Short Courses

  • Retreat to our beautiful purpose-built art studios
  • Explore art through a variety of mediums and materials, guided by our team of professional artists
  • Escape from the pressures of the world, take time out for yourself, meet new friends, and exercise your imagination
  • Try something totally new or brush up on existing skills
  • Wide range of courses and techniques
  • Termly art exhibition
Get To Know Your Sewing Machine

Get to Know your Sewing Machine

16+ yrs; Tuesday 18.30 - 20.30

4th January - 18th January (3 weeks, £54) Do you have a sewing machine that spends more time in the cupboard or in its box than it does on your sewing table? Here's an opportunity to learn how to get to know your sewing machine and what it can do for you. Join this short 3-week course and explore what your sewing machine can do. Learn how to thread the sewing machine correctly, how to sew a straight seam and a curved one, the functions of the stitches and make a simple tote bag and maybe more! Just bring yourself, your sewing machine, a paper copy of the machine’s manual and a basic sewing kit and start sewing!

Tutor: Penny Follows

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Fashion illustration

Fashion Illustration

18+; Thursdays 19.00 - 21.00

6th January - 27th January (4 weeks, £72) Discover your personal drawing style, learn ing how to illustrate the body and how to draw fashion clothing. Be inspired by some great contemporary fashion illustrators and explore drawing with a range of media from ink,from ink to markers, watercolours, crayons and mixed media. This is a fun, stylish, fresh class all about discovering your own style, and using your own creativity to create original illustrations.

Tutor: Salina Jane

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IPB

Character Illustration & Storytelling

18+; Thursdays 19.00 - 21.00

3rd February - 3rd March (4 weeks, £72) Learn how to draw your own characters as a first step in developing your own narratives. We will work from prompts, with lots of inspiration and discover the perfect book characters in our minds and pens, allowing them to help us draw wonderful stories. Let this be the start of some magical storytelling. The focus will be on drawing from imagination with mixed media.

Tutor: Salina Jane

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Repair

Repair Your Clothes!

16+; Tuesdays 18.30 - 20.30

25th January - 8th February (3 weeks, £54) So you can’t sew a button on? You are not alone! Join this short 3-week course and learn how to look after your clothes. There is a lot of cheap, fast fashion available nowadays. However, there is a quiet revolution going on to teach people to sew and therefore to mend/repair their clothes. Simple repairs take little time or skill, it’s simply knowing where to begin and having the confidence to start. Recent publications such as ‘Mend it, Wear it, Love it’ by Zoe Edwards and ‘Loved Clothes last’ by Orsola de Castro encourage us to ‘stitch our way to a more sustainable wardrobe and to feel ‘the joy of re-wearing and repairing our clothes’. Not only is this seen as being more environmentally friendly, but it can also be seen as a revolutionary act allowing us to support those workers who made our clothes by looking after them. You will be taught how to make simple hand- sewn repairs, replace ing buttons, hooks and eyes and press studs. Various methods of hemming a garment will be taught alongside how to mend a split seam and so much more! In the last session, we will each bring an item of clothing to repair.

Tutor: Penny Follows

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Hand Sewing Japanese Knot Bag

Hand Sewing: Make A Japanese Knot Bag

16+; Tuesdays 18.30 - 20.30

22nd February - 8th March (3 weeks, £54) These delightful bags can be made in any size either by hand or with a sewing machine. They are small open tote bags but, with a twist. They have asymmetrical handles, and one of the handles slips through the other to form a knot and close the bag so that the contents of the bag are secure. They are useful for knitting, crochet and sewing projects and also to carry lunch to work! Please bring a basic sewing kit with you to make a unique and lovely bag.

Tutor: Penny Follows

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Botanical

Botanical Illustration

18+; Thursdays 19.00 - 21.00

10th March - 31st March (4 weeks, £72) Botanical illustration is a popular and beautiful art and can be found in many places today from scientific journals; cookbooks; magazines; adverts, cards, fabric design and simply as beautiful artwork. In this short course, you will be inspired by seasonal flora and fauna to create your own botanical illustrations. You will learn drawing techniques and will explore the use of dip pen and watercolour paints to truly capture your subject in all its glorious colour, shapes and details. We will focus on British flowers and plants and will take inspiration from some well-known botanical illustrators.

Tutor: Salina Jane

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