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"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out"

Ray Bradbury, Author and Screenwriter

 
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Every one of the tutors at Curious House is an extraordinarily creative teacher. We begin by taking a moment to become present and focus on the time we will spend together to the exclusion of all else. Mobile phones are left at the door - this is your day.

Teaching begins at 10am but feel free to arrive any time from 9.30am to catch your breath and start your day in a relaxed and receptive frame of mind.
A delicious light lunch will be served at 12.30pm and tea will flow throughout the day. Our creative courses are scheduled to finish at 3.30pm.

The fee for each course is £95 to include lunch and refreshments.
The cost of materials varies, depending on the course.

If you would like to book an exclusive retreat for a hen do or a special day with friends, please ask. there are a number of courses we can organise with weekend options including, with enough notice, ACCOMMODATION.

To find out more about the courses or to book your place, please either complete the contact form or call Philippa on 07747 106929 or
01435 884806 or email philippa@curioushouse.net

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Creative Writing
Mandy Wheeler - Thursday 17 January 2019

Start a habit that will feed your imagination for years to come

The aim of the day is to get you excited about creative writing and give you the tools to start a regular writing practice that will feed your imagination for years to come. Working in the beautiful surroundings of Curious House, we’ll use games and exercises to kick start stories and breathe life into characters.  There’ll be no phones, no laptops, just the soothing sound of ink on paper. The emphasis will be on developing spontaneity and confidence in creative writing.  Mandy show you where to find inspiration and how to keep your ideas coming. You don’t need to have ambitions of novel writing to enjoy this day. It’s about writing as a way to wellbeing, establishing a private space for yourself where you can create.  You will surprise yourself, we promise. 

Mandy is a writer with a background in radio. After 20 years running a production company, she now works with universities and businesses, helping them to develop creative practice and coax neglected talents out of hiding. 

“Words tumbled from us, sometimes poetic or poignant, funny or fanciful and always thought-provoking.”     

£95 plus £22 for a curated box of writing prompts to keep. Numbers limited to 10
No previous experience required

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Men only flowerS Nicky Gaffney - Wednesday 13 February -7.30pm to 9.30pm

Create a luxury Valentine’s bouquet for your loved one

This course, on the eve of Valentine’s Day, is for all the chaps out there who find themselves at a loss when it comes to a truly original gift. Using stunning scented roses and other beautiful flowers, Nicky Gaffney will show you how to create a unique and personal bouquet to give to your loved one. To quote a previous lucky recipient “it was the most romantic thing my husband has ever done…”  

Come and join us, have a beer or two and some nibbles and get creating. Then all you have to do is hide it until the next day.

 Sometimes a lawyer but with a passion for flowers, Nicky retrained as a florist five years ago and now offers bespoke flowers for weddings, events and the home. 

£35 plus £30 for materials. Numbers limited to 8
No previous experience required

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BEGINNERS SCREEN PRINTING
ANNA O’NEILL - WEDNESDAY 27 2019

Design and print your own linen two-colour screen printed cushion cover

Anna will share her passion for design, guiding you through the process of designing and cutting paper stencils to screen-print your own unique cushion cover. Come with your own design ideas or be inspired by Anna on the day.

An experienced teacher, Anna has run workshops for a number of organisations including The National Trust and Charleston Farmhouse. She has a Degree in Fine Art Printmaking and a Masters in Sequential Design Illustration both from Brighton University. Anna’s business, Box Room Press, was conceived and born at home in 2013 where she designs and creates contemporary, colourful screen printed greetings cards, prints, tea towels, cushions, pencil cases, aprons and fortune tellers.

£95 plus £15 for materials. Numbers limited to 8

No previous experience required.

 

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How to make designer bouquets from supermarket flowers 

NIcky gaffney - thursday 28 february 2019

Supermarket flowers may look uninspiring but with a few tips and tricks they can be turned into a beautiful display

Florist Nicky Gaffney will talk you through flower and colour choices, conditioning your flowers for longevity and creating your own unique and stunning arrangement in a pretty stone urn to take home. After a bite of lunch, you will then be shown how to turn a boring bunch into a gorgeous gift bouquet. Why not brighten up a wintry day playing with pretty flowers! 

