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April 19th

Mixed Media Spring Landscapes with Amanda Hoskin

Date/Time: Monday, April 19th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £55

Medium: Mixed Media

Through demonstration Amanda will share mixed media techniques whilst guiding you through her creative process from start to finish. You will then work on producing your own painting, while being encouraged to experiment with mixed media, oils and pastels. Amanda understands the importance of giving everyone the chance to find their own style that will motivate them to keep making art at home.

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Expressive Portrait Painting in Oils or Acrylics – Two day workshop with Mark Fennell

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 20th - 10:00 am to Wednesday, April 21st - 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £140

Medium: Oil or Acrylic

This is a great painting course for beginners or intermediate levels, if you are looking to try a portrait for the first time or improve your portrait painting skills. Mark will demonstrate and guide you through his well structured approach to painting a portrait. Breaking it down into easy to follow steps that will cover everything from the colour palette and mixing flesh tones to working tonally, initially blocking in shape and form to construct the head through to the finer details to create a good likeness. Over the two days you will have the chance to work from a life model as well as working from good quality reference photographs. You can bring your own references to paint from but they will need to be very good quality A4 images.

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A Tonal Approach to Painting: Shape and Tone with Yana Trevail

Date/Time: Sunday, April 25th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £60

Medium: Acrylic or Household Emulsion

This workshop with talented visiting artist Yana Trevail will cover A Tonal Approach to Painting, a method that uses simple still life and self-portrait exercises to develop a clear understanding of tone, by deconstructing what you see into a basic visual grammar of form and colour, dark and light. Using acrylic, students engage with the technique through monochrome exercises painted from direct observation.

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Contemporary Landscapes in Oil with Hester Berry

Date/Time: Monday, April 26th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £60

Medium: Oil

This workshop is a guide to making an oil painting in the studio. You will look at how best to gather source material, then how to get started on a final painting. After a brief demonstration, students will begin their own painting. We will look at how one might begin on a ‘blank canvas’, how to build up a work paying attention to tone and colour, how to spot problems along the way and some possible finishing touches

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Light and Movement in Watercolour with Jake Winkle

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 28th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £70

Medium: Watercolour

Paint bold, loose watercolours using fabulous colour and expressive brush strokes. Jake will use his expertise to guide you through painting two pictures. You will learn mark making techniques such as wet in wet, dry brush. A large screen will show a close-up view of Jake's workspace during demonstrations, so you can really understand the detail and technique used in his expressive work. When Jake is not demonstrating he will move around the room offering 1 to 1 guidance, so you will have a constant guide throughout the workshop.

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May 6th

Illustrating Children’s Books – A Practical Insight with Caroline Pedler

Date/Time: Thursday, May 6th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £50

Medium: Pencil

This is a workshop for all level of illustrators or budding storytellers.  It will predominantly be using the professional sketching process called thumbnails, to sketch out a storyline of choice, or one provided. There will be a brief introduction, explaining the format of the day, followed by some pointers and technical insights into book publishing and self-initiated work.

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Sweeping Watercolour Landscapes with Catherine Beale

Date/Time: Monday, May 10th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £65

Medium: Watercolour

Your friendly tutor Catherine will demonstrate the benefits of painting wet-in-wet as you gather her free flowing and expressive watercolour techniques using the lovely subject of sweeping landscapes and weather. Try exploiting the different properties of watercolour pigment and watch them create wonderful effects. Harness your imagination and adjust your painting as you learn to read shapes and boundaries within your composition. Preserve brilliant colours and make atmospheric marks by adjusting paint after it has dried.

The workshop will include a final stage of considering troubleshooting strategies and ways to review your “finished” piece. By the end of the day you will be equip with the skills and knowledge to continue developing this style of painting at home.

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Watercolour Line & Wash with Catherine Beale

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 11th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £65

Medium: Watercolour & Pen

Extend the expressive power of your watercolours by adding ink line to your composition to create an attractively illustrative painting. Your personable tutor Catherine will explain the benefits of this technique, looking closely at shape and considering boundaries within compositions. You will drip loose wet-in-wet colour over an under-drawing and bring it all together with strategies of reviewing your work. This workshop sold-out in record time last year - book now to avoid disappointment.

