Art Courses

We are pleased to announce 11 short courses by 7 established artists.
The courses are suitable for all abilities including beginners
 
Art in Aldeburgh Courses are now held at The Imogen Holst Room, The Red House, Golf Lane Aldeburgh.
 
The Red House was Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears’ home in Aldeburgh and offers a charming snapshot into the two men’s lives. The farmhouse, nestled in a beautiful five-acre garden, is home to their collections and archive, alongside a gallery space, museum shop and outdoor café. The Imogen Holst Room is a purpose built educational facility and is big enough to allow social distancing but sufficiently compact to engender an appropriate environment to practise art.
 
The cost is £195 for two day courses and £295 for three day courses. The price includes a light lunch.
 
The two course lunch is taken at the acclaimed  Regatta Restaurant in the High Street, Aldeburgh and transport will be arranged to get you there.
 
All courses will begin at 10.00am and finish at 4.00pm.

 

Oil Painting – A Direct Method

Date: Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th March
Tutor: Andrew Pitt Cost: £195 

This course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced painters who have been disappointed with their pictures in the past. It is suitable for three types of students: complete beginners, students who have used other mediums and would like to move on to oils but are confused about the technical aspects and more experienced painters looking for a fresh, direct approach to this versatile medium. Teaching will be by demonstration.

All aspects of oil painting will be covered from priming a suitable board to the final varnishing of the finished painting. Direct oil painting means completing a painting in one sitting, sometimes called the alla prima method. The main purpose of the course is to take the mystery out of oil painting and demonstrate how a straight forward method can produce a lively, fresh painting in a single session.

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Portraits
Adults & Children

Date: Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th March
Tutor: Carole Massey Cost: £195 

Working in a medium of your choice: watercolours or soft pastels and pastel pencils.

Portraiture is often perceived as a challenging subject, but it can be great fun and most rewarding once you’ve learnt a few tricks to help improve your drawing accuracy and observational skills. In this 2 day course, aimed at all abilities, Carole will guide you through techniques to achieve a likeness for both adults and children using, watercolours or soft pastels and pastel pencils. We will be working from photographs.

On Wednesday, we will start by doing a series of drawing exercises aimed at improving your drawing skills, studying the features, facial proportions, shading techniques and composition. For the rest of the day, you can work on your own choice of portrait, continuing on Thursday, or start on a second portrait. Carole will give both group and individual tuition through the course.

Please bring your own good quality references (preferable with no teeth showing!), or work from Carole’s “library” of photos.

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An Aldeburgh Sketchbook
Pen & Wash and Watercolours

Date: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May
Tutor: Carole Massey Cost: £195 

The course will include sketching buildings, boats, beach scenes and people using pen & wash and /or watercolours. Weather permitting, we will be sketching outside in the Red House gardens and in Aldeburgh on the beach or in and around the town. If it’s too cold or wet, we will work in the studio. Carole will teach and demonstrate on both a group and individual basis throughout the course.

On Saturday: We will start in the studio looking at sketching techniques in pen & wash and watercolours, and Carole will give you tips for working ”en plein air” if you are not used to working outside. The Red House itself and the surrounding gardens present exciting possibilities for studying buildings, trees, and flowers.

On Sunday we plan to work in Aldeburgh with its pretty and eclectic array of houses, fishing boats and the beach as well as trying some quick studies of people, thus building on all the skills required to fill a sketchbook, and the perfect way to improve your drawing.

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Wire Sculpture

Wire Sculpture
Birds in Wire


Date:
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May

Tutor: Caro Burberry Cost: £195 

A two-day sculpture course for all levels of ability where you will have fun, learn new skills and play with creative possibilities. An ideal introduction to 3-D work using easily accessible tools and materials. Over the 2 days you will learn how to design and construct a wire bird of your choosing suitable for display in your home or garden. Learn the fundamentals of bird form, achieve a realistic pose and build your figure using a variety of wires.

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A Fresh Approach to Watercolour

Date: Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th & Wednesday 29th June
Tutor: Andrew Pitt Cost: £295 

Andrew Pitt has tutored for Art in Aldeburgh for many years and has a strong following for all that love watercolour. 

This three day course is for anyone who has tried watercolour but has been disappointed with their results. It will be suitable for beginners and more experienced painters who have got bogged down in ‘rules’. Andrew aims by demonstration and individual tuition to show how the elusive properties of watercolour, transparency and freshness can be achieved. The course will include plenty of practical work including how to analyse and simplify a subject in a visual way.

The aim of the course is to stimulate, encourage and show that painting attractive, lively watercolours is achievable by all, using a straight forward no-nonsense approach. Hopefully the weather will be fine and we will be able to work outside.

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Flexible & Exciting Monoprinting Techniques

Date: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July
Tutor: Karenza Jackson Cost: £195 

This is a course suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Provided the weather is fine, participants will have the opportunity to sketch out in the lovely gardens at The Red House where they will have a wealth of interesting subject matter from which to draw.

