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
25 October 2019 at 7:00 PM to the 27 October 2019 at 3:30 PM Weekend of Canal Art. This weekend is an introduction to Canal Art during which participants are taken, stage by stage, through the painting of a traditional rose and daisy pattern for the first exercise. The second exercise is the painting of a Castle Picture in easy to follow stages. While the exercises are progressing there is time to apply the decoration to participants own items. There is a break after Saturday lunch and before afternoon tea when it's possible to go out and explore the local area or continue painting. This course can be taken as a residential or participants traveling to the College daily. Cost (see Knuston Hall website) include tuition meals and accommodation if residential.
2nd April 2020 at 9:15AM - 4:45 PM One Day: Painting a Castle Picture. This one day course offers participants the opportunity to be guided stage by stage through the painting of a castle picture in a traditional 'canal art' style painting method. The price includes tuition and a cooked buffet style 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.
3rd April 2020 at 9:15 AM - 4:45 PM One Day: Traditional Roses & Daisys 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.
3rd April 2020 at 7:00 PM to the 5th April 2020 at 3:30 PM Canal Art with a Twist. 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 design with a contemporary twist. 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 two previous ones and create four days of painting. For prices please see the Knuston Hall website. They include the cost of tuition, meals and accommodation if residential.
Tim's talks for Knuston Hall
Thursday 24th October 2019 6 PM - 10 PM T Dinner & Talk: Londons Waterways. Everyone knows what the River Thames has to offer but what of London’s other waterways? The Regent’s Canal, originally built in a semi-circle on London’s northern boundary, is only now becoming better known with many new developments, from Limehouse basin in the East to Paddington basin in the West. Docklands has a whole new face since the 1980’s and now, so does the waterways through the Olympic Park in Stratford. This talk is a pictorial journey around parts of these waterways.
Friday 25th Oct 2019 Midday Event Out to Lunch & Talk: Painted Boats. From 11.30 AM Painted Boats was the title of a 1945 Ealing Studios film about life on our canals. The painted boats referred to were the brightly decorated canal boats in the film. This is an illustrated talk about the decoration found on our canal boats and sometimes known as ‘Roses & Castles’ or ‘Barge Art’. Some say the brightly coloured and stylised decoration is England’s only true Folk Art. Its an artform that continues to develop but keeps its roots in the past.
2nd April 2020 evening event 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Dinner & Talk: Not the Norfolk Broads. Places to see and things to do in Norfolk without concentrating on the Boards which the County is known for.
All talks make use of my extensive photograph collection.