Summer School 2017



Bridge House Art provides the opportunity to visit, explore and record the dramatic and challenging landscape of the North West Highlands of Scotland. For over twenty years, students of all ages and abilities have relished the challenges and rewards that this stunning area offers; capturing the essence of what makes this place special, through visual art.
A unique aspect of the summer school courses at Bridge House Art, is that we provide ALL materials, lunches and refreshments, so students can just arrive in their old clothes and concentrate on being creative!

The summer school runs from the end of June through to the end of August and offers a wide variety of contemporary courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media landscape painting and creating artists books. 

The courses; in general taking their inspiration from the landscape, are underpinned by a framework where observational drawing, learning to look and the development of ideas, are all explored in a supportive and constructive atmosphere.

Every year we invite visiting artist/tutors to contribute to our summer school programme, thus extending the range of courses on offer and a variety of teaching styles. Each summer school week has a different theme and focus and is delivered by experienced and inspirational tutors.


To take advantage of the location and the dramatic landscape, most courses will be based outside at least fifty per cent of the week, giving students the chance to explore the landscape in many innovative ways.


Slide lectures begin most courses to inspire us on our journey as we begin to explore the fundamentals of line, tone, shape and colour. Themes are used to explore various media ensuring a focus and direction to study.

Time in the studio is used to develop work and explore different media at greater depth. The studio is also a place to eat lunch, enjoy company and talk over the day's work in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

All school courses run from 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (unless otherwise stated). All materials and equipment are supplied, with a simple lunch provided daily. It is important to wear old clothes as art is a messy business. Be prepared and dress for the Highland weather, expect sun and rain, four seasons have been experienced in one day! Outdoor, waterproof clothing is essential.

Please read our terms and conditions before reserving a place on any course. If the course you are interested in is fully booked, we do have a reserve list for most courses, although this does not guarantee a place. To request this, please email us on bookings (at) bridgehouseart.co.uk 

2017 Course Calendar

Course Fees

Weekend Courses (2 days)








Evening Classes



Summer School (5 days)


Outside Inside: a painting course
19th - 23rd June 2017
5 days: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor: Eleanor White
£360
Fully Booked
The Alchemy of Mixed Media
26th - 30th June 2017
5 days: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor: Nina Morris
£360
Fully Booked
Painting the Poetic: making and painting a triptych
3rd - 7th July 2017
5 days: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor: Eleanor White
£360
Fully Booked
Tidelines - experimental printmaking
10th - 14th July 2017
5 days: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor: Kittie Jones
£360
Fully Booked
Journey of Painting - gathering drawings to making paintings
17th - 21st July 2017
5 days: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor: Jemma Derbyshire
£360
Fully Booked
Observation and Expression in Oils
24th - 28th July 2017
5 days: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor: Kenneth Le Riche
£360
Fully Booked
On Location
31st July - 4th August 2017
5 days: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor: Eleanor White
£360
Fully Booked
Structure and Surface
7th - 11th August 3017
5 days: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor: Eleanor White
£360
Fully Booked
Abstract Observations
14th - 18th August 2017
5 days: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor: Eleanor White
£360
Fully Booked
Shifting Landscapes: 
mixed media approaches to the natural world
21st - 25th August 2017
5 days: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor: Kittie Jones
£360
Fully Booked
Autumn Courses (Part-time)





Autumn Courses (Full-time)


Portfolio Course
23rd October 2017 - 4th March 2018
16 weeks (2x8 week terms)
Course Director: Eleanor White
£3200

Please read our terms and conditions before reserving a place on any course. If the course you are interested in is fully booked, we do have a reserve list for most courses, although this does not guarantee a place. To request this, please email us on bookings (at) bridgehouseart.co.uk