Participants will use their sketches as a starting point for two different methods of monoprinting. The processes include mark making and creating different textures, and also the use of stencils and masking out areas and printing back into them. Karenza will reveal how to do this by demonstration
and discussion. Participants can make their choice of how they wish to monoprint by using either of these processes or combining the two. Karenza will bring examples of what can be achieved by working in this way. This course will enable participants to simplify the image, investigate composition and free up their way of working and come away with some interesting and unique images of The Red House Garden.

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Suffolk Landscape in Acrylics

Date: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th July
Tutor: Paul Vausden Cost: £195 

The class is suitable for all levels of experience and will help develop and refine your approach to landscape painting in acrylic.

We will look at techniques to help you create form and light in all aspects of a landscape. Time will be spent in looking at traditional composition and form to help make your picture more compelling. Colour management and paint texture will also be covered to show how these can influence the emotional element in the work.

These techniques will be applied to Suffolk landscapes and this will provide the opportunity to discuss what balance of these elements uniquely define Suffolk.

It is expected that each day will see you complete a picture, and it may be possible to work outdoors in the environment around the Red House.

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Bring the picture alive with people

Date: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September Tutor: Paul Vausden Cost: £195 

Work in a medium of your choice – acrylics, watercolours, water soluble pens and pencils or pen and ink.
 

We will look at techniques to help you create form and light in all aspects of a street scene. This course is suitable for all levels of experience including beginners and will help you to develop and refine your approach to figure painting. We shall look at simple techniques for sketching and observing figures in Aldeburgh and then take our work back to the studio to paint up. As well as discovering tools and techniques for rapid figure drawing you will also be able to study and apply shorthand to the principles of body language and human interaction that will bring figures to life in your work, whether they are part of a landscape or cityscape or a feature figure study. This course is not intended to be a rigorous activity, but a flexible and enjoyable use of your observational and interpretive abilities to create a picture working in a medium of your choice – acrylics, watercolours, water soluble pens and pencils or pen and ink. At the end of the weekend all participants will be able to take away a completed picture.

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Collage & Mixed Media


Date:
Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September
Tutor: Ake Arnerdal Cost: £195 

Ake will examine historical and contemporary collage and mixed media. In this fun and supportive class, a series of themes and subjects will be explored while giving you the opportunity to investigate your personal interests.

Ake will show how to incorporate shape, colour and texture using a wide range of materials including ready-made and painted elements, photos and fabric combined with traditional painting and drawing to create the artwork. This two day course is suitable for all levels of experience including beginners.

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Loosen Up Your Watercolours

Date: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October
Tutor: Andrew Pitt Cost: £195 

One of the most frequently asked questions painting tutors get asked is, “How can I loosen up?” The aim of this two-day watercolour workshop is to address this age-old problem in a practical way that students can carry out and see some immediate differences in their work. The answer is both simple and strangely paradoxical. Andrew will also debunk many of the myths surrounding loose style painting by demonstrating how he puts his ideas into practice. Arty language will not feature of this course.

There will be time for students to paint and if the weather is fine there will be an opportunity to paint outdoors after Andrew has completed a plein air demonstration.

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How to Extend your Knowledge about Photography

Date: Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October
Tutor: Stan Hill Cost: £195 

This is a two day photography course, ideal for beginners, for those who have had more experience but want to improve their photography and for painters who use photography to aid their work. The course will be tailored around the needs of the people attending the course. Stan will help those who want to discover and improve their digital skills. He will show how different cameras and lenses work, how to download and how to use the computer programs ‘Photoshop/Lightroom’.

The Aldeburgh landscape has many opportunities for taking photos and Stan will help those to capture the best composition. Back to the studio, he will show you how they can be treated in Photoshop. Finally the images will be discussed and critiqued with a view to helping improve the images by editing.

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Pen and wash

Date: Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd March 2020
Tutor: Andrew Pitt Cost: £195 (includes refreshments and a light lunch with wine)

Pay: £50 deposit to reserve your place

This two-day course is suitable for both beginners and those more experienced artists who would like to work with watercolour and ink. You will be taught by practical demonstrations, both in the studio and outside, if the weather is suitable. The main aim of the course is to introduce participants to a simple pen and wash technique which has potential to produce a lively, fresh and satisfying picture. Andrew believes it is important for participants to discover a style and method of painting which they find enjoyable and can adapt to produce satisfying works in the time they have available for painting.

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Portraiture Course

Portraiture Course – Adults, Children and Animals
Working in a medium of your choice: Watercolours, Pastels and Acrylics

Date: Saturday 9th May and Sunday 10th May 2020
Tutor: Carole Massey Cost: £195 (includes refreshments and a light lunch with wine)

Pay: £50 deposit to reserve your place

Although portraiture is often perceived as challenging it can be great fun and is not as difficult as you may think! On this two-day course, aimed at all abilities, Carole will demystify the process, enabling you to portray loved ones, a celebrity or a favourite pet or other animal in a lifelike and convincing manner. Through a series of exercises aimed at improving both your drawing and observation skills, Carole will demonstrate how you can achieve greater accuracy and capture a likeness. Bring your own good quality references or work from Carole’s own library. There will be a model on Saturday for those who wish to work from life.

