to know which yellows and which blues make which greens. It is wonderful to explore the subtle touch you can have to mix beautiful greys and browns. Layering and floating one colour on top of another can produce the most extraordinary optical ‘pop’ and ‘shimmer’. The most unlikely colour partnerships can be atmospheric, glowing and suggestive of light and subject. We will work with oils and fast drying, resin mediums and glazes to maximise the glorious properties of transparency and layering. Once we have got into the swing of working and layering colour we will make simple line drawings from a subject and then use these to create paintings that explore the push and pull, as we build up of colour on colour. The gifts that come from this process of layering and editing are slivers of colour that lift and make other colours vibrate. The paint and the colour will do the work for you. Students will make lots of exploratory pieces as well as 2 – 3 paintings to take away.

Event Date 27-Nov-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 30-Nov-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £320.00
Tutor Emily Ball