En Plein Air Landscape
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April
Tutor: Piers Browne
Weather permitting, Piers will be teaching landscape painting out of doors; if wet he will demonstrate in the studio and we will work from still-life. He prefers oil and acrylics but is happy for you to bring any medium.
Piers has gained many prestige awards both in London and Yorkshire: to mention just a few, he won the W.H. Smith Illustrated Book of the Year with one of his seven now very collectable handmade books for which he makes the coloured etchings. He won the North of England Artist of the Year in 2011 with an oil painting and was Painter of the North in Ripon’s Great North Art Show in September 2012.
Piers rarely teaches and we are privileged to be given two days of his precious time.
Experimental Drawing, A series of Work. COURSE FULL.
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April
Tutor: Eleanor White
Drawing can be fundamental to an artist’s practice, it is used to inform work in many disciplines. The course will look at how drawing can be spontaneous, rigorously observational, expressive and sensitive. We will start in the studio from objects and natural forms and then, weather permitting in and around Sleningford. The second day we will explore how to make egg tempera using this in combination with mixed media to expand on the previous days work.
Eleanor runs her own art school in Ullapool and also teaches widely throughout Scotland. She is a visiting tutor at the Leith School of Art in Edinburgh.
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May (change of date from 11th & 12th May)
Tutors: Miranda Legard
You will be painting two portraits during the two days in the medium of your choice.
Miranda did a foundation Course at Cambridge College of Arts and her B.A. in Fine Arts at Hull University, she then gained a place on a post-graduate course at the Boston Museum School in the U.S.A. and later at the American Academy for traditional oil painting in Florence. She has had two one-man shows at the Raphael Valls Gallery in London and has exhibited in other galleries and had many commissions. She is an excellent teacher.
Skies and Cloud
Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd May
Tutor: Robin Furness
This two day course will help landscape painters achieve light in their pictures. The first day will start with a demonstration of painting a sky in oils to show how it effects the rest of the picture. The second will start with a half hour lecture with slides of work by painters famous for their skies. Water colour painters as well as those who use pils should benefit from this course.
Robin lectures for NADFAS and the NACF on the history of open air painting and the artists Alfred Munnings, Edward Seago and Harry Becker. His work is probably the best to be seen in hunting pictures today and comparable with those of Lionel Edwards.
Explore, Draw, Print
Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th June
Tutor: Denise Tinsdale
Two days to explore and combine a variety of media and processes suitable for sketch book studies and more developed work.
The course will encourage experimentation to create imaginative backgrounds over which students will develop drawings with soft pencil, charcoal, ink and mono printing (one off prints without a press). Inspiration can be found in the environment of Sleningford or from objects provided in the studio.
After a long career as an art teacher at secondary level, Denise finally made the break to work full time as an artist. The countryside is her inspiration and she works in a variety of media including water colour, mixed media and print making. Current works includes detailed botanical studies and she enjoys the close observation of plant forms such as seeds, buds, leaves and fungi found in the wild.
Natural Selection (using the mind's filter)
Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th June
Tutor: David Stead
A two day course with the ultimate goal of producing a finished oil painting. Focussing on the surrounding landscape we will aim to show how simplifying the essence of both subject and content can lead to strong composition, beautiful drawings and paintings. The morning of the first day will be devoted to producing several studies using the medium/s of your choice. We will have a brief discussion on the subject of canvas priming, stretching etc and then move on to the painting itself. Using our studies but also introducing memory (the mind’s filter), we will try to escape the mere copying of nature and search for the personal.
David studied art at Harrogate and Wimbledon Colleges. For the last 10 years he has had a gallery and studio in Ripon.
Mixed Media & Paint Making Exploratory Workshop
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July
Tutor: Adam King
We will be making and using a wide range of traditional and less traditional paint media. The aim is to develop an understanding of how paints are made and their various applications and to produce expressive visual responses to the surroundings at Sleningford. This course will not only introduce new means of creating images, but also explore individual mark making techniques and elements of painting and drawing.
This course would suit students that would like to understand more about paint and to have the opportunity to “have a go” at being more expressive in their work.
Adam King is a practising artist living and working in both Harrogate and Scarborough. he currently runs a highly successful Foundation Course at Harrogate College. He responds to his surroundings through representation of architecture and the natural world using a range of techniques.
Paper Collage. COURSE FULL.
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July
Tutor: Ed Kluz
Still life and outdoor sessions will encourage participants to develop an expressive means of creating both representational and abstract images by using new ways of creating images. We will also explore individual mark making techniques and elements of painting and drawing.
Ed seeks out the eccentric, the lost and the overlooked, follies, curiosities, vanished buildings. His recent commissions have come from Faber, Little Toller Books, Newby Hall and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Rich Impasto Painting
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August
Tutors: Anna Poulton & Stuart Whitehead
Drawing inspiration from a studio installation and the beautiful surroundings of Old Sleningford, we shall be exploring surface textures and layers of colour using rich impasto paint, combining palette knife and graffito techniques.
Anna is a practising artist who works in response to nature and everyday life around her. Her large mixed media drawings lean towards abstraction and are full of playful intertwining lines and layers of texture. She gained her Degree in Fine Art at Bretton Hall and regularly exhibits. She also participates annually in the North Yorkshire Open Studios. She is the coordinator of the Curiously Strong Art Group and runs a variety of workshops for adults and children.
Stuart is a practising artist who studied fine art at Leeds. He is the joint coordinator of the Curiously Strong Art Group in Harrogate. He is also currently running a variety of art projects privately and in local schools.
Drawing from Observation & Second Hand Sources
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August
Tutor: Ian Burke
This 2 day course will cover drawing from first hand observation and two dimensional sources such as photography. Subjects will involve analytical study from nature and still life. The aim is to improve and develop the graphic skills of students and suggest several approaches to the wide topic of drawing.
Ian was born in Saltburn in 1955, he studied Fine Arts at Newcastle University and the Goldsmiths College. He was Head of Art at Barnard Castle at Rugby and is now Drawing Master at Eton College. His work has been shown in numerous mixed shows in the UK and abroad and he has had several one-man exhibitions.
Painting with Pastels
Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September
Tutor: Nel Whatmore
and Rebecca de Mandonca
Spend 2 days in lovely surroundings, drawing and painting with pastels. On Saturday we will look at how versatile soft pastels are, when we will be experimenting with different techniques. Sunday mixed media, creating and underpainting with acrylic paints to work over. This course will suit all abilities. Materials will be supplied at £8.00 per person, to be paid on the day.
Rebecca de Mendonca studied at Wimbledon College of Art, she has worked on projects ranging from Harrods Food Hall to the Phantom of the Opera.
Nel Whatmore has been a pastel artist for over 25 years and has exhibited widely, her work can be seen in various forms world wide.