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.

Floribunda - Spring

 Course dates: April 10th - 13th 2018 (Tuesday - Friday)

Spring is such a joy. Long awaited, hellebores, daffodils, snow drops, catkins, camellias, magnolias, tulips, ferns, blue bells, delicate new leaves on trees all quietly and delicately unfurling to give the landscape and garden punctuations of colour. With the promise of longer days and warmth; nature is waking up and regenerating. It is a magic time of year that moves all too fast. The planning and preparing for this course will take 12 months of nurturing, planting and growing to create an abundant arrangement of Spring flowers to inspire you to create fantastic paintings to capture all of this energy and joy. You will have 4 days of painting in the studio exploring ways of courageously handling luscious paint to create paintings that go beyond safe, traditional flower paintings. The subject is full of colour, texture and sculptural form......a gift for painting. It will be a packed four days with demonstrations, exercises and finished paintings to take away with you.

Event Date 10-Apr-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 13-Apr-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £360.00
Tutor Emily Ball
Simply Still Life

Course dates: April 16th - 18th 2018 (Monday - Wednesday)

Suitable for all levels, including beginners. On this course students will make a series of drawings and paintings from still life set-ups, paying special attention to fabrics and objects with sumptuous colour, pattern, and texture. Using different drawing approaches to get to know the subject, the same processes can then be applied to paint, making clear connections between drawing and painting. You will start at least 2 paintings, and over the 2 days have time to work on them both to some kind of resolution.

Inspired by the recent Goya exhibition and the way he painted fabrics, as well as the still lives of Morandi, Matisse, Soutine, Braque, Tricia Gillman


Event Date 16-Apr-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 18-Apr-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 2
Individual Price £225.00
Tutor Katie Sollohub
£225.00 2
Exploring Abstraction

Course dates: May 14th - 16th 2018 (Monday - Wednesday)

Starting with an explanation of, and slide show on, Process-based Abstraction , this course will explore the formal qualities of composition, colour, shape, scale, space, surface and edge in relation to the observable world around us. We will also explore the many benefits of working in series, in particular how critical judgments can develop from simple comparative preferences. This is particularly important because with non-representational work the critical yardstick of  ‘does it look like the subject?’, no longer applies. Paint and its manipulation will be a central element of this course and in order to facilitate experimentation and speed up development, it is recommended that participants work in acrylic paint. A three day practical workshop with daily slide shows.

Event Date 14-May-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 16-May-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 1
Individual Price £225.00
Tutor Nick Bodimeade
£225.00 1
Working from Nature

Course dates: May 29th & 30th 2018 (Tuesday & Wednesday)

Cost includes 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 from our wonderful resource of natural objects as well as objects borrowed from the Booth Museum.  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 29-May-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 30-May-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 9
Individual Price £150.00
Tutor Helen Turner
£150.00 9
Working Large in the Landscape

Course dates: June 6th & 7th 2018 (Wednesday & Thursday)

Cost includes canvas and paper

We will be working outside in the woods and landscape close to the studio; making paintings and drawings on large pieces of canvas and paper. We can get immersed in the tranquillity of being surrounded by nature. By working large on the ground the marks made will have an inspiring physicality and energy. You will respond to fleeting moments and changing light; walking on and round your work to get the full 360 degree experience. The work will be brought back into the studio to look at and potentially develop. It can then be either taken back into to the landscape or fresh work can be started. The practicalities will all be sorted for you!   

Event Date 06-Jun-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 07-Jun-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 0
Individual Price £170.00
Tutor Emily Ball