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
Illustrate Blackheath

Illustrating Blackheath

18+, Thursdays 19.00 - 21.00

9th September - 30th September (4 weeks, £72) In this course we’ll be leaving the building to explore Blackheath itself. We will be taking our pens to the streets and heath, finding wonderful spots to draw and sketch as a group. We’ll try different mediums suitable for portable drawings and use techniques to introduce you to sketching in the urban environment. It’s a wonderful way to explore our village and to observe and capture Blackheath life building your confidence to draw in public! We’ll discuss how to take your work back in the studio to create wonderful Blackheath illustrations. Please dress for the Blackheath climate, wear comfy shoes for walking and standing and be ready for an adventure! Come prepared with a sketchbook of your choice.

Tutor: Salina Jane

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Repair

Repair Your Clothes

18+, Fridays 13.00 - 15.00

10th September - 24th September (3 weeks, £54) 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 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 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 the workers who made our clothes by looking after them. You will be taught how to make simple hand sewn repairs, replacing buttons, hooks and eyes and press studs. Various patching methods of hemming a garment will be taught along with how to mend a split seam. In the last session, we will each bring in an item of clothing to repair.

Tutor: Penny Follows

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Improve Your Photography

Improve Your Photography

18+, Thursdays 13.30 - 15.30

10th September - 12th November (9 weeks, £153) This nine week photography course will give you a good grounding in the basics of using your digital camera. In the first session you will be taken trough how your camera works; including shutter speed, metering and exposure, aperture and depth of field, and getting better results from your flash. During the course you will go on to cover formal elements such as; composition, the basics of perspective, colour and tone. The course will also touch upon giving you an overview of aesthetics and history of photography. Within each session there will be a practical assignment to be completed within the class, and there will be a simple homework assignment each week. The previous week’s homework will be reviewed within the classes, to help you to analyse the images and develop your practical photography skills and techniques. *You will need your own digital SLR camera to take part in this course.

Tutor: Michael Harding

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Visible Mending

Visible Mending

18+, Fridays 13.00 - 15.00

1st October - 15th October (3 weeks, £54) With environmental concerns in mind, we are all being encouraged to mend our clothes rather than throw them away. There has been a growing feeling that repairs do not have to be invisible and that we could make them an attractive statement. You would be taught the art of Boro work, a Japanese form of repair which incorporates piecing, patching and stitching clothing to extend its use. The term Boro comes from the Japanese boroboro meaning something tattered or repaired. Participants would also be introduced to Sashiko which is a form of stitch in needlework and is frequently used repetitively in Boro work. We will also cover simple darning in a visible method, enhanced by some hand embroidery. In the last week of the course you will be encouraged to bring in an item of clothing to repair using one of the methods from the course, that will enhance, as well as mend the garment.

Tutor: Penny Follows

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Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

18+, Thursdays 19.00 - 21.00

7th October - 4th November (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. With thanks to Hortus for providing us with beautiful plants each week.

Tutor: Salina Jane

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Collage Illustration

Collage Illustration

18+, Thursdays 19.00 - 21.00

11th November - 2nd December (4 weeks, £72) Collage has existed as an art medium for centuries, with artists incorporating fashion photos, adverts, text and other materials from pop culture into collaged works. Today contemporary illustrators and artists are using collage in new and inventive ways, from using their own photos in their work, to found materials and textiles. In this workshop we will take a range of materials and digital images, juxtaposing colour, texture and text, transforming them to make our own personal creations. At the end of this inspiring short course you will discover the possibilities of collage and leave with a collage creation based on a personal idea and image.

Tutor: Salina Jane

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Patchwork

Patchwork

18+, Fridays 13.00 - 15.00

22nd October - 12th November (3 weeks, £54) English Paper Piecing is a pure hand sewn method used in traditional patchwork and quilting much loved by the Victorians and ideal for making small or large items. You will learn how to cut the fabric and paper templates, and how to prepare them for sewing. Once sewn together, we will use the pieces to make a number of small items, such as a pin cushion, a glasses case, tea cosy or a cushion cover. Over this three week course you will have the opportunity to complete at least one patchwork item.

Tutor: Penny Follows

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