All Courses

WoodcarvingCourse Full23rd Nov to 24th Nov 2019
Tutor: Dick OniansSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/4819-01/2015-08-14_09.19.26.jpg

The course aims to introduce complete beginners to the basic skills of carving, chisel sharpening and wood behaviour. In further sessions you may follow a structured course of set projects or develop your own ideas. At every stage you will add to your skills and knowledge of all aspects of carving and develop design skills. Experienced carvers will be helped to develop their own projects and skills..... read more

Honiton Lace Making17th Jan to 19th Jan 2020
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/0320-01/Lace_detail.jpg

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)

Chinese Brush Painting: Landscape Painting in the Traditional Style17th Jan to 19th Jan 2020
Tutor: Lei Lei QuFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/0320-03/01_square.jpg

This course will enable you to learn the techniques of Chinese painting and composition and you will learn how to paint trees, rocks, mountains, as well as to manage space, such as waterfalls, streams and mist. .... read more

"Lei Lei is fab and the facilities are excellent." (June 2019)

People Portraits with Coloured Pencil18th Jan to 19th Jan 2020
Tutor: Jonathan NeweySaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/0320-04/IMG_0638.jpg

This is a two day course that will show you how to achieve the texture, colour and character of people using coloured pencils (crayons). Using photos supplied and after tracing down the outline you will be shown how to shade and colour mix with the pencils, how to blend, texture and burnish the colour. .... read more

"Thank you.  Learnt more than anticipated thanks to Jonathan's skill, patience and experience." (Summer School 2019)

Taking Textiles Further - Design a personal textile that connects people, places and events18th Jan to 19th Jan 2020
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

Connections are made in many different ways; physical, digital, writings, through historical, geographical and community sources. there is a rich seam of inspiration to be found wherever one looks. Connections may be made through practical means or may be unseen and merely sensed or felt. They may be personal, local, cultural, lasting or ephemeral. This subject provides a feast of exciting but challenging starting points for textile design..... read more

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

Windows, Doors and Walls in Watercolour 18th Jan to 19th Jan 2020
Tutor: Jessica Rose - NEW TUTORSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/0320-02/Maggie_Anderson_painting_square.jpg

Don't get defeated by the difficult details in your paintings. Learn how to reproduce the effect of reflections on windows, those twiddly details on doors and tricky things like brickwork and roof tiles. Your tutor will take you through using tricks such as masking fluid and colour mixes for bricks..... read more

"The tutor was very easy to understand, the demonstrations were clear and the techniques learnt very useful." (October 2019)

Tai Ji Quan, and Qigong 21st Feb to 23rd Feb 2020
Tutor: Clare SkeltonFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/0820-01/Tai-Ji-Quan-Yi-Symbol-2015-2.jpg

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)

Lino Printmaking Weekend21st Feb to 23rd Feb 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/0820-02/Lino_DSC_1702.jpg

Whether you have dipped into this exciting medium before or not, there will be lots to discover - for all levels. We shall use the latest easy-cut lino and basic tools to create and print unique designs of our own making. Traditional as well as contemporary methods will be employed, and the use of a variety of beautiful delicate papers will tease your taste buds into submission! .... read more

"Great course as ever with excellent tutor.  Follow on please" (February 2019)

Chinese Landscape Painting in freehand style22nd Feb to 23rd Feb 2020
Tutor: Kaili FuSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/0820-03/FullSizeRender.jpg

This course is for painting Chinese landscapes on rice paper in the freehand style. The learners will learn basic elements of landscape painting, and finish complete paintings. The cultural background and significance will be introduced and discussed throughout the course. This course is suitable for both beginners and the more experienced..... read more

"Another wonderful course.  The tutor as usual very talented and patient." (Summer School 2019)

Winter Into Spring: Ink and Coloured Pencil Landscape22nd Feb to 23rd Feb 2020
Tutor: Helen Hanson SBASaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/0820-04/Use_this_one_-_HHanson-Transition-to-Spring.jpg

The unusual combination of ink and coloured pencil is perfectly suited to early spring. New twigs add a haze of colour to winter trees, land colours are muted and the first flowers are out to add interest. You will learn techniques for mark-making in ink and coloured pencil application and the two will be integrated to suit the subject. Some experience of coloured pencil work and composition is useful but not essential..... read more

"A delightful, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tutor who guided us through what seemed at first a complex procedure, to a high level of success.  I very much enjoyed it and will go home with a bookful of hints and instructions." (Summer School 2019)

Finds, Feathers and Shells22nd Feb to 23rd Feb 2020
Tutor: Jill WinchSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/0820-05/jw_feathers_2_square.jpg

