All Courses

Clematis in Coloured PencilCourse Full17th Aug to 18th Aug 2020
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsMonday to Tuesday

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The garden Clematis provides an opportunity to use the versatility of coloured pencils to the full. Choose your subject carefully and you can have challenging colours to mix, superb leaf curls to draw and textures to work at that make you grab for your pencils. We will look at layout, drawing, researching colours and how to build up textures for a really attractive piece of work..... read more

"I thought the course was excellent and the tutor very encouraging and explained techniques clearly." (May 2019)

Take Ink, Watercolour, a spoonful of daring, take a deep breath - and stirCourse Full17th Aug to 19th Aug 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAMonday to Wednesday

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This outrageously creative three day course will take the fear out of picture-making. Through a series of modules aimed at overcoming the fear of spontaneous mark-making, we shall create a collection of exciting images based on everyday objects and/or structures. .... read more

"Excellent course by Jackie.  The demonstrations and pace of the class were just right, many thanks." (Summer School 2019)

Honiton Lace MakingProposed Course23rd Oct to 25th Oct 2020
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleFriday to Sunday

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A course suitable for all levels of Honiton Lace makers and for lace makers new to Honiton Lace but with experience in other bobbin laces. This course aims to enable learners to improve skills in Honiton Lace making. For those with experience of Honiton Lace working on new or existing projects there is the opportunity to expand knowledge already attained with encouragement to experiment with technique, design and interpretation. For those new to Honiton Lace instruction will be given in the practice and theory of the lace with the commencement of the first project covering the basic techniques required..... read more

"Excellent course" (June 2019)

Fabric printing - Print, Paint and Pinny24th Oct to 25th Oct 2020
Tutor: Alison HulmeSaturday to Sunday

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Students will experiment with Thermofax screens, Gellie Plates, stamps and stencils to create a range of samples, and from these they will design their own large piece of fabric. Alison will bring a pinny pattern in four different sizes so that students can make up their own unique fabric design into a pinny..... read more

Fin-de-Siecle: art, culture, and society in transition24th Oct to 25th Oct 2020
Tutor: Richard StoneSaturday to Sunday

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Towards the close of the 19th century, Europe underwent a period of cultural transformation. Paris in particular was a place of political upheaval. In Berlin, Munich, and Vienna, a new wave of artists rejected academic conservatism and struck out on their own. This course will survey the cultural phenomenon we now label Fin-de-Siecle and consider how artists captured and mirrored this exciting and turbulent era..... read more

"As usual, Richard has given us an excellently researched and fascinating course." (Summer School 2019)

Watercolour Painting - Poppy Seed HeadsProposed Course30 Oct 2020
Tutor: Nicky Hunter - NEW TUTORFriday

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Using watercolour we will explore texture, tone and experimenting with harmonious colour palates to capture the essence of poppy seadheads learning new watercolour techniques as we go. You will be encouraged to experiment with different layouts and scales. Perhaps try one painting in one tonal family of colours at actual size and another painting with more detail and texture supersized and quite abstract? Through out the day there will be demos and lots of one-to-one guidance and encouragement to help you progress your painting to a finished pleasing piece of art and develop your watercolour skills on route. .... read more

Art Journalling9th Nov to 11th Nov 2020
Tutor: Paula WatkinsMonday to Wednesday

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During this three day art journalling course we will enjoy discovering many different aspects of art journalling with an exciting and adventurous combination of mixed media techniques. .... read more

"Paula was creative, informative, inspiring and inclusive. The course was beyond my expectations." (Summer School 2019)

Watercolour Painting - ToadstoolsProposed Course13 Nov 2020
Tutor: Nicky Hunter - NEW TUTORFriday

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These bright fungi are fun to paint ! Using irresistible , vibrant reds and oranges and lovely textures you can try a very classical watercolour approach or a wilder way with vivid colour and freer brushstrokes, however you approach it they always look appealing. We will work with masking fluid , which can at times can make your watercolour look very static and garish and often naive, you will be shown how to get a more sensitive outcome from this medium along with other watercolour techniques to keep your work loose, lively and vivid. .... read more

Creative Paper Cutting for ChristmasProposed Course13 Nov 2020
Tutor: Christine GreenFriday

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This one day course will introduce you to a wide variety of cut out items, together with a little bit of history about paper cutting. You will learn the basic techniques for successful designing and cutting. As well as lots of top tips you will learn how to use lettering as a starting point and you will produce several festive pieces including a fabulous two-way fold Christmas card. .... read more

"I really enjoyed the course, Christine is an excellent informative teacher.  I learnt a lot, she is interactive and generous and really helped with the design." (Summer School 2019)

Bucks Point Lace27th Nov to 29th Nov 2020
Tutor: Louise West - NEW TUTORFriday to Sunday

