Short Courses

If you are interested in enrolling in any of our courses you can register below. If the course has reached capacity you will be added to our waiting list. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Painting the Beast

Course dates: 26 - 28 May 2020  (Tuesday - Thursday)

We are fascinated by animals and by the animal in us. And this relationship is a constant and powerful theme in art whether that be Babara Kingsolver’s exploration of her own fecundity in the Prodigal Summer, Kiki Smiths’ tactile sculptures, tapestrys, drawings and prints, Paula Rego’s ‘ dog women’ and anthropomorphised rabbits, dogs and monkeys, Picasso’s minotaurs or films such as The Levelling by Hope Dickson Leach or Bullhead by Michael R Roskam that powerfully and shockingly examine our contemporary  agricultural relationships with the animal.

On this 3 day course practical course we will work in an expressive,  gestural and tactile manner through drawing and painting on paper at a large scale from photographs and models to make images that combine the observational  with our felt experience.

 

 

Start Date 26-May-2020 9:30 am
End Date 28-May-2020 4:30 pm
Price £240.00
Reference PTB/2020/0526NB
Tutor Nick Bodimeade
Course Details Painting the Beast May 2020.pdf
Experiments in Watercolour - NEW

Course dates: 3 - 5 June 2020 (wednesday to Friday)

The course will explore the possibilities of watercolour, looking to give it dynamism, expression and scale. We will begin by working outdoors - on location at Sheffield Park -  seeing how watercolour can express and record the sensations of landscape. In the studio where we will deconstruct these studies and start to explore how watercolour can be used in a robust and contemporary way. By day three we will be looking at ways of making watercolours at large scale.

 
Start Date 03-Jun-2020 9:30 am
End Date 05-Jun-2020 4:30 pm
Price £270.00
Reference EIW/2020/0306SC
Tutor Simon Carter
Course Details Experiments in Watercolour.pdf
CHOREOGRAPHY OF MARK MAKING:  WORKING LARGE IN SEARCH OF DELIGHT AND RIGOUR - NEW!

Course dates: 16-18 June 2020 (Tuesday - Thursday)

Price includes large sheets of paper and some materials.

This course is aimed at delving into the experience of mark making - the fun of it and the work of it. It offers you the chance to fine tune and enrich your mark-making language for deeper personal expression.  With opportunities to extend your senses as an artist through music and body movement as well as experience the freedom of MAMMOTH mark-making, you will develop a new awareness of how marks can be both a response to a feeling and an evoker of feeling.

Working mainly on paper, you will make at least two large pieces of mark making – working with music as the inspiration.  You will also create a set of small drawings generated from phone videos made by students.  Together with music, these drawings will inspire at least one other large piece.  Students will leave the course with a restocked creative tool kit that they can use to inform and inspire further work.  Course discussions will consider the mark making of artists such as Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, Simon Carter and Cy Twombly.

 

Start Date 16-Jun-2020 9:30 am
End Date 18-Jun-2020 4:30 pm
Price £300.00
Reference GWP/2019/1118/SC
Tutor Debbie Field
Course Details Choreography of mark making.pdf
Experiments in Observation

Course dates: 15-17 September 2020 (Tuesday - Thursday)

Drawing connects us to the world, it makes us more aware, more observant. Drawing from a large studio set-up this course will explore what it is to look deeply and how we build and explore that connection between looking and the act of drawing. The 3 day studio-based course will encourage us to see more intensely and to explore and innovate ways to express observation in drawings, using charcoal, graphite, inks and acrylic.
 
Start Date 15-Sep-2020 9:30 am
End Date 17-Sep-2020 4:30 pm
Price £300.00
Reference EIO/2020/1509SC
Tutor Simon Carter
Course Details Experiments in Observation September 2020.pdf
Painting and Pattern  (Evolution & Development)

Course dates: 26 - 28 October 2020  (Monday - Wednesday)

Differentiating tree species, finding order in complexity, spotting the tiger in the long grass or simply gaining optical delight from rhythmical repetition – recognising pattern and getting pleasure from that recognition is something we have, for good reason, evolved to do.

These two 3 day courses are suitable for both first time Painting and Pattern students and those that wish to deepen their engagement with this fascinating area of inquiry.

Students will be supported by a mixture of slide lectures, one to one tutorial support, practical demonstration  and group discussion.

The course description is only indicative as this is a developing area of inquiry and therefore subject to continuous change and revision. Which is of course what makes it exciting.

