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Painting in the Garden Masterclass Tues 21 August 2018 The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and some tools and materials. Suitable for improvers. The Garden at Charleston,...

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and some tools and materials. Suitable for improvers.

The Garden at Charleston, designed by artist and critic Roger Fry, was planted to be painted. Join artist Julian Le Bas for a day's intensive painting tuition, and lose yourself in the atmosphere of the Walled Garden.

Suitable for improvers, this workshop will look at approaches to composition, with a particular emphasis on colour.

Students may work in oil or acrylic. Easels, boards, brushes provided. Students will need to provide their own paints.

About the artist:

Born in 1958 - Sussex based painter Julian Le Bas studied at Hertfordshire College of Art and Design. Graduating at Brighton Polytechnic in 1981, with an affinity with the landscape developed; This was further explored in Cyprus at the College of Art on a Post Graduate Course in 1984.

Le Bas was selected for a Solo show at The Towner in 1990 and has exhibited widely including, The Bede Gallery, Jarrow, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, and The Jerwood Drawing Prize. He has just finished exhibiting his show 'Carpe Diem' at St. Anne's Galleries in Lewes.

Norbert Lynton wrote in the catalogue, ' Artists in Sussex in the Twentieth Century',' For Julian Le Bas landscape is a live encounter and art, re-enacting of specific experiences, in paint or with charcoal on paper.'

 

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Introduction to Oil Painting 11 September 2018 The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for complete beginners.   In this...

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for complete beginners.

 

In this day-long workshop, learn about the particular nature and use of this most sensuous of mediums. Tutor Tom Benjamin will introduce participants to fundamental oil painting techniques looking at tone, composition and colour to give a solid grounding in the art form. Suitable for complete beginners.

About the tutor

Tom Benjamin is a renowned, local oil painter who exhibits locally and nationally. He trained in Brighton and Norwich and usually transports his artist materials by bike. He regularly runs workshops for all abilities and residencies overseas.

‘The artist’s job is to make poetry out of the ordinary. Sometimes I am struck by something I get an emotional response from…it’s a continuous process of reproducing, improvising and altering my response. I am always surprised by what comes out.’

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Life Drawing Workshop Tues 16 October 2018 The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for all levels. Join tutor Silvia MacRae...

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for all levels.

Join tutor Silvia MacRae Brown for a whole day of life drawing in the studio. Focus on shape, space, light and rhythm and master the basics of this classic drawing skill.

About the tutor

Silvia MacRae Brown trained in Florence and The City & Guilds of London Art School. In her teaching, she welcomes all levels of ability and experience; encouraging individual development and focusing on structure and intuitive expression.

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Papercutting for Lightboxes Tues 13 November 2018 The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that the House is closed for conservation and there will be no tour...

The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that the House is closed for conservation and there will be no tour included. Suitable for all levels.

Renowned artist Su Blackwell will lead you through this magical, wintery workshop, transforming images into a three-dimensional papercut light box. Use light to illuminate delicate and precise scenes made with photographic cut-outs or paintings. The perfect addition to liven up your home during long, dark winter evenings. Suitable for all levels.

 

About the tutor:

Su has exhibited her exquisite sculptures around the world. Su says of her work…"I often work within the realm of fairy-tales and folk-lore. I began making a series of book-sculpture, cutting-out images from old books to create three-dimensional diorama's, and displaying them inside wooden boxes".

"For the cut-out illustrations, I tend to lean towards young-girl characters, placing them in haunting, fragile settings, expressing the vulnerability of childhood, while also conveying a sense of childhood anxiety and wonder. There is a quiet melancholy in the work, depicted in the material used, and choice of subtle colour."

Su has designed art fabric for Liberty London, and the set for The Rose Theatre's production of 'The Snow Queen'. In December 2017 she exhibited a Dicken’s inspired installation at Chatsworth House and is preparing for her first solo show in London in Autumn 2018. Her illustrated book of fairy tales 'The Fairytale Princess', written by Wendy Jones, and published by Thames & Hudson was released in 2012.

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Winter Wreaths Friday 7th December 2018 Join Roberta, The Good Florist for a delightful day of winter floristry. Learn to make wreaths with a difference, drawing inspiration from the wild and natural, bringing new...

Join Roberta, The Good Florist for a delightful day of winter floristry. Learn to make wreaths with a difference, drawing inspiration from the wild and natural, bringing new textures, colours and ingredients to traditional Christmas themes.

 

In the afternoon, you’ll have time to make a garland for your doorway or fireplace - again expect the unexpected, using lots of foraged and locally gathered materials.