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This is a weekend course focusing on Bucks Point lace, both geometric and floral techniques, with individual tuition to work on your own project, or start something new. The option of designing or adapting patterns is also available, and the pattern can be supplied before the course by contacting the tutor. Throughout the weekend teaching will be through individual learning and group demonstrations of techniques as appropriate. .... read more

Tai Ji Quan, and Qigong Proposed Course27th Nov to 29th Nov 2020
Tutor: Clare SkeltonFriday to Sunday

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Nurture yourself with a weekend of gentle exercise to enhance your health and well-being. These traditional Chinese health arts, Tai Ji Quan and Qigong (Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung), create stillness in the mind whilst also increasing vitality and fitness. Your ability to relax, your flexibility, co-ordination and balance will improve with practice. I enjoy working with all ages and will support you to meet your individual health and fitness needs. The course is suitable for all levels, beginners welcome.Nurture yourself with a weekend of gentle exercise to enhance your health and well-being. These traditional Chinese health arts, Tai Ji Quan and Qigong (Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung), create stillness in the mind whilst also increasing vitality and fitness. Your ability to relax, your flexibility, co-ordination and balance will improve with practice. I enjoy working with all ages and will support you to meet your individual health needs. The course is open to everyone, beginners welcome. .... read more

"Clare is a wonderful teacher, we are so pleased to have her." (March 2019)

Honiton Lace MakingProposed Course15th Jan to 17th Jan 2021
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleFriday to Sunday

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A course suitable for all levels of Honiton Lace makers and for lace makers new to Honiton Lace but with experience in other bobbin laces. This course aims to enable learners to improve skills in Honiton Lace making. For those with experience of Honiton Lace working on new or existing projects there is the opportunity to expand knowledge already attained with encouragement to experiment with technique, design and interpretation. For those new to Honiton Lace instruction will be given in the practice and theory of the lace with the commencement of the first project covering the basic techniques required..... read more

"Thank you, I have had a brilliant weekend and learned so much." (October 2019)

Tai Ji Quan, and Qigong Proposed Course12th Feb to 14th Feb 2021
Tutor: Clare SkeltonFriday to Sunday

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Nurture yourself with a weekend of gentle exercise to enhance your health and well-being. These traditional Chinese health arts, Tai Ji Quan and Qigong (Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung), create stillness in the mind whilst also increasing vitality and fitness. Your ability to relax, your flexibility, co-ordination and balance will improve with practice. I enjoy working with all ages and will support you to meet your individual health and fitness needs. The course is suitable for all levels, beginners welcome.Nurture yourself with a weekend of gentle exercise to enhance your health and well-being. These traditional Chinese health arts, Tai Ji Quan and Qigong (Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung), create stillness in the mind whilst also increasing vitality and fitness. Your ability to relax, your flexibility, co-ordination and balance will improve with practice. I enjoy working with all ages and will support you to meet your individual health needs. The course is open to everyone, beginners welcome. .... read more

"As usual, it was really enjoyable."  (Summer School 2019)

Chinese Brush Painting: Studying Ma YuanProposed Course13th Feb to 14th Feb 2021
Tutor: William CaiSaturday to Sunday

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Through face to face instruction and with traditional demonstrations, this course will introduce the work of the famous landscape artist Ma Yuan. 'One-corner Ma' was a great painter in the Southern Song dynasty. In this workshop, through the study and research of Ma Yuan's works, we will understand and master the essence of Chinese painting from the Southern Song dynasty. "His brushwork was excellent, firm and simple, with strong lines, and "axe cut and split" brushwork for texture. His pine trees were very tall and strong as if they were made of iron wire, sometimes painted with a stump brush" according to a contemporary commentator. .... read more

"Williams information was very helpful with the most enjoyable subjects to paint" (March 2020)

Paint, Collage, Stitch, CreateProposed Course13th Mar to 14th Mar 2021
Tutor: Gina FerrariSaturday to Sunday

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Unleash your creativity as you paint and print your own unique papers and backgrounds, experimenting with colours, textures and mark making using a variety of techniques. Then cut them up and collage them before adding stitch with free machine embroidery to create your own unique artworks. This course is suitable for all levels of experience as full instruction will be given. You will need your own sewing machine and be able to lower the feed dogs..... read more

"Tutor excellent, lots of demonstrations and individual attention.  Food lovely, room immaculate - really enjoyed it, thank you." (March 2019)

Chinese Painting Workshop: Insects, Flowers and Fish Proposed Course26th Mar to 28th Mar 2021
Tutor: Peng Su - NEW TUTORFriday to Sunday

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Traditional Chinese ink brush painting with a focus on fish, flowers and insects. Suitable for all levels, Chinese artist Peng Su will cover the traditional materials and freestyle brushstrokes behind subjects such as iridescent dragonflies, peonies, and leaping carp. Through demonstrations and one-on-one support, you will ultimately create your own authentic compositions. Peng Su focuses on mastering subtle impressionist movements of the brush, telling nature's stories, and the importance of an artist's spirit..... read more