This is a two day course using coloured pencils painting finds, feathers and shells. Jill will bring along plenty of objects to ensure this course full of information and practical advice. There will be lots of demonstrations throughout the weekend on using coloured pencils to achieve the fine hairs of a feather, or the smooth and twisted shapes of the shells, or even a knarled piece of wood. Bring along your own items or use some of the many objects that Jill will provide. .... read more

"Excellent.  Jill was lovely and very helpful.  Great teaching and very nice atmosphere."  (Summer School 2019)

Woodcarving7th Mar to 8th Mar 2020
Tutor: Dick OniansSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1020-01/2015-08-14_09.19.26.jpg

The course aims to introduce complete beginners to the basic skills of carving, chisel sharpening and wood behaviour. In further sessions you may follow a structured course of set projects or develop your own ideas. At every stage you will add to your skills and knowledge of all aspects of carving and develop design skills. Experienced carvers will be helped to develop their own projects and skills..... read more

Bobbin Lace Making13th Mar to 15th Mar 2020
Tutor: Jan TregidgoFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1120-02/P1010615.jpg

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

Chinese Brush Painting: Studying Wang Xuetao14th Mar to 15th Mar 2020
Tutor: William CaiSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1120-03/5.jpg

Through face to face instruction and with traditional demonstrations, this course will introduce the work of the artist Wang Xuetao (1903 to 1982), a famous modern Chinese painter, and accomplished master who made outstanding contributions to small freehand flower and bird painting. He was the President of Beijing Art Academy, Director of China Artists Association, and Vice-Chairman of the Beijing branch of the Art Association. In this workshop, through the study and research of Wang Xuetao's works, we will understand and master the essence of this master of Chinese painting. .... read more

"The course was wonderful." (Summer School 2019)

Fabric printing - Print, Paint and Pinny14th Mar to 15th Mar 2020
Tutor: Alison HulmeSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1120-01/20170105-alisons-pinnies-6-detail.jpg

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

Belgian and other European Laces27th Mar to 29th Mar 2020
Tutor: Patricia BuryFriday to Sunday

This course is suitable for experienced learners and those new to lace making who are able to work the basic stitches and want to learn the mysteries of the European laces. These include Brugge Bloemwerk, Flanders, Binche Parijse, Valenciennes, Chantilly, Idrija and Tonder. Many are taught with the aid of colour-coded diagrams..... read more

How Wet is Wet-into-Wet? More drizzling and drooling over pure Watercolour27th Mar to 29th Mar 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1320-03/DETAIL_Partying_Irises_Pen+Ink_Watercolour_collage.jpg

A weekend dedicated to developing the joys of creating confident, loose watercolours - definitely not pale and insipid - but not quite mad! Thoroughly learning the basics of brushwork, simple colour mixing, as well as taking on board the basics of good composition, will be the main objectives for this weekend. Observation and how to interpret a subject through a series of experimental exercises, will undoubtedly lead you another level! Be prepared for spills and thrills! .... read more

"Wonderful experience.  Jackie provides a wonderful course, with a friendly atmosphere which is fun and really useful and challenging." (Summer School 2019)

Chinese Painting Workshop: Insects, Flowers and Fish 27th Mar to 29th Mar 2020
Tutor: Peng Su - NEW TUTORFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1320-05/damsel-square.jpg

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

Tulips in Coloured Pencil28th Mar to 29th Mar 2020
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1320-02/Parrot_Tulips.jpg

Tulips have such strong colours they really demand to be tackled in coloured pencil. You will be able to choose the complexity of the tulip you want to paint, so the course will suit beginners and the most adventurous botanical artists. Help with techniques and pencil use (including demonstrations) will be provided according to individual needs. This is an opportunity to make use of all those colours!.... read more

"Excellent course - excellent tutor." (Summer School 2019)

Creative Paper Cutting Inspired by Lettering28th Mar to 29th Mar 2020
Tutor: Christine GreenSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1320-04/Creative_Adult_paper_cut_C_Green_square.jpg

This two day course will introduce you to a wide variety of cut out items and 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 master using lettering as a starting point, and you will produce several completed items..... 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)

Drypoint Printing for Beginners28th Mar to 29th Mar 2020
Tutor: Janine KilroeSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1320-06/DEAL_PIER_47_X_39_CM_DRYPOINT_ETCHING_2014.jpg

Explore the creative fun and enjoyment of Drypoint printmaking. Drypoint is a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed "needle" of sharp metal or a diamond point. You can create your very own greeting cards, prints and more..... read more

Tai Ji Quan, and Qigong 3rd Apr to 5th Apr 2020
Tutor: Clare SkeltonFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1420-01/Tai-Ji-Quan-Yi-Symbol-2015-2.jpg

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

"A great course - very helpful and relevant."  (Summer School 2019)

