Bookings are now open for Weekend Art Courses in 2024
Book early for the maximum choice of art courses and local accommodation. Good news! No increase in the art course fees.
Dates for 2024 weekend art courses are listed below.
All take place at Nicola Slattery's beautiful art studio located on the Norfolk side of the Waveney Valley on the borders of Norfolk and Suffolk. There are many great places to stay nearby and beginners are welcome on every art course.
The Waveney Valley is home to the famous Flint Vieyard and the Grain Brewery known for their fine wine and beer. The nearby market town of Bungay has art galleries, antiques, a castle, boating, country Inns and various places to eat. The stunning coast around Walberswick is under an hours drive.
Refering to the Printmaking Weekend art courses:
Christine Angell posted on FaceBook 17th October 2022
"I can thoroughly recommend this weekend. Skills I learnt with Nicola Slattery have stayed with me to this day. Great teacher!"
Emmalene wrote on Facebook in March 2023 "I have been lucky enough to attend two courses with Nicola over the years- one for printmaking and more recently painting from imagination. I would highly recommend her as a teacher, inspiring confidence and new ways of working delivered with kindness and clarity in a lovely setting."
For more reviews of the weekend art courses please visit:
Payment for Weekend Art Courses
Please check availability and reserve your art course place prior to making payment by email to email@example.com or by telephone to 01986 788853 any day 9am to 9pm. Reserved places are then held for 24 hours ahead of payment. Please scoll down for full terms and conditions for all the weekend art courses.
Please pay for your weekend art course place via the secure PayPal link below - most payment cards are accepted:
You do not need a PayPal account as most cards are accepted. To reserve your place prior to payment or if you have any problem using the link please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01986 788853
To check availablity of places on the art courses or to reserve an art course place please email: email@example.com
Weekend Art Courses for 2024
Booking early secures your place and will also enable the best choice of nearby accommodation. A list of places is provided below. Please scroll down.
Full terms and conditions are set out below.
Weekend Art Courses 2024 - places available: Updated 27th November 2023
Weekend Art Courses in 2024 - the number of places on each course has been reduced from 10 to 8 for safe social distancing and the art course fee is now £225 for weekend art courses in 2023 and 2024 with a maximum of eight people on each weekend art course.
Beginners are welcome on all of these weekend art courses.
To discuss any aspect of the weekend art courses please give Nicola a call. Nicola will be pleased to describe just what you can expect and will freely offer advice. Complete beginners are welcome on all of the weekend art courses and so are experienced artists wanting to explore or develop new techniques. The small group size on the art courses enables each person to be taught as an individual.
Tel: 01986 788 853 - any day 9am - 6pm.
or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your phone number for a call back.
Nicola Slattery has been tutoring art, printmaking and painting courses for over thirty years. She believes in building confidence, clear teaching of technique and having fun. More than half of past participants on the art courses have returned to do another art course or painting holiday, either trying something new or developing their artistic skills and style - perhaps discovering Printmaking or exploring Art from Imagination.
Every weekend art course is suitable for beginners or those who want to extend and develop their skills. Weekend art courses cover the following:
The materials and equipment are provided on all of the painting, printmaking 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 unfamiliar items. With many lovely places to stay nearby (see list below) many people turn their weekend art course into a 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 Nicola Slattery's lovely rural art studio in south Norfolk. It's near the border with Suffolk surrounded by lovely unspoilt countryside.There are many excellent and 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 also lots to keep any non-painting partners happy - great countryside for walks and cycling, historic market towns to explore, rivers for fishing, golf courses and the heritage Suffolk coast in under 40 mins.
The address of the venue for the weekend art courses is:
All of the weekend art courses have a maximum of just eight 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. Whatever your level of artistic 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. Each person has their own individual table and space. There is very good light and ventilation.
The first day of the art courses begins at 9.30 am with refreshments and introductions. Every one usually has very different levels of previous experience. This is not a problem but an advantage 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 tea, coffee and biscuits as and when we choose, until about 1pm when we break for a 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 on the goals you agree on.
