The Courtyard Art Studio
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About The Courtyard Art Studio
A bespoke arts venue, designed and run by artists for artists, it is our vision to offer only the highest quality of arts experiences. Whether our students are complete beginners or looking to enhance their skills, our carefully selected, experienced art tutors provide optimum opportunities for everyone to experience the joy, reward and fulfilment of practising art. In the stunning grounds of Claydon Estate, North Bucks, The Courtyard Art Studio is a place for people to learn, relax and create.
The Courtyard Art Studio's Courses
Have you ever been tempted to try painting in acrylics but not sure where to start? Are you struggling to get the best out of your acrylic paints or do you want to explore a more varied approach to using them?
Acrylics for beginners is a structured 2 day course, guiding you through techniques and teaching you the best practice for using this exciting and versatile medium. From mixing colours to paint application and mark...
This one day course, suitable for beginners and intermediates, will cover the basics of drawing techniques using dry media.
Working in pencil and charcoal, under the expert tuition of professional artist, Bex Gouverneur, you will cover;
- How to identify and work from axis lines and contour lines
- Looking for and drawing positive and negative spaces
- Creating images from free form and geometric shapes
- Scale, proportion and angles
- An introductory look...
This introduction to modern calligraphy will teach you how to create beautiful letters with a nib and ink.
This course will introduce you to the basics of modern calligraphy, starting with the tools and strokes then leading on to the modern calligraphy alphabet. Once you have built up confidence with the alphabet we will move on to joining the letters to create seamless words. The day will end with a couple of projects putting your...
Create a full colour linocut print using the reduction method (each print created from one piece of lino) using your own ideas and designs.
This informative and friendly course will introduce you to the process of making full colour linocuts, by hand without a press, using the reduction method.
You will learn how to turn your ideas into a design drawing appropriate for print and will work on a single piece of lino per image,...
Create beautiful botanical images on paper using real foliage and flowers gathered from the gardens at Claydon Estate.
Ecoprinting is a form of monoprint, or botanical contact print. Using heat and pressure you will learn to transfer the pigment and outline directly from leaf to paper. You will learn how to use natural dyes and pigments to enhance your prints.
The finished printed papers can be framed works of art in their own right, turned...
A wonderful and unique opportunity to unleash the full potential of your Digital SLR camera. This day workshop will give you all the skills needed to make the most out of your camera by practising taking pictures in both the studio and outside in the beautiful gardens of Claydon Estate.
This one day course is suitable for absolute beginners or those with some photography experience who wish to make better use of their digital SLR...
Our "Life drawing and portraiture night" evening classes can be bought on an ad-hoc basis, by turning up at The Studio and paying £12 before the session starts.
Both classes run once a month and are untutored, giving everyone a chance to paint or draw from a live model. All abilities are welcomed in these relaxed and friendly classes.
Our life drawing class gives you the chance to work from a professional live model, offering...
This two day course, working from live models, will be led by Rob Wareing who has had a portrait painting career spanning more than 40 years.
On both days, Rob will begin with a demonstration. The emphasis throughout, will be to teach you how to work directly from the model and achieve that all important likeness. You will learn the all important key measurements which exist in anatomy and facial structure, how to look for...
This course is designed for those looking to paint the landscape in oils. Landscape artist Clare Rose will inspire you to connect with the raw and immediate experience of drawing and painting in the landscape, enabling informed, ‘felt’ landscape oil paintings in the studio.
Over the three days Clare will guide you through the differing approaches to landscape painting, from traditional methods, contemporary practices and towards abstraction. Part of the course consists of drawing in...
There is a common myth that classical oil painting requires a lot of experience and immense skill to master. This is simply not true, especially when the techniques used are fully explained. Any artist, from the beginner to the more advanced, can learn how to approach this style of painting without fear.
Mike will demonstrate each stage of the process, give you plenty of one-to-one tuition and guide you through this 3 day course in...