Chinese Brush Painting: Flower and BirdCourse Full3rd Apr to 5th Apr 2020
Tutor: Lei Lei QuFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1420-03/01_square.jpg

During this course we will study flowers and birds in the freehand style, along with brush strokes and ink techniques, to enable participants to build the structures of the subjects and to capture and depict the expression of the spirit..... read more

"Lei Lei is fab and the facilities are excellent." (June 2019)

Fin-de-Siecle: art, culture, and society in transition4th Apr to 5th Apr 2020
Tutor: Richard StoneSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1420-02/FdeSpic.jpg

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)

Batik on Fabric and Paper4th Apr to 5th Apr 2020
Tutor: Angela LenmanSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1420-04/The_Catch_-_batik_on_cotton.jpg

Batik is a form of wax resist whereby hot wax is applied to cloth, or paper, which is then covered with dye. The wax will resist the dye and, therefore, a simple pattern is created. By the repeated application of the wax, followed by repeated applications of dyes, in various colours, a complicated pattern can be built up, and indeed a picture or painting. Students will learn the basic techniques of batik, and produce one or more colourful traditional batik designs or pictures on fabric, and several experimental works on paper. .... read more

Spring Bouquet - vibrant watercolour painting05 Apr 2020
Tutor: Nicky Hunter - NEW TUTORSunday

/uploads/courses/1420-05/Spring_tulips_square.jpg

Paint a vibrant spring bouquet in watercolour from beautiful fresh spring flowers, learn techniques how to loosen up and give your floral images and still life a bit of vibrancy and zing and keep the translucent beauty of watercolour singing from the page..... read more

Bucks Point Lace24th Apr to 26th Apr 2020
Tutor: Louise West - NEW TUTORFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1720-03/Bucks_edging_square.jpg

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

More Spills and Thrills ... an extraordinary thINKtank using ink and watercolour24th Apr to 26th Apr 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1720-02/More_spills_and_thrills_IMG_5149.jpg

No nonsense approaches to buildings, objects and anything on the table will be the on the cards this weekend! Getting to grips with handling the materials, then experimentation, interpretation and exciting composition is what will set the work apart - a thoroughly modern approach! .... read more

"Excellent course with Jackie" (February 2019)

Botanical Illustration - Apple Blossom 25th Apr to 26th Apr 2020
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1720-01/Apple_blossom-square.jpg

This course takes you through the interesting challenges of painting of one of the most iconic spring flowers. We will look at the problem of painting white blossom on white paper, how to compose and draw the complex pattern of flowers, green leaves and brown bark, and how to drop in the delicate shades of pink on the opening blooms. It is a course where there is a lot to learn, but is very rewarding..... read more

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

Print and Stitch25th Apr to 26th Apr 2020
Tutor: Gina FerrariSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1720-04/print_4.jpg

Using Indian carved wooden printing blocks we will print designs onto fabric and paper and then colour them with dyes. Using simple machine or hand stitch we will then use the fabrics to create applique pictures..... read more

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

Fabulous Felt Bags25th Apr to 26th Apr 2020
Tutor: Sue PearlSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1720-05/IMG_9189.jpeg

Make a lovely sturdy felt bag using the wet feltmaking method. Your bag will be made without using any sewing and can be as decorative as you like. You will learn how to design the shape and create your own unique decoration. Using the resist method, you will form your design into a strong seamless bag capable of containing all your usual handbag items. Feltmaking is an addictive craft, fun and creative and will leave you wanting to explore further. .... read more

Tai Ji Quan, and Qigong 8th May to 10th May 2020
Tutor: Clare SkeltonFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1920-01/Tai-Ji-Quan-Yi-Symbol-2015-2.jpg

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

"A great course - very helpful and relevant."  (Summer School 2019)

Paint like Les Fauves ... The Wild Beasts9th May to 10th May 2020
Tutor: Richard BoxSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1920-03/98px-AndréDerain-1908-Landscape_of_Martigues.png

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)

Woodcarving9th May to 10th May 2020
Tutor: Dick OniansSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1920-05/2015-08-14_09.19.26.jpg

The course aims to introduce complete beginners to the basic skills of carving, chisel sharpening and wood behaviour. In further sessions you may follow a structured course of set projects or develop your own ideas. At every stage you will add to your skills and knowledge of all aspects of carving and develop design skills. Experienced carvers will be helped to develop their own projects and skills..... read more

Chinese Brush Painting: Studying Ma Yuan9th May to 10th May 2020
Tutor: William CaiSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1920-04/2.jpg

Through face to face instruction and with traditional demonstrations, this course will introduce the work of the famous lanscape 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)

Birds of Prey with Coloured Pencil9th May to 10th May 2020
Tutor: Jonathan NeweySaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1920-02/IMG_5374-square.jpg

