The studio is a place to create, learn and enjoy a range of artistic and creative courses, workshops and classes for all abilities. Set in the beautiful courtyard, built in 1754, the studio was originally the local Blacksmiths and Olivers which once served the grand Claydon House and surrounding estate. The studio has now been completely renovated and modernised into a fully working art space.
The fully equipped studio has been specially designed to accommodate a range of artistic disciplines and workshops with tables, chairs and easels all provided which can comfortably accommodate up to 14 working students. The studio is beautifully lit by both natural light and enhanced daylight LED bulbs, suitable for both working students and lighting models. The studio also has its own private kitchen with full tea and coffee making facilities as well as a separate studio sink in the main room.
Claydon House, Gardens & Estate
Claydon Estate is set within 5,000 acres of rural north Buckinghamshire. At the heart of the Estate is an elegant courtyard built in 1754, surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and rolling parkland. The courtyard is home to The Courtyard Art Studio along with a variety other artistic businesses, studios and galleries as well as The Phoenix Tea Rooms. Claydon's parkland was originally designed by James Sanderson, a student of Capability Brown, and boasts 3 picturesque lakes. The exquisite estate gardens, which were once the private gardens to Claydon House and the Verney family, are now open to the public. Among them are the walled Victorian Kitchen garden, growing much of the estate's own vegetables, fruit and flowers. The Pool garden contains a beautiful Victorian greenhouse growing its own grape vines, which sits next to the tranquil, reflecting, waterlily 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 Dahlia Box garden. For further information about the Courtyard and Gardens visit www.claydonestate.co.uk
Claydon House is often referred to as “an unexpected Georgian jewel”, and is a fascinating testament to eighteenth century extravagance. The house's unassuming exterior hides some of England’s most extraordinary interiors; soaring double height rooms crowded with intricate carvings of fanciful creatures and exotic designs. The House itself overlooks the parkland and lake with an uninterrupted vista, save from the single tall spire of Steeple Claydon Church, of rolling Buckinghamshire countryside. Now in the care of the National Trust, the house is open to visitors from March to October. For further information and to check opening times, please visit the National Trust Claydon website.
Peter & Kimberley Keegan launched The Courtyard Art Studio in the Summer of 2017 as a place for people to learn, relax and create and as a place that is run by artists, for artists.
Originally from South Wales, Peter studied at the Cardiff School of Art and gained a BA (hons) degree in Fine Art Painting. Peter has worked as a professional artist since graduating and specialises in representational painting. Peter has exhibited across the UK, taught at notable summer schools and regularly demonstrates to art societies and groups across the country. Peter writes regular articles for Artist and Illustrator's magazine, is an elected member of the Buckinghamshire Art Society and has his own studio next door to The Courtyard Art Studio.
Kimberley also has a BA (hons) degree in Fine Art from Cardiff School of Art. Kimberley continued her study at the University of Hertfordshire, where she completed her Primary PGCE and gained Qualified Teacher Status. She has taught Art at Nursery, Primary and Secondary level in the UK and Australia as well as leading a visual arts department at a specialist arts centre in the USA. Kimberley's work has been exhibited across the UK and written about in The Culture of Knitting, Berg,  by Dr Jo Turney.