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2018 Art Courses 

The Tutors & Their Courses 2018 

We have a broad range of one and two-day courses covering most media. We hope there is something for everyone, from beginners to the more experienced painter wanting to try something different. We are fortunate to have some wonderful tutors coming here in 2018 and you will find all the details below. 
 
Prices for courses vary slightly to allow for any additional material or modelling costs. Single day back to back courses with the same tutor qualify for a £9 discount if booked together. 
 
Courses start at 10am and finish at 4.30pm unless otherwise stated, in most cases with a break for lunch at 12.30pm. Tea, coffee and herbal options etc are on tap throughout the day. You need to book directly with Melanie Cambridge for her course. 
 
Deposits of £20/day need to be paid on booking with the final balance due a month before each course takes place but don't worry, reminders are generally sent out! 
 
Cost: £87 
 
The course will allow students to explore the wonderful, buttery, fun of impasto work with oils. Initially students will prepare several small boards which will be used to develop mark making and a palette of colours in preparation for a small scale still life. 
 
Students will explore composing, lighting, drawing a small collection of fruit. This will form the basis of the painting using a thick over thin technique. 
 
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Cost: £170 
 
Two days of solid portraiture. You'll paint two portraits... one from a from a photograph supplied by the tutor, and one from a live model. The days start with short demonstrations and continue with individual coaching. This workshop will give anyone new to portraiture a good foundation in the principles of creating a likeness. We'll cover head construction, positioning features accurately, and the ground rules for successful colour usage. The course (the second day building on the progress made on the first) will give you a solid foundation in this rewarding subject. 
 
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Cost: £165 
 
Acrylics are one of the most versatile mediums you can learn to use. During this course we will be experimenting with several techniques to achieve exciting effects and textures. We will take full advantage of the unique properties of acrylics and really push the boundaries to achieve exciting colourful effects in your paintings. The course is designed to take you through a number of different ways of painting, from brush to palette knife, as well as experimenting with adding collage and other paint mediums to the surface. 
 
Tim will also demonstrate new methods of acrylic application that may not have been seen before. 
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Cost: £165 
 
Create lively watercolour impressions on this two-day workshop. Although we will be using photos as a starting point, the aim is to use the medium in a loose, painterly manner without dwelling on details. 
 
David's workshops are not of the step-by-step type, as he prefers to teach the key skills to paint a variety of subjects, so allowing students to develop their own individual style at their own pace. 
 
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Cost: £165 
 
Would you like to discover how easily these vibrant oils can be used to create magnificent cloud-filled skies, snow-capped mountains with a foreground of woodland and waterfalls? Join Sophia and create your own painting using these pliable wet-on-wet oils achieving excellent effects with very little effort. 
 
Two complete, self-contained days will have you feeling inspired in creating your own idyllic landscapes. You will be guided through the process whilst leaving plenty of room for you, the artist, to express yourself. 
 
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Cost: £87/day or £165/two days 
 
Day 1 - This exciting day course is designed for beginners to iPad painting to open a whole new world to the creative artist. The iPad will never replace painting with brushes but this tool can be a marvellous adjunct to the artistic process and it can also produce very exciting end results that can be easily printed. The structure of the day has been developed to get you drawing very quickly and to make you feel confident to go on and discover things for yourself by the end of the workshop. 
 
Day 2 - This course provides the perfect follow on from the beginners course. It must be stressed that this course is not for beginners as it will deal with the more complex technical procedures with the iPad. Starting from the assumption that the student has a good working knowledge of the iPad the course will aim to develop the artistic capabilities of the iPad through some exacting exercises. 
During the day you will look at the use of layers, making a complex picture using several layers plus incorporating a photograph. You will also have a brief introduction to a different app, Brushes XP, in many ways similar to ArtRage and go on to draw and paint flowers etc. 
 
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Sat 14th April
Sun 15th April
Sat 14th April & Sun 15th April
 
Cost: £165 
 
In this two-day workshop, Soraya will be showing you a variety of different ways to make more expressive landscapes through use of collage and texture. Also, how to make your floral paintings more exciting by introducing semi abstract passages within a recognizable subject without losing the inherent delicacy of flowers. 
 