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Sketchbook Course

An Aldeburgh Sketch Book

Date: Saturday 4th July and Sunday 5th July 2020
Tutor: Carole Massey Cost: £195 (includes refreshments and a light lunch with wine)

Pay: £50 deposit to reserve your place

Aldeburgh is full of inspiring subjects to sketch – beautiful buildings, breathtaking views, the beach, boats and the sea, as well as lots of interesting people! Carole will show you how to translate these delightful surroundings into sketches and pen and wash studies. The course will cover buildings and perspective, boats and beach scenes as well as quick people studies – all the skills needed to fill your sketchbook, and an ideal way to improve your drawing technique. We shall mostly be working outdoors using pencil, waterproof and water-soluble pens with watercolours and/or water soluble pencils. Suitable for all abilities.

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Collage and Mixed Media

Date: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July 2020
Tutor: Ake Arnerdal Cost: £195 ((includes refreshments and a light lunch with wine)

Pay: £50 deposit to reserve your place

Åke will examine historical and contemporary collage and mixed media. In this fun and supportive class, a series of themes and subjects will be explored while giving you the opportunity to investigate your personal interests. Ake will show you how to incorporate shape, colour and texture using a wide range of materials including ready-made and painted elements, photos and fabric combined with traditional painting and drawing to create the artwork. This two-day course is suitable for all levels of experience including beginners.

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Direct Method

Oil Painting a Direct Method

Date: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2020
Tutor: Andrew Pitt Cost: £195 (includes refreshments and a light lunch with wine)

Pay: £50 deposit to reserve your place

This course is suitable for three types of participants: complete beginners, students who have used other mediums and would like to move on to oils but are confused about the technical aspects, and more experienced painters looking for a fresh, direct approach to this versatile medium. Teaching will be by demonstration. All aspects of oil painting will be covered, from priming a suitable board to the final varnishing of the finished painting. Direct oil painting means completing a painting in one sitting, sometimes called the alla prima method. The main purpose of the course is to take the mystery out of oil painting and demonstrate how a straightforward method can produce a lively, fresh painting in a single session.

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An Invitation to Abstract Art

Date: Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November 2020
Tutor: Ake Arnerdal Cost: £195 (includes refreshments and a light lunch with wine)

Pay: £50 deposit to reserve your place

Are you curious about abstract art and how to create and develop it? This class will provide you with an in- sight into this world. A wide range of different approaches to working in an abstract way will be explored. Åke will begin by looking at the works of some artists who have chosen this way of expressing themselves and will show how this language has developed in the art world of today. In a relaxed and supportive atmosphere, you will gain an understanding of the history and ideas which laid the groundwork for this form of art. Starting from a representational approach, you will gradually work towards abstraction, exploring styles such as abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction, colour field painting and minimalism. Apart from the exercises you have explored, you should have completed a piece of work of your choice to take with you at the end of the weekend.

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Direct Method

EXTRA DATE
Oil Painting a Direct Method

Date: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November 2020
Tutor: Andrew Pitt Cost: £195 (includes refreshments and a light lunch with wine)

Pay: £50 deposit to reserve your place

This course is suitable for three types of participants: complete beginners, students who have used other mediums and would like to move on to oils but are confused about the technical aspects, and more experienced painters looking for a fresh, direct approach to this versatile medium. Teaching will be by demonstration. All aspects of oil painting will be covered, from priming a suitable board to the final varnishing of the finished painting. Direct oil painting means completing a painting in one sitting, sometimes called the alla prima method. The main purpose of the course is to take the mystery out of oil painting and demonstrate how a straightforward method can produce a lively, fresh painting in a single session.

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Recent Reviews

  • Thank you for another fabulous course with Ake – I came away with an incredible amount of work for such a short space of time,much of it work of a kind I didn’t even know I could do! But Ake’s super-encouraging and generous approach liberates me to have a go at anything without worrying about failure, which is often the biggest hurdle for students.
    DIANA

  • This has been an excellent two days – lovely studio Lesley and first class tuition Carole.
    JUDITH

  • Excellent course and tutor which I have enjoyed.
    CHARLES

  • It was a great workshop, well organised and friendly – a stroll to a nice restaurant in the High Street at lunchtime, the good luck to paint on the beach on a sunny day and, most important of all, an inspiring tutor who offered masses of encouragement and guidance. I shall certainly come back again.
    DIANA

  • Please keep doing these courses. I love them. Thank you so much.
    SARAH

  • Ake was so encouraging and has a lovely way with people. Helped build my confidence and gave me many ideas for future projects.
    SHARON

  • It could be impossible to improve on perfection – which the course was – would recommend them to anyone as long as they didn’t take my place.
    ROS

  • I really enjoyed the weekend.
    KATRINA