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 summer course, Painting Ruskin's Dreams of Coniston which celebrates John Ruskin's bicentenary year on my Art Holidays Page.
Weekly Classes & Workshops
If you live in Cumbria or Lancashire, you can attend my Painting with Light courses in Kendal and Windermere. I hold regular classes and themed workshops for inspirational painting. The art group welcomes new members, whatever level of experience to join our vibrant painting community. Please register your interest here >>
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, 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.
Tiana's Art Material's List
* If you are coming on a 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. 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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Friday February 8th 2019 marked the bicentenary of the birth of artistic polymath and social reformer John Ruskin. There was a wonderful church service held at St. Andrews Church Coniston involving local schools who have been working with Ruskin’s ideas. There was music, readings from his letters and the Ruskin School logbook detailing Ruskin’s visits to the children in the 1880’s. Hymns in praise of the natural world would have pleased him too.
Following the service flowers were placed on his grave in the churchyard and then everyone decamped to the Coniston Institute for a party to celebrate the day. There were tea and scones from the Terrace Coffee House and Restaurant at Brantwood.
There were also two birthday cakes, one from the Ruskin School, which celebrated Ruskin’s favourite colour, blue, and was decorated with an oak leaf design in homage to his love for the natural world and his connection to the arts and crafts movement of William Morris. The second cake, brought by Ruskin Friends from Brantwood, was presented by Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, was made by their pastry chef, and featured a re-creation of a painting of Coniston by Ruskin. The food was followed by an affirmation of the way Ruskin’s ideas regarding social reform are still central to the way the community in Coniston functions today. A good time was had by all.
I have always been inspired by Ruskin’s ideas and artistic vision, whose philosophy of “seeing clearly” is at the heart of my work as an artist. I am running a Study Break at Higham Hall College near Cockermouth from July 12th – 16th 2019, entitled “Painting Ruskin’s Dreams of Coniston”, which aims to connect aspiring artists to the excitement and beauty of the Natural World through the agency of “clear sight”. It is open to all, regardless of artistic experience.