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Painted Trays 6 December 2019 Painted Trays

About the day:

Spend the day with decorative specialist Melissa White, designing and painting an Omega Workshops inspired painted tray. You will begin the day with a private tour of the House, and the Omega Workshops exhibition for inspiration, and then design and paint your own tray. 

You will learn various paint effects and antiquing techniques that can be used to recreate that distinctive look, as well as how to transform your final piece with glazes and waxes.

You will leave with something both beautiful and useful, for your home or an unique gift for someone special.

The day also includes all materials and a delicious lunch.

About the tutor: Melissa White

From my studio in Hastings on the Sussex coast of England, I design and hand paint surface pattern for interiors. Working largely to commission I create bespoke pieces for domestic, commercial and heritage interiors.

I came to the world of decorative interiors from an unconventional direction, specialising in reproducing Elizabethan wall paintings and painted cloths in the tradition of the craftsmen known as “painter stainers”. I’ve remained intrigued by this beguiling genre researching and reproducing rare designs for museums and historic houses whilst also adapting them for modern tastes.

At the same time my inherent love of surface pattern has drawn me towards diverse and ever-changing influences for my designs. My open-minded and inquisitive approach to decoration makes for fruitful collaborations whilst ensuring the artwork carries my distinctive signature.

This signature style is imbued with a historic, artisanal and painterly feel that has its roots in the wall paintings of old. My paintwork is often finished with ageing and distressing to distance it from the new and the mass produced, adding what I think of as “The patination of time”.

www.melissawhite.co.uk

 

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Block printing with Molly Mahon 27 April 2020 Learn the art of block printing with Molly Mahon

Experience the joy of block print with Molly Mahon in Charleston's beautiful 17th century barns.  This year Molly's carefully curated workshops are 'inspired by the English Garden' and the day will include a tour of the house as well as an introduction to Charleston garden with head gardener Fiona Dennis.  You will print and take away a table runner and four matching napkins. Molly will bring carved wooden blocks to use, created exclusively for this series of workshops.

The price includes private tour and all materials as well as a delicious lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

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Block printing with Molly Mahon 12 October 2020 Learn the art of block printing with Molly Mahon

Experience the joy of block print with Molly Mahon in Charleston's beautiful 17th century barns.  This year Molly's carefully curated workshops are 'inspired by the English Garden' and the day will include a tour of the house as well as an introduction to Charleston garden with head gardener Fiona Dennis.  You will print and take away a table runner and four matching napkins. Molly will bring carved wooden blocks to use, created exclusively for this series of workshops.

The price includes private tour and all materials as well as a delicious lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

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Life Writing at Charleston | Intermediate | 13 January to 16 March 2020 Life Writing (Intermediate)

Develop your writing practice, learn new tools and approaches, and expand your critical knowledge of the contemporary life writing genre with this Intermediate Level course. Designed for writers who have completed the Introduction course, or have an existing writing practice or project in mind, each week will guide you through different styles, forms and elements of craft, using a range of readings and prompts. Unlike the Introduction to Life Writing course, there is less of a Bloomsbury focus in terms of the texts and techniques explored, and a greater emphasis on the mechanisms of craft and form. Students will be expected to complete work at home between sessions and be ready to share it in class for feedback and guidance.

 

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Life Writing at Charleston | Advanced | 20 April - 29 June 2020 Life Writing (Advanced)

A rigorous 10-week course designed to develop your writing practice with a focus on more nuanced and complex tools and techniques. Each week we will draw on a wide range of life writing texts, spanning styles, themes, place and era, alongside a variety of tailored writing exercises and prompts. You will also be encouraged to experiment with ambitious or unconventional forms and styles you may not have previously considered for your work. Each session will include time devoted to workshopping each student’s work and providing constructive feedback. Suitable for experienced writers with an existing writing practice, who would like to invigorate their work with fresh techniques and exercises, receive feedback on their writing, and consider steps into agent and publisher submissions.

*please note that there will be no session on 25 May.
 

