Weekend Art Courses
Weekend Art Courses are now available again!
"Staycations" are very popular for 2021 and courses in June, July and October are now fully booked. There are still some places on the weekend art course in early November 2021 so please book now for a fantastic autum break. Also please look out for 2022 dates to be posted here in September.
Norfolk always looks wonderful in the autumn with fields still golden after harvest and mellow fruitfulness in the trees and hedgerows. An autumn break is a great way to prepare for winter.
Latest news about weekend art courses:
UPDATED: 13th June 2021 - On Covid 19 please see below
Some 2021 weekend art courses currently have vacancies but many are now full and others have just a few places as currently there are only 5 places on each - reduced from 10 to allow for "social distancing". This will apply to art courses up until the start of November 2021 when an increase to 8 people per art course will be implemented subject to, and in accordance with the official guidance on social distancing.
Weekend Art Courses for 2021
Dates are subject to any restrictions that the Government decide upon. Weekend art courses begin again in June following guidance unless prevented. Most local accommodation providers are taking a flexible and helpful approach but please check any conditions when booking.
Updated 14th June 2021
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coronavirus (COVID-19) update 14th June 2021
Weekend art courses in 2021 will go ahead from June unless government restrictions change again. From June until October numbers on each weekend art course will be limited to five paticipants (down from ten) to allow for social distancing. From November 2021 numbers on each course will increase to a maximum of eight as social distancing guidance allows. Hand santitiser and spare masks are freely available but please bring your own mask and any other items such as gloves or prefered brand of hand cleaners. If weather permits french doors will be open and tables available outside. For the sake of everyone in the group people are required to wear a mask/face covering inside the studio unless they have a good medical reason not to do so or when eating or drinking. The aim will be to follow whatever guidance is in place at the time of the art course, in a pragmatic and sensible way, whilst still having a lot of enjoyment developing and learning new artistic skills and approaches!
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.
If things change Nicola Slattery will strive to adapt and sort things out in a fair, open and honest way so that no one feels they have lost out. Please try and look forward with a positive attitude, book a place on an art course and look forward to a lovely weekend art break later in the year!
Please see revised terms and conditions below which allow for a more flexible approach to deposits during the present challenging time. 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 and credit notes or refunds considered as fully as possible. Please check in advance of any booking with any travel or accommodation providers that they will also take a helpful approach. You may also wish to consider your insurance options.
To discuss any aspect of the weekend art courses please telephone: 01986 788853 any day 9am - 9pm
Weekend Art Courses in 2021 - the number of places on each course has been reduced from 10 to 5 for safe social distancing but the art course fee remains unchanged. This will be reviewed again in October 2021 and if possible increased to eight places for November 2021 and beyond.
Beginners are welcome on all of these weekend art courses.
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. Beginners are welcome on all of the weekend art courses and so are experienced artists wanting to explore or develop new techniques.
Tel: 01986 788 853 - any day 9am - 6pm.
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Please include your phone number for a call back.
Nicola Slattery has been tutoring art, printmaking and painting courses, classes and workshops, art holidays and painting breaks 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 on a Painting with Acrylics weekend 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 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.
These popular 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 towns to explore 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 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. 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.
The first day of the art courses begins at 9.30 with refreshments 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 tea, coffee and biscuits 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 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.
This is a collagraph print made using a card based plate. Collagraph and Drypoint are both taught on the weekend Printmaking art courses. You do not need any previous experience of printmaking to attend the 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.
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 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. There are cheaper weekend art courses with other providers but please check how many participants and if everything is provided so as to make a fair comparison.
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 (reduced to five participants for June to October 2021, rising to eight participants in November 2021 in line with Covid 19 social distancing restrictions and guidance) on each course so you can be sure of lots of individual attention and support.
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. 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 (June to October 2021 limited to five rising to eight in November 2021) per course 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 for any other costs other than art course fees paid to Nicola Slattery Limited - for example; accommodation , travel or similar .
coronavirus (COVID-19) as things are uncertain regarding the development of responses to this please be assured that if you are unable to take up your place because of restrictions due to this situation you will be offered the choice of either transferring to another existing art course date or to new dates to be arranged in the future - either later in the year or next year. Alternatively you will be offered a credit note for the full amount paid valid for two years in which time it is hoped things will be back to normal. Everything reasonably possible will be done to ensure no one looses out in relation to a weekend art course booking due to Coronavirus preventing a course going ahead or to your attendance due to the need to "self isolate". Your forbearance and patience is much appreciated during these difficult times.
Please telephone if you wish to discuss any concerns regarding existing or future bookings. Telephone 01986 788853 any day 9am - 9pm.
All art courses are offered and provided by Nicola Slattery Limited. All contracts in relation to the art courses are with Nicola Slattery Limited. Company registered in England and Wales No. 5147718 .
To reserve your place or check availability please call: 01986 788853 any day 9am - 9pm.
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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) During the present difficulties most accommodation providers will accept a provisional booking subject to restrictions being lifted and allowing refund or postponement in the event of restrictions being reimposed. This allows bookings to be made for the Autumn with confidence Please talk to the provider about any concerns and don't delay your booking as there may be a rush for autumn breaks as life begins to return to something more normal.