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: "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.
A well known and infamous dog associated with Bungay and East Anglia.
This is a collagraph print made using a card based plate. Collagraph and Drypoint are both taught on the Printmaking Weekend art courses. You don't need any previous experience to attend a Printmaking art course and beginners are always welcome.
All the materials and equipment needed for all the weekend art courses are provided and included in the art course fee.
A specific "Risk Assessment" has been undertaken and the steps taken are set out at the bottom of this page:
Many accommodation providers have introduced flexible booking arangements so that deposits are not lost in the event of cancelation due to government restrictions. Please check with your accommodation provider when booking.
For 2024 there will be a maximum of just 8 people per art course subject to any changes to official guidance on social distancing. Each person has their own individual table, windows are open providing good ventilation and masks may be worn - but they are not compulsory unless official rules and advice changes again. Art courses began again in June 2021 and all have gone smoothly and very enjoyably. Your tutor is vaccinated and boosted !
Please see revised terms and conditions below. It is possible that you may be forced to cancel your place at short notice or that a course may have to cancelled at short notice due to government restrictions or advice. In which case the watch words will be flexibility and forbearance. No liability can be accepted for any incidental costs such as travel or accommodation but postponement and rescheduling will be attempted in the event of any Covid 19 getting in the way of your course. Please check in advance of your booking with any travel or accommodation providers that they will also take a helpful approach. You may also wish to consider your travel insurance options regarding course fees, travel and accommodation. To discuss any aspect of the weekend art courses please telephone: 01986 788853 any day 9am - 9pm
To see some examples of work produced on previous weekend art courses please click here: Examples of Past Art Course work by participants
Weekend Art Courses: Fees, terms and and conditions:
Weekend Art Courses: The total art course fee of £225 for 2024 includes provision of materials and equipment for the course. A vegetarian buffet lunch is also provided each day and included in the art course fee. There are cheaper weekend art courses but please check how many participants and if everything is provided, eg: lunch, refreshments, materials and equipment in order to make a fair comparison.
A deposit of £100 secures the booked place with the balance of £125 due not later than 6 weeks prior to the course.
There are a maximum of eight participants on each course so you can be sure of individual tuition and support. Everyone has their own table to work at. The studio is well ventilated, warm and well lit.
Deposits and Balances - important information:
coronavirus (COVID-19) Please see addition to terms below:
In order to ensure an orderly booking process deposits are non-refundable and non transferable - unless due to the government advice or restrictions arising from Covid 19 in which case the deposit will be transfered to another course of your choice subject to places being available.
Any Non payment of the balance by the due date can imply cancellation and the deposit may be forfeited. It is the course participants responsibility to ensure the balance is paid by the due date and reminders are not normally issued. Places are limited to only eight participants per course and bookings are turned away once a course is full, therefore deposits are non refundable and non transferable as also are balances within 6 weeks of the course - unless due to the government advice or restrictions arising from Covid 19. You may wish to consider appropriate insurance to cover you in the event of you needing to cancel your place for any reason.
There will be no liability under any circumstances for any other costs other than art course fees paid directly to Nicola Slattery Limited - for example; accommodation , travel, similar or otherwise. This applies in the unlikely event of any course being cancelled for any reason beyond Nicola Slattery Limited control. You may wish to consider appropriate insurance to cover you in the event of any cancelation of your place or the course for any reason. If any course should need to be cancelled Nicola Slattery Limited will give as much notice as reasonably practical. Please supply a telephone number and email address as your contact details at the time of booking.
All weekend and other art courses are offered and provided by Nicola Slattery Limited. All contracts in relation to the art courses or any other activity are with Nicola Slattery Limited. Company registered in England and Wales No. 5147718 .