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

"Amazing how far you can get in three days from nothing." (Summer School 2019)

Fun with Lino Cutting9th May to 10th May 2020
Tutor: Anna PyeSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1920-06/Aborigine_tree_scan_square.jpg

Enjoy this fun, creative printmaking workshop. You will learn about the tools, techniques and materials used in this exciting medium, to design and cut your own design on a block of lino, ink it up and print it by hand on a variety of papers. Warning: this can become an addiction!!.... read more

"Very helpful tutor and very friendly group - two days passed quickly. (Summer School 2019)"

Improv Patchwork - Free Form Piecing9th May to 10th May 2020
Tutor: Janice Gunner MSDCSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1920-07/image1-square.jpeg

A course with a difference! Using an inspiration source, I will show you how to design your own unique and exciting patchwork blocks. This liberated improv/free form piecing will transform the way you think of block patchwork! You will have the opportunity to include strip pieced and other free cut methods transforming your work as you go. During the workshop you will make a series of samples or begin turning them into a piece of work, using machine piecing. .... read more

"Excellent, enjoyable day." (Summer School 2019)

Crochet Retreat9th May to 10th May 2020
Tutor: Diana BenstedSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/1920-08/20190823_122713.jpg

Crochet without borders! Look forward to a relaxing weekend with a combination of workshops tailored to your experience and what you would like to learn, working on new or existing projects..... read more

"A very good course.  Thoroughly enjoyable, thank you."  (Summer School 2019)
 

Belgian and other European Laces22nd May to 24th May 2020
Tutor: Patricia BuryFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/2120-01/th.jpg

This course is suitable for experienced learners and those new to lace making who are able to work the basic stitches and want to learn the mysteries of the European laces. These include Brugge Bloemwerk, Flanders, Binche Parijse, Valenciennes, Chantilly, Idrija and Tonder. Many are taught with the aid of colour-coded diagrams..... read more

Less is More - Creating contemporary compositions in watercolour22nd May to 24th May 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/2120-02/Less_is_MoreIMG_5158.jpg

Incorporating hand embossing and collage this totally creative experience will take you through the thought process and practicalities of making contemporary artwork. Emphasis will be on simplicity with a high degree of emphasis placed on composition and why it is so important. All levels welcome. .... read more

"Excellent course with Jackie" (February 2019)

Double Vision (free machine embroidery)23rd May to 24th May 2020
Tutor: Anne HellyerSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/2120-03/Double_Vision_1.jpg

This is a busy but fun free machine embroidery workshop. You will create a beautiful 3D scene, using my hand painted fabrics and free machine embroidery. This project was featured in the D4Daisy WOW Book 4. (June 2019).... read more

Chinese Calligraphy - Running Style23rd May to 24th May 2020
Tutor: Xuzhuang LiSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/2120-04/chcalligraphy.jpg

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

"The course exceeded my expectations; I learnt so much and now I know how much I have to learn.   Tutor and group were all very friendly and helpful." (March 2019)

Honiton Lace Making12th Jun to 14th Jun 2020
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/2420-01/Lace_detail.jpg

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)

Life Drawing the Chinese Way12th Jun to 14th Jun 2020
Tutor: Lei Lei QuFriday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/2420-02/Life_drawing_square.jpg

Use Chinese brush and ink (also colour) to draw from a life model. This course aims to promote the use of Chinese philosophy to observe and express the natural world of beautiful shape through brush stroke and ink techniques. Please note: this course is to be held upstairs in The Barn Hall so unfortunately access is limited..... read more

"Lei Lei is an awesome tutor and the organisers very supportive." (June 2019)

Taking Textiles Further - create a modern icon from recycled materials13th Jun to 14th Jun 2020
Tutor: Janet EdmondsSaturday to Sunday

Connections are made in many different ways; physical, digital, writings, through historical, geographical and community sources. there is a rich seam of inspiration to be found wherever one looks. Connections may be made through practical means or may be unseen and merely sensed or felt. They may be personal, local, cultural, lasting or ephemeral. This subject provides a feast of exciting but challenging starting points for textile design..... read more

"Refreshing and stimulating - a year's work to do at home!" (June 2019)

Nuno and Cobweb Felt Scarves13th Jun to 14th Jun 2020
Tutor: Sue PearlSaturday to Sunday

/uploads/courses/2420-03/IMG_9773.jpeg

Learn to make beautiful, light cobweb felt and nuno felt scarves. Cobweb feltmaking produces a lovely delicate, lacy fabric that can be used to make scarves and wraps. In nuno feltmaking wool is worked onto a lightweight natural fabric. The fibres of the wool migrate through the fabric so that the two become interwoven, creating fascinating textures and beautiful colours. Adding highlights of silk fibre, lace or fabric takes this into a whole new dimension. .... read more