19th-20th October: Colour and Light workshop for Bermuda Plein Air
Oct
19
to Oct 20

19th-20th October: Colour and Light workshop for Bermuda Plein Air

Accurate and sensitive colour perception is the key to capturing a sense of light in a painting.

Each location has its own unique atmosphere. Developing your ability to recognise subtle qualities in the temperature of the light and its effect on the local colours of stone, water and foliage in the landscape are the keys to successfully conveying a sense of place and atmosphere in your paintings.

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26th October to 2nd November: Bermuda Plein Air
Oct
26
to Nov 2

26th October to 2nd November: Bermuda Plein Air

One week in Bermuda will inspire you for a lifetime! Presented by the Plein Air Painters of Bermuda, the BERMUDA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL pays homage to the spirit and innovation of the great French Impressionists whose paintings were based on the belief that "you should trust your eyes" to capture the beauty that surrounds you. As with the old masters, contemporary plein air artists paint from life in the out-of-doors (en plein air), capturing moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. The art form requires that artists have stamina, focus, and the ability to be completely absorbed in the work regardless of what Mother Nature is throwing at them. There is no setting more perfect than BERMUDA - it is truly an artist's paradise!

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17th to 21st November: Seeing with Artist's Eyes
Nov
17
to Nov 21

17th to 21st November: Seeing with Artist's Eyes

Irrespective of their subject choice, the most important skill for any artist is observation. It isn’t all about pure talent; great artists have been taught what to look for! Through innovative and enjoyable exercises, study the traditional elements of line, tone, form and colour in this intensive, rewarding course. All levels, any media welcome.

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26th and 27th November: NOTAN: THE ART OF LIGHT AND DARK
Nov
26
to Nov 27

26th and 27th November: NOTAN: THE ART OF LIGHT AND DARK

Spread over 2 days at the beautiful Westhope College in Shropshire, 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!

Please book this course through Westhope College

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30th Nov and 1st Dec: Mid-Shropshire Artists Open Studios
Nov
30
to Dec 1

30th Nov and 1st Dec: Mid-Shropshire Artists Open Studios

Visit diverse variety of professional artists in their studio-spaces, discover what inspires us on our creative journeys.

I'll be opening my studio for visitors for the weekend, along with several other Shropshire based artists in the Mid-Shropshire area.

Join me for a drink and a natter about my latest travels and paintings. 

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10th and 11th December: Beautiful Brushwork
Dec
10
to Dec 11

10th and 11th December: Beautiful Brushwork

Beautiful Brushwork

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.

 Please book this course through Westhope College

Winter stream

Winter stream

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12th-14th December: Mastering colour 3 day intensive workshop
Dec
12
to Dec 14

12th-14th December: Mastering colour 3 day intensive workshop

Take your control and understanding to a higher level with this 3 day intensive course on colour theory and colour mixing.

With a technical, academic approach to colour, first, learn to accurately identify and mix colours using a reliable method that works every time.
Then discover how to use colour to enhance your paintings in this useful practical workshop.

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14th January: Introduction to oil painting
Jan
14
10:00 AM10:00

14th January: Introduction to oil painting

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.

Please book this course through Westhope College

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19th-22nd Jan: Oil Painting
Jan
19
to Jan 22

19th-22nd Jan: Oil Painting

  • Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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. 
 

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22nd to 24th Jan: Drawing made easy
Jan
22
to Jan 24

22nd to 24th Jan: Drawing made easy

  • HIgham Hall, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.
 

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7th-9th February: Mastering Skies and Clouds
Feb
7
to Feb 9

7th-9th February: Mastering Skies and Clouds

Clouds are uniquely beautiful and British landscape painting holds a long-standing tradition of cloud studies. Join me to discover a deeper understanding of how to paint clouds in different light and atmospheric conditions, their forms and how to describe them using various brushwork, colour and techniques.

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6th-8th March: Colour and Light Masterclass
Mar
6
to Mar 8

6th-8th March: Colour and Light Masterclass

  • The Studio School at Three Hearts Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Accurate and sensitive colour perception is the key to capturing a sense of light in a painting.

Each location has its own unique atmosphere. Developing your ability to recognise subtle qualities in the temperature of the light and its effect on the local colours of stone, water and foliage in the landscape are the keys to successfully conveying a sense of place and atmosphere in your paintings.