 

Start Date 26-Oct-2020 9:30 am
End Date 28-Oct-2020 4:30 pm
Price £240.00
Reference PPED/2020/1026NB
Tutor Nick Bodimeade
Course Details Painting Pattern Evolution Development October 2020.pdf
Autumn Trees and Landscape

9th-13th November 2020 (Monday - Friday)

The price includes entrance to Sheffield Park.

Sheffield Park near Uckfield will be our inspiration for paintings. Famous for its beautiful Autumn colour; with its Acers, Nyssa, Taxodiums and Ginko trees. The reflections in the large lake double the impact and make the experience all the more magical. The course will start with 2 days working on location in the gardens making rich and exciting studies of the colour, textures and spaces; capturing all that is wonderful about working on location. The final 3 days will be back at the studio in Partridge Green making paintings from these studies.

 

Start Date 09-Nov-2020 9:30 am
End Date 13-Nov-2020 4:30 pm
Price £450.00
Reference AT/2020/1109/SC
Tutor Emily Ball, Katie Sollohub
Course Details Autumn Trees and Landscape Nov 2020.pdf
Gary Wragg - Painting (assisted by Emily Ball)

 Course dates: November 24-26 November (Tuesday - Thursday)

Gary is a renowned and respected painter whose work has focused on direction, movement, surface and the function of specific bodily energies.  The focus of the three days is on live issues in painting now, what the properties of painting have been and what they are now; to discover what may be hidden in oneself, to reveal some surprises; the tempo of movement and the presence of stillness, fullness/emptiness, open and closed and identifying what are valuable possibilities important to paint.

With Emily Ball fulfilling the role of studio technician and support, this course encourages students to listen to the rhythm of their own body through the practice of Tai-Chi.  Working large scale without any physical subject matter, Gary creates an atmosphere of trust and possibility, where students find themselves bravely and boldly painting without hesitation.

The course fee includes large primed canvas and paper.

 

Start Date 24-Nov-2020 9:30 am
End Date 26-Nov-2020 4:30 pm
Price £315.00
Reference GWP/2020/1124/SC
Tutor Gary Wragg
Course Details Gary Wragg Painting Nov 2020.pdf
Painting and Pattern  (Evolution & Development)

Course dates: 15-17 February 2021 (Monday - Wednesday)

Differentiating tree species, finding order in complexity, spotting the tiger in the long grass or simply gaining optical delight from rhythmical repetition – recognising pattern and getting pleasure from that recognition is something we have, for good reason, evolved to do.

These two 3 day courses are suitable for both first time Painting and Pattern students and those that wish to deepen their engagement with this fascinating area of inquiry.

Students will be supported by a mixture of slide lectures, one to one tutorial support, practical demonstration  and group discussion.

The course description is only indicative as this is a developing area of inquiry and therefore subject to continuous change and revision. Which is of course what makes it exciting.

 

Start Date 15-Feb-2021 9:30 am
End Date 17-Feb-2021 4:30 pm
Price £240.00
Reference PPED/2021/0215NB
Tutor Nick Bodimeade
Course Details Painting Pattern Evolution Development February 2021.pdf
Floribunda - Spring

 Course dates: 20 - 23 April  2021 (Tuesday - Friday)

Spring is a magic time of year that moves all too fast as nature wakes up and blooms. Embrace the energy of spring with four days exploring ways of courageously handling luscious paint to create paintings that go beyond safe, traditional flower paintings. The subject is full of colour, texture and sculptural form......a gift for painting. The course will be packed with demonstrations, exercises and finished paintings to take away with you.

Start Date 20-Apr-2021 9:30 am
End Date 23-Apr-2021 4:30 pm
Price £400.00
Reference F/2021/0420/SC
Tutor Emily Ball
Course Details floribunda spring 2021 20-23 April.pdf
Floribunda - Spring

 Course dates: 27 - 30  April  2021 (Tuesday - Friday)

Spring is a magic time of year that moves all too fast as nature wakes up and blooms. Embrace the energy of spring with four days exploring ways of courageously handling luscious paint to create paintings that go beyond safe, traditional flower paintings. The subject is full of colour, texture and sculptural form......a gift for painting. The course will be packed with demonstrations, exercises and finished paintings to take away with you.

Start Date 27-Apr-2021 9:30 am
End Date 30-Apr-2021 4:30 pm
Price £400.00
Reference F/2021/0427/SC
Tutor Emily Ball
Course Details floribunda spring 2021 27-30 April.pdf