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: September 11th - 14th 2017 (Monday - Thursday)

Exploratory drawings have direct energy and freshness. Finding ways of getting that equivalent quality into paint can seem elusive. This course gives you four, full studio days of painting from drawings that you will bring with you. Two weeks before this course you will be emailed with some homework. Simon will ask you to do a 10 minute drawing a day from a view through a window in your home. Different approaches to 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. During the course Simon will show you through demonstration 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 11-Sep-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 14-Sep-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £300.00
Tutor Simon Carter

Course dates: September 18th - 20th 2017 (Monday - Wednesday)

Differentiating tree species, finding order in complexity, spotting the tiger in the long grass, or simply gaining optical delight from rhythmic repetition – recognising pattern and getting pleasure from that recognition is something we have, for good reason, evolved to do. Unsurprisingly it has played a major role in painting, both as a formal component but also as a subject in its own right. This three day practical course will explore some of the technical, practical and conceptual aspects of pattern painting, and examine paintings’ fertile relationship with textiles. Each morning there will be a slide show looking at the work of historical and contemporary painters, including Eduard Vuillard, Gustav Klimt, Henri Mattisse, Mikalene Thomas and Beatriz Milhazes.


Event Date 18-Sep-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 20-Sep-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 2
Individual Price £225.00
Tutor Nick Bodimeade
£225.00 2

September 21st & 22nd 2017 (Thursday & Friday)  

This two day course will explore the potential of moving-images in relation to your art practice. We will experiment with ways of combining hands-on making with digital technology to create short films and animated sequences. Through structured activities and self-directed making, you will be guided through various approaches of sequencing, layering, re-drawing, re-sculpting, morphing your subjects and documenting the process, culminating in a screening and group discussion. The workshop aims to offer an experimental approach to the medium of animation and will be useful to students working across drawing, painting, print and sculpture curious to see their work thrown into motion.

Event Date 21-Sep-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 22-Sep-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 4
Individual Price £160.00
Tutor Betsy Dadd , Lydia CS
£160.00 4

Course dates: September 25th - 27th 2017 (Monday - Wednesday)

Collage has always had a strong influence in painting with its fascinating ability to manipulate composition and juxtapose different surfaces together. Matisse described the process of making them as both “cutting directly into colour” and “drawing with scissors.”   More recently with the advancement in painting technologies have opened up possibilities for artists to create collages and introduce mixed media in new and exciting ways. One of the lovely aspects to college is that you can bring elements of the world into your work from textiles, paper, folk art or photographs. During the 3 day course we will start with looking at traditional methods in collage and how it can be used to open up your work through recycling drawings, paintings and studies. As the course progresses I will demonstrate how mediums can be used to collage skins and how these techniques can simultaneously be used to create image transfers.

  For students the course facilitates the need to push boundaries and explores the magic that collage has to offer. 

Event Date 25-Sep-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 27-Sep-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 9
Individual Price £225.00
Tutor Julian Brown
£225.00 9

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