Summer School

Landscapes and Buildings with Pen and Wash10th Aug to 12th Aug 2020
Tutor: Jonathan NeweyMonday to Wednesday


This is a three day course that will introduce you to sketching landscapes and buildings in the landscape with pen and watercolour wash. You will be shown how to combine waterproof pen with a watercolour wash to sketch buildings in the landscape including architectural detail, trees, bushes and figures for scale. Using demonstrations and working from photographs supplied by the tutor, you will be shown how each technique can be achieved. Ideal for beginners and students with some knowledge..... read more

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

Upholstery RestorationCourse Full10th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: David JamesMonday to Friday


This is a project led course with students providing their own upholstery project to work on under the expert eye and with guidance from a very experienced upholsterer and tutor..... read more

Getting Started - an introduction to watercolour painting10th Aug to 11th Aug 2020
Tutor: Jessica RoseMonday to Tuesday


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

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

Woodcarving10th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Ernest Riall - NEW TUTORMonday to Friday


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

Tai Ji Quan, and Qigong Course Full10th Aug to 12th Aug 2020
Tutor: Clare SkeltonMonday to Wednesday


Nurture yourself with three days 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. Steve Gorwits (instructor with the Longfei Taijiquan Assoc GB, and a BCCMA L2 Coach) will be joining us for part of the course, bringing his expertise to broaden your experience and to allow us to give you more individual attention. The course is open to everyone, no previous experience is necessary..... read more

"Another weekend in Paradise!" (November 2019)

Fun with Lino Cutting10th Aug to 12th Aug 2020
Tutor: Anna PyeMonday to Wednesday


Enjoy this fun, creative printmaking. 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 and a press on a variety of papers. Warning: this can become an addiction!!.... read more

"Absolutely brilliant all round.  Anna - informative, clear, great fun - learned loads." (Summer School 2019)

Paint, Collage, Stitch, Create10th Aug to 11th Aug 2020
Tutor: Gina FerrariMonday to Tuesday


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)

Hedgerow plants in Watercolour10th Aug to 12th Aug 2020
Tutor: Roger ReynoldsMonday to Wednesday


The plants which fill our summer hedgerows with shapes and colours give us a wide opportunity for artistic creativity, from the subtle wild roses and brambles to the brash poppies on the edge of the growing corn. The course looks at the species that we find growing around us and the ways of tackling their portraits, maybe a single species or a combination (like poppies and corn), looking at the techniques to build portraits of the ones most admired..... read more

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

Chinese Brush Painting - Painting Big Birds in freehand style 10th Aug to 11th Aug 2020
Tutor: Kaili FuMonday to Tuesday


This practical course covers the basic skills of painting big birds in freehand style and will give students the chance to try out the techniques and materials used as well as looking at the culture behind the art. The big birds will be eagles, pheasants, roosters and cranes with some background. The tutor will help students learn how to hold the brush and mix different colours and ink on to it. The course will also include some demonstration and individual supervision. Both beginners and experienced students are welcome. .... read more

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

Mosaics for All12th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Rosalind WatesWednesday to Friday


Make a mosaic using beautiful glass and ceramic tesserae. A choice of projects will be available, or you can bring your own. You will learn how to cut and arrange the tiles, and how to grout and complete the mosaic. You will also learn a little about mosaic history and some of the traditional patterns which you can incorporate into your design if you wish..... read more

"Very good tutor - a lot of different materials.  The food and accommodation was very good." (August 2018)

Summer Serenity: Landscape in Ink and Coloured Pencil12th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Helen Hanson SBAWednesday to Friday


Try out this unique approach to landscape, integrating ink and coloured pencil without colouring in. Mark making in ink works well with the smooth textures of coloured pencil. Using a range of simple techniques, you will develop a watery landscape with appropriate surroundings and flora. Both the process and the subject create calm as you observe and interpret light, shade and detail. Bring your own images or choose from the tutor s inspiring collection..... read more

"Helen is a very relaxing and helpful tutor, with enough guidance, but not overwhelming for learning a new skill." (August 2018)

Simply Gorgeous Watercolours with a Modern Twist ...Course Full12th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Jackie Devereux PSGFAWednesday to Friday


Composition will be key during this three day course we shall be looking both at creating simple yet dynamic compositions through landscape as well as floral studies. We shall revel in the purity of colour and experience the joy of positive mark-making and how to get the best out of the simplest of ideas. .... read more

"As usual, Jackie has taught a wonderful course - she always goes that extra mile." (March 2019)

Patchwork & Quilting: All About Log Cabins13th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Dawn Cameron-DickThursday to Friday


The Log Cabin block is one of the most loved, traditional blocks in quilt making. Like Dresden Plates, Grandmother s Flower Garden and 9 Patch blocks. Log Cabins are instantly recognized as quilts everyone would love to have or make. Sadly, sometimes newer quilters find it hard to be accurate and get multiple blocks all the same size…, or they aren't confident about colour choices… or, they love the idea of a traditional Log Cabin but their style is more contemporary… What to do?!.... read more

Chinese Brush Painting: Tigers!13th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: William CaiThursday to Friday


A special 2 day Chinese painting workshop studying how to use Chinese painting techniques to depict animals. The main subject of this workshop is 'tiger'. You will also learn about some other subjects that often appear in Chinese paintings whilst discussing and depicting the background of the tiger: E.G. stones, pine trees, and waterfalls..... read more

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

Eco-print Dyeing13th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Sue PearlThursday to Friday


Eco print dyeing is a fascinating way of printing onto fabric. Using flowers and leaves from gardens and countryside, this is a direct contact printing method for the foliage to give up their colours and patterns. It is amazing the effects and results that the most mundane of plants can give. This is not vegetable dyeing but an art of the surprising and delighting effects that can be achieved just by wrapping plants in cloth and steaming the bundle..... read more

