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2017 short courses



  • Introduction to formal drawing
    One-day intensive.

    This course is especially designed for those new to drawing or those seeking to improve basic skills. We’ll help to identify your individual strengths or weaknesses and to let them work for you whilst covering the basics of composition and how to convey colour, texture and form.


  • More than experience

    You've never been behind the wheel like this. Under the guidance of our experienced potter you'll briefly be in the passenger seat but soon be taking control and creatingcups, bowls etc to be proud of. We keep class sizes small no more than 6 students to make sure you each get the proper attention. Each student will have their own wheel to work from and those with prior experience can get stuck in without the formal introduction. Our tutor will demonstrate wedging, centring clay and throwing along with other basics to get the juices flowing. 


  • Want to create?
    Want to play?

    Your ideas with our teaching approach will get your hands dirty and sculpting in the first 5 minutes.You’ll need to decide on what you want to make from the word go and we’ll give you some pointers – like where to put the  handle. We then fire and glaze your best 2 pieces in a colour of your choice – ready for collection up to 4 weeks later.

  • Life Drawing from the nude:
    for all levels

    This workshop is open to experienced artists as well as those completely new to drawing. You’ll be guided or left alone as the mood of the class allows, with a professional coach ever-present to help tackle what can be a challenging subject.



  • Intensive 1 day
    with Nina Burrows, BA Hons, Cert Ed. 

    This one-day course is pitched at beginners wishing to gain a firm grip of watercolour basics so that they can experiment and develop their skills at home. The course is suitable for those wishing to explore traditional or experimental watercolour skills.


    Learn about the equipment and techniques needed to create a stunning mosaic  heart  complete with vintage crockery and pearlised mosaic pieces. We’ll also show you how to grout your final design.
    Its well worth taking this course if you wish to develop more advanced mosaic skills. Although simple, the making of these hearts involve level 2 cutting and planning skills which should feed into future mosaic making.
    These hearts make fabulous gifts and what’s more when you get the hang of this they don’t take too long to make.
  • Create a fused glass hanging in a simple design of your choice. We’ll cover how to cut and shape glass pieces and how to prepare your piece for kiln firing.

    This workshop includes materials and no glass fushion experience is needed.

  • Create with clay
    We’ll show you how

    Working from a model and expressing through clay. People of all abilities including newcomers welcome. The aim of the workshop is to create something with a resemblance to the human figure – whether abstract or vaguely representative. Experts will be on hand for those requiring guidance and support – and to inspire a range of different possibilities. Our tutors will commence with a short demonstration on how to start and some basic tips for those wishing final works to be fired.



  • Want it all?
    Have it all with a creative mix course.

    We know our taster courses look great and are popular which is why we've developed a week course full of them.  This is a great format for anyone wishing to trial different art and craft activities or someone who simply wants it all. Activities include painting, drawing, ceramics, wheel thrown pottery, mosaic, print making and sculpture.


    Get stuck in.
    Be a part of art.

    This is a hands-on course that will get you exploring form, materials and processes from the start as a means of sculptural expression.  It assumes no previous knowledge of working with sculpture. As well as offering practical experience, we’ll provide an overview of traditional and contemporary sculpture to build a growing appreciation.


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