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20th to 27th June: The Watermill, Posara, Italy
Jun
20
to Jun 27

20th to 27th June: The Watermill, Posara, Italy

Our beautiful and historic watermill stands beside the River Rosaro in the small village of Posara. Peaceful and secluded, yet part of the village, the mill is just a mile or so from the walled medieval town of Fivizzano with its cafés, restaurants and shops. This is the heart of Lunigiana, in the North-west of Tuscany, a truly unspoilt part of Italy.

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16th to 23rd Septemeber: Art in the Algarve
Sep
16
to Sep 23

16th to 23rd Septemeber: Art in the Algarve

Art In The Algarve specialise in art holidays that provide a unique surrounding for artists of every background to learn or develop new or existing skills. If you love art and are looking to combine your passion with an art and a painting holiday in the sun, then Art In The Algarve is a perfect choice.

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9th-13th September 2019: 5 Days Painting in Norfolk
Sep
9
to Sep 13

9th-13th September 2019: 5 Days Painting in Norfolk

Join us painting in big sky country!

An historic land of windmills, waterways, beach huts and fishermen, Norfolk has appealed to artists for centuries with some of the most distinctive and picturesque landscapes in Britain.

We will paint the fascinating North Norfolk scenery around Wells-next-the-Sea and beyond. 

Explore this unique landscape with a group of up to 12 people.

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19th-23rd August: 5 Days Painting in Shropshire
Aug
19
to Aug 23

19th-23rd August: 5 Days Painting in 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 12 people.

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9th -11th August: Design Skills for Artists, Art Safari, Woodbridge
Aug
9
to Aug 11

9th -11th August: Design Skills for Artists, Art Safari, Woodbridge

What makes an image beautiful?

Ever wondered why one artwork sings whilst another just looks ordinary?

This workshop will appeal to artists, photographers, designers and people who want to make the most of their creative ideas as it focuses on how to turn hum-drum pictures into extraordinary images.

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22nd-29th June 2019: The Watermill, Posara, Italy FULLY BOOKED
Jun
22
to Jun 29

22nd-29th June 2019: The Watermill, Posara, Italy FULLY BOOKED

Our beautiful and historic watermill stands beside the River Rosaro in the small village of Posara. Peaceful and secluded, yet part of the village, the mill is just a mile or so from the walled medieval town of Fivizzano with its cafés, restaurants and shops. This is the heart of Lunigiana, in the North-west of Tuscany, a truly unspoilt part of Italy.

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19th June: 4 Steps to Plein Air Success Workshop, Dublin
Jun
19
2:00 PM14:00

19th June: 4 Steps to Plein Air Success Workshop, Dublin

4 Simple Steps to Success in Plein Air Painting will be the theme of this afternoon workshop at Malahide Castle in the beautiful countryside to the north of Dublin. Join us for a fun workshop where we break the painting process down into 4 steps to make it easier and more manageable to complete a painting on location.

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15th and 16th June: Mid-Shropshire Artists Open Studios
Jun
15
to Jun 16

15th and 16th June: Mid-Shropshire Artists Open Studios

Visit diverse variety of professional artists in their studio-spaces, discover what inspires us on our creative journeys.

I'll be opening my studio for visitors for the weekend, along with several other Shropshire based artists in the Mid-Shropshire area.

Join me for a drink and a natter about my latest travels and paintings. 

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3rd-7th June: 5 Days Painting in Cornwall Fully Booked
Jun
3
to Jun 7

3rd-7th June: 5 Days Painting in Cornwall Fully Booked

Where better to study painting on location than in the home of some of Britain's best loved plein air painters? West Cornwall offers a unique quality of light and stunning coastline that has attracted artists for two centuries. The fishing villages remain as characterful as ever, and the beaches are still as idyllic as they were when the Newlyn School was founded, almost 140 years ago. This is one of my favourite places to paint, and I can’t wait to share its treasures with a group of up to 12 people.

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Plein Air South - Florida 2019
May
12
to May 16

Plein Air South - Florida 2019

Plein Air organizations and painting groups across the South are coming together to host the fourth "Plein Air South" regional gathering, May 12-16, 2019 in Port St. Joe, Florida. The planning committee is hard at work scheduling 5 days of presentations, demonstrations, instruction, vendor exhibition, and of course, painting outdoors! 

