23-28th April: Plein Air Convention and Expo
Apr
23
Apr 28

23-28th April: Plein Air Convention and Expo

  • P.A.C.E

The Plein Air Convention & Expo is the world's largest plein air event. It's like the Woodstock of outdoor painting. By attending the 2017 Plein Air Convention, you'll make personal connections with 80-plus of the world's top painters (our faculty), plus 900 of your peers, and you'll discover amazing techniques to transform your painting skills. We'll have painting demonstrations on four stages, plus each day we'll go out painting and break the world record for the most plein air painters painting in one place simultaneously.

I'll be at PACE with Michael Harding Paints, on their stand and out painting around beautiful San Diego - come and join the fun!

5-14th May: Forgotten Coast Plein Air
May
5
May 14

5-14th May: Forgotten Coast Plein Air

  • Apalachicola USA

I'm so thrilled to have been invited to take part in 'America's Great Paint Out' in Apalachicola on Florida's Forgotten Coast this year! I'll be painting my socks off alongside some of the world's best plein air painters - I just can't wait to get there!!

Forgotten Coast en Plein Air began in 2005. The mission was to host an event and engage the finest plein air painters to document the changing landscape of the stretch of Florida’s Gulf Coast between Mexico Beach and Alligator Point. 

 

17th - 24th June: Shades of France
Jun
17
Jun 24

17th - 24th June: Shades of France

  • Shades of France

Join me at Mike and Sara's beautiful 18th Century farmhouse near Limousin on one of our painting courses for a week of creativity, relaxation and tranquility in the company of  like-minded guests. Set in a land of lakes and rivers, oak and chestnut woodlands and chateaux, our farmhouse is a place of peace and tranquillity surrounded by a wealth of beautiful scenery just waiting to be discovered.

More info and bookings here...

7th July: Composing Beautiful Images
Jul
7
10:00 am10:00

7th July: Composing Beautiful Images

  • Westhope Craft College, Shropshire

What makes an image beautiful?
This workshop will appeal to artists, photographers, designers – in fact anyone who wants to know how to turn hum-drum pictures into extraordinary images.

30th August: Learn To Draw In A Day
Aug
30
10:00 am10:00

30th August: Learn To Draw In A Day

  • Westhope Craft College, Shropshire

A day for beginners and improvers alike. Learn the fastest and most accurate drawing methods, then enjoy putting them into practice and see how quickly your work can improve. Drawing is primarily a thought process, and this workshop will certainly give you some new ways to think about how you approach the creation of an image on paper!

4th Sep - 8th Sep: Painting On Location
Sep
4
Sep 8

4th Sep - 8th Sep: Painting On Location

  • Westhope Craft College, Shropshire

The more I travel, the more I appreciate coming home to lovely Shropshire. The painting possibilities here seem endless, and there are certain times of the year when I find myself very sad to be packing a bag and heading off somewhere else to paint or teach. This is especially true at harvest time, I love watching the industrious gathering of crops and the warm colours changing each day. So this year, I've decided to stay at home, and share some of the secrets of this 'forgotten county' with a group of up to 10 people.

Bookings and more info...

9th Sep - 16th Sep: Art in Provence
Sep
9
Sep 16

9th Sep - 16th Sep: Art in Provence

  • Art in Provence, Les Bassacs

This painting course is set in the enticing landscape
of the beautiful Luberon valley, surrounded by cherry orchards, vineyards and olive groves, and impressive stonebuilt villages. In autumn the light mellows as the valley is carpeted with magnificent bronze vineyards.
This week will help you to deepen your understanding of the relationship between drawing and painting. We aim to inspire and relax you so that you can learn, share ideas and have fun, far away from everyday constraints.

Bookings and more info here...

26th Sep - 27 Sep: Painting on Location
Sep
26
Sep 27

26th Sep - 27 Sep: Painting on Location

  • Westhope Craft College, Shropshire

Beginning in the studio, this course will give you the specific techniques and methods needed for painting on location. 
Discover how to plan a successful painting with just a few simple steps and some basic principles. Learn how to capture atmosphere and convey a sense of distance and scale in your paintings.  
Progress to making outdoor studies of the beautiful Shropshire landscape. 
Suitable for painters in all media.

