Summer Courses

Our Summer Courses offer you the perfect seaside studio escape to allow you to indulge in 4 glorious days of making Art!

Summer sees Paintbox invite lots of wonderful Artists from across the UK to work with us in order to offer an array of delicious courses! Of course there are the familiar faces of the core team there too, so have a browse and come and join us this summer by the sea!  All courses are Monday to Thursday, and include all materials.  Please bring a packed lunch with you, or visit the cafe in Cockenzie House during your course!  Tea, coffee and biscuits all provided to fuel the painting!

Summer Programme 2024 details coming soon!

Summer Courses 2024

From Garden to Table

Lara Scouller

Inspired by the Masters

Kim Scouller

Shifting Coastlines

Kittie Jones

Book Mark

Dominique Cameron

Beneath the Surface

Dominic McIvor

The Expressive Summer Table

Robin Wu

Drawing Time

Janet Melrose

Colouring the Landscape

Jo Perkins

"​An inspiring workshop yesterday in the lovely wild garden at Cockenzie House. Starting with an illustrated talk on artists who have painted gardens, Jemma followed with a demonstration on the use of mixed media. The rain didn't hinder our efforts in making initial sketches, we just looked out of the large windows! After a delicious lunch, we went out into brilliant warm sunshine to each create (based on our initial sketches) a large finished painting. An exciting day, where I learnt how to layer up acrylic paint over coats of household water based varnish, over which I added details using oil pastels and monoprints (very useful for tree trunks and branches). A truly enjoyable day which I hope Jemma and Lynsey might repeat in order to capture the Autumn colours. Thank you both!"

Sue Welsh

"I have now been on three residential courses. Two at Durham Kirkpatrick and one at Ettrick Valley- Over Kirkhope Farm. I have absolutely loved them. The accommodation at both has been outstanding, so comfortable and set in beautiful countryside. Jemma is a wonderful teacher so patient and encouraging and Lynsey makes it feel like staying in a 5 star hotel with her tempting home baking and superb meals. I really have loved my time on the courses, meeting interesting people and making new friends. I can't wait for the next one."

Anne Ward

"It was an absolute pleasure to spend 3 days with you at Cockenzie; I enjoyed every minute of being part of the course. I really liked the structure that begin with a specific focus on the first day and then moved on to more artist led sessions. Jemma’s input was invaluable and I feel extremely fortunate to have benefitted from her expertise. I finished the course feeling much more confident about my work and what I want to achieve. I was able to develop my ideas during the 3 days to the point where I felt very excited that I’d really ‘turned a corner’ and was looking forward to getting started with new work. Since I returned home, I have taken a piece of work to the framers for the first time! Thank you very much for a fabulous course, and I can’t wait to be able to join you again in the near future."

Gill Hopkinson

​"The 3 days proved to be very supportive, full of learning but fun too. I feel I have gained the confidence to experiment and take risks more whilst also being more focussed and aware of where my interests lie. I know I wouldn't have reached this point without Jemma's guidance and patience. Since completing the distance learning course, I had wished I lived near enough to attend the monthly mentoring sessions but logistically this was too difficult. I am really happy therefore to have had the chance to attend your 1st 3 day mentoring course which fit my needs perfectly. I am already looking forward to attending another!! "

Christine Cobb