Now is a great time to oganise and book a lovely weekend art break for the late summer or early autumn. Turn your weekend art course into a mini art holiday in lovely rural south Norfolk. The September weekend painting course focussed on painting with acrylics and the October "art from imagination" weekend art course make the perfect excuse for a long weekend break. But please book your place soon as there are only ten places per art course which ensures you recieve the art tuition and support you need.
Call 01986 788853 (any day 9am - 7pm) to check availability and to reserve a place for up to 48 hours.
Nicola Slattery has been running short art and painting courses for over twenty five years and believes in building confidence, clear teaching of technique and having fun. More than half of the art course participants return to do more art courses, either trying something new on a Painting with Acrylics weekend or developing their artistic skills and style - perhaps discovering Printmaking.
Every weekend art course is suitable for beginners or those who want to extend and develop their skills. The weekend art courses cover the following:
The materials and equipment are provided on all of the painting and art courses along with a buffet lunch. This means all you have to do is turn up and enjoy your painting or printmaking course without the worry of buying any unfamiliar items. With many lovely places to stay nearby (see list below) many people turn their weekend art course into a short art holiday or long weekend art break. Don't worry if you haven't done any painting or art for a long time, or since school as beginners are very welcome on all the art courses.
The weekend art courses take place at a lovely venue in south Norfolk surrounded by lovely unspoilt countryside. There are many excellent but reasonably priced places to stay nearby including farmhouse B & B's and old country Inns. To see a list of recommended nearby accommodation please scroll to the bottom of this page. There is a lot to keep any non painting partners happy with great countryside for walks and cycling, historic towns to explore and coast in about 40 mins.
The address of the venue for the art courses is:
Make a lovely Autumn Break for yourself.
A weekend art course in September, October or November can make the perfect excuse for a long weekend art break or short painting holiday. No flying or costly exchange rates to worry about and Norfolk in the autumn is generally dry, bright and full of "mellow fruitfulness".
Tuition on each art course is always focussed on the individual as people vary in their artistic experience, and confidence.
Some are artists exploring new techniques, many others are complete beginners. On all of the art courses you will always be very welcome whatever your level of artistic experience.
All of the weekend art courses have a maximum of just ten participants. This enables the tuition to be tailored to each individual so that you learn and develop the things that are important to you. Beginners and others with experience are all welcome. You will find whatever your level of ability, confidence or experience a weekend art course will help you on your artistic journey. All the materials and equipment needed are provided and included in the art course fee.
The first day of the art courses begins at 9.30 with a cuppa and introductions. Every one usually has very different levels of previous experience. This is not a problem but an advatage as there is nothing "right" or "wrong" with art - just different ways of seeing, expressing and communicating. We work through the morning, taking the freely available refreshments as and when we choose, until about 1pm when we break for a predominantly vegetarian buffet lunch. The afternoon continues until around 4.45 with a tidy up before leaving at around 5pm. The second day follows a similar pattern. Some people will work on two or three different images over the weekend whilst others may focus on just one. Everyone is different and Nicola will work with you as an individual.
This is a fantastic weekend for discovering the full potential of the wonderful medium of acrylic paints. Often misunderstood and under used, the heavy body acrylics favoured by Nicola Slattery are ideal for beginners embarking upon their painting journey. They are also used by increasing numbers of professional artists as more versatile alternatives to the traditional oils and water colour. If they had been around in the past then the masters would have definitely used them! All of Nicola Slattery's widely exhibited paintings are painted using the same acrylic paints provided for use on this weekend art course. On this weekend art course you will be encouraged to develop your own style and to paint that which inspires you. You will learn how to layer the paint, to mix colour, basics of composition and useful tips and 'tricks of the trade' such as the use of the 'stay wet palette' and much more.
A similar weekend art course in many ways to the "painting with acrylics" weekend. The basics of using acrylics and colour together with composition and other elements will all be addressed as required. The difference is simply one of emphasis with this weekend focussing upon using imagination as a starting point for your work. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying: "logic will take you from A to B but imagination can take you anywhere." Who knows where this weekend art course can take you!
The two techniques you will be able to master on this weekend art course are COLLAGRAPH and DRYPOINT. Both are ideal for anyone new to printmaking and will be extremely interesting to printmakers familiar with other techniques. Both are safe, versatile and direct forms of printmaking which do not require any dangerous chemicals or complicated methods. Expect to create several prints using each technique and to have a lot of fun.
