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: March 27th - 30th 2017 (Monday-Thursday)

Simon Carter works on location on the Essex Coast creating vigorous and rhythmical drawings of the sea, light, clouds and land. He then takes these drawings to his studio to create expressive responses to them and his memory with acrylics on canvas. On this course he will share his working process. Students will look at the ‘to and fro’ process of drawing outdoors and painting in the studio. Starting with observational drawing students will see how the act of drawing can provide a language for studio painting. Conversely they will see how the painting process alters the kind of drawings that need to be made. Each day there will be time to make drawings as well as time to develop a larger studio painting.

Event Date 27-Mar-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 30-Mar-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 13
Available places 0
Individual Price £300.00
Tutor Simon Carter

Course Dates: April 3rd - April 6th, 2017 (Monday - Thursday)

Explore and discover how to make abstract work using a wide range of materials and techniques. The materials will be the starting point for the work. Flooding the canvas, glazing, drawing into thick paint and plaster, dissolving paint and coloured pigments are some of the processes that will be explored. Also using the chance factor, together with colour, line, form, including patterns and shapes, to inspire us to intuitively make very exciting paintings. The course will evolve and new elements will be added as part of the process. There will be demonstrations by the tutor and we will be looking at artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Gillian Ayres, Alexis Harding, Tapies, Yves Klein, Julian Schnabel, Frank Stella and more.

‘Helen's course was fantastic, I learnt a great many techniques and enjoyed her direct approach’.

‘I've gone back to college refreshed and ready to accept what may feel uncomfortable in my work - tutors have already noticed a change in my mark making and use of colour’.

Event Date 03-Apr-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 06-Apr-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 5
Individual Price £320.00
Tutor Helen Turner
£320.00 5

Course Dates: 2nd May & 3rd May, 2017 (Tuesday - Wednesday)

A 2 day course using earth as a primary material for working with, as a mark, a colour, and a surface for drawing and painting onto. Getting your hands into the earth is one of the most primal sensations we can experience. Reminiscent of child's play, cave painting, gardening or working with clay, it is a process that can be extremely satisfying, as long as you are prepared to get your hands dirty! Using the materials of the land to draw the landscape is nothing new, as pigments and charcoal, ink and chalks all originate from natural materials.

Event Date 02-May-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 03-May-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 9
Available places 4
Individual Price £160.00
Tutor Katie Sollohub
£160.00 4

Course dates: May 15th - 17th (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 15-May-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 17-May-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 2
Individual Price £225.00
Tutor Julian Brown
£225.00 2

Course dates: June 7th & 8th (Wednesday & Thursday)

Includes entrance to the Wakehurst Seed Bank and 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 directly from nature at the Seed Bank at Wakehurst place as well as working from a collection of natural objects made into a still life in the studio. 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 07-Jun-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 08-Jun-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 7
Individual Price £160.00
Tutor Helen Turner
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