Weekend courses

Creative residential weekends in the Peak District

Following the resounding success of the weekend courses held in 2008 and 2009, Ghislaine and her husband Michael Howard, a senior lecturer in the history of art at Manchester Metropolitan University, are planning three weekend events for 2010.

April 23 - 25 Looking at Lowry

Lowry is not the artist of popular thinking - come and explore the life and working methods of this visionary artist through practical workshops and informal lectures. Can we claim him as the English Van Gogh?

May 21 - 23 Painting, Printing and Pleasure

Experience the delights of colour and mark making in paint and print. Illustrated talks by Michael and a chance to try woodcuts, etching, dry points and painterly monotypes and work as a group on some giant paintings.

July 16 - 18 Monet, Cézanne and Degas

Study the lives and the working methods of these great painters, work from the model and discover some of the secrets of Degas' sculpture and printmaking techniques. Renoir once said that if Degas had never picked up a paintbrush, he still would have been the greatest artist of the nineteenth century!

These will take place at the Ghislaine Howard Studio Gallery in Oak Street, Glossop [SK13 7AP].

Each course runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. The cost includes all meals and materials: £295 residential, £225 non residential.

Each event includes workshops, informal illustrated talks and time in the studio. The emphasis will be on developing the individual's own creative potential. The aim of each course is to encourage participants to develop, extend and consolidate their interests whether they are experienced artists or complete beginners. There are opportunities to work in the landscape, draw and paint the figure, make monotypes and etchings or simply to develop your already existing practice. The weekend's activities are fueled by warm hospitality and energized by home-cooked food and fine wine.

As the courses are tailored to suit individual needs, places are limited.

If you are interested please give us a call or send us an email:

Telephone: 01457 852368
Mobile: 07969 723708

We would like to invite you to be our guest for the weekend, sharing with a small group of like-minded people a mix of informal illustrated lectures, practical workshops, beautiful scenery and home-cooked food.

The activities will take place in Ghislaine's studio and gallery and our home, both of which are situated in the centre of Glossop.

Glossop is on the edge of the Peak District National Park within easy reach of Manchester, Sheffield, Chatsworth and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Glossop market arcade It is a town that developed in the nineteenth century; it's centre is dominated by proud civic and industrial architecture of that period. The studio gallery is a lovingly restored Victorian stable block and our house - a converted tripe factory – overlooks the River Etherow and recently featured in an article in Home magazine.

Each weekend will be centred upon a particular theme that will be explored in art, music, poetry and literature. You will have the opportunity to become involved in the creation of original artwork. No previous experience is necessary – the activities will accommodate those already competent and those who simply wish to have a go.

Snake Pass after rain You will receive one-to-one encouragement from Ghislaine and Michael to work independently or with others to create exciting and imaginative art works using paint.

Short excursions into the landscape will be followed by illustrated talks on various artists and writers, there will be workshop sessions, music and poetry punctuated by conversation and home-cooked food.


You will stay in one of several superbly appointed guesthouses situated in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside a few minutes from the town; each characterised by their own particular charm, comfort and atmosphere.

For an example of the type of accommodation, see Allmans Heath Cottage.

If you wish to extend your stay, this can easily be arranged.

We limit the numbers attending any one weekend to ten people.

Non-participants are welcome – Glossop and the surrounding area supports a wide variety of activities that should be attractive to a broad range of interests.

The cost for each weekend includes accommodation, all meals, one to one tuition; all materials and any transfers to and from the bed and breakfast to the studio or other venues.

All the food is home cooked – Glossop is home to Mettricks butchers, recent winners of the BBC Radio Four Food Programme's best local retailer and numerous other awards; Sowerbutts, our local greengrocer, is a name familiar to many from Gardener’s Question Time and we have an excellent local bakery and fishmonger.

David Bradley Mettricks Sowerbutts

Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs.

Specially tailored short breaks can also be arranged. For more information please contact Ghislaine or Michael on 01457 852368 or email

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