Nicola Slattery RBA
Nicola Slattery RBA  

Weekend Art and Painting Courses with friendly and professional tuition from Nicola Slattery RBA

Art Courses Dates for 2019 - Please book now to secure your place.

  • Painting with Acrylic   - 14th & 15th  September - 1 place available
  • Printmaking                      - 12th & 13th    October - now fully booked
  • Art from Imagination   - 9th & 10th   November - 2 places available


Dates for weekend art courses in 2020. All with places! ​ 

  • Painting with Acrylics - 14th & 15th March 
  • Printmaking - 25th & 26th April
  • Art from Imagination - 16th & 17th May
  • Painting with Acrylics - 10th & 11th October
  • Printmaking  - 17th & 18th October
  • Art from Imagination - 7th & 8th November

​Please book as soon as possible for 2020 to secure your place and any accommodation you may need. 


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 : 

Please include your phone number for a call back.

weekend art course fees - please pay using PayPal

Pay for your weekend art course by PayPal - or your credit or debit card. Please ring first to reserve your place and check availability then simply pay here with the security of PayPal. Terms and conditions apply as set out below.

Art Course fees - choose an option from the drop down box below

Nicola Slattery examining a print in her Norfolk studio.

Nicola Slattery has been tutoring art 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 the participants return 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:

  • Painting with Acrylics,
  • Printmaking
  • Art from Imagination.

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. 

Nicola (on the left) teaching 'art from imagination' With only ten places per art course you are able to receive the individual tuition and attention you need to succeed.

These popular weekend art courses take place at a lovely new venue in south Norfolk 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:

The Cartlodge, Mill Road, Alburgh, Harleston, Norfolk, IP20 0DS
Tel: 01986 788853

Art Tuition on each art course is always focussed on the individual as people vary in their artistic experience, and confidence. Your art tuition will be tailored to your specific needs. With this in mind places are limited to just ten on all of the art courses 


Some are artists exploring new techniques, many others are complete beginners. On any art course you will always be very welcome whatever your level of artistic experience.

Title: "Meeting of Minds".... and you will meet friendly like minded people interested in art on a weekend art course in lovely rural south Norfolk. You might even catch a glimpse of a deer or two and lots of other wildlife.

What to Expect of the Art Courses.

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.      

  • Painting with Acrylics

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.   

  • Art from Imagination

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!

  • Printmaking Weekend 

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.

"Catnap" a collagraph limited edition print by Nicola Slattery



This is a collagraph print made using a card based plate. Collagraph is the other technique 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 the weekend courses are provided and included in the art course fee. 

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 2015.  In the past she has contributed many article on technique to national art magazines including The Artist, Leisure Painter and Artists & Illustrators.

To see some examples of work produced on previous weekend art courses please click here: Examples of Past Art Course work by participants

Let your art "break free" on an inspirational weekend artistic break in beautiful rural Norfolk with Nicola Slattery as your guide and art tutor. 

"Riding Free" a recent painting - by Nicola Slattery using acrylic paints on wood (sold)

Weekend Art Courses -

Costs and Conditions


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.


Then pay by card or PayPal using the secure link below.


Please call first to check availability and to reserve your place.

Nearby Local Accommodation                               

All are only a few minutes walk or drive from the weekend

Art Courses and art breaks 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 art course participants and have been recommended as friendly, comfortable and fairly priced establishments. Updated  September 2019  

  • Shepherds View at Friends Farm     Alburgh              Only 5 or 10 minutes walk from the art studio this is a self catered "luxury shepherds hut". The en suite bathroom includes mains toilet, basin and shower with plenty of hot water. There is also a fully functioning kitchen. It boasts a woodburning stove (free logs) and double glazing to make your stay warm and cosy. On arrival you will find home produced sausages, bacon and eggs in the fridge. (More available from the farm shop) Sleeps 1 or 2 with double bed. Around £75 per night for the hut based on 2 nights. "Surrounded by beautiful Norfolk countryside on the edge of the Waveney Valley. Shepherds View is an ideal location for birdwatchers, walkers, runners, cyclists, artists or those who choose to just relax and take in the views." On site parking. Sorry no pets. Excellent reviews from previous guests.    Find out more at:  Tel: 01986 788081
  • Rooms at No. 3 Chameleon House. Harleston.                        Bed & Breakfast. Several great pubs and other excellent food establishments all nearby. Chameleon House is a Tudor building with Georgian frontage in the historic market town of Harleston.  Very good reports from previous art course guests who commented on friendly service and beautiful spacious rooms.​ Price Guide: single room from £70 and double room from £90 per night.            Tel: 01379 852030      Mob: 07982 612711
  •  J D Youngs Hotel. Harleston. Hotel. Several Pubs and other food establishments nearby.   Price Guide £72 pppn single £96 double. A lovely traditional establishment in the heart of the town.              Dog friendly. 