8th Oct - 13th Oct: Painting Autumn in the Lakes
Oct
8
Oct 13

8th Oct - 13th Oct: Painting Autumn in the Lakes

  • Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake

Beginning in the studio, this course will give you the specific techniques and methods needed for painting on location. 
Discover how to plan a successful painting with just a few simple steps and some basic principles. Learn how to capture atmosphere and convey a sense of distance and scale in your paintings.  
Progress to making outdoor studies amidst the beautiful spring colours of the Cumbrian landscape. 
Suitable for painters in all media.

14th Oct - 21st Oct: 5 Day Painting Retreat on West Coast of Scotland
Oct
14
Oct 21

14th Oct - 21st Oct: 5 Day Painting Retreat on West Coast of Scotland

  • Harbour House, Crinan, Argyll

Spend a relaxing 5 days on the beautiful west coast of Scotland. From our well appointed, listed building on the shore of Crinan's stunning natural harbour we will explore the local beauty spots and painting locations. Returning home to enjoy breath-taking views across the water from the comfort of the fireside.

4th Dec: Oils From My Travels
Dec
4
7:30 pm19:30

4th Dec: Oils From My Travels

  • Bromwich Road Missions

I will give a 2 hour oil painting demonstration using Michael Harding Oil Paints.

The image painted will be a scene from my recent travels.

9th Feb - 10th Feb: Drawing made easy
Feb
9
Feb 11

9th Feb - 10th Feb: Drawing made easy

  • HIgham Hall, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria

A relaxed, friendly course for beginners and improvers alike.  Learn the fastest, most accurate drawing methods, then enjoy putting them into practice and see how quickly your work can improve. 
Drawing is primarily a thought process, and this workshop will certainly give you some new ways to think about how you approach the creation of an image on paper!
Through a variety of methods and techniques you will gain a set of skills that can be applied to any creative process.
 

11th Feb: Tea 'n Talk - Oil Demonstration
Feb
11
2:00 pm14:00

11th Feb: Tea 'n Talk - Oil Demonstration

  • HIgham Hall, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria

For Higham Hall's popular 'Tea and Talk' I will give a 3 hour demonstration of the 'Alla Prima' oil painting technique used by plein air painters. The subject of the painting will be a scene from my recent travels with my paints.

11th Feb - 14th Feb: Oil Painting
Feb
11
Feb 14

11th Feb - 14th Feb: Oil Painting

  • Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria

Join us as we take a relaxed, methodical approach to this versatile traditional painting medium. There are many ways to use oil paint and we will learn how to apply, control and enjoy all of its capabilities. We will look at how to get started, what paints and equipment are needed, and which colours to use.
Aimed at dispelling the many myths and misconceptions about using oils, this workshop is ideal for anyone who has always wanted to try oil painting but never knew where to begin.
Suitable for painters of all abilities. Paint and canvas paper can be provided if required. 
 


20-23rd April: Portrait Society of America annual Conference
Apr
20
Apr 23

20-23rd April: Portrait Society of America annual Conference

  • Grand Hyatt Atlanta

Artists from all over the world are gathering for a weekend of unforgettable moments in Atlanta, Georgia.
Where can you go and see over thirty artists demonstrating , discussing techniques and methods, network with fellow artists from all over the world or have an individual artist-to-artist portfolio critique? 

I'll be on the Michael Harding Paints stand at this fantastic event showcasing the best portrait painters in the world. Come visit us for information on colour mixing for portraits, and much more besides!

17-18th April: Beautiful Brushwork at Three Hearts Farm, Georgia
Apr
17
Apr 18

17-18th April: Beautiful Brushwork at Three Hearts Farm, Georgia

  • The Studio School at Three Hearts Farm

Painting is not just about creating pictures – it is about how we choose to apply the paint when we create pictures.

