Creative Courses & Workshops
“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.” – Kurt Vonnegut. It’s 2017, here’s your chance to expand your soul – Creative Courses and Workshops to suit just about anyone’s spiritual appetite.
As a long-time keen walker, I am inspired by my beautiful Sussex and beyond, painting landscapes en plein air. I then use these small free oil paintings and sketches as my starting points and reference and I ‘walk into’ them in my studio where I look again from different aspects, developing my work both in abstract terms and in the finer detail.
For my workshops based at The Victoria Institute, Arundel, I will be following this method as often as the weather allows. Each day’s painting is a stand-alone event but at the end of each block of plein air or still life days we will work in the large light room at the Vic and look again at these alla prima canvases. In this way we will build up a capsule collection of landscape and still life paintings and sketches.
I have been teaching and running art workshops for many years, some of which have been formal courses such as Pre Degree Foundation, Degree and Diploma level in art and design. I have also worked with special needs art groups in Surrey and Sussex and with Montessori pre-school children. I am very keen that the process is as important as the product and that each painter works at their own pace. My teaching method encourages this, which means that my workshops are open to all levels of experience and confidence.
I also run monotype printmaking workshops at Handprinted, Shripney Road, Bognor Regis where everyone is encouraged to bring in their alla prima sketchbooks as reference and inspiration. Monotype printing is an exciting and free-flowing way of creating original one-off pieces on paper. Each piece created is original, unlike other methods of printmaking and I describe the process as the meeting space between drawing and painting.
Sacred Art of Geometry
Since its inaugural course in January 2015 SAOG Studios have gone from strength to strength. Co-founders Daniel Docherty and Kira Orsak regularly collaborate with internationally renowned artists and welcome course participants worldwide.
SAOG Studios is set in the idyllic surroundings of Emerson College, Forest Row, adjoining Tablehurst Organic/Biodynamic Farm, within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Ashdown Forest.
Course participants requiring accommodation are spoilt for choice with comfortable and affordable rooms available at Emerson and a host of excellent local hotels and B&Bs. Sacred Art of Geometry’s 2017 Winter/Spring Programme promises to be something special…
In late January SAOG presents Persian Patterns in collaboration with Adam Williamson. This course is fully booked, but you can join the mailing list for future course details. (artofislamicpattern.com)
10th, 11th, 12th February sees the return of Celtic Pattern maestro Adam Tetlow.
The Art and Craft of Labyrinth with Daniel Docherty runs 10th, 11th, 12th March.
Two weekends in May (13th & 14th, 20th & 21st) sees QEST Scholar Natasha Mann introducing students to the Art of Zouaq: Traditional Moroccan Painting on Wood.
SAOG also welcomes back Renaissance Art Studio’s David Cranswick PhD (15th-19th May) for the not-to-be-missed Alchemy of Pigment and Pattern course.
Details of all SAOG’s courses including day/evening class sessions can be found at www.sacredartofgeometry.com
Emily Ball at Seawhite
Emily Ball at Seawhite focuses on delivering exciting, contemporary art courses encouraging alternative methods to drawing and painting.
Under the dynamic leadership of Emily, the studio is going from strength to strength. This year it is offering a mixture of short courses, master classes, residencies, courses abroad and year-long programmes, all of which attract artists from around the world.
Courses are led by an inspiring team of tutors, each of whom is a practicing professional artist with a wealth of knowledge and a renowned reputation. For the first time, the studio is proud to showcase the work of these artists in The Tutors’ Show. Running until 17th February 2017, and hosted in the beautiful new Atrium building at Seawhite (Partridge Green), the show is a stunning collection of paintings and drawings reflecting the distinct styles, approaches and subjects of each artist. With such a vibrant team of tutors leading the way, it is little wonder that the studio is making a name for itself as a centre for artists who are serious about creating exceptional artwork.
Read more at www.emilyballatseawhite.co.uk. Viewing of the Tutors’ Show is by appointment only. Contact Emily at email@example.com or call 01903 743537.
Eastbourne is a brilliant venue for the South Coast’s premier textile teaching studio, the home of international textile artist Christine Chester. Christine has been running Studio 11 as a textile studio specialising in print and stitch for nearly five years since finishing teaching in FE.
