Hugh likes to encourage others to develop their creative potential, as he has been fortunate in his life. He initiated a series of creative exercises while Artist in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and subsequently developed these with prison inmates, homeless men & women, asylum seekers and refugees.
In the last 10 years Hugh has recently opened his new studio on the family farm outside Hayward’s Heath, with easy access from London & Brighton. There will be a growing range of courses offered here in the coming year, so watch out for developments.
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Courses in 2020
|9th - 12th March||A Thousand Doors - Storytelling in paint and word - with Ashley Ramsden in London NW10|
|20th - 22nd March||Handmade Wallpaper Weekend Workshop in Honiton, Devon|
|24th - 26th April||Handmade Wallpaper Weekend Workshop in Kentish Town, London|
|Autumn Painting Course||A free approach to drawing and painting the landscape - Cathar country, Southern France|
Courses in 2019
|30th, 31st August and 1st September||Handmade Wallpaper Workshop at The Kingcombe Centre, Dorchester, Dorset|
|4th, 5th, 6th October||Handmade Wallpaper Workshop The Artists Studio, Bridport, Dorset|
|19th, 20th October||Introduction to Lino Printing The Old Pavilion, Honiton, Devon|
|1st, 2nd November||Advanced Lino Printing Sculpture on the Lakes, Dorchester, Dorset|
|15th, 16th & 17th November||Handmade Wallpaper Weekend Workshop Dove Centre, London NW5|
Wallpaper Weekend Workshop
Discover the elements of simple pattern and principles of turning a plant study into a design. Learn the theory of repeat patterns by cutting a block and printing a length by hand. No experience or equipment needed.
This article will give you an idea of what the course is like. Read Article →, and if you would like to try printing your own wallpaper at home then read this article from Coast Magazine: Print Your Own Wallpaper with Hugh Dunford Wood
Price: £300 - All materials provided. Contact Hugh to book your place.
Travelling Sketchbook Workshop
Everything you need to know to master the art of keeping a sketchbook when you are out and about, or away from home.
A sketchbook is a very useful depository of fleeting impressions and notes recorded on the hoof. It is compact and the drawing tools are few and light. You will be amazed how much richer the impression of place or people is on your imagination when recorded in your own hand, rather than too easily snapped through a lens.
Price: £175 - All materials provided. Contact Hugh to book your place.
Cushion Design Workshop
Drawing on the tradition of block printed textiles from the mid twentieth century, you will develop and cut a lino block to print a single colour design onto natural organic Scottish linen.
You will be introduced to a spectrum of ideas from bold abstract to animals, or delicate florals to inspire your design. The merit of borders will be discussed, mark making and colourways introduced.
Before the end of the course you will print your block onto natural linen and be provided with backing enough to sew up your cushion cover at home. Natural feather cushion pads are available.
The course is a marriage between the art of linocut printmaking and the art of collage. Lino is an easily accessible material to cut and print for quick results, defining simple drawings into bold prints suitable for this narrative medium. Individual elements will be combined to make up a strong composition, which will be complimented by common materials of collage.
Collinos are a combination of the observed, the imagined and the decorative, and these three elements will be explored individually and together. We can also use transfers, stencils, and rubber cuts in playing with image and design to arrive at a robust composition.
At the end of the course you will have new knowledge and experience of materials and process, developed confidence in composition, colour and texture, as well as working more intuitively to create collino prints.
Lino Printing Workshop
In this practical and fun approach to Lino Printing, you will learn the fundamentals of lino prints, from drawing and carving your image, to the inking and printing process. This will include a variety of techniques and methods including transfer of your design, safe carving techniques, types of tools and the variety of papers, the printing process and an introduction to hand burnishing. The course is suitable for beginners to intermediates. Creating linocuts and prints need not be an expensive pastime with lots of kit required, so Hugh will show you the best options for becoming a home-based printmaker.