Suitable for painters in oils and acrylics, this workshop will focus on how to make your artworks more expressive and painterly.  Famous painters are often recognised by their brushwork; think of Van Gogh, Monet or Cezanne, this is because brushwork is the most personal and stylised aspect of painting.

Through exercises designed to increase both confidence and ability we will learn how to use brushwork to create your own uniquely expressive, beautiful artworks.  Starting with learning about various brush types and their uses we will then master a series of methods for applying both thick and thin layers of paint. 

The emphasis here is on learning how to create paintings with attractive, descriptive surfaces whilst maintaining the accuracy of the image.

11th March: York Art Society Oil Painting Demonstration
Mar
11
2:00 pm14:00

11th March: York Art Society Oil Painting Demonstration

  • York Art Society

I'll make an oil painting of a scene from my recent travels, sharing some insights into the decision making processes involved in the planning and design stages of the painting. Then we’ll look at the colour scheme and the colour mixing, I’ll talk about the paints I use and the reasons for my choices.

Then I’ll make the painting. I will pause now and then to explain what I’m doing or highlight a particular technique and I’ll happily answer questions during these pauses. 

12th February: Alla Prima Oil Painting Demonstration
Feb
12
2:00 pm14:00

12th February: Alla Prima Oil Painting Demonstration

  • Higham Hall

For Higham Hall's popular 'Tea and Talk' I will give a 3 hour demonstration of the 'Alla Prima' oil painting technique used by plein air painters. The subject of the painting will be a scene from my recent travels with my paints.

10th-12th February: Essential Drawing Skills
Feb
10
Feb 12

10th-12th February: Essential Drawing Skills

  • Higham Hall

A course for beginners and improvers alike. Learn the fastest and most accurate drawing methods, then enjoy putting them into practice and see how quickly your work can improve. Drawing is primarily a thought process, and this workshop will certainly give you some new ways to think about how you approach the creation of an image on paper!

7-8 February: Beautiful Brushwork
Feb
7
Feb 8

7-8 February: Beautiful Brushwork

  • Westhope College

Painting is not just about creating pictures – it is about how we choose to apply the paint when we create pictures.

Suitable for painters in oils and acrylics this workshop will focus on how to make your artworks more expressive and painterly.  Famous painters are often recognised by their brushwork; think of Van Gogh, Monet or Cezanne, this is because brushwork is the most personal and stylised aspect of painting.

Through exercises designed to increase both confidence and ability we will learn how to use brushwork to create your own uniquely expressive, beautiful artworks.  Starting with learning about various brush types and their uses we will then master a series of methods for applying both thick and thin layers of paint.

The emphasis here is on learning how to create paintings with attractive, descriptive surfaces whilst maintaining the accuracy of the image.

Bring full painting equipment in your chosen media. 

19th & 26th Jan: Trysull Art Club Workshops
Jan
19
10:00 am10:00

19th & 26th Jan: Trysull Art Club Workshops

19th January Notan – the ART of light and dark: Ever wondered why one artwork sings whilst another just looks ordinary? The answer is in black and white! 
This workshop is a real must for anyone looking to improve their understanding of how to make a picture feel balanced, interesting and memorable. Using ‘notan’ you can determine whether a picture will succeed or fail in just 2 minutes! 
Suitable for learners of all levels in all media, this workshop is also excellent for photographers and designers. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. 

26th January Confidence with Colour: Learn how to use colour to enhance your paintings in this useful practical workshop. Focussing on how we can employ colour within our work we will learn about the creation of harmonies and how to create a ‘palette’ that will express the mood of your painting more clearly. Suitable for painters of all abilities, in any media. 

14th-15th Jan: Portraiture Weekend
Jan
14
Jan 15

14th-15th Jan: Portraiture Weekend

  • Westhope College, Shropshire

This workshop has a particular focus on capturing likeness by representing the head as a 3-Dimensional form by learning about the planes of the head.
We will explore a variety of media, finding new ways to record what we see as we learn to recognise the shapes within the head and face.
Innovative and inspiring teaching methods will include clay sculpture, and charcoal studies. Working in more detail on day 2 we will investigate the form of the individual features and how they vary from one person to another: this is the key to capturing an accurate likeness. 

