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.

Abstract Painting and Wabi Sabi

Course dates: November 26th - 28th 2018 (Monday - Wednesday)

The aim of this course is to enjoy the materials and allow the painting to evolve as you work. We will be experimenting with careful layering of paint and repetitive brush strokes, with varying rhythms, to create densely constructed forms which shift and change through the process. We will be looking at artists who use multiple processes pouring oil and inks on linen.

The work will be created using paints, pigments, inks, oil paint and dyes onto saturate surfaces, as well as using bending, wrinkling and folding. Out of this repetitive, engaging and meditative approach, the work just makes itself. This is very much an Eastern philosophy connecting the inner self to the outside world. We will be looking at wabi sabi which is a concept of Japanese aesthetics; the celebration of the beauty of the handmade process and nature, the imperfections, incompleteness and ever changing qualities. We will look at Korean artists of the Dansaekhuwa movement and also western contemporary artists who have this approach at the centre of their practise. There will be demonstrations throughout the course , students will be led by the tutor and encouraged to let the work lead them .

Event Date 26-Nov-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 28-Nov-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 7
Individual Price £240.00
Tutor Helen Turner
£240.00 7
Moving Image 3: the animated sketchbook

Course dates: November 29th & 30th 2018 (Thursday & Friday)

This two day course will explore the potential of the artists book as something that can become alive with movement. We will look at how the blank pages can be surfaces for drawing, folding, cutting, collage and animation. The workshop is perfect for those wanting to build on the experiments of the previous moving image courses, as well as being suitable for newcomers. All welcome.

Event Date 29-Nov-2018 9:30 am
Event End Date 30-Nov-2018 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 8
Individual Price £195.00
Tutor Betsy Dadd and Lydia CS
£195.00 8
Drawing and Sound

Course dates: January 21st & 22nd 2019 (Monday & Tuesday)

This exciting two day course will investigate drawing in relation to sound. We will explore ways in which noise, melody, pace and rhythm can be translated into colour and marks. The workshop will cover lively and mindful experimentation across drawing from the acoustics of materials, sonic environments, sound walks, musical notation and lead into making a moving image piece.

Event Date 21-Jan-2019 9:30 am
Event End Date 22-Jan-2019 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 10
Individual Price £195.00
Tutor Betsy Dadd and Lydia CS
£195.00 10
Writing an Artist's Statement (NEW)

Course dates: January 28th 2019 (Monday)

Does producing an artist statement seem like a frustrating chore? Perhaps you struggle to explain your work to others; finding it difficult to adequately translate your visual, non verbal ideas into written form? Maybe writing just isn’t you thing and the thought of creating a concise piece of writing about your work feels like a painful and unnecessary distraction? This course will enable you to write confidently and eloquently about your work and practice as an artist. Jane will guide you through the process. Your statement can open the door to opportunities: applications for exhibitions, grants, open competitions, press releases, personal websites, exhibition text (catalogue essays and text panels) as well as help you focus and order your thoughts about your practice.

Event Date 28-Jan-2019 9:30 am
Event End Date 28-Jan-2019 12:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 12
Individual Price £40.00
Tutor Jane Nash
£40.00 12
The beauty of surface and grounds

Dates - January 29th - 31st 2019 Tuesday - Thursday

Cost includes includes some specialist materials

Initially exploring the beauty of grounds, the first part of the course will involve a number of different materials including paper, canvas and board. Starting with the support and then applying the ground, we will be examining how these elements dictate the paintings appearance, playing with different absorbency and touch.

We will then be looking at how you build surface through different textures, layering paint 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 the rhythm of mark making.

Finally we will be looking at pattern and the layering of surfaces, using a combination of collage and paint. Exploring different processes like casting, printing, stencilling and lovely possibilities especially in conjunction with collage.

Over the 3 days you will have created a series of experimentally layered paintings along with a set of skills and techniques to inspire future work.

Event Date 29-Jan-2019 9:30 am
Event End Date 31-Jan-2019 4:30 pm
Capacity 12
Available places 10
Individual Price £260.00
Tutor Julian Brown
£260.00 10