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Portrait Painting with Charlie Schaffer | 23 to 26 March 2020 An intensive 4 day course in portraiture with BP Portrait Award 2019 winner Charlie Schaffer. This course will delve deep into the process of drawing and painting from a...

An intensive 4 day course in portraiture with BP Portrait Award 2019 winner Charlie Schaffer.

This course will delve deep into the process of drawing and painting from a life model. Participants will learn how to create authentic, expressive portraits that resonate with the subject and viewer.

Students will be taught how to look closely and properly understand the model. It emphasises the importance of drawing as the foundation for portraiture.

Students will begin with preliminary sketches, trying different angles and light conditions, before moving on to a complete portrait over the final two days.

This course is designed for people who have some previous experience, and want to develop their skills further. We keep our classes deliberately small, to allow for intense tuition and personalised advice.  It is not suitable for complete beginners

Day 1

Morning: Drawing from the model using conte (compressed charcoal) with the aim of learning to look closer, see how everything is interconnected and trying to pay equal attention to all aspects of the head.

Afternoon: Painting in monochrome - getting used to transferring the way of looking/seeing learnt in the morning into paint.

Day 2

Morning: Drawing from the model using conte (compressed charcoal) with the aim of learning to look closer, see how everything is interconnected and trying to pay equal attention to all aspects of the head.

Afternoon: 3 quick paintings using only 3 colours with the aim of loosening up with paint, to not be so precious with the work and to see the infinite possibilities available for creating a painting. 

Day 3

Morning: Drawing from the model using conte (compressed charcoal) and ink with the aim of learning to look closer, see how everything is interconnected and trying to pay equal attention to all aspects of the head.

Afternoon: The start of a 2 day pose using an extended palette.

Day 4

Morning and Afternoon: Continuation of painting begun previous afternoon.

Easels and paper will be provided. Students will need to bring their own art materials, including paints, palettes & brushes. 

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Styling & Photography for Social Media | 1 June 2020 Styling & Photography for Social Media

An intensive day long workshop with blogger, stylist and photographer Emma Harris, ‘A Quiet Style’.

This workshop will focus on creative styling and photography using your smartphone. You will learn how to take beautiful photographs, developing your own distinct photography style. Emma will guide you through how to style a scene and tell a visual story. You will explore how to get the most from your camera phone, including angles, focal points and the rule of thirds, as well as editing and useful apps for your camera.

In the afternoon, you will have a unique opportunity to take photographs for social media inside the House, which is usually prohibited.

You will leave feeling happy and confident with a portfolio of beautiful photographs to share.

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Life Writing at Charleston | Intermediate | 17 Jan to 20 March 2020 Life Writing (Intermediate)

Develop your writing practice, learn new tools and approaches, and expand your critical knowledge of the contemporary life writing genre with this Intermediate Level course. Designed for writers who have completed the Introduction course, or have an existing writing practice or project in mind, each week will guide you through different styles, forms and elements of craft, using a range of readings and prompts. Unlike the Introduction to Life Writing course, there is less of a Bloomsbury focus in terms of the texts and techniques explored, and a greater emphasis on the mechanisms of craft and form. Students will be expected to complete work at home between sessions and be ready to share it in class for feedback and guidance.

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Life Writing at Charleston | Advanced | 24 April - 26 June 2020 Life Writing (Advanced)

A rigorous 10-week course designed to develop your writing practice with a focus on more nuanced and complex tools and techniques. Each week we will draw on a wide range of life writing texts, spanning styles, themes, place and era, alongside a variety of tailored writing exercises and prompts. You will also be encouraged to experiment with ambitious or unconventional forms and styles you may not have previously considered for your work. Each session will include time devoted to workshopping each student’s work and providing constructive feedback. Suitable for experienced writers with an existing writing practice, who would like to invigorate their work with fresh techniques and exercises, receive feedback on their writing, and consider steps into agent and publisher submissions.

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Painted Lampshades with Tess Newall | 22 June 2020 Painted Lampshades

About the day:

Immerse yourself in all things Bloomsbury with our day long painted lampshades workshop with decorative specialist Tess Newall.

Participants will be given their own wove card lampshade to paint and take home, adding a piece of art to their house in the nature of the Bloomsbury group.