Basic drawing skills are required. 

1st December - 28th January: Exhibition in Ludlow
Dec
1
Jan 28

1st December - 28th January: Exhibition in Ludlow

  • Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Shropshire

An exhibition of my recent paintings will open at Ludlow Assembly Rooms on 1st December 2016.

Featuring paintings from Shropshire, Italy and India amongst other locations, the show documents my travels over the last 18 months. Mostly comprised of plein air oil paintings, there are also examples of drawings and larger studio works.

This exhibition is in association with EnChroma glasses for colour blind people. There will be an opportunity for colour blind visitors to view the artworks through very special lenses which allow 4 out of 5 people with red/green colour blindness to see something closer to the full spectrum of colour. 

Please register your interest in using the glasses by following this link. We do not yet have a date for when the glasses will be available, but we can let you know as soon as possible so that you can make an appointment to come and try them with us!

26th November: Introduction to Oil Painting
Nov
26
10:00 am10:00

26th November: Introduction to Oil Painting

  • Tasley Vilage Hall, Shropshire

Join us as we take a relaxed, methodical approach to this versatile traditional painting medium. There are many ways to use oil paint and we will learn how to apply, control and enjoy all of its capabilities. We will look at how to get started, what paints and equipment are needed, and which colours to use.

Aimed at dispelling the many myths and misconceptions about using oils, this workshop is ideal for anyone who has always wanted to try oil painting but never knew where to begin.

Suitable for painters of all abilities. Bring any relevant materials and equipment you already have. Paint and canvas paper can be provided if required. Please bring a packed lunch, tea and coffee are provided.

Fee £50

Book your place

12th November: Network Arts Group, Beautiful Brushwork
Nov
12
10:00 am10:00

12th November: Network Arts Group, Beautiful Brushwork

  • Network Arts Group

Painting is not just about creating pictures – it is about how we choose to apply the paint when we create pictures.

Suitable for painters in oils and acrylics this workshop will focus on how to make your artworks more expressive and painterly.  Famous painters are often recognised by their brushwork; think of Van Gogh, Monet or Cezanne, this is because brushwork is the most personal and stylised aspect of painting.

Through exercises designed to increase both confidence and ability we will learn how to use brushwork to create your own uniquely expressive, beautiful artworks.  Starting with learning about various brush types and their uses we will then master a series of methods for applying both thick and thin layers of paint.

The emphasis here is on learning how to create paintings with attractive, descriptive surfaces whilst maintaining the accuracy of the image.

Bring full painting equipment in your chosen media. 

5th November: Introduction to oil painting
Nov
5
10:00 am10:00

5th November: Introduction to oil painting

  • Westhope College

Join us as we take a relaxed, methodical approach to this versatile traditional painting medium. There are many ways to use oil paint and we will learn how to apply, control and enjoy all of its capabilities. We will look at how to get started, what paints and equipment are needed, and which colours to use.

Aimed at dispelling the many myths and misconceptions about using oils, this workshop is ideal for anyone who has always wanted to try oil painting but never knew where to begin.

Suitable for painters of all abilities. Paint and canvas paper can be provided if required. 

17th-21st October: Autumn in the Lakes
Oct
17
Oct 21

17th-21st October: Autumn in the Lakes

  • Higham Hall

Beginning in the studio, this course will give you the specific techniques and methods needed for painting on location.

Discover how to plan a successful painting with just a few simple steps and some basic principles. Learn how to capture atmosphere and convey a sense of distance and scale in your paintings. 

Progress to making outdoor studies of the beautiful autumn colours of the Cumbrian landscape.

Suitable for painters in all media.

Please contact Higham Hall to book this course.

Portrait Practice Day
Oct
1
10:00 am10:00

Portrait Practice Day

  • The George

A day to practise your portraits from life. No tuition, because I'll be practising mine too! Just a day, in a room with a model to draw, paint and practise your skills. 

