|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
|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
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:
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.
is on the edge of the Peak District National
Park within easy reach of Manchester, Sheffield, Chatsworth
and the Yorkshire
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
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
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
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
For an example of the type of accommodation, see Allmans Heath
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,
greengrocer, is a name familiar to many from Gardener’s Question
Time and we have an excellent local bakery
Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs.
tailored short breaks can also be arranged. For
more information please
contact Ghislaine or Michael on 01457
852368 or email
Howard Studio Gallery