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. You can also attend as a non-resident if you live in Cumbria. Find out more about my courses, on my Art Holiday page.
Weekly Classes & Workshops
If you live in Cumbria or Lancashire, you can attend my Rainbow Paintbox art workshops series. I will be also holding regular classes and workshops in South Lakeland for inspirational painting. The art groups welcome new members, whatever level of experience to join a vibrant painting community in Cumbria.
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.
Gift a Creative
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.
If you have any questions about my events, please do get in touch. All ability-levels are welcome on my courses.
View the Courses page for upcoming events or keep up-to-date with the latest news on social media and follow work-in-progress from the studio.
ART MATERIALS CHECKLIST
If you are coming on a Rainbow Paintbox taster day, basic water-based paints in the colours of the rainbow will be adequate.
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. Artists 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.
R A I N B O W P A I N T B O X
This traditional palette of colours was developed in the early 20th century.
Core Watercolour Range
R E D
Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Light Red
Y E L L O W
Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre
B L U E
Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine,
G R E E N
Viridian, Hooker’s Green
E A R T H C O L O U R S
Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna.
W A T E R C O L O U R P A P E R
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 brush shapes and sizes.