They will draw inspiration from the shapes and patterns of the Omega Workshops, painted pieces within the house, and natural forms in the garden.

The day includes a private tour of the House for inspiration and entrance to 'Post-Impressionist Living: The Omega Workshops'.

The price includes a large (39cm), beautiful quality lampshade and all specialist paints.

All other materials and equipment are included, as well as a delicious lunch.

About the tutor:

Tess is a set designer and decorative painter for films and interiors. She art directed the recent film Vita & Virginia, re-creating Charleston for the filmset in rural Ireland. Working from her garden studio in East Sussex, she paints pieces of furniture for interior designers and has launched a range of Bloomsbury inspired lampshades under Papyra Lampshades.

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Life Writing at Charleston | 16 Jan - 19 March 2020 The Bloomsbury group’s pioneering exploration of new ways to live and to express themselves went beyond art and fiction into what Virginia Woolf called ‘The New...

The Bloomsbury group’s pioneering exploration of new ways to live and to express themselves went beyond art and fiction into what Virginia Woolf called ‘The New Biography’. It was the start of memoir as we know it today: the extraordinary lives of ordinary people, full of life, voice, anecdote and personality, balancing, as Woolf described, the ‘granite’ of truth with the ‘rainbow’ of imagination.  

Join us for our new 10-week Life Writing course, where writers of all levels and backgrounds will be guided through the process of bringing real stories and experiences to life on the page by experienced tutors. You will be guided through a series of exercises, activities and prompts to explore all the different themes of life writing and start to build your story. Sessions will cover ideas around home, place, family, food, childhood, conflict, dialogue and voice. We will also touch on elements of the craft of writing such as structure, plot and point of view.  

A fun and engaging approach will make use of different prompt objects, photographs, music and sounds, as well as ‘a sensory buffet’ with different smells and tastes to trigger memories and recollections. We will look at some extracts from Bloomsbury texts, biographies and diaries. Students will also be given access to the house and gardens for inspiration. There will be opportunities to share your work with the group if you wish (but not compulsory) and each student will receive a 1-1 tutorial at the end of the course to discuss how to develop their work.

Suitable for writers of all levels and backgrounds. 

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Painting in the Garden - Spring | 4 May 2020 Painting in the Garden - Spring

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 and surrounding grounds.

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 and boards provided. Students will need to provide their own paints.

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, an artisan lunch, tea and coffees.

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 exhibition ‘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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Painting in the Garden - Summer | 20 July 2020 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...

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 and surrounding grounds.

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 and boards provided. Students will need to provide their own paints.

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, a delicious lunch, tea and coffees.

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 exhibition ‘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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Painting in the Garden - Autumn | 21 September 2020 Painting in the Garden at Charleston

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 and surrounding grounds.

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 and boards provided. Students will need to provide their own paints.

The cost of the day includes a tour of the House and Garden, a delicious lunch, tea and coffees.

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 exhibition ‘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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Jewellery making with Laila Smith | 20 April 2020 Jewellery making

Make a beautiful sterling silver pendant


Create a beautiful solid silver pendant inspired by Charleston house and gardens. During the day you will explore imagery from Charleston and its gardens and use this as a starting point for your own design.
Using traditional jewellery making tools and techniques you will try an assortment of ways to texture metal and cut shapes from sheet metal using copper or brass before embarking on our final designs in sheet silver. Your tutor Laila will guide you through all the jewellery making processes you will need on the day.
You will leave with a unique and beautiful sterling silver pendant for yourself or as a beautiful gift.

Laila Smith is a jeweller based on the south coast of England. She designs and makes simple, elegant jewellery using geometric forms that are crisp and beautifully crafted and currently her collections are obsessed with geometry.


She has had jewellery studios in London, Birmingham and Brighton & Hove where she currently works. After graduation in 1996 Laila took a place on a jewellery fellowship in the The Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham and this amazing start to her career opened her practice to all the professional possibilities and working methods that she has utilised throughout her career to date. She has shown in many galleries and shops throughout the UK. 

 

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