Course Schedule 2020

Our 2018 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.

Feb 26th - 29th : Soraya French

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 29th - March 3rd: Paul Banning

Oil Workshop

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 28th and ends after breakfast on Saturday 31st March

You are welcome to arrive at any time during the morning

Mar 14th - 21st: Roger Dellar

Improve your Pastel techniques. This course is designed for those with some experience in pastel painting. We will be working in the grounds or along the river in Dedham and if the weather allows possibly out on location. There will be a demonstration in pure pastel, plus the use of a water-based under-painting into mount-board with pastel overlay. Individual tuition will be given throughout the course.

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 28th - April 4th: David Embry

 General Painting and Improvement of Drawing

April 4th - 11th: Jem Bowden

Watercolour en plein air - Direct and Dynamic

 

Jem's courses are carefully designed with the 'serious improver' especially 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 the 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 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 renowned Greats of the medium. The underlying principals for successful painting will be addressed and demonstrated continually, and 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 for London Art College, demonstrates and teaches widely and contributes to practical art magazines.

www.jembowdenwatercolour.co.uk

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 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 Herman's appraisal.

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May 30th - Jun 6th: Keith Hornblower

 

Watercolour  with Passion

My approach to watercolour is lively and entertaining, de-mystifying the medium and dispelling the fear of white paper. We will paint with freedom and spontaneity, with the emphasis on tone (or value) to make your paintings burst with light. The course is suitable for all abilities, although some experience with watercolour is preferred.

We will explore this beautiful location and paint en plein air whenever possible, with a daily demonstration showing you techniques and approaches to set you on your way.  You are then assured of plenty of guidance with your own work.

Jun 6th - 13th: Winston Oh

Watercolour

Jun 6th - 9th: John Tookey

Improve your pastel techniques.  This course is designed for those with some experience of pastel painting. We will be working in the grounds and along the river in Dedham as well as on location.  There will be demonstrations in pure pastel, plus the use of a water-based under-painting onto mount-board with pastel overlay. Individual tuition will be given throughout the course.

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 4th: Andy Evansen

 There seems to be a never-ending quest to loosen up in watercolor.  I hear from my students all the time.  It's easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings and editing out the non-essential whether working from photo reference or painting on location is so important.

Painting loosely doesn't just 'happen', it comes from gaining a comfort level with your skills and materials over time. However there are techniques that can speed up this process.

My workshop will focus on using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene.  These large shapes provide the artist with opportunities for lost edges when painting in watercolor, which is essential if we are to take full advantage of the medium. Too often the 'found edges', or details take over the painter's thinking process and the result is a tight watercolour.

We will move on toward color paintings with a lot of individual help and complete a color painting lesson together.  Demonstration paintings will be done by Andy every day to reinforce the day's lessons.

In order to loosen up it is imperative to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with your painting and then execute it quickly.  This class will give you the tools and confidence to do just that.

There will be four full days of painting from Monday to Thursday inclusive.

Jul 4th - 11th: Paul Banning

Watercolour – The course is designed for the 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.

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 18th - 25th: 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 28th July and ends after breakfast on Saturday 1st August

You are welcome ta arrive at any time during the morning

Aug 1st - 8th: 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.

Aug 8th - 15th: TBC

Aug 15th - 22nd: Steve Hall

East Anglia – Coast and Country – Watercolour.

Aug 23rd - 29th: Amanda Hyatt

Tonal impressionist watercolours

There will be five full days of tuition from Monday to Friday inclusive

Aug 29th - Sep 5th: 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 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 3rd - 6th: Anne Barnham

 The aim of this course is to encourage in watercolour through understanding the techniques that apply to this exciting and wonderful medium. We will work in the studio and also surrounding areas according to the weather and there will be demonstrations each evening.  The course will be fairly intense with many lighthearted moments!

Oct 7th - 11th: Ann 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 Wednesday 7th and ends after breakfast on Sunday 11th.

You are welcome to arrive at any time during the morning

Oct 13th - 16th: Jane Evans

Chinese Brush Painting

 

Oct 17th - 22nd: Steve Hall

East Anglia Landscapes in Acrylic

 

Oct 24th - 31st: 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 31st - Nov 7th: 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.