12th- 14th March: Urban Sketching in Bridgnorth
Mar
12
to Mar 14

12th- 14th March: Urban Sketching in Bridgnorth

Ever wanted to go sketching outdoors but don't know where to start? This workshop is just what you need! 
We'll spend the first day in the studio, tackling some fundamental drawing techniques before venturing out to enjoy sketching the characterful medieval town. 

After working out some practical considerations like where to sit and what materials to take, we'll look at ways to draw buildings and figures along with things to look for in a composition. Then we will explore Bridgnorth's many beautiful views, finding quiet corners and fascinating places to study. 

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9th-11th April 2018: Mastering colour 3 day intensive workshop
Apr
9
to Apr 11

9th-11th April 2018: 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.

Focusing 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 learners in all media. Some previous painting experience is necessary to get the most from this course.

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Notan: The Art of light and Dark 26th June 2018
Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Notan: The Art of light and Dark 26th June 2018

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!

Suitable for learners of all levels in all media, this workshop is also excellent for photographers and designers.

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Mastering Colour: 28th & 29th August 2018
Aug
28
to Aug 29

Mastering Colour: 28th & 29th August 2018

Do you find it difficult to achieve accurate colour? Or to make your paintings sing?

Study with expert colourist and Michael Harding Paints ambassador Vicki Norman, on this exclusive course.

Taking 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.

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 in any media with some previous painting experience.

Please book this course through Westhope College

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15th February 2018: Figure in Colour
Feb
15
10:00 AM10:00

15th February 2018: Figure in Colour

A day of figure work focussing on the use of colour. We will investigate how to create realistic skin tones, how to use colour to express mood or emotion and how vivid colours can be used to create convincing images.  Suitable for all levels, though some prior drawing experience is useful.
Bring your own drawing or painting materials. 

Book this workshop through Westhope College

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

11th Feb - 14th Feb: 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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9th Feb - 10th Feb: Drawing made easy
Feb
9
to Feb 11

9th 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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6th-8th February 2018: Mastering colour 3 day intensive workshop FULLY BOOKED
Feb
6
to Feb 8

6th-8th February 2018: Mastering colour 3 day intensive workshop FULLY BOOKED

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.

Focusing 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 learners in all media. Some previous painting experience is necessary to get the most from this course.

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24th January: Introduction to oil painting
Jan
24
10:30 AM10:30

24th 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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21st January: Introduction to oil painting
Jan
21
10:30 AM10:30

21st 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 Vicki, enquire here

 

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9th-11th January 2018: Drawing the head from a cast
Jan
9
to Jan 11

9th-11th January 2018: 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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29th November: Painting with a knife
Nov
29
10:00 AM10:00

29th November: 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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25-26th November: Mid Shropshire Open Studios
Nov
25
to Nov 26

25-26th November: Mid Shropshire Open Studios

We are a group of diverse professional artists/galleries based in mid-Shropshire, giving people an opportunity to visit our studio-gallery spaces to see us working and discover what inspires us on our creative journeys.

This is an ideal opportunity to buy original artwork direct from the artists and gain a real insight into our process.

I'll be welcoming visitors to my studio in Bridgnorth all weekend - I look forward to seeing you there!

Visit our Facebook page for more info 

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11-18th November: Bermuda Plein AIr
Nov
11
to Nov 18

11-18th 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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4th November: Introduction to Oil Painting with Michael Harding Paints
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

4th 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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14th Oct - 21st Oct: 5 Day Painting Retreat on West Coast of Scotland
Oct
14
to Oct 21

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

  • Harbour House, Crinan, Argyll (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

26th Sep - 27 Sep: Painting on Location

  • Westhope Craft College, Shropshire (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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

9th Sep - 16th Sep: Art in Provence

  • Art in Provence, Les Bassacs (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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...

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

4th Sep - 8th Sep: Painting On Location

  • Westhope Craft College, Shropshire (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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...

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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 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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!

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31st July- 4th August: Marlborough College Summer School
Jul
31
to Aug 4

31st July- 4th August: Marlborough College Summer School

  • MarlboroughCollege Summer School, (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This year I'll be teaching two courses at Marlborough's ever popular Summer School.

Visit http://summerschool.co.uk/ for more info

In the mornings it will be all about Notan:

Ever wondered why one artwork sings whilst another just looks ordinary? The answer is in black and white! Notan is a Japanese word that refers to the balance of light and shade in a painting. The pattern of light and dark in a picture is the most influential factor in our appreciation of any artwork. Through exercises and demonstrations, we will learn how to design successful pictures that feel balanced, interesting and memorable. Using notan, you can determine whether a picture will succeed or fail in just two minutes.

And in the afternoons we'll look at colour:

Do you find it difficult to achieve accurate colour? Or, to make your paintings sing? Study with expert colourist, Vicki, on this exclusive course. 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 and 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. This course is suitable for painters of all abilities, in any media.

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22-23rd July: Open Studios
Jul
22
to Jul 23

22-23rd July: Open Studios

We are a group of diverse professional artists/galleries based in mid-Shropshire, giving people an opportunity to visit our studio-gallery spaces to see us working and discover what inspires us on our creative journeys.

This is an ideal opportunity to buy original artwork direct from the artists and gain a real insight into our process.

 

I'll be welcoming visitors to my studio in Bridgnorth all weekend - I look forward to seeing you there!

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

17th - 24th June: 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...

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7th June: Drawing from direct observation
Jun
7
10:00 AM10:00

7th June: Drawing from direct observation

Drawing, objects, places and people is one of the most enjoyable pass-times in the world. Taking a sketchbook on holiday gives us a wonderful opportunity to record our own unique memories of a time and place. Moreover, drawing skills underpin every type of artwork, whatever the medium, style or subject. They are a vital part of the process of image making and without them, we often get frustrated with inaccurate or unrealistic results.

Join us as we sharpen our skills in drawing objects from direct observation. Learn new methods to improve your accuracy and short cuts to help you tackle proportions and perspective.

This workshop welcomes participants of all abilities and from creative disciplines.

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31st May: Watercolour techniques Part 2
May
31
10:00 AM10:00

31st May: Watercolour techniques Part 2

Join us as we refresh and advance our understanding of the principle techniques in watercolour painting. Working with varying degrees of control and playfulness we will explore this versatile and challenging medium through exercises designed to develop skill and understanding. Participants are welcome to join us for either or both watercolour workshops.

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24th May: Watercolour Techniques Part 1
May
24
10:00 AM10:00

24th May: Watercolour Techniques Part 1

Join us as we refresh and advance our understanding of the principle techniques in watercolour painting. Working with varying degrees of control and playfulness we will explore this versatile and challenging medium through exercises designed to develop skill and understanding. Participants are welcome to join us for either or both watercolour workshops.

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

5-14th May: Forgotten Coast Plein Air

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. 

 

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