Short Courses

The Open Programme offers lectures, workshops and short, practical courses in traditional arts and crafts. These are open to anyone over the age of 16 and suit all levels of ability and experience, from beginners to seasoned practitioners.

Students who complete five courses within three years are eligible to receive a certificate of completion.


Japanese Woodblock Printmaking in Colour

10:30-16:30 11 - 18 August 2017

With Hiroko Imada

This course is fully booked. Please email us to be added to the waiting list. 

Learn how to create a colour woodblock print using print effects such gradation, blind embossing and more. You will also be taught techniques specifically for multi-colour printing such as using registration marks or kento. By the end of the course, you will understand key principles of colour printing and be able to produce prints independently.


Russo-Byzantine Icon Painting: Saint Michael

10:00-17:00 21 - 25 August 2017

With Dr Irina Bradley

This course is now fully booked. To be added to the waiting list, please email us at

This course will take students through the process of creating an icon in Russo-Byzantine style in liquid tempera technique, which involves the use of natural earth and mineral pigments.


In the steps of Canaletto

10:00-16:30 21 - 22 October 2017

With Radu Leon

This course is now fully booked; Please email us to be added to the waiting list.

Explore Canaletto's creative process using similar methods to the artist himself. You will draw your own version of a city and learn to animate your cityscape with atmospheric effects in pen, ink and washes, in the traditional manner of 18th-century Venetian Masters.