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Skyscapes in Oil with Georgina Potter

Date/Time: Thursday, May 13th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £60

Medium: Oil

Learn how to paint incredible skies with guidance from new tutor and Diana Brooks Award winner, Georgina Potter. This workshop is best suited for those who have previously used oil paints and both amateur and professional painters are very welcome. After careful explanation and hands-on demonstation, students will produce one small fast painting within an hour using Georgie's methods and techniques. After lunch you will have the opportunity to work on several small boards, while receiving one-to-one support to help you develop an individual style.

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Windswept Skies over Rolling Hills with Georgina Potter

Date/Time: Friday, May 14th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £60

Medium: Oil

Learn how to paint incredible skies 'en plein air with guidance from Diana Brooks Award winner, Georgina Potter. This workshop is best suited for those who have previously used oil paints and both amateur and professional painters are very welcome. Georgie will start the day with a demonstration, during which she will outline her methods.

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Rolling Waves and Crashing Sea in Acrylic with Jenny Aitken

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 25th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £65

Medium: Acrylic

Look carefully at the structure and reflective nature of waves, still water and foam, and how to achieve the illusion of moving water and light through paint. This workshop with popular tutor Jenny Aitken will cover composition, colour, brushwork and depth, with special emphasis on movement and atmosphere. Learn how to construct a painting in order to best tell the visual story, how to begin it and methodically work through to a successful conclusion. 

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June 2nd

Pen and Watercolour with Judi Trevorrow

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 2nd - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £50

Medium: Pen & Watercolour

This workshop with the ever-popular Judi Trevorrow will look a different ways of using pen in combination with watercolour. Lear to work quickly, loosely and then in more detail. You will use pen first to create a drawing which will then be developed with the addition of watercolour paint. Students will aim to produce 4 studies over the course of the day, developing a deeper understanding of the medium.

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Palette Knife Portraits in Oil – Two Day Workshop with Mark Fennell

Date/Time: Monday, June 7th - 10:00 am to Tuesday, June 8th - 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £140

Medium: Oil - Palette Knife

Learn how to paint bold expressive portraits from photographic reference with painting knives. Explore knife painting techniques, laying the paint on thick to create a rich painting full of texture and energy. The workshop will kick off with a short demonstration followed by lots of one to one tuition to help you paint a powerful and convincing portrait with painting knives.

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Plein air Landscape Painting Techniques in Oil with Mark Fennell

Date/Time: Thursday, June 10th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £70

Medium: Oil - Plein air

Mark will demonstrate and guide you through his simple structured approach to painting outdoors in oils, how to capture the fleeting light, etc. learn how to work quickly and loosely. Learn all the basics, the equipment you need to set up quickly outdoors, keeping it light so you can set up quickly and capture the light/the moment wherever you are.

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Big sky paintings; wet in wet watercolour with Jonathan Newey

Date/Time: Thursday, June 17th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £70

Medium: Watercolour

This is a one day workshop that will show you how to paint big sky paintings using watercolour and white paint wet in wet. During the day you will be shown how to paint on to wet paper, lift off with tissue, mix strong dark colours, how to use white paint such as Chinese White, Gouache or white ink and how to produce paintings where the sky dominates the picture. By the end of the day you will have produced at least 2 paintings. Ideal for beginners and students with some knowledge of the medium.

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Drawing an Owl in Graphite Pencil with Jonathan Newey

Date/Time: Friday, June 18th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £70

Medium: Graphite pencil

This is a one day workshop that will show you how to draw a portrait of an Owl with Graphite (Lead) Pencil. Using photographs supplied by your tutor you will be shown how to draw feathers, eyes, beak and other techniques such as layering, blending, texturing and lifting highlights with an eraser. This is an ideal introduction for students who would like to explore the varied skills and techniques associated with graphite pencils. By the end of the day you will have completed a number of exercises and one drawing. Ideal for beginners and students with some knowledge of the medium.

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Gouache Landscape: ‘Last of the Light’ with Jeremy Ford

Date/Time: Monday, June 21st - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £75

Medium: Gouache

Gouache is the most versatile of all paint media yet relatively unknown and consequently under-used. Gouache is water-based, being like thick opaque watercolour enabling artists to paint in any style. No previous experience is needed for this workshop which will include using gouache as watercolour initially, then thicker applications for over-painting. Any mistakes can easily be rectified due to the high covering strength of gouache.

