My one-day workshops in South Gloucestershire (near Bristol, UK) 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



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 very limited, especially when working with still lives and table easels, but hopefully you will help me manage! You can park on my drive and there is plenty of on-street parking.

Materials are provided for use during some of the workshops (please check individual workshops!). Table easels are available.

Coffee and tea are included, but please bring your own packed lunch. If the weather is good you can enjoy the garden during breaks.

Most workshops are for all people who enjoy painting and drawing and who want to take their art seriously. Please check each workshop whether it is intended for beginners/advanced students.

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 2 weeks before the workshop. Payment via cheque, bank transfer or Paypal.

​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.
​​! No turps or solvents! Please do not bring any toxic solvents or mediums. I do not tolerate them very well and we would like to keep the air clean as we spend all day in there. 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. 

Workshops November 2017


Drawing Course

A 4 week course to expand your drawing skills. Each week we will tackle a different subject matter or technique. We can discuss preferences but initially we will tackle drapery, portraiture, shading/tonal drawing, still life. We will mainly work with graphite.

  • ​ Fridays 10, 17, 24 November, 1 December 2017, 10am – 12noon
  • All materials provided
  • Maximum no of students: 5
  • ​Level: Any
  • £ 100 for 4 weeks

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Oil Painting for Absolute Beginners

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 (see photos) so
please don’t bring too much.

  • Thursday 9 November 2017, 10am – 4pm
  • All materials provided, but feel free to bring your own materials
  • Maximum no of students: 5​
  • Level: Absolute Beginner
  • No solvents ! Please read the Information above
  • £ 80

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Inspired by Tudor Miniatures

We will study and explore Tudor miniatures from books and computer screen and then use this as inspiration for our own contemporary portraits. We will use portrait photographs as a starting point but we will try to infuse our portraits with some Tudor miniature flavouring. We are not painting miniatures but will work on 10×12″or thereabouts canvas or paper, perhaps even a square format to echo the circular miniatures. We will discuss colouring and technique, style and method and explore how to use this in our own work.
  • Thursday 16 November 2017, 10am – 4pm
  • Some basic materials provided (oils, pastel) but feel free to bring your own materials: oils, acrylic or pastel
  • Maximum no of students: 5​
  • Level: Any
  • No solvents ! Please read the Information above
  • £75

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Classical Portrait Drawing 1

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.

  • ​Thursday 30 November 2017, 10am – 4pm
  • All materials provided
  • Maximum no of students: 5
  • ​Level: Beginner-intermediate
  • £ 65

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Workshops January 2018

Classical Portrait Drawing 2

For those who have already done Classical Portrait Drawing 1 and want to practice and extend their classical drawing skills. We will again work from photos but the focus will not so much be on learning a new technique but a deeper exploration and understanding of the technique.  We will take it slow and work on a single portrait drawing all day, taking our time to get the likeness (the skeleton/robot) right, getting the 2-tone block in correct before we move into shading the form, values and edges.

  • ​Thursday 11 January 2018, 10am – 4pm
  • All materials provided
  • Maximum no of students: 5
  • ​Level: Intermediate: for those who have done Classical Drawing 1
  • £ 65

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Lace Painting

Try your hand at painting lace in oils!
​Not for the faint-hearted, absolute beginners or people with bad eyesight. But if you dare then join me! We will warm up with drawing some lace patterns in pencil and then moving on to paint.  I will demonstrate how I go about things and different ways to approach the subject. We will work on one small painting for the day, trying to keep things thin and light. We will touch upon pattern, values, mixing and materials. I will provide small pieces of lace to work from. Spend a day concentrating on intricate patterns and refinement!

  • Thursday 18 January 2018, 10am – 4pm
  • Some basic materials provided, but feel free to bring your own materials
  • Maximum no of students: 5
  • Level: Intermediate-advanced
  • No solvents ! Please read the Information above
  • £75

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More workshops in the pipeline:

Oil Painting; Drapery,
Oil Painting: Portrait (photo)
Value Painting: monochrome portrait in oils
Portraits in Pastel

and who knows what else! Let me know what you are after!

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


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.