Workshops

My one-day workshops in South Gloucestershire (near Bristol) are informal but intensive sessions in small groups of just 4 or 5 students. I will share my ideas on making art which I learned over the years. If you would like to learn to draw and paint realistically then please come along!

I have been painting and drawing full time for twelve years and am self-taught. Before my artist life I studied art history (MA, PhD). I have since exhibited my work at the BP Portrait Award, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Pastel Society, the RWA and many other galleries and societies. I have gathered skills and knowledge through lots of practice and plenty of help. I hope to offer some help to others and make your journey as fulfilling as I possibly can.

 

Small Classes  *  Informal  *  Packed with Info  *  ​Easy Parking

 

 

Information

I will try and share what I have learned on how to draw and paint realistically. I will try to show you how I work towards a realistic drawing or painting, how to ‘see’,  how to work with intent and dedication. There will be no quick results but hopefully plenty of helpful ideas and methods to help develop your artwork in the future. The workshops, though serious in content, will be informal in execution. The small number of students will allow for a very personal environment.

There are as many opinions about how to create art as there are artists. My way, therefore, is just my way and certainly not to be taken as the only way of doing things. But if you like my work and want to have a go, then please join me!

I am based in Thornbury,  just north of Bristol. We will use my kitchen table (with my studio next door). Space is limited, especially when working with still lives and table easels, but hopefully you will help me manage!

Materials are provided for use during some of the workshops (please check individual workshops!). Coffee and tea are included, but please bring your own packed lunch.

Most workshops are for all people who enjoy painting and drawing and who want to take their art seriously.

Workshop prices vary (see individual workshops) ranging from £65 – £90. Please pay a minimum of 50% or the full amount to reserve your place. The balance must be paid at least 3 weeks before the workshop. 

​If I cannot achieve a sufficient amount of students, the workshop will be cancelled and you will be refunded in full. I cannot refund if you cancel within 2 weeks of the workshop, unless someone else can take your place.
​If you have booked the Pastel Package and one of the workshops is cancelled you will be refunded proportionally.
A workshop would make a great gift. Just email me and if you can pay in full I will provide a well-presented invitation for the lucky recipient.

Late Summer workshops will be published soon (July) !

Workshops May 2017

Wednesday 3 May 2017
Learn to draw portraits using the classical method! We will dive in drawing portraits together and focus on proportion, line, shapes, lights & darks and edges, using the classical method. This method will help you improve getting a likeness, no matter what you are drawing. We will mostly use graphite pencils but pen, pastel pencils or charcoal pencils are welcome too. We will work on a single drawing for most of the day. We will work from photos that I provide for you. Improve your technical skills and make use of them in any other media or subject matter  in the future.

  • ​Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Where: kitchen table, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire
  • All materials provided
  • Maximum no of students: 5
  • ​Level: beginner-intermediate
  • Parking on drive or on street
  • Coffee/tea provided
  • ​Please bring a packed lunch
  • £ 65

Friday 5 May 2017
Fully Booked
Always wanted to learn oil painting but never knew where to start? Got a set of oil paints lying around but not sure what to do with them? Come to this workshop to learn the basics, ask any and all questions and have a go. I will explain the what and the how of oil painting, we will discuss brands, brushes, mediums and supports and work from a simple still life to explore the painting process.

The kitchen has limited space: there is room for 2 students using table easels and around 3 small floor easels. Feel free to bring your own small floor easel if you have one (let me know), but I can provide one for you as well.  We can extend the table to accommodate more table easels if needed.

​! No turps or solvents! Please do not bring any toxic solvents as we would like to keep the air clean. We have our lunch in the same small space. We can wipe clean brushes on kitchen roll and if needed a quick clean in solvent (provided) at the end of the day. 

​Please do not bring too much as space is limited. If you have any questions about the materials or the workshop, feel free to ask!

  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Where: kitchen, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire
  • All materials provided
  • Maximum no of students: 5​
  • Level: Absolute Beginner
  • Parking on drive or on street
  • Coffee/tea provided
  • ​Please bring a packed lunch
  • £ 80

Materials provided:

  • Oil paint
  • canvas board of varying sizes
  • kitchen towelling
  • Selection of brushes
  • disposable palette paper
  • paper, pencils if needed.

Feel free to bring your own materials!

Tuesday 9 May 2017
Fully Booked
Explore portrait painting in oils in this short one-day workshop in my kitchen. We work from photos that I will provide and go through initial setup, blocking in, and working into details and we will touch upon all topics that come along during the painting process. I will paint a little along with you, explaining the various stages of an oil portrait. Because we only have one day we will not glaze but work wet in wet (alla prima), trying to get a portrait done within the hours we have.  We will discuss colour choices, mixing, drawing, shapes and likeness.

The kitchen has limited space: there is room for 2 students using table easels and around 3 small floor easels. Feel free to bring your own small floor easel if you have one (let me know), but I can provide one for you as well.

​! No turps or solvents! Please do not bring any toxic solvents as we would like to keep the air clean. We have our lunch in the same small space. We can wipe clean brushes on kitchen roll.

