Write, Draw, Paint and Print

  • Woodcut printingThursday 23 April 2020
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Learn contemporary woodcut printmaking; Be inspired by the museum, browse a selection of print illustrations, or bring ideas to create your own design. Transfer this onto a woodblock, use tools to carve the image, practicing mark making techniques, and handprint with inks onto a selection of papers. The tutor Will Dyke trained... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course Learn the basic rules of perspective and learn to “sight-measure” with your pencil. Using pencil, pens, chalk and charcoal, be inspired by the beautiful historic surroundings and learn to make quick, accurate and expressive sketches. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience. The tutor Kate Tugwell  is a professional artist and trained... (more info)
  • Calligraphy: Copperplate scriptFriday 11 September 2020
    10am-4.30pm The course Copperplate is also known as English Round Hand, developed from Italic in the 17th century.  This beautiful script is written with a pointed nib and relies on the slant of the letterform and pressure and release of the pen to create its graceful shapes.  At this workshop we will look carefully at... (more info)
  • Calligraphy: Italic scriptFriday 10 July 2020
    10am-4.30pm The course At this workshop we will take a careful look at the Italic script to make sure that we are doing it correctly. However, during the day we will relax and add a flourish to the italic letter form. This is one of the absolute delights of calligraphy. It is fun to do... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course This is a wonderful opportunity to explore and study wild flowers of the Herbals. You will have the opportunity to learn about, draw and paint some of the wild species growing in the gardens at the Museum. Historically, wild flowers and herbs were used to treat many types of ailments. Enjoy creating... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course This is a wonderful opportunity to explore and study nature’s colours in the autumn at the Museum. Discover the beautiful patterns and textures of a variety of foliage, fruits, berries, seed pods, hips and haws on this fascinating one day course.  Enjoy creating realistic botanical illustrations by drawing and painting with precision... (more info)
  • Drawing buildings in pen and inkTuesday 16 June 2020
    10am-4pm The course Learn the basic rules of perspective and learn to “sight-measure” with your pencil. You will produce a few sketches of some of the buildings in pencil in the morning (outside or the inside of a room if the weather is poor). Then in the afternoon you will be shown how to make... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course Be inspired by the beautiful historic surroundings and spend a day learning to paint with watercolours. You may wish to start your painting with a light pencil sketch or create a drawing in pen before applying a watercolour wash. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience. The tutor Kate Tugwell  is... (more info)
  • Introduction to signwritingTuesday 9 June 2020
    9.30am – 5pm The course A hands-on day to learn the basics of freehand brush lettering and sign writing.  Students will paint their own unique sign to take home.  The course is suitable for conservators, interior designers, artists, homeowners and those wanting a new hobby. Morning: Tools and their care Paint use Basic brush skills... (more info)
  • Medieval printmakingFriday 2 October 2020
    9.30am-4.30pm The course Medieval England experienced a pivotal period in the development of printmaking – Explore the materials, techniques, and illustration style of the times. Be inspired by the Museum’s exhibits, and browse a selection of historical illustrations, or bring your own ideas to design, carve, and print your own woodblock, echoing the practice of... (more info)
  • Illuminated letteringSunday 15 November 2020
    10am – 4.30pm The course Enjoy making your own decorated and gilded capital letter, which can be used to enhance your calligraphy or to create a vibrant decorative letter, using line, colour and real gold or gold gouache. You will be very busy on the day and you may wish to research an idea and... (more info)
  • 10am-4.30pm The course Uncial scripts were written from the 4th to the 8th century and even into the 12th century. There are many delightful examples and versions, and the Lindisfarne Gospels and the St Chad’s Gospels are among them. We will analyse and modernise them for today. During the day we will study the basic... (more info)
  • Inspired by the Museum: AcrylicsTuesday 22 September 2020
    10am-4pm The course A crash course in painting the beautiful historic buildings of the Museum using the comparatively modern medium of acrylic paints. In the morning we will look at different styles and methods of using acrylic paints with brushes and palette knives before making preparatory sketches outdoors. After lunch you will have time to... (more info)
  • 10am-4pm The course A workshop to really hone your drawing skills by sketching live models dressed in the historic clothing made at the Museum. We will use mostly chalk and charcoal on coloured paper for short sketches, and pencils or pastels for longer, detailed poses. You will be shown various methods to help you break... (more info)