£20 per person, to cover overheads.

Portraits from life
Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

Portraits from life

  • The George

A full day of portrait drawing or painting from life with individual support and guidance on hand at all times. With a model present all day you will have plenty of time to settle into your work as part of a small, relaxed group. 

£50 per person to include model fees and tuition

6th-7th Sept: Autumn at Westhope
Sep
6
Sep 7

6th-7th Sept: Autumn at Westhope

  • Westhope College

Beginning in the studio, this course will give you the specific techniques and methods needed for painting on location.

Discover how to plan a successful painting with just a few simple steps and some basic principles. Learn how to capture atmosphere and convey a sense of distance and scale in your paintings. 

Progress to making outdoor studies of the beautiful surroundings at Westhope College.

Suitable for painters in all media, basic drawing and painting skills are required for this workshop. 

Please contact Westhope College to book a place.

24th July - 1st August: Art in the Open, Wexford Ireland
Jul
24
Aug 1

24th July - 1st August: Art in the Open, Wexford Ireland

  • Art In The Open

I am truly thrilled to be returning to Wexford as a Workshop Artist again this year. Art in the Open is the world's friendliest plein air painting festival and competition.

I will give two workshop sessions over the week. The first is at 10am, Tuesday 26th July at Inistiogue. on "Natural and Beautiful Colour ". The second at 10am, Wednesday 27th July at Tintern Abbey on "Finding a Strong Design for Your Painting ". For more details please visit http://www.artintheopen.org/workshops.html#vn

The rest of the week I'll be out and about painting my socks off and having a great time in the gorgeous Wexford countryside with the most fun, sociable people in the painting world! 

16th-23rd July: Shades of France Painting Holiday
Jul
16
Jul 23

16th-23rd July: Shades of France Painting Holiday

  • Shades of France

Where better to develop your plein air painting skills than in this idyllic location in the Limousin? This holiday will focus on giving you the confidence to approach painting outdoors with a set of key principles to help you. Vicki offers a relaxed, supportive approach for painters in all media, combining her knowledge of traditional painting and drawing disciplines with an ability to tailor her tuition to suit the needs of each individual. Through lively demonstrations and constructive guidance Vicki will help you to master the key principles of design, colour and technique in your chosen medium. She will offer advice on how to choose your subject, make sketches and plan a successful painting that will express your own vision of the beautiful local scenery.

Visit Shades of France website to book your place or contact Vicki for more information

11th-15th July: NOTAN: THE ART OF LIGHT AND DARK
Jul
11
Jul 15

11th-15th July: NOTAN: THE ART OF LIGHT AND DARK

  • The Marlborough College

Spread over 5 mornings at the beautiful Marlborough College Summer School, this course will give you an insight into the principles of designing images with values in mind.

Ever wondered why one artwork sings whilst another just looks ordinary? The answer is in black and white!

 ‘Notan’ is a Japanese word used to describe the balance of light and shade in a painting. Although most of us are unaware of it, the pattern of light and dark in a picture is the single most influential factor in our appreciation of any artwork.  Through a series of exercises and demonstrations we will learn how to design successful pictures every time.

This workshop is a real must for anyone looking to improve their understanding of how to make a picture feel balanced, interesting and memorable.

Using ‘notan’ you can determine whether a picture will succeed or fail in just 2 minutes!

22nd June: Notan Demonstration
Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

22nd June: Notan Demonstration

  • Dudley Society of Artists

Ever wondered why one artwork sings whilst another just looks ordinary? The answer is in black and white!

 ‘Notan’ is a Japanese word used to describe the balance of light and shade in a painting. Although most of us are unaware of it, the pattern of light and dark in a picture is the single most influential factor in our appreciation of any artwork. 

This demonstration is a real must for anyone looking to improve their understanding of how to make a picture feel balanced, interesting and memorable.

Using ‘notan’ you can determine whether a picture will succeed or fail in just 2 minutes!