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3rd-12th May: Forgotten Coast En Plein Air
May
3
to May 12

3rd-12th May: Forgotten Coast En Plein Air

  • Port St Joe Florida United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A Plein Air Event Like No Other

Now in the 14th year of documenting the landscape and culture of the last vestige of authentic "Old Florida,” Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America's Great Paint-out, is among the world's most prestigious plein air events. Artistic excellence and the production of investment quality art continues to be the trademark of this 10-day festival. As the event moves into its second decade, organizers are honing what makes the Forgotten Coast event exceptional. “With plein air events popping up all over the country, we realize the importance of focusing on quality and relevance. We have developed a three year program, transcending typical event content to focus on the reason why plein air painting is important, as well as how the process and the paintings contribute to a region’s resilience,” states Event Chair Joe Taylor.

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21st March 2019: Painting with a knife
Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

21st March 2019: Painting with a knife

A playful, relaxed and informative day spent learning the art of painting with a knife. Using either oil or acrylic paints you will learn how to create the distinctive look and texture of a ‘knife painting’ through a series of simple, enjoyable exercises and demonstrations. Suitable for all levels.

Please book this course through Westhope College

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8th Feb - 10th Feb: Drawing made easy
Feb
8
to Feb 10

8th Feb - 10th Feb: Drawing made easy

  • HIgham Hall, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.
 

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22nd to 24th Jan: Drawing made easy
Jan
22
to Jan 24

22nd to 24th Jan: Drawing made easy

  • HIgham Hall, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.
 

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4th - 6th Jan: Mastering Oil Painting
Jan
4
to Jan 6

4th - 6th Jan: Mastering Oil Painting

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. 
 

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12th - 14th December: Drawing the head from a cast
Dec
12
to Dec 14

12th - 14th December: Drawing the head from a cast

This exclusive 3 day workshop is for anyone looking to advance their portrait drawing skills through studying the head as a 3-Dimensional form. Focussing on the planes of the head, we will draw from a plaster cast of a classical sculpture. With this method we can precisely control viewpoint and lighting to allow for a long period of study from a single position.

First, learn to identify the large planes of the head and neck, then study the individual features and how they relate to each other and the head itself.

Using either charcoal or graphite we will make several drawings from the same cast.

This workshop will be held in my own studio, with a maximum of 4 participants it offers the opportunity for an intensive study period as part of a small group with lots of individual advice and guidance as you progress.

Basic drawing skills are required for this course.
Easels, boards and materials can be made available on request.

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11th December: Introduction to oil painting
Dec
11
10:00 AM10:00

11th December: Introduction to oil painting

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.

Please book this course through Westhope College

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24th November: Introduction to Oil Painting with Michael Harding Paints
Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

24th November: Introduction to Oil Painting with Michael Harding Paints

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 equipment you already have.

Book this workshop through Pegasus Art Shop in Stroud

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17th & 18th November: Mid-Shropshire Artists Open Studios
Nov
17
to Nov 18

17th & 18th November: Mid-Shropshire Artists Open Studios

Visit diverse variety of professional artists in their studio-spaces, discover what inspires us on our creative journeys.

I'll be opening my studio for visitors for the weekend, along with several other Shropshire based artists in the Mid-Shropshire area.

Join me for a drink and a natter about my latest travels and paintings. 

Open studios.jpg
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11th-15th November: Seeing with Artist's Eyes
Nov
11
to Nov 15

11th-15th November: Seeing with Artist's Eyes

Irrespective of their subject choice, the most important skill for any artist is observation. It isn’t all about pure talent; great artists have been taught what to look for! Through innovative and enjoyable exercises, study the traditional elements of line, tone, form and colour in this intensive, rewarding course. All levels, any media welcome.

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6th-13th October: The Watermill, Posara, Italy
Oct
6
to Oct 13

6th-13th October: The Watermill, Posara, Italy

Our beautiful and historic watermill stands beside the River Rosaro in the small village of Posara. Peaceful and secluded, yet part of the village, the mill is just a mile or so from the walled medieval town of Fivizzano with its cafés, restaurants and shops. This is the heart of Lunigiana, in the North-west of Tuscany, a truly unspoilt part of Italy.

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Sep
3
to Sep 7

3rd - 7th September: Painting on Location in 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 12 people.

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