 Sometimes a lawyer but with a passion for flowers, Nicky retrained as a florist five years ago and now offers bespoke flowers for weddings, events and the home. 

£95 plus £35 for materials including an urn for you to keep. Numbers limited to 8

Timings for this course are 9.30am to 2.30pm including a light

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Day of Meditative Drawing  Victoria Threlfal - Friday 1 March

Forget any hang-ups about drawing you might have!

In this day long drawing course led by artist Victoria Threlfall, you will learn how to fully engage in the process of drawing without becoming overly concerned with outcomes.

Starting with a visual meditation you will then be guided through a series of exercises involving intensely focused observation, new ways of responding to subject matter, experimenting with techniques, and expanding your repertoire of mark making. 

Victoria Threlfall trained at Camberwell College of Art and is a professional painter. She teaches art courses in London and Italy and leads guided walks on the 19th century landscape painter Samuel Palmer. As an artist, her work is both figurative and abstract. Recently, she has begun to combine her interest in meditation with the practice of drawing.

£95 plus £10 for materials. Numbers limited to 8 
This is a stimulating course suitable for all abilities

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Create your own Charleston Inspired Lampshade Jane McCALL - Thursday 14 March 2019

Learn how to emulate this distinctive decorative style to design your own unique lampshade 

Much of Jane’s work as a potter and artist has been inspired by that of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. Their home, Charleston Farmhouse, is her creative retreat and the Charleston shop could not get enough of Jane’s pottery when she was an active potter. Jane leaves a trail of avid collectors in her wake. 

Our morning will be spent exploring the iconic ’Bloomsbury’ patterns and adapting them to design your own lampshade. Armed with plenty of inspiration Jane will guide you through the technique of loose painting and free flow design, painting on to linen or paper. Your creation will be left to dry over lunch and the afternoon session will be spent making a 30cms diameter drum lampshade to grace your home. By the end of the course you will have the skills to make more lampshades independently at home.

£95 plus £18 for materials. Numbers limited to 8
No previous experience required

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Lino Cut Cards and Papers
Clare Dales - Friday 15 March 2019
 

Explore the medium of lino cutting to create abstracted forms that can lead to exciting results.

The day will begin by learning how to master cutting, and how to make a variety of marks and lines in the lino. After experimenting how to introduce pattern into your work, how to print and layer colour, we'll design and create our own papers and cards.

Clare is a well-known artist and author and runs a small design and print company on the South Coast. She makes carefully crafted lino prints, inspired by architecture, microscopic natural forms, patterns and landscape. Sharing her knowledge and skill, Clare loves to inspire others to try their hand at this age old and immensely rewarding art-form. All materials are provided and there will be an opportunity to purchase a box of essential equipment to take away with you.  

£95 plus £15 for materials. Numbers limited to 8
No previous experience required

If you have any particular motif or design you might like to try, please bring this printed on paper only as we can not replicate digital designs - eg something on your phone.

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Modern CALLIGRAPHY LUCY BERRIDGE - friday 29 march 2019

Learn Modern Calligraphy a relaxed and contemporary use of beautiful handwriting.

Designed for complete beginners, or those wanting to refresh their skills, this delightful experience of gentle focused learning in a beautiful setting will certainly ensure an enjoyable day.  It’s not about perfection, it’s about starting and a taking a very relaxed approached to the art.

In the morning, we will learn about penholders, nibs, inks and papers types and begin by practising basis nib strokes, which will lead to letter formation moving on to joined up words.

After a delicious lunch, we will work on a written quote or phrase using your newly acquired skills and give you fresh ideas to practise. You will also have the opportunity to work with white and gold inks on coloured papers which is an exciting way to see your work transform.

Lucy has always loved handwriting and all things stationery, so discovering the new version of calligraphy means it is no longer exclusive and achievable by a select few. It can be learnt, practised and enjoyed by anyone. When not writing, Lucy is a Lifestyle Stylist and Art Director.

£95 plus £15 for materials. Numbers are limited to 8. 

No previous experience require