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: June 26th - 27th 2017 (Monday - Tuesday)

A 2 day course creating large scale abstract drawings, using the body's physical gestures as a starting point. Working with intuition and spontaneity on day one, followed by a more considered approach on the second day. This course is intended to help you forward by giving you the experience to apply both in your own practice, and the confidence to trust your own judgement. All materials are provided.


Event Date 26-Jun-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 27-Jun-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 9
Available places 2
Individual Price £175.00
Tutor Katie Sollohub
£175.00 2

Course Dates: June 28th  - June 30th  2017 (Wednesday - Friday)

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 28-Jun-2017 9:30 am
Event End Date 30-Jun-2017 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 10
Individual Price £225.00
Tutor Helen Turner
£225.00 10

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 5
Individual Price £300.00
Tutor Simon Carter
£300.00 5

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 11
Individual Price £160.00
Tutor Betsy Dadd , Lydia CS
£160.00 11