Courses 2018

The 2018 art courses at Old Sleningford are listed below. All courses start at 10am and finish at 4pm.

Please bring your own lunch, a microwave and oven are available for use. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.

A list of things to bring will be sent to you on enrolment.

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Felted Landscapes- using textiles as an expressive art form
with Valerie Wartelle

May 12th/13th
£205 including materials

Valerie Wartelle

On this two-day course students will manipulate fibres and textiles to create a landscape picture using the wet felting process. Focusing on mark making, initially through frottage and drawings, students will translate line, texture and form into experimental felt pieces. Familiarised with the process, students will then create their main felted landscape building their compositions in layers in a painterly way, with translucency and light to create absorbing moods. This course is suitable for all abilities.

Valerie is a Fibre Artist based in West Yorkshire who trained and worked as a Textile Designer before dedicating her time to the exploration of textiles as an expressive art form. Taking the rural environment as her inspiration, she considers long-term interests of texture, colour, layering and process to create contemplative felt artworks. Valerie has a studio at The Artworks in Halifax, exhibits widely and delivers workshops and courses throughout the UK.

Go With the Flow
with Frances Brock

June 23rd/24th June

Frances Brock

Do you enjoy painting, but feel you want to loosen up? Are you interested in exploring news ways of working? Do you want the encouragement and stimulation of working alongside other artists? This course will encourage you to explore an experimental approach, blending familiar with new materials. The emphasis will be on enjoyment, playing with mark-making, simplifying and partially destroying an image – freeing yourself from the imperative to produce a masterpiece every time!

Frances trained as a musician, and taught for many years. She began painting some 20 years ago, and co-owned an art gallery for 5 years, after leaving the classroom. She has exhibited with York Open Studios the past two years, and will be showing with them again in April 2018. She has also exhibited at the Ferens Open art Exhibition in Hull and shows with the Dee Alexander Gallery in Epping. Perhaps best known for her domestic animal work, for which she has received many commissions, she also shows a love of the countryside in her more recent landscape work.

Raku Workshop
with Gordon Broadhurst and Fiona Mazza and google Gordon Broadhurst for images of his work

July 7th and 14th
note: this is a workshop on two consecutive Saturdays in order to allow time for the pieces to be decorated and glazed
£150 for one day, £250 for two days

Fiona Mazza

This is a workshop on two consecutive Saturdays, with the first Saturday for those who want to create a range of ceramic forms, either bowls or tea bowls, which will then be decorated on the following Saturday after the pieces have been biscuit fired. Using a specially prepared coarse clay you will learn the craft of coiling, slab-building and pinching to create your forms.

For those who are unable to attend the first session there will be prepared and biscuit fired tea bowls for you to decorate along with those students who have made their own work the previous week. You will learn to apply a variety of coloured glazes and ceramic pigments, using brushes, sponges, stencils and resist to decorate your chosen items.

All pieces will then be fired using the Raku firing method on Day 2. This involves the dramatic process of removing the pieces from the red hot kiln and placing them in combustible material to allow the beautiful colours and crackle glazes to develop. This process transforms the glazes into beautiful, lustrous, metallic and jewel-like surfaces.

Gordon and Fiona are both experienced tutors and lecturers and have 55 years combined experience in both Further and Higher Education, and have taught and run many workshops for students of all levels of experience. Fiona Mazza specialises in Raku and has developed her own unique style in this process. She has a studio in Pateley Bridge and has sold widely throughout the UK.

Gordon has over 40 years professional practice in ceramics. In his work he draws from his immediate natural environment and enjoys exploring glaze technology to create new glazes, surfaces, and surface finishes.

This course is suitable for beginners as well ad advanced practitioners.

Architecture and Space - still life painting
with David Thomas

August 4th/5th

David Thomas

Oil paint is a drawing medium of great flexibility and in this course you will start with simple use of tone to investigate the spaces created within still life arrangements. This will develop into how basic earth colours and a limited palette can produce paintings full of light and space.

David Thomas studied Fine Art at Cheltenham and Cardiff art colleges and for an MA at Leeds Metropolitan University. He lives and works near Skipton where he shares a studio with the ceramicist Anna Lambert. He paints full time.

His paintings are arrived at after a long process of drawing and preparatory oil sketches and, as well as being careful records of the process of looking, are also studies in architectural space.

Continuous and observational drawing is a central activity in David Thomas’ practice.

David has taught and held workshops in many colleges and schools in Yorkshire and was artist in residence at Craven Museum Skipton 2006-8, won the “artists artist” prize at the first Artfest North in Kendal and was shortlisted for the New Light painting prize in 2016. He has exhibited widely around the country.

A Contemporary Response to Landscape
with Philip Archer, principal of the Leith School of Art

August 11th/12th

Philip Archer

We will take inspiration from some of the great colourists of the past but the workshop will be set in a contemporary context and we will focus particularly on David Hockney, Peter Doig, Per Kirkeby and Daniel Richter. Each artist opens up a different area to consider: Hockney provides a decorative approach, Doig a subjective and dreamlike response, Kirkeby an abstract and gestural touch while Richter gives a darker edge.This course is for those with some experience who want to further develop their work.

Phil studied at Cardiff, Sheffield and the Royal College of Art, he has exhibited throughout the UK and is a past president of Visual Art Scotland. Phil is a painter and pastellist and contributed to 'The Artist's Everything Handbook' and 'Drawing and Painting: Materials and Techniques for Contemporary Artists. He has been the principal of Leith School of Art, Edinburgh, for 27 years.

Expressive Sculpture in Wire
with Bob Scott

September 8th/9th

Bob Scott

The course is designed for those who would like to learn about the use of wire as a sculptural medium. By the end of the course the student will be able to create an artwork structure using wire in various forms, having explored the versatility of a range of metal materials that can be used to produce a maquette of a sculpture.
Wire has two main uses in artwork. One is hanging and suspending and the other is creating structures. This course will concentrate on the latter and demonstrate how wire in its different forms is used to create strength, volume, shape as well help develop form and aesthetics in the creation of a three dimensional artwork.
Students can bring a sketch proposal of what they would like to create but this isn’t essential as we will look at the importance of the principles of concepts and construction of 3D art at the beginning of the course
Most materials will be provided but students are asked to provide their own PPE to include gloves and eye protection, and if possible a domestic pair of wire cutters and pliers.

Bob Scott has been creating three dimensional art works for thirty years predominantly as outdoor installations. He started his career as a theatre designer and is presently working in landscape and garden design both as a lecturer and practitioner. Recent projects include The Chelsea Flower Show and The Spen Valley Arts Trail.