If you have always wanted to explore your creative spirit or wish to get back into art practice then come along to one of my classes. The courses are open to all, from the beginner and intermediate to the more experienced artist.
I offer new ways to expand your creativity on residential Study Breaks at Higham Hall in the English Lake District, near Bassenthwaite Lake. The next course, Studio Painting: Connecting with the Elements is a winter special. One night's accommodation is offered free. You can also attend as a non-resident if you live in Cumbria. Find out more about my courses including a summer course, Painting Ruskin's Dreams of Coniston on my Art Holiday Page.
If you live in Somerset, you can attend my WEA courses in Glastonbury. I hold regular classes and two-day workshops for inspirational painting. The art group welcomes new members, whatever level of experience to join our vibrant painting community.
I have a wide range of knowledge in many media, using traditional and contemporary methods and have taught people from a variety of backgrounds. You can work with me in watercolour, acrylic, or mixed-media.
You may like to gift a family member or friend to one of my courses, to help them find their creative expression. Gift vouchers are available for Higham Hall courses for any amount. The WEA aims to keep fees as low as possible. People on most income-related benefits and their dependents may be entitled to have their tuition fees waived on my WEA courses.
If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch. All ability-levels are welcome.
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Below is an art materials list for the beginner.
ART MATERIALS LIST
To attend one of my watercolour courses it is advisable to collect the various colours suggested, but as this can be quite costly a more limited palette can initially be used and added to gradually.
Pigments in italic are not essential at the beginning of the course. Students may wish to purchase them later to complete a wider range of colours.
Tubes are recommended if buying for the first time. Depending on your budget you can purchase artists' quality paints from the Winsor & Newton range or student quality in the Cotman series.
Core watercolour range:
Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Light Red
Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre
Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine,
Viridian, Hooker’s Green
Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna.
When choosing your paper, touch feel the surface. I recommend the papers below.
Bockingford 140lb CP (NOT) White.
This English watercolour paper is traditionally made at St. Cuthbert's Mill in Wells, Somerset. Appreciated for its excellent colour lifting abilities, this is an extremely forgiving paper valued by professional and amateur artists. Bockingford offers quality watercolour paper at an affordable price.
Saunders Waterford Series
The Saunders Waterford is a top quality professional watercolour paper, also made by St. Cuthberts Mill and comes with the Royal Watercolour Society's endorsement.
Daler Rowney Graduate range are recommended for the beginner. One price for all sizes and shapes.
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