Working alongside Christine is talented natural history artist Roz Nathan, who has many years of experience teaching drawing and painting. The combination of teaching styles works very well for local residents and means the studio is in use most days throughout the week and weekend. Weekly three-hour classes in different styles of painting, both naturalistic and abstract, combine neatly with Christine’s Once-a-Month day classes, where a little more time is required to allow for the development of dyes and stitching ideas.
The sense of an artistic community is built into the classes through the support that students show each other, which enhances the tutorial support from the teachers. Roz and Christine have worked hard to nurture that sense of being a part of a wider community rather than simply coming to a class as a student, whilst at the same time, of course, cultivating skills in processes, project development and artistic endeavour.
Details of the regular art & textile courses, and short intensives, can be found at www.studio11eb.co.uk Christine’s work can be seen as part of the unFOLD exhibition at the Birley Centre, Carlisle Road, weekends through February 2017. www.unfoldtextiles.com
Katherine has been working with students in her purpose-designed, fully equipped studio in Steyning, West Sussex, for over 14 years. Students are encouraged to think creatively and learn techniques in a design-led process.
Having taught in a local college, Katherine found that adult learners often want to create jewellery for a purpose rather than just learn a process. Students learn the basics of jewellery making and then move on to more complex methods when they are ready.
The workshop groups are small, allowing a good tutor to student ratio. One-to-one classes are available. Each student works individually rather than on tutor-led projects, allowing beginners and those with some knowledge to work comfortably within the same group, this has many learning benefits. Katherine is happy to advise on purchasing tools and materials and has visits from gemstone suppliers for students.
The Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts
The Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts (GAPA) welcomes a very special guest to its faculty for Spring Term 2017. Dr Ross McKim has been the Artistic Director of the legendary Rambert School for the last thirty years and now joins GAPA to teach contemporary dance classes.
McKim was recently the subject of a documentary made by Gielgud Films called ‘The Gospel of Ross McKim’. It was selected for the prestigious Raindance Film Festival in London and won Best Feature and Female Filmmaker for Director Suzanne Gielgud at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards in October 2016.
As well as GAPA’s link to Gielgud Films, the pupils also benefit from its link to Gielgud Management, which is one of the leading theatrical agencies in the UK for professional dancers, singers and actors. The agency has been running since 1996 and provides clients for West End shows, ballet and contemporary companies and film and TV. It also represents a selection of GAPA pupils for work in the profession, some of whom are currently on tour in Billy Elliot and acting in the TV drama du jour, The Crown.
Based in Haywards Heath, The Gielgud Academy runs dance and drama classes for children from age 3-18 on Saturdays and weekday evenings. For enquiries about a free taster day please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit gielgudacademy.co.uk for more information.
Writing is like any creative activity, it needs consistent practise. The team at WritingSussex offer a range of inspiring classes across West Sussex for writers at all levels – from beginners to those with creative writing experience.
Classes in Shoreham on Monday mornings and Southwick on Thursday evenings give writers a regular opportunity to hone their skills with a variety of writing exercises, discussion, and the opportunity for informal feedback. A novel writing group, starting in Steyning later in the spring, will alternate between classes and workshops – giving anyone writing a novel (or thinking about writing one) space to explore and develop their ideas.
Intensive one-day workshops in poetry, life fiction, prose, and script writing are being planned for early summer, and will be run from a sunny barn conversion in Arundel.
All three tutors – Sarah Higbee, Linda McVeigh and Sarah Palmer – are working writers and experienced teachers, whose classes have been described by their students as ‘inspirational’, ‘funny’, ‘motivating’ and ‘fab’.
For further information call WritingSussex on 07599 097206 or email email@example.com.
Jewellery workshops in Lindfield
“Debbie’s workshop is a beautifully relaxed, warm, and calm environment and it is always a pleasure to work in. I have been able to progressively improve and hone my techniques and skills to consistently gain greater results in my jewellery designs.