With lots to do and enjoy nearby you may want to turn your weekend art course into a long weekend break or holiday.
Enjoy something similar when you book the nearby "Shepherds View" accommodation option via: 01986 788081 firstname.lastname@example.org
It's only about 5 or 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. Updated October 2020
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 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 : email@example.com
Please include your phone number for a call back.
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 and background: To minimise the risk of transmission of Covid 19 between people attending a weekend art course or visiting for other reasons. Assessment and responses made after consulting various official advice including: https://www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/UKHospitalityGuidanceforHospitality 3/9/2020
Arrivals: Where possible visitors will be met in the car parking area and verbally reminded of steps taken to minimise risk. Attention will be drawn to this risk assessment.
Face Coverings: Before attending any weekend course or for any other reason, all visitors will be advised of the need to wear a face covering whilst inside the building. This will usually be done via email at the time of booking or verbally if arranging any other visit.
Signs: At least two signs will be displayed requesting visitors to wear face coverings in the presence of others whilst inside the building.
Hand sanitiser, hand washing and Toilet/W.C. A dispenser of hand sanitiser will be available in each area and in the W.C. Visitors will be asked to apply hand sanitiser which will be offered to them 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. Nicola will also wipe down any door handles used, at regularly intervals, during the day.
Distancing: Numbers of visitors will be limited to a maximum of five indoors which will be reviewed in June 2021 and if permited raised in accoradance with official guidance. Reasonable steps will be taken to keep visitors 2 metres apart whilst inside the building. Tape on the floor will indicate 2 metre distances. This may be reduced to 1.5 metres if official guidance changes to allow this. Tables will be spaced so people sit 2 metres apart and do not directly face each other. This may be reduced to 1.5 metres if official guidance changes to allow this. When painting, people will generally sit in front of an easel. If additional items are required these will be brought to them by Nicola. If printmaking, only one person at a time will be at the press together with Nicola who will supervise from around 2 metres distance. Others will generally remain at their work table working on plates. The 2 metre distance (or 1.5 metre distance depending on Government rules and advice at the time) will be maintained during breaks and lunch time. Due to the narrow nature of the Kitchen only one person will use this space at a time.
Food and Snacks: All drinks, food or snacks offered to visitors will be prepared by Nicola and offered “plated” and not on a “help yourself” basis. Extra care will be taken to wash and sanitise and to wear a dedicated clean apron before any food handling. Where practical individually wrapped items will also 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 will also be left open. Other patio doors will be opened depending upon the weather. Heating in the studio will be increased to compensate as required. The small window in the visitors W.C. will also be left partially open - this also has an extracter fan.
Contact and trace: Visitors will be asked to inform Nicola Slattery Limited if they develop symptoms or test positive for Covid 19 within 14 days of visiting. Contact details of visitors, including Name, address, phone number and email address will be retained by Nicola Slattery Limited for this and other permitted purposes. These details will not be passed to any other individual or organisation unless there is a clear statutory requirement or it is considered to be necessary to protect the health of visitors. All reasonable steps will be taken to preserve privacy and confidentiality.
Vaccination: Nicola Slattery and Paul Whymark have both received two vaccines each. Visitors are advised, if possible to get vacinated prior to visiting but this a personal decision and there is no requirement to do so.
Agreed by Paul Whymark and Nicola Whymark (Nicola Slattery) Directors of Nicola Slattery Limited - Reviewed 8th June 2021
Nicola Slattery trades as Nicola Slattery Limited. All art courses, products and other activities are provided by Nicola Slattery Limited. Registered in England & Wales.
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The new purpose built art Studio - Gallery opened in spring 2018. It's located down a quiet rural lane surrounded by fields, meadows and ponds. It's the perfect location for a creative weekend art course.
This lovely south Norfolk venue has many excellent B&B's and other interesting places to stay nearby. Norfolk is well known for being dry and warm from Spring through to Autumn with big skies and glorious sunsets. Ideal for a weekend art break or stay a bit longer and explore the area.
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Accommodation nearby ranges from farmhouse B&B's to traditional Country Inns. There is even a "shepherds hut" for hire just up the road from the art courses venue. South Norfolk is always worth a visit all year round with many lovely walks and interesting places to visit.
See a list of local weekend art courses accommodation below on the right.
Find out more telephone: 01986 788853
Beginners are always welcome on any of the art courses. Small group teaching of no more than ten particpants enables each person to be taught and supported as an individual and not "lost" in a crowd.
If you want to learn to paint with acrylics, develop your painting and art from imagination or to discover printmaking then one of these weekend art courses is just what you need! Expect to have fun, to enjoy yourself and to learn and develop new approaches to art.
Call 01986 788853 to learn more.
Studio visits are always welcome but if travelling any distance please ring half a day or so in advance to make sure it will be open.
Tel: 01986 788853
If you are interested in any art work currently with a gallery please contact the gallery directly.
The art galleries are friendly and helpful and often reserve a work for a few days without obligation until you can view or make your decision. Don't worry - there is no "hard sell" from any of the art galleries Nicola Slattery exhibits with - just friendly expert advice from knowledgable professionals with a passion for art.
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