"Sue was great!" (March 2019)

Mah Jongg - Traditional Chinese way to play13th Aug to 14th Aug 2020
Tutor: Xuzhuang LiThursday to Friday


Mah Jongg has been known as the Chinese national game for centuries. The beauty of tiles, the variety of rules, the eastern tradition and culture in the playing makes the game 'logical, competitive and addictive'. Contrary to common belief, it is easy to learn how to play this fascinating game, but as in many other games, the more one learns, the more one realises how much one needs to learn, The course will be taught in an enjoyable and relaxing way. All-comers welcome..... read more

"Keep up Chinese calligraphy and painting!" (March 2019)

Our Precious Past: unearthing buried treasure and the stories it tells17th Aug to 18th Aug 2020
Tutor: Richard StoneMonday to Tuesday


Long-buried material discovered during archaeological digs, by chance, and by metal detectorists continues to provide valuable insights into our history. This course examines some of the most significant finds, from the Mold Gold Cape to the Staffordshire Hoard via Sutton Hoo. Why were these objects buried? What do they teach us?.... read more

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

Raffia Bag Making17th Aug to 18th Aug 2020
Tutor: Claire Richards - NEW TUTORMonday to Tuesday


Make your own beautiful raffia bag during the two days. Relax with raffia, plaiting and learning the skills to make your own bag and many more for family and friends if you wish. Raffia is a lovely material to work with - natural, sustainable and very flexible, which also means forgiving(!) - these days are good for complete beginners. All materials are provided, please just bring a smile….... read more

Honiton Lace MakingCourse Full17th Aug to 19th Aug 2020
Tutor: Elizabeth TrebbleMonday to Wednesday


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)

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


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

"Roger is a patient and generous tutor." (Summer School 2019)

Changing the Surface - adding and subtracting17th Aug to 19th Aug 2020
Tutor: Janet EdmondsMonday to Wednesday


Many textile artists are drawn to materials and surfaces weathered by sun, wind and rain, and that are transformed over time into an aesthetic beauty of decay. Close observation of the patination on old, disintegrating surfaces will be the inspiration for this workshop. The act of selecting textures that are changed by the ravages of weather and time such as crumbling stonework, peeling paint, dry plaster and decaying wood, of looking, considering and recording their details, will result in intensely worked surfaces on paper and fabric..... read more

"A lifeline for developing creative skills, especially when there is very little going on in my home area." (March 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


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

"A lovely weekend; a happy group, thank you." (March 2019)

Calligraphy: INKteresting, thINKing19 Aug 2020
Tutor: Judi WhymarkWednesday


In this digital age, beautifully handwritten items, such as quotations, cards and invitations, can be very satisfying to create. On this one day workshop, you will spend a relaxing enjoyable time acquiring these skills..... read more

Art JournallingCourse Full19th Aug to 21st Aug 2020
Tutor: Paula WatkinsWednesday to Friday


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 is an absolutely fantastic artist and teacher." (Summer School 2019

A Knitter's Sketchbook19th Aug to 21st Aug 2020
Tutor: Sarah Hazell - NEW TUTORWednesday to Friday


This three day course will cover several aspects of decorative knitting techniques and is suitable for knitters who want to add an extra dimension to their work. The project will take the form of creating A Knitter s Sketchbook. You will have the opportunity to knit pages for your Sketchbook, by exploring different techniques such as 3-D effects, surface decoration, embroidery, edges and trims and sequence knitting. Samples will be compiled into a book or folder to serve as a reference for future design work. .... read more

Drawing for the Terrified - in Monochrome20 Aug 2020
Tutor: Richard BoxThursday


Are you terrified of drawing but have a secret longing to learn how to do it? Then enrol on this course where Richard will guide you through certain processes slowly, gently and step by step. If you follow his 'recipes', you will be amazed at what you will be able to draw..... read more

"A wonderful course, thank you Richard." (Summer School 2019)

Super Size your Sunflowers - vibrant watercolour painting20th Aug to 21st Aug 2020
Tutor: Nicky Hunter - NEW TUTORThursday to Friday


We will use beautiful fresh sunflowers to create a vibrant watercolour painting. Working bold and supersized in a loose and lively watercolour painting style, we aim to achieve soft defused edges contrasting with brave dynamic brushstrokes which is the beauty of the medium of watercolour. Capture the flowers' sunny radiance and their characterful twisted veiny leaves. Learn techniques on how to loosen up and give your floral images a bit of vibrancy and zing and keep the colours fresh and let their translucency sing from the page..... read more

Botanical studies: Summer Fruits and Vegetables in Coloured Pencils20th Aug to 21st Aug 2020
Tutor: Jill WinchThursday to Friday


Two days of colour! Jill will guide students on how to use the wonderful colours found in coloured pencils to depict the glorious summer fruits and vegetables. There will be lots of individual tuition and group demonstrations..... read more

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

Chinese Painting: Beauty of Summer in Chinese Xieyi InkCourse Full20th Aug to 21st Aug 2020
Tutor: Peng Su - NEW TUTORThursday to Friday


Chinese ink brush painting with a focus on summer flowers and insects. Suitable for all levels with demonstrations, individual support, and opportunities to add advanced details. The course is intended to be an enjoyable experience for nature lovers wishing to capture the spirit of summer with this freestyle technique. Artist Peng Su will cover the traditional materials and brushstrokes before moving on to summer subjects such as Foxgloves, Lilies, Green Crickets, and Damselflies..... read more

Painting for the Petrified21 Aug 2020
Tutor: Richard BoxFriday


Are you petrified of painting but long to try watercolours and have been deterred by the erroneous myth that they are supposed to be difficult ? If so, this course is for you!.... read more

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