 

It’s a creative and relaxing day and you’ll leave with beautiful festive arrangements to adorn your home.

 

About…

 

Roberta is a studio based florist based in Sussex, working on events across the country. With a love for the wild, she champions ‘slow flowers’, paying particular attention to detail and colour, and appreciating the beautiful and varied forms nature has to offer.

 

Sourcing as much as possible locally, Roberta supports British growers and has a strong focus on seasonality.

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Stained Glass Saturday 17 November 2018 The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that as the House is closed for conservation, there will be no tour...

The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that as the House is closed for conservation, there will be no tour included. Please wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Suitable for all levels.

 

Handcraft a beautiful, leaded stained glass window panel with tutor David Lilly. Learn the traditional techniques of cutting, leading up, soldering, cementing and polishing to create a decorative panel that will capture and colour the light as it streams into your home.

About the tutor

David has his own Stained Glass studio, making (to commission) and restoring windows and Tiffany type lamps. His work can be found all around the world. David is currently working with Dalle de Verre made in the UK in the 1960s, showcasing these beautiful slabs of glass in new and exciting ways, he is also the only artist who knows traditional Dalle de Verre techniques, and currently the only one working with that glass in the UK. He has also just finished the fourth commemorative window at RAF Bentley Priory Museum on Stanmore, North London for Sir Hugh Dowding. 

David loves colour and its interplay with light, and takes inspiration from large open vistas & densely wooded landscapes – two very different scenarios but both firmly fixed in nature and his connection with touch, vision and feelings.

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Stained Glass Sunday 18 November 2018 The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that as the House is closed for conservation, there will be no tour...

The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that as the House is closed for conservation, there will be no tour included. Please wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Suitable for all levels.

 

Handcraft a beautiful, leaded stained glass window panel with tutor David Lilly. Learn the traditional techniques of cutting, leading up, soldering, cementing and polishing to create a decorative panel that will capture and colour the light as it streams into your home.

About the tutor

David has his own Stained Glass studio, making (to commission) and restoring windows and Tiffany type lamps. His work can be found all around the world. David is currently working with Dalle de Verre made in the UK in the 1960s, showcasing these beautiful slabs of glass in new and exciting ways, he is also the only artist who knows traditional Dalle de Verre techniques, and currently the only one working with that glass in the UK. He has also just finished the fourth commemorative window at RAF Bentley Priory Museum on Stanmore, North London for Sir Hugh Dowding. 

David loves colour and its interplay with light, and takes inspiration from large open vistas & densely wooded landscapes – two very different scenarios but both firmly fixed in nature and his connection with touch, vision and feelings.

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Woodcut Printed Christmas Cards Tues 27 Nov 2018 The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that the House is closed for conservation and there will be no tour...

The cost of the day includes an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Please note that the House is closed for conservation and there will be no tour included. Suitable for all levels.

Artist Helen Brown will guide you through the process of woodcut printmaking, from design to carving, inking to printing. Using this most beautiful and immediate art form, participants will come away with their own set of festive hand-printed cards and paper. Suitable for all levels.

About the tutor

"I draw directly from the landscape onto wooden blocks, I then carve into the blocks and print from them. All of my work is handmade and each one of my pieces is given individual life though chine colle (paper overlay) and hand tinting, just as the mood of a scene shifts with light, time and experience.

I spend time in the places my work depicts, returning to them. My prints are imbued with the emotion of place. Working outdoors enables me to connect with the spirit of the place, capturing the line and fluidity of scenes and localities."

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Woodcut Printmaking- Monday 3rd September 2018 Woodcut Printmaking

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees, and all tools and materials. Suitable for all levels.

Learn the processes of woodcut printmaking, with tutor Helen Brown, from design to carving, inking to printing. Using this most beautiful and immediate of art forms, participants will come away with a series of their own exciting and ambitious original prints inspired by the House and Garden.

The day includes a tour of the House, with time allowed for sketching. The rest of the day will be spent realising your designs in print.

About the tutor

"I draw directly from the landscape onto wooden blocks, I then carve into the blocks and print from them. All of my work is handmade and each one of my pieces is given individual life though chine colle (paper overlay) and hand tinting, just as the mood of a scene shifts with light, time and experience.

I spend time in the places my work depicts, returning to them. My prints are imbued with the emotion of place. Working outdoors enables me to connect with the spirit of the place, capturing the line and fluidity of scenes and localities."

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Bloomsbury Revisited Excursion | 22-23 November Find out more Book now
The Children in the Moon - Wednesday 29 August Find out more Book now
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