Daily demonstrations and individual help and advice throughout the two days will cover all aspects of making a successful painting. In this workshop the students are encouraged to paint with their own individual instinct with plenty of advice and help from the tutor. 
 
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Cost: £165 
 
The weekend will cover elements of simplifying drawing to focus upon portraying the character and "feel" of a building study. In particular, we will explore how we see subjects and what we include and what we omit to produce quality pieces of work which we feel work for us. John teaches and advocates a loose approach to drawing/watercolour style so be prepared to experiment and maybe draw like never before! You will be encouraged to achieve a number of pieces of which allow individual styles to shine through. 
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Cost: £165 
 
This two day course will start with a brief introduction into the world of Stephen Higton followed by: 
 
1. Discussion on materials, oil paint, use of thinners, types of canvas/surface to use, brushes and generally anything to do with painting and questions students may have. 
2. How to work with photographs. Compositions and cropping the view. 
3. Importance of sketching the view prior to commencing the work. 
4. Transferring the image to the canvas. 
5. Under painting the canvas to create tonal ranges. 
6. Step by step demonstration with one on one tuition as the painting progresses. 
7. Completing the work with final highlights. 
8. Framing the work importance of the correct frame for the work. 
9. Discussions on the course and reactions from the students. 
Stephen encourages everyone to ask questions throughout the two days and take plenty of notes. He normally would supply two photos for you to work from but is happy if you wish to bring your own. 
 
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Cost: £87/ day or £165 for both days 
 
Two back to back fun days using collage with acrylic to create paintings of different sizes. Sylvia will demonstrate how she works both sizes of canvas. If a large canvas is too daunting try a little series of minis or go for it and have a go at both. Come prepared to challenge yourself. There is the option to come for two days. Sylvia will be doing a different demonstration on each day so they are not just a repeat of each other! 
 
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Sat 28th April
Sun 29th April
Sat 28th April & Sun 29th April
 
Cost: £165 
 
Working in Pastel bridges the gap between drawing and painting, and can be challenging as the medium is mixed and blended directly on the working surface. 
 
This calls for a knowledge of colour and colour mixing that can be daunting at first, especially with so many pastel colours made to tempt us. Margaret's emphasis will be on helping to simplify and provide guidance whilst demonstrating her beloved coast and rivers around Suffolk. 
 
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Cost: £165 
 
By implying rather than painstakingly rendering detail, the artist can trick the viewer's eye. During the weekend, we'll aim to produce a number of pieces of art work quickly and without fuss. We will cover a huge range of subjects... all those scenes you've since thought impossible. 
 
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Cost: £165 
 
Students will be shown simple ways of recording gesture, character and movement to enable rapid sketching in a variety of situations. 
 
Issues of perspective, relative size, gender and age variation will be examined. 
 
Students will have the opportunity to produce work that will put figures into landscape, seascape and urban settings. 
 
 
 
 
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Cost: £165 
 
Be inspired to draw and paint in the garden which will be full of gorgeous colour and textures, using watercolour, inks, pastels and acrylics on paper and in your sketchbooks to create lively exciting mixed media pieces. 
 
Following lots of demonstration you can experiment with different media in various combinations beginning with small studies and working up to a finished painting or just filling your sketchbook. 
 
Tessa's plan is to work outside initially (weather permitting) in sketchbooks, and/or from vases of flowers in the studio and then to transfer to the studio for bigger, more worked pieces. She knows people are scared to work outside - she will be happy to change your mind! 
 
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Cost: £170.00 per person (including materials) 
 
A 2-day course, ideal for artists wanting to loosen up their oil painting and learn the best ways to capture light and atmosphere in the landscape. Painting in the studio and out on location around St Osyth (weather permitting). Suitable for all abilities beyond absolute beginner level. Oil paints, mediums and brushes are provided on this course. Just bring along your own canvases and plenty of enthusiasm to have a go. 
 