           Tel: 01379 852822

  • Swan Hotel. Harleston. Hotel. Former Coaching Inn dating back to the 16th Century with loads of character and still very much an Inn. Located in the heart of this old market town with easy walk to shops, restaurants and pubs. Also has its own Carvery and Breakfast is included with a single at around £60 and a double/twin from £85 per night. Featured on TV's the 'Hotel Inspector' and the traditional owner 'Inn Keeper' came out of it very well - friendly and charming!  Dog friendly.

         Tel: 01379852221    

  • Wortwell Hall Barn. Wortwell, Harleston. Dog friendly, stylish B&B featured on Channel 4 "Four in a Bed" programme. Rooms from £85 per room. Stay 3 nights and get a free evening meal on night of arrival. Quiet location overlooking river in Waveney Valley. Dog friendly. 

    Tel: 01986 788432

  • The Old VicarageChristmas Lane, Metfield. Stunning views. Single with Breakfast £45 Double £60. Surrounded by wildlife. Warm freindly welcome.                                                                         Tel: 01379 586488

  • Grove Barn, Denton. From £70 per night with discounts for 2 or more nights. Luxury ensuite bedrooms. Only a couple of miles from the studio. Tel: 01986 788015

  • The Duke of William B&B. Metfield - a quiet village about 15 mins (7 miles) from Alburgh. Double room from £60 with breakfast at £7.50 per person. Contact:    Tel: 01379 586371

  • Sheila's  B&B Harleston - small market town just a couple of miles from venue with pubs, restraunts, cafes, tea shops etc. £40

  • The Half Moon Inn, Rushall (about 15 - 20 mins by car) Traditional Country Inn.  "We pride ourselves in our service and attention to detail. We are dog friendly and are able to accommodate single bookings and group bookings."                      Tel: 01379 740793

  •  Starston Wood Lane, Starston (about 5 or 10 mins drive away) 
    Private room, 1 bed, 1 shared bath. A rural retreat, rather than a farm stay. The home offers far reaching views over the Norfolk countryside. This space has a large private garden, with birds, bees and flowers.  £22 per night, option of breakfast, excellent reviews.

  •  Or maybe you like the out door life camping with tent or caravan? If so try the Little Lakeland Caravan Park at Wortwell. Excellent facilities including a well stocked all year FREE fishing lake (great for a non painting partner), individual hedged plots, lots of wildlife and handy for touring the best of Norfolk and Suffolk . Only a couple of miles from the venue and two friendly traditional dog friendly pubs nearby.   Dog Friendly site.  Tel: 01986 788646 

Enjoy something similar when you book the nearby "Shepherds Hut" accommodation option via:   01986 788081

It's only about 5 or 10 minutes walk from the art studio. 

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.


You may want to book your accommodation for more than the weekend art course - break and make it part of a longer holiday!  

Why sit at home reading to the cat? Enjoy a great weekend art course instead!

Art Courses Dates for 2019   Bookings now for a lovely late summer or autumn weekend art break.

  • Painting with Acrylic      - 14th & 15th   September - 1 place
  • Printmaking                       - 12th & 13th    October - fully booked
  • Art from Imagination     - 9th & 10th    November - 2 places

 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 : 

Please include your phone number for a call back.

weekend art course fees - please pay via PayPal

Pay for your weekend art course by PayPal - or your credit or debit card. Please ring first to reserve your place and check availability then simply pay here with the security of PayPal. Terms and conditions apply. These are set out above.

Art Course Fees - choose an option from the drop down box below

Please call to discuss any aspect of the weekend art courses or to reserve your place: 

Tel: 01986 788 853 

Studio Phone Contact:


UK: 01986 788853


+44 1986 788853

calls welcome any day

9am - 9pm UK time



Studio visits are always welcome but please try and ring the day before if possible to make sure it's open - or take a chance - you will probably find the studio open between 10am and 5pm most days including weekends. But if making a special journey please call to make sure. 

Weekend Art Courses  

Phone: 01986 788853

Art Courses - Fantastic

Rural Venue. 

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. 


Accommodation nearby ranges from farmhouse B&B's to traditional Country Inns. There is even a "shepherds hut" for hire just up the road and south Norfolk is always worth a visit all year round!

See a list of local art courses accommodation below.

Find out more telephone:   01986 788853

Dates for 2019 late summer/autumn weekend art courses.

  • Painting with Acrylics

14th & 15th September - 1 place left

  • Printmaking  -

12th & 13th October - now full

  • Art from Imagination  -

9th & 10th November  -  2 places 

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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