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Watercolour Moonlight with Jeremy Ford

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 22nd - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £70

Medium: Watercolour

This workshop covers many well-known watercolour techniques and some unusual ones which help to create an appealing atmosphere within a painting. Using a limited palette of colours Jeremy will guide you in easy stages step-by-step, demonstrating each process of painting before you do it yourself.

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Paint Light on the Coast in Oils with Jenny Aitken

Date/Time: Thursday, June 24th - 10:00 am to Friday, June 25th - 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £135

Medium: Oil

This two-day workshop is lead by  award-winning artist Jenny Aitken, who is know for her sparkling seas and coastal light. It is suitable for beginners and regular painters who would learn how to construct a painting in order to best tell the visual story – how to begin and methodically work through to a successful conclusion. Look at the reflective nature of waves, still water and foam, and how to achieve the illusion of moving water and light through paint. 

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Sleeping Streets at Dusk with Catherine Beale

Date/Time: Monday, June 28th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £65

Medium: Watercolour

Learn how to create an atmospheric townscape at dusk using expressive watercolours and lots of water. Mix colours on the page (rather than in the palette) to depict soft skies and mellow stone. You friendly tutor will explain the benefits of painting wet-in-wet in this way, introducing you to “lifting-off” techniques, the joy of using rigid watercolour board, as well as choosing pigments that react beautifully together.

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Dusk on the Ridgeway with Catherine Beale

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 29th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £65

Medium: Watercolour

Create an atmospheric cityscape in the blue hues of dusk using expressive watercolours and lots of water. Mix colours on the page (rather than in the palette) to depict the silhouettes of buildings and trees. You friendly tutor will explain the benefits of painting wet-in-wet in this way, introducing you to “lifting-off” techniques, the joy of using rigid watercolour board, as well as choosing pigments that react beautifully together.

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July 1st

Plein air Landscape painting in Oil with Andrew Barrowman

Date/Time: Thursday, July 1st - 10:00 am to Friday, July 2nd - 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £110

Medium: Oil - Plein Air

Andrew will begin with a brief introduction to his outdoor painting equipment, setup and materials. He will then introduce the oil colours used during the day and explain how and why it’s important to lay them out on the mixing palette for easy and quick access during outdoor work.

You will then go into the landscape near the studio with a sketchbook to get some ideas and look at possible locations for paintings. Andrew will demonstrate and show examples of how to record the landscape quickly and how to ‘see’ a view that has good composition, and may make a good subject for painting.

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September 8th

Plein air Landscape painting in Oil with Andrew Barrowman

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 8th - 10:00 am to Thursday, September 9th - 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £110

Medium: Oil - Plein Air

Andrew will begin with a brief introduction to his outdoor painting equipment, setup and materials. He will then introduce the oil colours used during the day and explain how and why it’s important to lay them out on the mixing palette for easy and quick access during outdoor work. You will then go into the landscape near the studio with a sketchbook to get some ideas and look at possible locations for paintings. Andrew will demonstrate and show examples of how to record the landscape quickly and how to ‘see’ a view that has good composition, and may make a good subject for painting.

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Expressive Landscapes in Mixed Media with Soraya French

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 14th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: £10 – £75

Medium: Acrylic and Mixed Media

This workshop is designed to take you on a journey of discovery, showing you the versatile techniques of working in mixed media, and helping you create landscapes that sing with vibrant colour as well as exciting and expressive mark-making.

This workshop is fully booked. To join the waiting list, or to be the first to hear about other events by this artist, please click below and provide your name along with a telephone number. Join the waiting list »

Loosen up in Acrylics with Kevin Scully

Date/Time: Saturday, September 18th - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Price: £10 – £60

Medium: Acrylic

This workshop lead by award-winning artist and author Kevin Scully is an opportunity to loosen up your painting style! Work quickly and confidently using a variety of techniques and brushstrokes. Your tutor will guide you through the various steps that you can take to create a painting full of interest and atmosphere, where the elements contained within it have been implied rather than defined, leaving the eye to fill in the missing detail. A chance to venture out of your comfort zone and go a little wild!

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