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Back to Basics: Drawing Sessions

With Clayhill Arts

3rd October 2020 - 31st October 2020


The Back to Basics Sessions here at Clayhill has been put together to give you time and space to re-examine your essential drawing skills and techniques.

Each week your tutors will be focusing on a different method of drawing and mark-making, with a range of expert tutors to give you a chance to really get to grips with a variety of drawing approaches. Everyone who signs up will receive a sketchbook for each session and all drawing materials will be included as part of the price.

Each session can be bought individually or you can sign up for all 5 for a reduced price. 

Session One: Drawing with Charcoal with Paul Crummay

  • Our life tutor Paul Crummay will lead a session guiding you through a variety of techniques to utilise this incredibly versatile basic material.

Session Two: Observational Drawing with Duncan Cameron

  • Duncan, who teaches at Strode College will teach the basics of observation, interpretation, comparative anatomy, and symmetry.

Session Three: Drawing with Landscape with James Baggaley

  • Cornwall based artist James Baggaley will join us to demonstrate techniques for capturing natural elements and organic shapes. We will be using the grounds and found objects at Clayhill to explore how to express landscape and natural forms using expressive mark-making.

Session Four: Drawing with Monoprint with James Baggaley

  • James Baggaley returns to give us an introduction to monoprinting and how to make the most of this medium in your drawing practice. If you ever wanted to experiment with new techniques to create ‘happy accidents’ this will be a great session for you!

Session Five: Drawing Pumpkins and Squashes – A FREE drawing session

  • Happy Halloween from Clayhill Arts! This free untutored drawing session will be a great chance to get together and practice drawing some of the seasonal produce around Clayhill.

Accommodation can be provided with this course

All of our bedrooms here at Clayhill are private and en-suite so you will have your own space to retreat to and relax in after spending your day in the Studio. We will provide you with your own towels, linen, and bathroom products for use throughout your stay and you can enjoy the extensive grounds well into the evening. Accommodation includes an evening meal, breakfast, and lunch.


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Working with Deborah and Michael was such a pleasure. They understood the project from the beginning, what the needs of the makers and our audiences would be, and acted as thoughtful ambassadors for the project when we were not able to be there. Every aspect of the exhibition and events was facilitated in such a calm and confident manner, which made my job of coordinating a group of artists so much easier! The whole event became a pivotal moment for the project, bringing people together in a way I could never have anticipated, and which has altered my thinking about the future of the project. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.


The weekend I spent at Clayhill Arts was a very welcome change of scenery to my otherwise urban setting. I felt calmed yet invigorated by the surroundings, and the accommodation was beautifully tasteful and very homely. The main space is wonderfully considered and very versatile - an ideal space for creativity and dynamic discussion. I left on the Sunday feeling energised and inspired by the experience of staying at Clayhill.


As a singer it has been one of the best spaces to sing in with generous reverberation and acoustics.  It is a space which complemented the type of instruments I was working with and the songs.


I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed being at your venue. It is a lovely and inspiring artistic space. The food was fantastic, homely yet unusual. I really enjoyed the day.


As an artist retreat, the venue at Clayhill Arts provided a warm and welcoming environment, allowing a safe and constructive space where individuals creative needs can be met. 


We were lucky enough to be able to take over the whole venue for a weekend, using the Granary as our base for experimentation, discussion and shared learning. The informality of the accommodation, and the relaxed surroundings, put everyone at ease and offered a space where cooperation and encouragement evolved naturally.


Everything was wonderful! This is a beautiful place. Thank you, we really enjoyed our stay.


Clayhill feels remote which is great but it also is close to Cannington which has everything, so supplies can be bought without travelling a great distance...I also really enjoyed that it is still a working farm, because it feels productive and there is such a lot of life around us which is very inspiring