Botanical Illustration: Parrot Tulips in Coloured PencilProposed Course27th Mar to 28th Mar 2021
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday

Details to follow.... read more

"A lovely challenge and much learnt.  Thanks to Roger for individual help." (October 2019)

Tai Ji Quan, and Qigong Proposed Course9th Apr to 11th Apr 2021
Tutor: Clare SkeltonFriday to Sunday

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Nurture yourself with a weekend of gentle exercise to enhance your health and well-being. These traditional Chinese health arts, Tai Ji Quan and Qigong (Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung), create stillness in the mind whilst also increasing vitality and fitness. Your ability to relax, your flexibility, co-ordination and balance will improve with practice. I enjoy working with all ages and will support you to meet your individual health and fitness needs. The course is suitable for all levels, beginners welcome.Nurture yourself with a weekend of gentle exercise to enhance your health and well-being. These traditional Chinese health arts, Tai Ji Quan and Qigong (Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung), create stillness in the mind whilst also increasing vitality and fitness. Your ability to relax, your flexibility, co-ordination and balance will improve with practice. I enjoy working with all ages and will support you to meet your individual health needs. The course is open to everyone, beginners welcome. .... read more

"Another weekend in Paradise!" (November 2019)

Paint like Les Fauves ... The Wild BeastsProposed Course10th Apr to 11th Apr 2021
Tutor: Richard BoxSaturday to Sunday

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Les Fauves (The Wild Beasts) is the name given to a group of artists who had an exhibition of their work in 1905. Their paintings were so surprisingly colourful that the art critic, Louis Vauxcelles coined the term. This course is for all of you who would like to paint with bright and bold colours and to use them expressively rather than naturalistically. .... read more

"Excellent course - cannot wait to do my next one." (Summer School 2019)

Patchwork and Quilting - Improv PatchworkProposed Course10th Apr to 11th Apr 2021
Tutor: Christine GreenSaturday to Sunday

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If you've always fancied having a go at patchwork but not known where to start or felt a bit intimidated by all those fat quarters and jelly rolls then this is the course for you. Christine's contemporary, quirky take on patchwork harks back to the origins of patchwork by recycling where possible, but bringing it right up to date in terms of design. Take inspiration from the quilts of Gees Bend and create beautiful, unique designs. .... read more

"I really enjoyed the course, Christine is an excellent informative teacher.  I learnt a lot, she is interactive and generous and really helped with the design." (Summer School 2019)

Botanical Illustration: Flower Buds of PeoniesProposed Course24th Apr to 25th Apr 2021
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday

Details to follow.... read more

"Excellent - best course yet."  (Summer School 2019)

Tai Ji Quan, and Qigong Proposed Course21st May to 23rd May 2021
Tutor: Clare SkeltonFriday to Sunday

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Nurture yourself with a weekend of gentle exercise to enhance your health and well-being. These traditional Chinese health arts, Tai Ji Quan and Qigong (Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung), create stillness in the mind whilst also increasing vitality and fitness. Your ability to relax, your flexibility, co-ordination and balance will improve with practice. I enjoy working with all ages and will support you to meet your individual health and fitness needs. The course is suitable for all levels, beginners welcome.Nurture yourself with a weekend of gentle exercise to enhance your health and well-being. These traditional Chinese health arts, Tai Ji Quan and Qigong (Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung), create stillness in the mind whilst also increasing vitality and fitness. Your ability to relax, your flexibility, co-ordination and balance will improve with practice. I enjoy working with all ages and will support you to meet your individual health needs. The course is open to everyone, beginners welcome. .... read more

"Clare is a wonderful teacher, we are so pleased to have her." (March 2019)

Chinese Calligraphy - Running StyleProposed Course22nd May to 23rd May 2021
Tutor: Xuzhuang LiSaturday to Sunday

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Chinese Calligraphy has been regarded as an essential part of Chinese culture and a unique form of oriental art with over 4,000 years of history. Among the five different scripts, running script is the most practical and useful. This weekend course will focus on running script, from basic strokes to some popular phrases and meaningful titles used in Chinese flower- bird and landscape paintings as well as some interesting stand - alone phrases for calligraphy, the course is suitable for all levels and will be conducted with introduction, demonstration and individual supervision in an encouraging and enjoyable way..... read more

"Course content and tutor were excellent." (March 2019)

Honiton Lace MakingProposed Course11th Jun to 13th Jun 2021
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleFriday to Sunday

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A course suitable for all levels of Honiton Lace makers and for lace makers new to Honiton Lace but with experience in other bobbin laces. This course aims to enable learners to improve skills in Honiton Lace making. For those with experience of Honiton Lace working on new or existing projects there is the opportunity to expand knowledge already attained with encouragement to experiment with technique, design and interpretation. For those new to Honiton Lace instruction will be given in the practice and theory of the lace with the commencement of the first project covering the basic techniques required..... read more

"An excellent weekend - wonderful tutor." (October 2019)