Course Schedule 2023

Our 2023 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 18th - 21st: 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.

Feb 26th - 1st March Soraya French

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

This course starts with lunch at 12.30 on Wednesday 26th and ends after breakfast on Saturday 1st.

March 1st - 5th Lynda Appleby

March 18th - 25th Roger Dellar

Painting in 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.  

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March 25th - 1st April Kim Page

Watercolour and Mixed Media

April 1st - 5th: Steve Hall

Pastel

Steve is delighted to introduce this new and exciting studio-based course at Dedham hall. This medium will allow course members to produce both colourful and spectacular pictures of both coast and countryside.  There will be an initial introduction from Steve where he will introduce his chosen materials, followed by a demonstration.  This demonstration will include design and mark making and how to put these concepts together to produce dynamic work.  Each following day will begin with a demonstration from which course members will produce their own rendering of the same subject.  The remainder of the day will be free to paint from supplied photographic reference, assisted by Steve as and when necessary.  Course members should be able to complete at least two finished pictures each day of a size and subject to suit them personally.

April 8th - 15th Jem Bowden

Spring Warercolour En Plein Air

 

Join Jem, just before the trees burst into leaf, to develop your watercolours literally in the field, at picturesque costal and village locations and around the idyll of our base.  There will be boats, water, trees, skies, buildings and even the odd figure!

 

Jem's courses are designed with the 'serious improver' especially in mind. Some experience of watercolour is assumed, as is a desire to venture forth into the great outdoors. We'll see that painting is all about relationships.  Within the frame is an ecosystem  where everything effects everything else.  Treating all our painting as 'just practice' and being willing to take chances are key to making progress, and 'enjoying the process' is easier when there's a spirit of adventure in each brush mark.  The observed world and the watercolour medium will occupy us equally.  Personal interpretation emerges from these combined with the student/artist's psychology - leading to interesting insights and conversations!

 

The course will go in depth on fundamentals, such as composition, control of tone, edges, colour, perspective and scale in drawing and how we can more towards an 'impression' or so-called 'looseness'.  Tuition will be through demonstrations, discussion, some studio-based technique sessions and by occasional reference to renowned greats of watercolour. Students will receive much encouragement from Jem and individual guidance according to their needs.

 

NB, There will be some travel by car and some walking with our equipment on various terrains.  Please refer to Jem's suggested Materials list on his website and don't hesitate to contact him if you would like to discuss whether the course is appropriate for you.

 

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April 15th - 22nd; Ann Swan

 Drawn to Botany

April 22nd - 29th Fiona Forbes

April 29th - May 6th: Steve Hall

 

Watercolour

This course offers the opportunity to get your watercolour painting underway along the coast and in the countryside of East Anglia.  Steve will start with an introductory talk on how to plan your work and produce pictures that are both dynamic and exciting.  Weather permitting, the group will visit locations around Dedham Hall to paint both coast and countryside. Typical of these will be Pin Mill, Stoke by Nayland, Lavenham, Woodbridge and other locations within easy driving distance of Dedham Hall.  If the weather is not good, painting will be in the studio from supplied photographic reference or from pictures that course members have brought with them. Each morning there will be a demonstration and then, under careful guidance, course members will complete two pictures during the remainder of the day.

May 7th - 13th: Melanie Cambridge

Success with Oils - An opportunity to hone your skills, build confidence in handling oil colour and create successful paintings you can be proud of. Painting with opaque and translucent colours combined with cold wax medium (supplied by the tutor) for textural effects to create depth and richness in your paintings. The course has been structured you can be proud of.  The course has been structured to include some technical sessions in the studio, demonstrations and time to sit and paint within the grounds as well as on location around the picturesque Dedham Vale.  Melanie will will be on hand to offer one to one support whenever you need it alongside demonstrations and group critique sessions when appropriate.

May 13th - 20th: 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'a 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 20th - 27th 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.

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 will 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 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 coulor mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create ans impressionist painting you never thought 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 27th - 3rd June: 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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This 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.>

June 3rd - 10th

June 13th - 16th: Soraya French

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.

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 will 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 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 coulor mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness and edges to create ans impressionist painting you never thought 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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June 17th - 24th Roger Dellar

Painting Plein Air in the capturing 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 use of palette knife, how to use a pochard box for quick colour sketches and how to travel with a minimum of equipment.  Painting will be outside in oils but bring photographic references in case of bad weather,

24th June - 1st July: David Howell

 Landscape and Marine Painting

July 1st - 8th:

Painting Plein Aire and capturing the scene in under 2 1/2 hours and  producing a painterly 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 will be outside in oils but bring photographic references in case of bad weather.

July 8th - 15th: 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.

July 15th - 22nd:

July 22nd - 29th: 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.

 

 

 

 

July 29th - August 5th:

 

August 5th - 12th:

Flowers and Landscape in Mixed Media

This course starts with lunch at 12.30 on Tuesday 27th July and ends after breakfast on Saturday 31st

August 12th - 19th:

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.

August 19th - 26th: Steve Hall

 

Watercolour

This course offers the opportunity to get your watercolour painting underway along the coast and in the countryside of East Anglia.  Steve will start with an introductory talk on how to plan your work and produce pictures that are both dynamic and exciting.  Weather permitting, the group will visit locations around Dedham Hall to paint both coast and countryside. Typical of these will be Pin Mill, Stoke by Nayland, Lavenham, Woodbridge and other locations within easy driving distance of Dedham Hall.  If the weather is not good, painting will be in the studio from supplied photographic reference or from pictures that course members have brought with them. Each morning there will be a demonstration and then, under careful guidance, course members will complete two pictures during the remainder of the day.

August 30th - September 2nd: Soraya French

September 2nd - 9th: Ann Swan

Drawn to Botany

September 9th - 16th: Michal Jasiewicz

 Watercolour

September 17th - 23rd: Amanda Hyatt

September 25th - 30th: 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

October 4th - 7th : Richard Green

Watercolour

Dedham hall are delighted to introduce Richard Green to their 'stable' of tutors.  This is Richard's first course at Dedham Hall, following his selection as the Leisure Painter award winner at Patchings in 2022.  Joining Richard will be Steve Hall who will be both demonstrating and assisting Richard with the teaching.  Richard will start with an introductory talk on his approach to watercolour painting followed by a demonstration of his style and an introduction of his chosen materials.  This demonstration will also include design and mark making and how to put these concepts together to produce dynamic work.. Each following day will begin with a demonstration by Richard  from which course members will produce their own rendering of the same subject.  The remainder of the day will be free to paint from Supplied photographic reference assisted by Richard and Steve as and when necessary.  Course members should be able to complete at least two finished pictures each day of a size and subject to suit then personally.

October 7th - 14th:

  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.

October 14th - 21st

 

East Anglia Landscapes in Acrylic

This course will start with lunch on Saturday 2nd and end after breakfast on Wednesday 6th

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.

The course starts with lunch at 12.30 on Saturday and ends after breakfast on Wednesday

October 21st - 28th: Roger Dellar

 

The aim of this course is to encourage confidence in watercolour through understanding 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 in the evenings.  The course will be fairly intense with many light-hearted moments.

October 28th - 4th November:

 Going Wild in Watercolour

Learn to paint bold and loose animals and wildlife with the Artist Magazine's Jake Winkle.  Via paint and follow demonstrations Jake will guide you through some of his techniques and visions to capture the spirit and energy of his subject. All reference photos  will be supplied by the tutor and don't worry about your drawing ability as tracing options are provided.

November 4th - 11th:

Chinese Brush painting

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

The course starts with lunch at 12.30 on Tuesday  and ends after breakfast on Friday