“Debbie is as patient as a saint and she encourages all her students to work in a way that makes them feel comfortable in their own style to get creative results. We all work in different ways and she has this amazing ability to work and adapt to your learning skill level to help you refine your own creative path.
“For me personally she understands how I work creatively, and with everything Debbie has taught me, I’ve gained the confidence to build a successful business. I regularly attend a half-day session of work with her every week, to have her advice on my upcoming designs. During these sessions she is on hand to help me develop ideas that I can implement into actual jewellery designs.” – Lauren Harmes
Reach for the Stars
Learning Creative Arts is crucial in a child’s personal development and, of course, for every aspiring performer.
On Saturdays, Oxted School Drama Studio comes alive with Musical Theatre Classes. These classes in singing, acting and dancing include technique training, one to one sessions, and a range of performance opportunities for young aspiring performers aged 3-18.
LCA’s team of dedicated, enthusiastic professional teachers works hard with those who join to help build their confidence and ensure that they get a high level of training. Each class or workshop leads to a performance showcase. In classes, performers get the chance to create a piece of work and rehearse it to performance standard, whilst applying the techniques that they learn throughout the term.
LCA also run summer workshops and creative birthday parties, which include games, songs and dances from your chosen theme. Find out more at www.lca-stage.com
Make, create, discover at West Dean College
Release your creativity on an art and craft short course. Choose from inspiring subjects including art, jewellery, textiles, woodworking, metalworking and more. You will learn in fully equipped studios and workshops, with a pottery, forge, light and airy art studios, a sculpture courtyard and a stone carving workshop. Our tutors are practicing professionals with impressive reputations.
“The best course I have ever attended – challenging, supportive, well-structured and presented by a world class tutor. I have never learned so much in such as short space of time.” – Caroline, Italics: basics, flourish and experimental.
With a rich artistic history and award-winning gardens, many courses take direct inspiration from the colours and vistas you’ll find here each season. You can also choose to stay over in residential accommodation.
Summer Schools 2017
Escape on a creative summer holiday and enjoy a range of special features including swap over sessions to another course, tutor talks, visits to local art venues and evening entertainment.
Visit www.westdean.org.uk. Call 01243 818300 to receive your 10% new student discount.
Sussex Sculpture Studios
Situated next to the southbound railway platform at Billingshurst Station is an industrial unit with a difference. Home to Sussex Sculpture Studios, it is one of a very few artist-led teaching studios in the county that provides an opportunity for those interested in dipping into the world of making sculpture. It’s open to anyone over the age of 16, whether beginners, practising artists, or somewhere in between, with the aim of providing a friendly and supportive atmosphere where creativity can flourish.
Founded in 2007 by Andrew Brown and Marji Talbot, the studio has gone from strength to strength. With a range of courses on offer, from working with the life model for those interested in expression of the human form, to the intuitive process of soft stone carving, or the more abstract challenge of hand-built ceramic work. Life drawing and painting also feature, with both tutored and untutored sessions taking place weekly during term times.
So, if you have a sculpture project in mind but not sure how to start, this is the place to go. For those who are not sure whether 3D is for them, taster sessions are available.
More information can be found on the website www.sussexsculpture.co.uk or ring Marji on 07765 892864.
Red Hot Press
Red Hot Press opened its doors in Southampton way back in 2004 and has been running high quality printmaking courses for adults at the workshop ever since.
The workshop is run by professional artist printmakers Sarah Mander and Katherine Anteney with the aim to promote printmaking as a fine art medium.
Red Hot Press runs a regular schedule of courses which can be found on the website www.redhotpress.org.uk/courses. All courses run with small group sizes to allow participants to get the most from their time in the workshop, whether a complete beginner or with some printmaking experience. Of particular note are the masterclasses, which are taught by in-house and visiting expert artist printmakers and are designed to push your printmaking boundaries even further.
Red Hot Press is the only workshop in the region to run an in-depth 30-week Foundation in Printmaking course which runs from September each year – now taking bookings for September 2017!
The workshop also runs a lively membership scheme with regular opportunities to exhibit and sell work. Members can use the workshop during open access hours to print their own work and also benefit from discount on courses and at printmaking suppliers.