Book directly with Melanie on 0208 6604982 or email mel.cambridge@tiscali.co.uk 
 
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Cost: £170 - some materials included 
 
The exciting mixed media 'all things black and white' painting day is a great start to our two day expressive painting and drawing workshops. The creative 'free flowing and layering' painting direction is to capture a superb atmospheric seascape filled with rocky beach textures, reflective pools and distant ocean light. Using lots of layering techniques watch your expressive mixed media black and white painting evolve into a stunning work of art. You'll never think of 'drawing' as being boring ever again! 
 
Day two, Big skies and Marshes - this expressive large scale mixed media workshop using gouache, watercolour, acrylic ink and pastel will 'free any artist up' who has ever wanted to work more expressively - especially on a large scale! Explore using deep, rich and saturated colours whilst exploring light and dark tones and lots of free flowing layers to create a wonderful fen, reed bed or marshland scene full of depth and atmospheric effects full of eye catching detail and big sweeping gestural brush strokes - lovely! 
 
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Cost: £170 - materials included 
 
Students will be working with air drying clay. A great product that dries and hardens without the use of a kiln. 
 
Students will learn clay modelling techniques including preparatory sketching, forming an armature, joining clay sections, fine modelling and finishing. 
 
A variety of finishes will then be explored to ensure long term preservation of the work. 
 
 
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Cost: £165 
 
In this exciting, informative workshop, Stephie will show you how to paint portraits in watercolour full of colour with an impressionistic feel. A Suitable for all abilities, she will share how to portray feelings and emotions in your work making it unique. There will be a mixture of ongoing demonstrating and one-to-one attention, thereby enabling everyone to work to the best of their ability. 
 
You will be encouraged to develop your own style, to learn how to paint with Instinct alongside technique, to simplify drawings prior to painting to enable a looser style, to paint with colour that deviates away from the norm. Most of all, you'll have fun and come away inspired to paint more! 
 
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Cost: £170 
 
Influenced by her love of portraiture, Alison Burchert has studied and rendered both human and animal portraits to an incredible high standard of photorealism. Her unique management of pastels has enabled her work to have both depth and detail as well as the undeniably perfect likeness of her subjects. 
 
Having worked within the print industry, Alison has learned many aspects of colour mixing and how to keep to a small palette, hence she never uses any grey, green or brown chalks in any of her paintings. They are all mixed up on the paper to produce her classic underpainting, prior to the fine lines of fur, feathers and skin tone. 
 
From 2008-2014 she was the artist in residence at Colchester Zoo, doing workshops for children and adults. She was chosen to paint two of the 2.5m giraffe sculptures for the Zoo's 50th anniversary project 'Stand Tall'. 'Womb with a view' went on tour to London's South Bank and her 'Big Katrina' raised the highest bid at auction in September 2013. 
 
She feels that art should be accessible to everyone and that anyone with an enthusiasm for learning can be taught how to draw and see differently once shown. Alison prefers to keep her teaching local to Essex but has been invited to America to teach at a hyperrealism school of art, with various art studios all over Europe requesting her impressive teaching methods. 
 
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Cost: £165 
 
Fraser will provide demonstrations and instructions covering the basics of creating stunning landscapes in Acrylics. On day one this will cover the fundamental elements of landscape painting, sky, land and water. Learn how to use Acrylic paint to its full advantage in specifically tailored workshops. On day two these techniques will feed into larger projects, with the aim to finish with an atmospheric and striking landscape painting. 
 
Please bring a landscape photo or painting that inspires you to be used on the afternoon of the second day. Fraser is keen that you can also paint your own projects as well as his to do something that is personal to you. However, Fraser is quite happy if you would prefer to work entirely on your own source material. He will be around to offer advice and one to one assistance throughout the two days, finishing up with an informal critique at the end of the course. 
 
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Cost: £165 
 
Flowers on a large scale have always fascinated Kay. Their colour, form and habit so different from each other. Kay will demonstrate for maybe 20 minutes on the first morning, also showing her work and chatting about her watercolour journey since she started painting professionally.  
 
