On-line courses

We have worked hard to try and replicate our courses that we deliver during the summer school programme. We hope that this will support you in your creative pursuits whilst we are unable to gather together physically during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a completely new skill for us to learn and we are planning to add to the courses over the next few weeks. Please be patient with us. If there are any' tweeks' required, please get in touch and let us know.

Please note: each of our online courses has been specifically written for Bridge House Art by our tutors most of whom have many years of experience teaching and making art themselves. We are proud of the richness and depth we have achieved in these online courses, they have been created after many hours of hard work and dedication.

 

We ask that you do not share any of the course content, including the worksheet pdfs, with anyone who is not a paid up member of the course. All the provided content is for the sole use of the individual course member and should not be used in any form without agreement from Eleanor White and Bridgehouse Art. This includes in the form of direct teaching to others. 

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Interior as Landscape

Tutor: Kittie Jones

Equivalent to 5+ days studio time

This course will give you structured sessions that allow you to explore different ways of approaching the domestic setting as if it were a dynamic landscape. Sessions will be made up of different exercises and approaches to encourage you to look with fresh eyes at the familiar. You will be encouraged to work hard and push the boundaries of representation as the course develops.

The course introduces drawing and painting methods covering; tonality, light, space and movement in monochrome and mixed media. Artists slide talks for inspiration and numerous video demonstrations for each stage provides comprehensive and generous course content. More course information.......

 

Course fee: £200

Course ref: KJ#4 IAL

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Reinventing the Familiar 

Tutor: Eleanor White

Equivalent to 5 days studio time

This course is designed to keep you creative while perhaps working within a very limited space and with minimal materials. It can be done at the kitchen table, but also can be expanded upon if you have a spare room you use as a studio or if indeed you have safe distancing access to your own studio.

 

The inspiration for this course is natural forms of all shapes and sizes. Through the use of experimental drawing methods using dry materials alongside ink and paint you will learn to draw from direct observation. The course will develop a playful sense of composition by drawing and overlapping to see what shapes arrive from combining images and media. A colour palette will be chosen to build a mixed media painting that has the same sense of expression as the initial direct drawings.  More course information.......

 

Course fee: £150

Course ref: EKW RTF#1

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Documenting the Change

Tutor: Kittie Jones

Equivalent to 5 days studio time

This course is designed to be both a structured set of sessions that build on each other whilst also being flexible to the time and resources available to each student. The first three sessions cover three different printmaking methods all of which are achievable at the kitchen table (I know because this is where I did all my demonstration videos!!). Each session is stand-alone so if you don’t have the materials for all of them don’t worry – choose the ones you do and start there. Worksheets talk you through every stage of the process, supported by demonstration videos.

 

If you have a roller and some printmaking ink that should be all you need to get going with this course. More course information...

Course fee: £150

Course ref: KJ DTC #1

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Painting the Poetic

Tutor: Eleanor White

Equivalent to 3 days studio time

This exciting course will guide you through the creative process of designing and constructing a small folded panelled triptych which will hold narrative or abstracted images gathered from ideas or images that you have to hand. 

 

It could contain any theme you choose and could be based in observation or abstraction. You can choose to work from holiday photographs creating a space to wish upon and to take you back to that place or from sketches you may have had of a time you have treasured.  The subject is open to you and can be worked by accessing images from internet, magazines, existing drawings you may have, from your home environment or from reflected images in windows. More course information...

Course fee: £100

Course ref: EKW PTP #2

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Colour, Composition, Design

Tutor: Rosanna Dyke

Equivalent to 3 days studio time

This course is an insight into the design process, looking specifically at colour and composition. Colour and composition form the building blocks of design and this course will allow you to explore this in a way that reflects your personal artistic style. You will learn skills that are transferable to any art or design project as well as deepening your understanding of the visual elements. 

In this course you will be taken through a step by step process to deepen your knowledge of colour and composition. More course information....

Course fee: £80

Course ref: RD CCD #1

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Expressive Drawing with Colour 

Tutor: Kittie Jones

Equivalent to 1 days studio time

This course will ask you to take a limited set of soft pastels and explore how to create colourful drawings working from a simple still life set up. A couple of vibrant objects and some colourful papers or fabric to sit them on are all you should need to start working with colour and form. Basic drawing materials, a sketchbook and a good set of soft pastels in the primary colours will be all that is needed to complete the course. Each stage of the process is laid out in a step-by-step worksheet and supported by demonstration videos, along with information about what materials work best.

