Course Schedule 2020

Our 2020 course schedule is listed below. Click on a date to view a course overview. If you would like to find out more about any of our Course Tutors, please visit our Course Tutors page. For further practical course details and prices, please visit our Art Courses Overview page.

Feb  22nd – 25th : Liz Seward

Explore exciting ways of combining the water-based (watercolour and acrylic) media with drawing media on paper, canvas and textured surfaces. This is a studio based course using the grounds of Dedham Hall, the village of Dedham and The River Stour as our inspiration. Some painting experience is required and an open mind is essential.

Mixed Media Workshop – covering a broad range of media and subject matter with emphasis on exciting texture effects.

Feb 26th – 29th : Soraya French

Mixed Media Workshop – covering a broad range of media and subject matter with emphasis on exciting texture effects.

Mar 7th – 10th: Jane Evans

Chinese Brush Painting

Mar 11th – 14th: Chris Forsey.

Taking our inspiration from the landscape of “Constable Country” and the local coast, Chris’s friendly and informative tuition will take you from monochrome and watercolour sketches and photos done on location to finishes mixed media and acrylic paintings in the studio. Guidance will be given on maximizing the sketching and information gathering process, colour composition and guides to mixed-media approaches and techniques.

This course starts with Luncheon at 12.30 on Wednesday 11th and ends after breakfast on Saturday 31st March

You are welcome to arrive at any time during the morning

Mar 14th – 21st: Roger Dellar

Painting Oils – Working in the studio from Portrait, the Figure and Still Life. Roger will show you how to work from tonal planes of the face and human form, seeing shapes as shapes rather than just documenting features. By this method you will be able to get a likeness quickly, directly and with a painterly effect. Most sessions will have two models (# see booking form)

Mar 21st – 28th : Kim Page

Watercolour and Mixed Media

Mar 28th – 4th April: TBA

April 4th – 11th: Jem Bowden

Watercolour en plein air – Direct & Dynamic

Jem’s courses are carefully designed with the ‘serious improver’ in mind.  For students of this demanding medium he believes that treating all painting as ‘just practice’ and being willing to take chances (and learn from resulting ‘mistakes’) are key to making good progress. It’s a direct and bold approach that leads to a  fresh and dynamic outcome. Subjects will include skies, trees, fields, village and coastal scenery, with a further aim to paint outdoors around the picturesque Dedham Vale and perhaps further afield, weather permitting.  The focus will be on completing paintings ‘on the spot’, whilst enjoying the process and our surroundings.

Tuition will be through a mix of approaches, including demonstration, some studio-based ‘technique sessions’ and by occasional reference to renown Greats of the medium.  The underlying principal for successful painting will be addressed and demonstrated continually ans students will receive individual guidance according to their needs.

Jem is a generous, open and very encouraging tutor, wishing to demystify watercolour while fully imparting his knowledge and enthusiasm.  A plein air watercolour artist at heart, Jem’s inspiration is direct contact with the landscape and natural environment, and his work aims to pass this on.. His award-winning paintings are now held in private collections in many countries, he wrote the current Watercolour Diploma course for London Art College, demonstrates and teaches widely and contributes to practical Art Magazines.

Apr 11th – 18th: Ann Swan

Drawn to Botany

Apr 18th – 25th: John Hoar

John Hoar, born 1947, is one of Britain’s best-known watercolourists through his instructional DVDs made by Town House Films. In 2016 he represented Britain’s artists at the 2nd Qingdao International Watercolour Salon in China. At Dedham Hall he will be demonstrating both on location and in the studio how to make free and simple watercolours and also the, (very popular), use of
pen-and-ink and wash.

Apr 25th – May 2nd: Wendy Jelbert and Paul Robinson

Images of Dedham. Not only Constable painted this lovely part of Britain, but you too can capture its beautiful landscape of wonderful trees, rivers and fine buildings. We shall concentrate on flowers, foliage, and many other subjects, hoping that there will be fun for everyone.

Paul will be using pen, line and wash in buildings and sketchbooks, and Wendy will be using watercolours, acrylics and mixed media.  We will be working in the studio, and outside. Also there will be the introduction of “Taking Risks”. This will show the use of monoprinting, collage and coloured inks and Brusho paints…taking you away from your comfort zone! A materials list will follow on later.   Wendy has written 39 art books and made 12 art dvds. Paul is a registered Architect.

May 2nd – 9th: Steve Hall

Spring into Art – An opportunity to get your watercolour painting underway along the coast and in the countryside of East Anglia

May 9th – 16th: Lynda Appleby

The course is based on the gathering of resources through drawing, colour observation and photographs on site, followed by the building up of finishes paintings in the studio. Lynda’s teaching emphasizes the importance of a sound understanding of the use of tone, scale, composition and colour to create exciting and dynamic work. This offers the best opportunity to portray the beautiful local environment of Dedham whatever the weather and in either watercolour or acrylics.

May 16th – 23rd: Paul Banning

Watercolour – The course is designed for the more discerning and experienced painter who is striving to learn more about this most difficult medium. Weather permitting, he will take the group out painting plein air to the many interesting places in the area, as well as doing constructive teaching in the studio.