Collagraph - the word is based on the Greek - kolla = glue and graph = draw/write. This technique uses a sturdy card base which can have material applied or stuck to it (eg, lace, sandpaper, greaseproof, string, etc) or can be cut into. The plate is varnished then inked before passing through a press to transfer the image to the dampened paper.
Drypoint - opposite of a wet point - ie no acid! A steel needle is used to draw or inscribe the line into a perspex plate. The line is both an incision or scratch and also a "furrow" or raised burr which creates the beautiful velvety line. The plate is then inked and passed through a press with dampened paper.
Your tutor ready to paint! An experienced professional artist with a reputation as a friendly and encouraging art tutor.
Finding the right tutor for you is essential. You want someone who is friendly and encouraging. Nicola helps you learn and develop as an artist without taking over. She teaches technique but also develops your artistic thinking and has time for each art course participant as an individual. Nicola Slattery graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1986 and has many years experience as an art tutor. She was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists. (RBA) in March 2015.
DATES for 2017 - please book early to be sure of your place.
Dates for 2017:
To discuss any aspect of the weekend art courses please give Nicola a call. She will be pleased to describe just what you can expect and will freely offer advice.
Tel: 01986 788 853 - any day 9am - 6pm.
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Let your art "break free" on an inspirational weekend art course in beautiful rural Norfolk with Nicola Slattery as your guide and tutor.
Weekend Art Courses: Fees, terms and and conditions:
Weekend Art Courses: The total fee of £195 includes provision of materials and equipment for the course. A buffet lunch is also provided each day and included in the course fee.
A deposit of £95 secures the booked place with the balance due 6 weeks prior to the course. There are a maximum of ten participants on each course so you can be sure of lots of individual attention and support. There are cheeper weekend art courses with other providers but check how many participants and if everything is provided so as to make a fair comparison.
In order to ensure an orderly booking process deposits are non-refundable and non transferable. Non payment of the balance by the due date will imply cancellation and the deposit will be forfeited and the place may be reallocated. As places are limited to only ten participants per course bookings are turned away once a course is full therefore deposits are non refundable and non transfereable as also are balances within 6 weeks of the course. You may wish to consider appropriate insurance to cover you in the event of you needing to cancel your place for any reason. If for any reason the art course is cancelled then you will be offered a full refund of your art course fee. There will be no liability for any other costs.
All art courses are provided by Nicola Slattery Art Courses Limited. Company No. 5147718 .
To reserve your place or check availability please call: 01986 788853 any day 9am - 9pm.
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Local Accommodation for the Weekend Art Courses with Nicola Slattery in Norfolk. With lots to do and enjoy nearby you may want to turn your weekend art course into a long weekend break or holiday.
The following venues have all been hosts to several previous course participants and have been recommended as friendly, comfortable and fairly priced establishments. Updated November 2016.
Tel: 01986 788417 - please book early as this venue is very popular with many returning for a second stay or more.
Tel: 01379 852030
Tel: 01986 888180
Tel: 01379 852822
Tel: 01986 788360
The local area is known as the Waveney Valley and is a well known haven for wildlife. The River Waveney forms the border between Norfolk and Suffolk and is popular with anglers and canoeists. Cyclists and walkers enjoy exploring the many quiet country lanes.
The old market towns of Bungay and Harleston with their many independant retailers, antique shops and galleries are just a couple of miles away. The coast is only 30 - 40 minutes away with Sothwold, Lowestoft and Gt Yarmouth all worth a visit.
You may want to book your accommodation for more than the weekend art course and make it part of a longer holiday!
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Weekend Art Courses
There are still some places available on the late summer and early autumn weekend art courses. This a great time of year for your creativity and experiencing the "mellow fruitful" beauty of rural south Norfolk.
Phone: 01986 788853
Lovely rural south Norfolk venue with many excellent B&B's and other places to stay nearby. Norfolk is great in the autumn - often dry and warm with big skies and sunsets.
Don't worry if you live a long way from Norfolk. In recent years people have travelled to the art courses from all over the UK and also from India, Portuagal and even Alaska! There are many great places to stay nearby and Norfolk is always really worth a visit.
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Studio visits to view paintings and prints are welcome but please ring half a day or so in advance if possible to arrange a suitable time.
Tel: 01986 788853
If you are interested in any work currently with a gallery please contact the gallery directly.
The galleries are friendly and helpful and will often reserve a work for a few days without any obligation until you can view or make your decision. Sometimes you need time to think before make your mind up. Do not worry - there will be no "hard sell" from the galleries Nicola Slattery works with.
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