To reserve your place on any weekend art course or to check availability please call: 01986 788853 any day 9am - 9pm,
or email: email@example.com
Please pay by PayPal using the secure link near the top of the page. Alternatively email and request a PayPal invoice for either the deposit, the balance or a payment of fee in full. If you prefer to pay by any other method please email for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearby Local Accommodation
All are only a few minutes walk or drive from the venue for the weekend Art Courses and art breaks with Nicola Slattery in rural South Norfolk.
coronavirus (COVID-19) Terms and conditions vary so please talk to the provider about any concerns.
With lots to do and enjoy nearby you may want to make your weekend art course part of a long weekend break or an even longer art holiday.
Enjoy something similar when you book the nearby "Shepherds View" accommodation option via: 01986 788081 email@example.com
Under 10 minutes walk from the art studio.
The following venues have all been hosts to several previous participants on the weekend art courses and have been recommended as friendly, comfortable and fairly priced establishments. Several have even been featured on TV. List Updated November 2023
The following accommodation is also available and not far away:
The local area is known as the Waveney Valley. It's 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 can enjoy exploring the many quiet country lanes, paths and byways.
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.
It is such a lovely area you may want to book your accommodation for more than the weekend art course and make it part of a longer holiday!
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.
or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your phone number for a call back.
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Art Materials & Equipment:
All the art materails and equipment are supplied for all the weekend art courses and are included in the art course fee. Once you have discovered what you need and the results good materials enable you will want to purchase your own. A good place to begin is with Jackson's Art Supplies
You can visit their web site at: Jackson's Art Supplies
Covid 19 Risk Assessment for Nicola Slattery Limited
For people attending a weekend art course or visiting for other reasons.
Objective: To minimise the risk of transmission of Covid 19 between people attending a weekend art course or visiting the art studio.
Hand sanitiser, hand washing and Toilet/W.C. A dispenser of hand sanitiser is available in each area and in the W.C. Visitors are asked to apply hand sanitiser upon entry to the building. Paper towels will be available in the W.C. for hand washing and also hand sanitiser. The W.C. is dedicated on the day to use only by those on the art course. Cleaning wipes will be available along with anti viral spray. Visitors using the W.C. are asked to wipe down any areas before and after they are touched.
Distancing: Numbers of visitors will be limited to a maximum of eight indoors, subject to changing government advice at the time. Reasonable steps will be taken to keep visitors 1.5 metres apart whilst inside the building. Tables will be spaced so people can sit 1.5 metres apart. When painting, people will generally sit in front of an easel at an individual table. If printmaking, only one person at a time will be at the press together with Nicola who will supervise from around 1.5 metres distance where practical. Others will generally remain at their work table working on plates, etc. The 1.5 metre distance (depending on Government rules and advice at the time) will be aimed at during breaks and lunch time. Due to the narrow nature of the Kitchen only one person should use this space at a time.
Food and Snacks: Extra care will be taken to wash and sanitise. Where practical individually wrapped items will be offered - eg cakes, biscuits, etc. Cutlery and crockery will be washed in hot soapy water.
Ventilation: To increase air flow the windows in the kitchen and other rooms will be kept open throughout the period of visitors being in the building. The front door and other patio doors will be opened depending upon the weather. Heating in the studio will be increased to compensate as required. The window vent in the visitors W.C. will be left open - this also has an extracter fan.
Vaccination: Nicola Slattery and Paul Whymark have both received two vaccines each and a booster each. Visitors are advised, if possible to get vaccinated and boosted prior to visiting but this a personal decision and there is no requirement to do so.
If anyone has questions or concerns relating to what to expect please contact Nicola Slattery by email to email@example.com or telephone 01986 788853 (any day 9am - 9pm)
Agreed by Paul Whymark and Nicola Whymark (Nicola Slattery) Directors of Nicola Slattery Limited - Last Reviewed 6th August 2023
Nicola Slattery trades as Nicola Slattery Limited. All weekend art courses, artworks, products and other activities are provided by
Nicola Slattery Limited. Registered in England & Wales.
Weekend Art Courses in 2024
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