After that comes the start of the scary fun part as you decide on your flower composition and get drawing and painting, or just painting if you prefer. There will be further demonstrations as you require. Kay is encouraging, supportive and will give one to one tuition throughout the course. She actually rarely sits down! 
 
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Cost: £165 
 
Nial will demonstrate and lead you in creating simple composition that conveys impact and structure, using a limited palette and large brushes! Ideal for the new artist (or even complete beginners), as well as the more experienced artist looking to improve technique and results. 
 
Day two will cover use of 'glazing and scumbling'. Using a broader range of colours, Nial will explain the benefits of working with strong colours in harmony with subtle glazes, helping you to produce rich and deep textures, explosive highlights that really add a punch to your artwork. 
 
During this intensive two-day course your learning will include - 
 
· The basics of landscape painting composition 
· Learning about the tonal method of oil painting 
· Discovering some of the techniques of the Old Masters 
· Exploring colours, colour mixing and handling oil paints 
· Painting from references vs. your imagination 
· How to avoid the common mistakes most amateur artists make 

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Cost: £87 
 
A day to get to grips with Still Life. After a short demonstration, your day's painting will be start by looking at interesting ways with composition. We'll also consider how keeping an eye on the tones can give your picture an extra edge of realism. Bright metal objects shine, backgrounds stay in the background, and cast shadows have more interest. The tonal aspects of this tutorial will set you up for the next day's Portrait workshop. 
 
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Cost: £90 
 
A day's portraiture with a life model. The day starts with a short demonstration in the basics of the subject, and continues with individual coaching. This workshop will help you add a reality and a structure to your painting. With a portrait that means, for instance, that eyes stay in their sockets, the tip of a nose doesn't finish in mid-air, hair looks 3-D, (not just 2-D with a texture) and a neck settles comfortably under a chin. This course will give you a good foundation in a rewarding discipline. 
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Cost: £87 or £165 for both days 
 
Heavy body acrylics can be used with a palette knife to create textural and expressive paintings. Sylvia will demonstrate her technique using a brush at first and then a palette knife.  
 
Both subjects lend themselves to this way of working and can inspire some expressive paintings. Using a palette knife can help to free up your paintings so come prepared to experiment. 
 
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Tues 30th October
Wed 31st October
Tues 30th October & Wed 31st October
 
Cost: £165 
 
Students will learn several different methods of simple printing, using them in an exciting and imaginative way. Printed imagery will be used as subject matter and also as part of the work itself in the form of collage, thus adding an extra dynamic dimension to the images produced. 
 
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Cost: £165 
 
Learn how to develop snow scenes in line and wash with Tim Fisher, starting with the creation of sketches that will help you develop an idea into a final painting. Tim will introduce you, through demonstrations, to the type of materials and drawing tools you could use to create a successful painting as well as covering painting surfaces and the limited palette of colour you will need. 
 
Tim has worked with ink and watercolour for a number of years and has developed a unique drawing style that is fast and loose and works well when combining with watercolour. 
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Cost: £165 
 
Charles will be demonstrating throughout each day, gently taking students through the process of creating finished pictures. Each day you will cover different subjects. You will receive plenty of advice and tips as well as individual tuition - Charles has a wonderfully relaxed manner, guaranteed to put you at your ease and ensure that you have an enjoyable and instructive day. 
 
As well as being on TV, Charles is now one of the leading demonstrators for Winsor & Newton and demonstrates all over the country. He now lives in the wilds of Northumberland, writing, doing stage shows, workshops and demonstrating to art societies all over the country as well as holding painting holidays in the UK and Europe. 
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Tues 13th November
Wed 14th November
Tues 13th and Wed 14th November
 
Cost: £170 including some materials 
 
Students will have an opportunity to explore the joy of working with acrylic inks. 
 
A variety of possible uses will be covered including, loose and vibrant flowers and animals, a development tool for abstracted landscapes and as the basis for Watercolour and acrylic or pastel work. Some materials will be provided. 
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