Creative Arts Courses

Chinese Painting in freehand style - Landscape 28th Apr to 29th Apr 2018
Tutor: Kaili FuSaturday to Sunday


This course is landscape on rice paper in freehand style. The learners will learn basic elements of landscape painting, and finish complete paintings. The cultural background will be introduced during the course.... read more

Sketch and Keeping a Sketchbook .......18th May to 20th May 2018
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAFriday to Sunday


An opportunity to experience the joys of learning how to see and interpret our surroundings. Throwing caution to the wind, weather permitting we shall venture out and about. The Abbey grounds offer a wealth of subject matter, as does the local village. Also drawing inspiration from everyday objects, working with pen+ink, watercolour and pencil, we shall explore beyond the obvious and develop our own language through observation and experimentation. All levels welcome!.... read more

Birds of Prey with Watercolour Pencil19th May to 20th May 2018
Tutor: Jonathan NeweySaturday to Sunday


This is a two day course that aims to introduce students to drawing and painting portraits of birds of prey with watercolour pencil. The course will practise basic pencil techniques including using the watercolour pencil both dry and wet. 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

Chinese Calligraphy - Running Style9th Jun to 10th Jun 2018
Tutor: Xuzhuang LiSaturday to Sunday


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

Painting Roses in Watercolour9th Jun to 10th Jun 2018
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsSaturday to Sunday


A rose is one of the most fascinating and beautiful of all the flowers. At first the techniques for painting them seem daunting, but if you break down the process it is definitely an accomplishment that can be achieved more easily than expected. Starting with photographs we will analyse difficulties that arise in drawing the flowers and practise the techniques of using watercolours. We can then go to painting directly from the live specimen..... read more

Life Drawing the Chinese WayCourse Full15th Jun to 17th Jun 2018
Tutor: Lei Lei QuFriday to Sunday


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

Go Wild and Loose on this Watercolour Journey6th Aug to 8th Aug 2018
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAMonday to Wednesday


An experimental three day trip test driving brushes and experimenting with pure transparent colours. Discover the joys of creative expressive mark-making whilst interpreting simple still life objects with flowers. .... read more

Chinese Brush Painting: Summer Flower and Insects in Freehand and Meticulous Style6th Aug to 7th Aug 2018
Tutor: Kaili FuMonday to Tuesday


Through the tutors introduction and demonstration and followed by individual supervision beginners will learn the basic skills to paint some summer flowers and insects in two different popular and practical ways: freehand and meticulous styles.on sized Rice Paper or Silk. More experienced learners will benefit from the tutor s supervision to develop further their preferred areas and painting subjects. The course will be conducted in an encouraging and relaxed way. .... read more

Painting in Acrylics for the Petrified6th Aug to 7th Aug 2018
Tutor: Richard BoxMonday to Tuesday


Are you petrified of painting but long to try acrylics, but have been deterred by the erroneous myth that they are supposed to be "difficult"? Richard will dispel that myth and teach you, step by step, how to paint a picture achieving marvellous effects. Starting with numerous layers of translucent colours, we will progress to using the paint more opaquely using techniques known as "scumbling" and "impasto" in certain areas that require exciting emphasis..... read more

Chinese Brush Painting: Freehand Brushwork - Year of The Dog8th Aug to 10th Aug 2018
Tutor: William CaiWednesday to Friday


Through face to face instruction and with demonstrations, this course is to study how to use brushes by studying freehand brushwork. Drawing bamboo is the basic skill of Chinese painting and we will be able to train the brushes by drawing bamboo. After this we will learn to use 'boneless painting' for painted flowers. As this is the Chinese year of the dog, we will draw a dog freehand and finally, the flowers will be combined with the dog to form a complete art work. .... read more

Illustrating Orchids in Coloured Pencil9th Aug to 10th Aug 2018
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsThursday to Friday


With a good set of pencils (which can be loaned for the course) recording the colours, textures and patterning of the orchid blooms is possible. Artistically, the individuality and complexity of the orchid flowers is really motivating and with pencils you can control the process of adding colour in an easy way. This is an opportunity to create a lovely painting and learn about the techniques of pencil work too..... read more

Watercolour painting of Insects, Bugs and Butterflies13th Aug to 15th Aug 2018
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsMonday to Wednesday


The idea is to be as wide-ranging as possible with this course. The opportunity exists to draw (pen or pencil) or paint (watercolour or coloured pencil) from real specimens, with help and guidance in understanding insects, and of course in the artistic techniques. Individuals will be able to choose what they wish to depict from real specimens, but discussion and demonstration will also include how to show insects in flight..... read more

Drizzle and Splash with Watercolour, Ink, Collage and Print13th Aug to 15th Aug 2018
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAMonday to Wednesday


Expect the unexpected during these three days of pure experimental play, where the journey may lead you up the garden path, but hey, what a journey of discovery! You will gain knowledge of watercolour and ink and confidence to break free from the usual constraints..... read more

Patchwork & Quilting for Beginners and Improvers15th Aug to 17th Aug 2018
Tutor: Dawn Cameron-DickWednesday to Friday


Learn the basics of making a traditional patchwork quilt on your sewing machine. Basic tools allow you quick, accurate and easy cutting and piecing. You will make one of two types of 9Patch block and set them into a single size bed quilt. Beginners will make a simple setting. Beginners with some experience can choose a slightly more advanced setting. A really fun way to begin your adventure into patchwork!.... read more

High Summer: Landscape in Ink and Coloured Pencil16th Aug to 17th Aug 2018
Tutor: Helen Hanson SBAThursday to Friday


This course takes a new and interesting approach to landscape using pen and coloured pencil. The two are developed together (without colouring in) to create a balanced image. The stark lines and marks in ink contrast pleasingly with the soft-edged colours. We shall use a variety of simple coloured pencil techniques and the process itself is absorbing and therapeutic. Enjoy creating the landscapes of high summer, with wild plants in context..... read more

Botanical Illustration: Summer Fruits in Watercolour and Coloured Pencils16th Aug to 17th Aug 2018
Tutor: Jill WinchThursday to Friday


On this two day course we will look at the many different summer fruits that can be painted with either watercolour or coloured pencils: blackberries, blueberries, cherries, apples, pears, damsons or plums. The course will cover how to achieve the dark, rich colours of the damsons and cherries, the delicate flowers and fruits of the blackberries, and the bloom on damsons and plums..... read more