Materials provided:

  • canvas board of varying sizes
  • kitchen towelling
  • Basic selection of brushes
  • disposable palette paper
  • paper, pencils if needed.
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Where: kitchen, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire
  • Maximum no of students: 5​
  • Level: Beginner-intermediate
  • Parking on drive or on street
  • Coffee/tea provided
  • ​Please bring a packed lunch
  • Some materials provided (see below)
  • Bring your own oil paint
  • £ 75

Materials needed:​

  • Oil paint. Decent quality, basic colours.
  • Canvas. If you prefer to bring your own canvas board or canvas please do so.
  • Brushes. A selection of bristle and synthetic filberts and rounds.
  • Palette.
  • Something to put your dirty brushes and palette on/in for when you take a break and/or go home. Your painting will be wet when you go home!

​Please do not bring too much as space is limited. If you have any questions about the materials or the workshop, feel free to ask

Explore portrait painting in pastel. We work from photos that I will provide and go through initial setup, blocking in, and working into details and we will touch upon all topics that come along during the painting process. I will paint along with you, while explaining the various stages of a pastel portrait. We will discuss colour choices, mark making, layering, colour mixing, drawing, shapes and likeness as well as more practical things such as paper types and pastel brands.

The kitchen has limited space: there is room for 2 students using table easels and around 3 small floor easels. Feel free to bring your own small floor easel if you have one (let me know), but I can provide one for you as well.  If you prefer to work from table easels we can extend the table to create more table space.​

  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Where: kitchen, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire
  • All materials provided
  • Maximum no of students: 5​
  • Level: any
  • Parking on drive or on street
  • Coffee/tea provided​, bring your own lunch
  • £ 75

Explore painting a still life in pastel. I will set up a still life (or two) and we will go through initial setup, blocking in, and working into details and we will touch upon all topics that come along during the painting process. I will paint along with you, while explaining the various stages of a pastel painting. We will discuss colour choices, mark making, layering, colour mixing, drawing, shapes as well as more practical things such as paper types and pastel brands.

The kitchen has limited space: there is room for 2 students using table easels and around 3 small floor easels. Feel free to bring your own small floor easel if you have one (let me know), but I can provide one for you as well.  If you prefer to work from table easels we can extend the table to create more table space.​

  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Where: kitchen, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire
  • All materials provided
  • Maximum no of students: 5​
  • Level: any
  • Parking on drive or on street
  • Coffee/tea provided​​, bring your own lunch
  • £ 75

Explore portrait painting in oils, but this time with a life model (dressed). After a short warm-up we will use one pose only and work on that all day. We go through initial setup, blocking in, and working into details and we will touch upon all topics that come along during the painting process. I will paint along with you, while explaining the various stages of an alla prima (painted in one go) oil portrait. We will discuss colour choices, brush marks, colour mixing, drawing, shapes and likeness.

The kitchen has limited space: there is room for 2 students using table easels and around 2 small floor easels and a model. Feel free to bring your own small floor easel if you have one (let me know), but I can provide one for you as well.

​The workshop price reflects the cost of hiring a model.

! No turps or solvents! Please do not bring any toxic solvents as we would like to keep the air clean. We have our lunch in the same small space. We can wipe clean brushes on kitchen roll.

 

  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Where: kitchen, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire
  • Some materials provided (see below)
  • Bring your own oil paint
  • Maximum no of students: 4
  • ​Level: any
  • Parking on drive or on street
  • Coffee/tea provided​​, bring your own lunch
  • £ 90

 

Materials provided:

  • canvas board of varying sizes
  • kitchen towelling
  • Basic selection of brushes
  • disposable palette paper
  • paper, pencils if needed.

​Materials needed:

  • Oil paint. A decent quality brand will help your efforts. Choose your own colours or for example, dark (Prussian) Blue, medium blue, a bright red, bright yellow, ochre/sienna yellow, a very light near white or white, burnt umber, flesh colour. You can also opt for a limited palette of just brown, red, ochre, black and white. Or anything else you want!
  • Canvas. If you prefer to bring your own canvas board or canvas please do so.
  • Brushes. For example a selection of artist quality bristle and synthetic filberts, some synthetic round ones for detail.
  • Palette.  Disposable palette paper provided.
  • Something to put your dirty brushes and palette on/in for when you take a break and/or go home. Your painting will be wet when you go home!

Please do not bring too much as space is limited. Kitchen towelling, pencils and paper will be supplied where needed. If you have any questions about the materials or the workhop, feel free to ask!

 

We liked the cosy kitchen atmosphere and the one to one support

The course content preparation and planning were excellent and well thought through. Information was delivered at an appropriate pace and we were allowed to get on with it with out fuss. Lots of materials provided and books to guide us as well as Sophie keeping a watchful eye!

Friendly and relaxed approach. I had a fantastic day

I went home feeling that I had really learned a lot

Feedback

More workshops will hopefully be offered in the future. Do let me know if you are interested in anything in particular and I can take that on board.​If you have attended one of my workshops I would really appreciate it if you could provide me with some feedback. Thank you.