Small scale drawings will allow you to create intense colour relationships and start to explore mixing colour across a surface to achieve shimmering pastel drawings. More course information

Course fee: £40

Course ref: KJ EC #2

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Expressive Drawing with Colour II 

Tutor: Kittie Jones

Equivalent to 2 days studio time

Are you interested in different ways of working with pastel? Are you excited by the potential for working with colour expressively? This course covers a range of approaches to working with pastels in order to create lively drawings inspired by the colourful objects you have around your house. Kittie will introduce you to ways of working that allow for both an immediate response to colour and a more considered approach.

 

Designed to talk you through working with colour from the simplest of starting points in a sketchbook to giving you the confidence and instruction for a more personal, expressive language to develop.

 

This course can be completed at the kitchen table and each session can be done at the student’s own pace. There are lots of hints and tips about new ways to think about drawing with colour which we hope will enable students to take on into their own practice, whether they are at the beginning of their creative journey or needing some fresh input.  More course information...

Course fee: £80

Course ref: KJ #3 ECII 

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Experimental Mark Making and Surface Textures

Tutor: Eleanor White

Equivalent to 2 days studio time

A course for the beginner or experienced artist alike as this will take you through the process of mark making with mixed media.  As an artist I see this course as a way of limbering up to making work, just as a musician would practice before a performance , or a dancer would practice moves  or an athlete would train, an artist does the same, it’s  a case of learning processes, ways of working and expanding your learning from whatever stage you are at.

 

For the beginner it will give you an extensive lead in to understanding your materials. For the experienced artist it will give you a freedom to make marks with materials that you are perhaps familiar with but with the bonus of not making an image. This is the key to this course; you are free from the tyranny of making an image- it is about the mark and the way your hand moves to make that mark and the joy of the materials for their own sake. More course information

Course fee: £80

Course ref: EKW#3 EMMST

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Drawing into 3D 

Tutor: Tembe Gibbs

Equivalent to 1 days studio time

This course is designed to help you develop your drawing, taking it from a purely suggestive sketch, to an informational piece that you can work from or just enjoy for the precision of it. The techniques are largely transferable between large and small works and as a result, it has been designed to be conducted anywhere but certainly from a very limited space and with minimal materials. It can be done at the kitchen table, but also can be expanded upon if you have a larger space.

 

Drawing should always be a great source of pleasure and when you delve down into it wholeheartedly, it will come close to meditation. This is a one day course designed to introduce you to the basic steps of learning how to draw in 3D or transitioning from sketching to more detailed drawing. More course information...

Course fee: £40

Course ref: TG DI3D#1

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Weekly Word - June Jamboree

It has been a pleasure over this lockdown to bring you On this Day and Weekly Word. We have been overwhelmed with the responses and it has been lovely to witness such a creative community build up over this time. We will continue to keep the group pages for BHA_on_this_day  and BHA Weekly word on Facebook, where you can post your work, see the variety of responses and enjoy the sense of this wonderful artistic community.  

 

Our next project is June Jamboree!

The Bridge House Art team will bring you a new weekly project, every Monday during the month of June (June 1st is very conveniently on a Monday).

More information

Course fee: free

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Weekly Word and every week in May

We at Bridge House Art have been so impressed with the response to On this Day which we ran throughout the month of April. We always value the support of our students and at this time it is particularly important that we continue to support each other. People have posted on Facebook some on Instagram, still others I know are doing it without posting at all and others have sent personal emails and letters to say how much they have enjoyed it and how it has at time been a lifeline to a bit of escapism from the world which we inhabit just now.

 

So we finished the last day of April and we welcome in May, as days turn into weeks - we are still in lockdown. The future is uncertain as to when we will be able to resume some aspects of normality so we have come up with something for you to participate in which is a weekly task. It can be expanded upon as you like and with the time you feel you can give to it. Here goes… ready? More information

Course fee: free

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On This Day.....and every day in April

This 30 day project is our way of keeping in touch with you during this difficult time of staying safe at home. Or maybe you are an essential worker and need a project to escape to: whatever your circumstances, we ask you to engage and enjoy the process. 

 

All you need to get going is some paper (either a sketchbook or a series of sheets of paper that you can later combine together into a sketchbook) and anything that will make a mark on the paper: pencil, graphite, ink, crayon, ink pencil, charcoal, paint, pastel etc. etc. You can work on the plain surface or prepare some papers with collage or pre-paint the surfaces. We recommend that you prepare all 30 sheets before you start – that way if you are short on time you don’t need to waste time finding and preparing a bit of paper. We’ve also included a glossary of terms and drawing/mark-making top tips, just to help you dive straight in, no excuses, whatever your materials or level of experience, this project is for you! More information

Course fee: free

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