Welcome to Peter Keegan's
2017 Art courses at Claydon Estate
Welcome to this 2017 programme offering an extensive range of art courses at my studio at Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire. Due to the popularity of my courses in 2016, I am offering many more in 2017 to tempt you to escape and paint. I am also delighted to introduce two guest artists; Laura Boswell and Cate Wetherall, who will also be leading a number of art courses in my studio based at this beautiful estate, home to the National Trust's Claydon House.
From painting to printing, portrait to landscape and whether for the professional or complete beginner, there's an art course suitable for all, working and creating in the most beautiful environment. Claydon offers an abundance of creative inspiration, intrigue and serenity and I hope you may be tempted by one or more of the courses on offer this year.
I look forward to welcoming you to the studio.
Nestled in the Buckinghamshire countryside, Claydon is one of England’s most extraordinary houses and beguiling estates. The Verney family have made the estate their home for more than 550 years. The present house is only one wing of an initially envisaged grand plan, commissioned in the 1770’s by the 2nd Earl, Ralph Verney who set out to create a country house of extraordinary grandeur to rival his neighbours at nearby Stowe. Luke Lightfoot, a celebrated master stone mason and carver, was employed to work on the house. Much of the Rococo plaster work, woodwork and elaborate carvings found throughout the house are unique to Claydon and remain some of the most ambitious and lavish ever created in the 18th century. Notably Florence Nightingale, sister to Lady Parthenope Verney, often came to stay at the house. Within the house you can still see the rooms where she resided, explore the small museum dedicated to her life and stroll through the ornamental gardens where she taught and inspired London nurses who came to meet her. Viewing the interior of the house, owned by the National Trust, is not included on the courses but you are welcome to make your own visit there. National Trust membership or admission fees apply.
Claydon Estate in North Buckinghamshire, had its parkland originally designed by John Sanderson, a student of Capability Brown. The parkland boasts 3 lakes not to mention the exquisite private gardens developed in more recent years. Among them are the walled Victorian kitchen garden, growing much of the estates own vegetables, fruit and flowers. The pool garden contains the beautiful Victorian greenhouse growing its own grape vines which sits next to the tranquil reflecting pool, all surrounded by rich, vibrant, herbaceous borders. The formal Florence Nightingale garden offers all the decorative and grand planting expected at such an estate and is found near the Rose garden. The House itself overlooks the long waterlily lake and uninterrupted vistas, save from the single tall spire of Steeple Claydon Church, of rolling Buckinghamshire countryside. The gardens of Claydon will be the inspiration for the Seasons at Claydon art courses.
This Georgian jewel, steeped in history and idyllically located, makes the perfect setting for Peter’s art courses, all of which take place in his own working studio, located in the south east corner of the courtyard at Claydon. You will work in small groups (no more than 8 students) alongside Peter or one of the other excellent tutors, in his well lit and fully equipped, spacious working studio.
Alongside Peter's studio are a number of other artists' galleries and workshops making it a real creative place to escape and work. There is also an excellent tea room in the courtyard offering homemade cakes, lunches and drinks.
The courses on offer cover a breadth of genres and range of abilities so whether complete beginner or professional artist, there is a course for you. For each course the overriding aims remain the same: for you to develop your individual skills and finish the course a better artist. All your materials will be provided and both refreshment and parking facilities are on site. Gift vouchers are available for those wishing to buy a course as a gift. Please contact Peter for details about this.
Claydon House, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, MK18 2EY - when driving please follow the brown National Trusts signposts to Claydon House