Visit www.redhotpress.org.uk for more info or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever wanted to have a go on the potter’s wheel, make your own special mug or bowl and explore your creative ability through the medium of clay? The concept of making something beautiful and permanent from what is essentially mud can be extremely rewarding, magical and therapeutic.
Shoreham Pottery is a charming Community Workshop in the heart of Shoreham by Sea that runs a number of pottery classes for all ages and abilities. Their classes are fun, sociable and relaxed, with small class sizes and expert tuition from founders Katy and Alice, who between them have over 20 years experience of teaching and making pots professionally.
Whether you are looking for a regular weekly class for yourself or your child, a one-off class on the potter’s wheel or a workshop for the whole family, Shoreham Pottery has something for you. All your creations will be fired for you to collect at a later date and keep forever!
The workshop, which is tucked away in the peaceful courtyard behind the Café Artisan, has a little shop with unique and affordable handcrafted pieces for sale. These are made by the tutors, who you may well find crafting pots in the background.
Shoreham Pottery Shop is open 11-4 every day, closed Thursday and Sunday. Pop by or check www.shorehampottery.com to find out about classes. Contact the workshop by phone 07938 3781215 or email email@example.com.
Situated in Aldsworth, between Chichester and Emsworth, Artworks provides an exciting programme of creative classes and workshops, for all abilities and in a wide range of subjects – fused glass, silver jewellery, textiles, printmaking, drawing, painting, willow work, mosaics and much more.
The Artworks studio provides a place for creativity and discovery, where you can learn a new craft or artistic technique or develop your existing skills, in an easy-going and comfortable environment.
The studio is housed in a lovely old cart shed which provides a light and airy space in which to be creative, with ample parking. The studio is spacious and well-equipped for a wide range of creative subjects – such as our new large fused glass kiln in which bigger pieces of glass work can be created, and we now have an A2 press suitable for most types of printmaking.
Tutors are all local artists/makers, most of whom have also taught professionally. Most courses include all materials, with plenty of refreshments and a light lunch on day courses.
You can find out more at artworksstudio.co.uk, call 07766 919231, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One The Square
One The Square in Forest Row is sure to hold the key to a refreshing start to the New Year. From raw food Mondays to our raw organic and biodynamic juice fasts featuring sunflower sprouts and wheatgrass, start your year with detoxing boosting your immune system. With over 50 local and regional artisans and a wealth of very talented craftsmen and women it is also the ideal place to start your New Year with craft and creativity.
We have a host of new workshops and health-focused talks to inspire you to learn a new skill or hone your knowledge, from a three-part workshop with Catherine Greenwood which takes you from drawing in the Ashdown Forest to carving your own block-print and printing your own fabric, to cookery knife skills, raw food and the benefits of juicing.
Following our recent success at the Rural Business Awards where we received a High Commendation for our social enterprise and community work, the next year holds exciting new prospects for One The Square, we will be launching our online shop and will continue to work with local charity projects, food producers and craftsmen to ensure that we remain a warm and welcoming place for all.
More information at www.onethesquare.co.uk, find us on Facebook: One The Square, and Instagram: one.the.square.
Blackbird Arts grew from the seed of an idea planted in my mind by Martin Brockman whilst sitting around the kitchen table one evening with friends and a few glasses of wine.
We aim to provide a sustainable, affordable service where practising artists and craftspeople share their expertise and inspire people to try new things.
So far it’s been hard work but good fun. We have been fortunate to have been able to hold the workshops in some great venues, from the traditional village hall in Isfield to Barcombe Nurseries organic farm and Wilderness Wood in Hadlow Down.
Following on from the great success in 2016 of the Woodblock Printing and Wood Carving and Withy Deer Making, we will be adding some exciting new workshops this year.
In March we have Mosaic with Hannah Griffiths who has created beautiful mosaics in the UK and Italy.
In April we will be expanding into textiles: Indigo dyeing with local textile artist Christine Cooper and Batik with Kim-Marie Tomlinson who has studied the craft in Indonesia. And in May we are working with Wilderness Wood to host a day of bluebell inspired creativity.
Watch this space! www.blackbirdarts.co.uk