All Courses

Honiton Lace MakingCourse Full23rd 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

"Brilliant teacher, course really enjoyable." (October 2019)

Fabric printing - Print, Paint and PinnyCourse Full24th 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 HeadsCourse Full30 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

Creative Paper Cutting for Christmas30 Oct 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)

Art JournallingCourse Full9th 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

"As always, Paula delivered the course in a very friendly and informative manner.  She really is an excellent teacher and I love her courses." (Summer School 2019)

Just Couching!10 Nov 2020
Tutor: Janet EdmondsTuesday

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Enjoy a day of stitching using Couching to produce a sampler showing the potential for creative surfaces. Exploring the many forms of Couching, we will change the density and direction, vary thickness of thread from fine through to thick, explore colour combinations, and consider the placing and variety of holding stitches..... read more

"I very much enjoyed the course and having one day of design and one of stitching worked well." (June 2019)

Bucks Point LaceCourse Full27th 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 27th 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

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

Printmaking with LINO and Monoprinting techniquesCourse Full27th Nov to 29th Nov 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

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A printmaking course with a difference, incorporating linocutting, monoprinting and an element of paper sculpture thrown in!.... read more

"I now have the confidence to experiment more and feel I have come closer to finding my style.  Great course, great teacher." (November 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

"Brilliant teacher, course really enjoyable." (October 2019)

Birds of Prey with Coloured Pencil16th Jan to 17th Jan 2021
Tutor: Jonathan NeweySaturday to Sunday

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This is a two day course that aims to introduce students to drawing portraits of birds of prey with coloured pencil. The course will practice a variety of pencil techniques including using the pencils on different surfaces. The tutor will demonstrate each exercise step by step in a relaxed and friendly manner, showing you how to draw eyes, beaks, feathers and other features of birds of prey..... read more

"Thank you.  Learnt more than anticipated thanks to Jonathan's skill, patience and experience." (Summer School 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

"Another weekend in Paradise!" (November 2019)

More Spills and Thrills ... an extraordinary thINKtank using ink and watercolourProposed Course12th Feb to 14th Feb 2021
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

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A no-nonsense approach to capturing a variety of subjects tailored to suit individual wishes, including flowers, still life and buildings. .... read more

"Great weekend with a fab tutor.  Good food too!" (March 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

"Another great workshop with William.  There is a lot to learn and it's fun!  William is very skilful and knowledgeable." (Summer School 2019)

Bobbin Lace MakingProposed Course12th Mar to 14th Mar 2021
Tutor: Jan TregidgoFriday to Sunday

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This course is for all those bobbin lacemakers who want the time to enjoy their lacemaking with a very experienced teacher on hand to help and guide them. It is also for total beginners to Have a Go at Bobbin Lace, Jan will lend you all the equipment you need. Lapsed lace makers will find it a great opportunity to return to the craft..... read more

A lovely weekend. (Mar 2019)

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)

Getting Started - an introduction to watercolour paintingProposed Course13th Mar to 14th Mar 2021
Tutor: Jessica RoseSaturday to Sunday

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This absorbing two day workshop will give you the skills to master watercolour, a form of painting that can produce effects unmatched by any other medium. You will learn to mix luminous colours, create cascading washes and understand how to use the many exciting types of brushes available. This course will give you the confidence to handle this hypnotic, addictive medium and produce paintings with transparency and glow! .... read more

"Very helpful tutor - I thoroughly recommend her." (October 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

Printmaking with LINO and Monoprinting techniquesProposed Course26th Mar to 28th Mar 2021
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

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A printmaking course with a difference, incorporating linocutting, monoprinting and an element of paper sculpture thrown in!.... read more

"Excellent tutor." (November 2019)

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

Details to follow.... read more

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

Less is More - Creating contemporary compositions in pure watercolourProposed Course23rd Apr to 25th Apr 2021
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

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Incorporating a strong approach to colour with watercolour, incorporating hand embossing and collage. Simplicity is the aim, with a high degree of emphasis placed on composition and why it is so important..... read more

"Jackie's course was highly informative and allowed experimentation and development of my work - thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed it!" (November 2019)

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

Details to follow.... read more

"Roger is an excellent, knowledgeable tutor. Very supportive and helpful." (May 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

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

3D WatercoloursProposed Course21st May to 23rd May 2021
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

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This unique approach to watercolour painting will literally encourage and embrace some blue sky thinking, out of the box imaginings and joyful happy accidents …..... read more

"Excellent tutor." (November 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

"Can you run it again please." (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

"Course excellent and the tutor fantastic (as ever!)". (October 2019)