Knuston Hall


Knuston Hall Residential College, an elegant 17thcentury building, set in rural East Northamptonshire between Rushden and Irchester offers a wide variety of weekend courses. Canal Art courses have been held they're every six months, for over thirty years.

Once guests have arrived, time is devoted to painting and eating although there is some free time built into weekend courses. This could give time to visit the Waterways Museum at Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal. Prices are fully inclusive of tuition, catering and accommodation in ensuite rooms but its also possible to book as a non-resident if you live within easy travelling of the college. The college also includes a licensed bar.

I have been tutoring a variety of Canal Art courses at Knuston Hall for over twenty five years. These include; one day introductory sessions, weekends and three to five day courses. Where these courses run consecutively, it's possible to link one with another. Recently I have also become involved with lunch & dinner talks. These talks are on a variety of subjects and follow the meal.

 Canal Art Courses by Tim 

28th October 2022 at 9:15 AM - 4:45 PM One Day: Traditional Roses & Daisy's Painting. This one day course offers  participants the opportunity to be guided stage by stage through the painting of roses and daisies in a traditional 'canal art' style. The price includes tuition and a cooked buffet lunch with choices of food plus a morning and afternoon tea/coffee break. Please see the Knuston Hall website for price details. The cost of the painting materials is supplementary and paid to Tim on the day. This also includes the item being supplied for painting and this can be taken away at the end of the day. Participants can arrive the evening before and add on bed and breakfast or add this day course to the follow days course.

28th October 2022 at 7:00 PM to 30th October 2022 at 3:30 PM Canal Art Weekend Course. The colourful decoration found on canal narrow boats, is based on the traditions of the late 1800’s, early 1900’s. It now includes contemporary designs that reflect the countryside, animals, flowers, places, film characters, etc. The traditional styles have been adapted to suit the many different types of boats now found on canals. This course includes exercises in traditional patterns of roses & daisies and a Castle Picture. Bring your own items to decorate with traditional and contemporary patterns. There is a break after Saturday lunch when it's possible to go out and explore the local area or continue painting. This course can be taken as residential or participants can travel into the College daily. Some people choose to add this course to the previous one day course and create three days of painting. For prices please see the Knuston Hall website. They include the cost of tuition, meals and accommodation if residential.

Knuston Hall Contact Details

By post at: Knuston Hall, Irchester, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. NN29 7EU

By Telephone on: (01604) 362 200

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