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.

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 0
Individual Price £320.00
Tutor Simon Carter
Painting and Pattern  1  (Abstraction and Visual Pleasure)

Course dates: October 22nd - 24th 2018 (Monday - Wednesday)

Differentiating tree species, finding order in complexity, spotting the tiger in the long grass or simply gaining optical delight from rhythmical repetition – recognising pattern and getting pleasure from that recognition is something we have, for good reason, evolved to do. This 3 day practical course will explore how pattern, rhythm and repetition can be used in conjunction with colour, paint and it’s manipulation as an exciting and vibrant component in painting. It will also explore the fertile relationship between painting and textiles. We will be looking at a range of patterned textiles for inspiration as well as slideshows each morning looking at the work of historical and contemporary painters.

This is a stand alone course but can be done in conjunction with Painting and Pattern 2.

Event Date 22-Oct-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 24-Oct-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £240.00
Tutor Nick Bodimeade
Colour - the language of dreams

Course dates: October 25th & 26th 2018 (Thursday & Friday)

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 2 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 25-Oct-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 26-Oct-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 7
Individual Price £160.00
Tutor Julian Brown
£160.00 7
Autumn Trees and Landscape (NEW)

October 29th - November 2nd 2018 (Monday - Friday)

The price includes includes entrance to Sheffield Park.

Sheffield Park near Uckfield will be our inspiration for paintings. Famous for its beautiful Autumn colour; with its Acers, Nyssa, Taxodiums and Ginko trees. The reflections in the large lake double the impact and make the experience all the more magical. The garden has been influenced over the centuries by Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton. The course will start with 2 days working on location in the gardens making rich and exciting studies of the colour, textures and spaces; capturing not only what can been seen but also the sense of atmosphere, the smells of damp earth, the changing light and weather - all that is wonderful about working on location. The final 3 days will be back at the studio in Partridge Green making paintings from these studies. The tutors guidance will encourage experimentation and individual expression.

Event Date 29-Oct-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 02-Nov-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £425.00
Tutor Emily Ball, Katie Sollohub
Gary Wragg - Painting

 Course dates: November 19th - 21st 2018 (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 19-Nov-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 21-Nov-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £290.00
Tutor Gary Wragg