May 23rd – 30th: Herman Pekel

Be brave and have fun with watercolour. In this workshop students will work with the tutor to articulate their own vision and particular challenges. The intention is to meet each individual exactly where they are and to support them in the production of work in the classroom that expands their practice in a personal way. The format will lean heavily in individual instruction and will also include lecture and discussion and demonstrations of particular techniques. A step by step process will begin with a fast foundation painting and will end with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking. Unearth fresh and honest art inside yourself and learn to capture it with paint. Herman will teach you to find originality in your own work. Learn to get started with new ideas in a way which is fun and fast. You will learn about colour mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create and impressionist painting you never thought possible with watercolour. We will be exploring landscapes, seascapes and streetscapes focusing on various techniques. Expect to be challenged, to be brave and to have fun. Students are encouraged to bring their own images (no other artists) to work from and previous work for Hermans appraisal.

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Jun 1st – 6th: Alvaro Castagnet

Watercolour. (# see booking form)

Jun 9th – 16th: Winston Oh

Watercolour

Jun 13th – 20th : Soraya French

Flowers and Landscape in Mixed Media

Jun 20th – 27th: Roger Dellar

Painting Plein Air and capturing the scene in under 2 1/2 hours and producing a painterly and impressionistic painting. Advice will be given on how to select the scene, looking for composition and how to provide the essence of the subject. Also advice will be given on equipment, colour mixing, paint application and the use of brush and palette knife, how to use a pochard box for quick colour sketches and how to travel with a minimum of equipment. Painting outside in oils but bring photographic references in case of bad weather.

Jun 29th – Jul 3rd: Andy Evansen

Jul 7th – 14th: David Embry

General Painting and Improvement of Drawing

Jul 11th – 18th: Chris Forsey

Taking our inspiration from the landscape of “Constable Country” and the local coast, Chris’s friendly and informative tuition will take you from monochrome and watercolour sketches, and photos, done on location to finished mixed-media and acrylic paintings in the studio. Guidance will be given on maximising the sketching and information gathering process, colour, composition and guides to mixed media approaches and techniques.

Jul 21st – 28th: David Howell

Landscape and Marine Painting, Drawing and thinking about it

Jul 28th  – Aug 1st: Soraya French

Flowers and Landscape in Mixed Media

This course starts with Luncheon on Tuesday 31st July and ends after breakfast on Saturday 4th August

You are welcome ta arrive at any time during the morning

Aug 1st – 8th:

Aug 11th – 18th:

Aug 15th – 22nd: Steve Hall

East Anglia – Coast and Country – Watercolour.

Aug 22nd – 29th: Liz Seward

Explore exciting ways of combining the water-based (watercolour and acrylic) media with drawing media on paper, canvas and textured surfaces. This is a studio based course using the grounds of Dedham Hall, the village of Dedham and The River Stour as our inspiration. Some painting experience is required and an open mind is essential.

Sep 5th – 12th: Ann Swan

Drawn to Botany

Sep 8th – 15th: Ian McManus

During the course, Ian will guide you through the entire process of producing better watercolour paintings.  He will show you how to improve the initial drawing of your scene, demonstrate the importance of composition and design, perspective, and how to use colour and tone to give your paintings narrative, atmosphere and impact. Students will be painting en plein air weather permitting, and also working in the studio. Subjects will range from local scenes to anything of interest using photographic references. Working with Ian will provide you with the foundations you need to continue improving your paintings at your own pace.

Sep 12th – 19th: Andrew Pitt

This course is for anyone who has tried watercolour and been disappointed with their painting. Teaching will be by watching demonstrations, but you will also receive individual guidance according to your experience. The emphasis will be on painting fresh, lively watercolours in a simple, straightforward way – tricks and shortcut gimmicks are not a feature of this course. The aim is to capture the essence of the scene and preserve the elusive properties of watercolour which many of us find attractive.

Sep 19th – 26th: Winston Oh

Watercolour

Sep 26th – Oct 3rd: John Hoar

John Hoar, born 1947, is one of Britain’s best-known watercolourists through his instructional DVDs made by Town House Films. In 2016 he represented Britain’s artists at the 2nd Qingdao International Watercolour Salon in China. At Dedham Hall he will be demonstrating both on location and in the studio how to make free and simple watercolours and also the, (very popular), use of
pen-and-ink and wash.

Oct 13th – 16th: Jane Evans

Chinese Brush Painting.

Oct 3rd – 6th: Anne Barnham

Watercolour

This course starts with luncheon on Saturday 3rd and ends after breakfast on Tuesday 6th.

You are welcome to arrive at any time during the morning

Oct 16th – 20th: Anne McCormack

A chance to explore the quality and excitement that can be achieved through water based medium. We will be experimenting with a variety of painting techniques, combined with dynamic composition. Subjects in still life and interior scenes will be used to study this theme. This studio based course is suitable for all levels of painting skills.

This course starts with luncheon on Tuesday 16th and ends after breakfast on Saturday 20th.

You are welcome to arrive at any time during the morning

Oct 17th – 24th: Roger Dellar

Studio works in oil working from photos and developing up pictures from smaller studies with a possibility of working from Still Life or Portrait. Covering all Oil techniques.

Oct 24th – 28th: Steve Hall

East Anglia Landscapes in Acrylic

Oct 28th – Nov 4th: Carole Massey

Portraiture, own choice of medium

Carole is a popular and experienced tutor who will help to demystify the process of portrait painting for you. We start with a “warm up” day to improve observation and drawing skills, studying proportions, structure, the features, getting a likeness and skin tones.

On subsequent days we will be working from models, starting with several short poses before going on to paint or draw a longer pose in watercolour, pastel or acrylics – your choice. At the end of each day there will be an appraisal to evaluate the day’s work.