 

22nd June: Portraits part 2
Jun
22
10:00 am10:00

22nd June: Portraits part 2

  • Westhope Craft College,

This workshop has a particular focus on capturing likeness by representing the head as a 3-Dimensional form.

We will explore a variety of dry media, using pencil, vine charcoal and pastels to record what we see as we learn to recognise the shapes within the head and face. Working in more detail we will investigate the form of the individual features and how they vary from one person to another: this is the key to capturing an accurate likeness.

No prior portraiture experience is necessary although attendance of ‘Portraits 1’ course would be advantageous. Basic drawing skills are required.

Please contact Westhope College to book a place on this course.

 

 

18th-19th June: Painting on Location
Jun
18
Jun 19

18th-19th June: Painting on Location

  • Westhope Craft College,

Beginning in the studio, this course will give you the specific techniques and methods needed for painting on location.

Discover how to plan a successful painting with just a few simple steps and some basic principles. Learn how to capture atmosphere and convey a sense of distance and scale in your paintings. 

Progress to making outdoor studies of the beautiful surroundings at Westhope College.

Suitable for painters in all media, basic drawing and painting skills are required for this workshop. 

Please contact Westhope College to book a place.

9th - 12th June: Patchings Art Festival
Jun
9
Jun 12

9th - 12th June: Patchings Art Festival

  • Patchings Art Centre,

I’m very pleased that I’ll be exhibiting my latest paintings at Patching’s this year and, as UK brand ambassador for Michael Harding Oils I will be able to offer great prices on the world’s best oil paint from our shared stand in the materials hall. I can’t wait to see you there!

2nd-6th May: Dublin Plein Air Workshop
May
2
May 6

2nd-6th May: Dublin Plein Air Workshop

  • Dublin Ireland

5 days of painting on location in the beautiful surroundings to the north of Dublin. Tackling a different aspect of plein air painting each day, we will visit stunning sites with tonnes of inspiration for all.

We'll begin with a short study session each morning, a demonstration, discussion or presentation on themes such as how to select a subject, designing a painting, matching and harmonising colours, capturing atmosphere and creating focal areas. Then we'll head out to paint the wonderful boats, harbours, beaches and countryside.

With friendly support and guidance we will explore the possibilities of painting in the elements. This workshop is open to artists in all media with some experience of painting in their chosen medium. 

Fee per person is 295 euros. Places may be secured with a 150 euro deposit. 

Bookings are for the full 5 days from 10:00am to 5 :00pm

Please note that the fee includes the workshop only. No accommodation, meals or materials are included. 

Please contact me to reserve a place

25th-29th April: Painting on Location: Spring in the Lakes
Apr
25
Apr 29

25th-29th April: Painting on Location: Spring in the Lakes

  • Higham Hall College

Beginning in the studio, this course will give you the specific techniques and methods needed for painting on location.

Discover how to plan a successful painting with just a few simple steps and some basic principles. Learn how to capture atmosphere and convey a sense of distance and scale in your paintings. 

Progress to making outdoor studies of the beautiful spring colours of the Cumbrian landscape.

Suitable for painters in all media.

Please contact Higham Hall to book this course.

23rd April: Portraits part 1
Apr
23
10:00 am10:00

23rd April: Portraits part 1

  • Westhope Craft College

This workshop has a particular focus on capturing likeness by representing the head as a 3-Dimensional form.

We will explore a variety of media, finding new ways to record what we see as we learn to recognise the shapes within the head and face.

Innovative and inspiring teaching methods will include clay sculpture and charcoal studies.

This course is suitable for learners of all levels and artists in all media. No prior portraiture experience is necessary, though basic drawing skills are required.

10th March: Beautiful Brushwork
Mar
10
10:00 am10:00

10th March: Beautiful Brushwork

  • Westhope College

Suitable for painters in oils and acrylics, this workshop will focus on how to make your artworks more expressive and painterly. Through exercises designed to increase both confidence and ability, learn how to use brushwork to create your own uniquely expressive artworks.

Contact Westhope College to book