Upcoming workshops

On-line Art Workshops

During the winter and spring time we switch over to a relaxed and inspiring form of distance learning using Zoom where you can join in from the comfort of your own home

Subjects include landscapes, flowers, buildings and figures, and focus on aspects of drawing and painting using watercolours, pencils,  acrylics, pastels, graphite and more...

We also run a range of in-person workshops at various locations across the UK...

Sketching Market Towns in Line and Wash

Monday 8th April 2024- The Art Room, Barlow, £79

This workshop will take you on a sketchbook  tour of some of our beautiful market towns, looking at the jumble of archetectural styles from wonky half timbered shops to palatial town halls and crumbling gothic churches.  With templates to help us with any tricky areas, artist Hazel Money will show you ways to use pen for picking out and inventing a myriad of textures, adding watercolours to produce lively sketches.  Suitable for all abilities.

Friday 12th April 2024- The Art Room, Barlow, £79

Join us for an inspirational and creative day working with pen and ink on tissue paper to create your own individually designed wildlife painting. We will fix our tissue using collage onto a canvas background, and you will leave with a Tissarge collage picture with an acrylic painted background on canvas.  Suitable for all abilities.

Dancers in watercolours with David Wilcox

Friday 19th April, The Art Room, Barlow, £79

Take a turn around the dance floor and join us for an inspiring day of colour and contrast.  Using dancers and the ballet as our theme, we will use a series of traceable templates to get us started, so there is no need to be skilled with your drawing, instead concentrating purely on the joy of painting.  After a short demonstration, David will show us how to create drama and use techniques to allow our watercolours speak.  Suitable for all abilities.

Exploring Botanical Art in Watercolours with Dawn Wright SBA - Residential Course

Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th May 2024 (2 nights)  Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire SK17 8RH     ONE PLACE REMAINING!!

Join us for an immersive art break as we celebrate the buds, bulbs and blossom of May time, on this delightful residential workshop, learning the fascinating art and history of botanical illustration in watercolours, with professional artist Dawn Wright SBA.

Springtime Watercolours with Peter Woolley

Friday 24th May 2024 - The Art Room, Barlow, £79

Add a touch of Spring light to your paintings with expert watercolour artist Peter Woolley, who will show us how to mix natural looking greens and complimentary tones to capture the freshness of the season. With full demonstration, you will be guided across the stepping stones of Dovedale with your watercolours, and given tips on how to avoid common mistakes. Suitable for all abilities.

Horses in Soft Pastels with Cath Inglis SWA

Monday 3rd June 2024 - The Art Room, Barlow, £79

Soft pastels are perfectly suited to capturing the spirit and dignity of this enigmatic animal.  With expert tuition and demonstration from Cath Inglis, you will learn how to blend layers of colour to create smooth and glossy looking fur, and add highlights to capture the glint of intelligence in their expressive eyes. Whether you prefer to trop or gallop, this workshop is suitable for all abilities, and by the end of the day you will leave with your own finished equine portrait.

Atmospheric landscapes with Lesley Linley

Monday 10th June 2024 - The Art Room, Barlow, £79

Watercolours are a joy to use and in this workshop we  will eliminate the need for any drawing and concentrate instead on the colour and form of mountain silhouettes, and skies  reflected in the sublime waters of the Scottish landscape.  Expert watercolourist Lesley Linley will show you how to mix a perfect palette for this dramatic and sublime scene, and give tips and instruction for creating realistic effects.  Suitable for all abilities.

Exploring  Acrylic Painting Mediums with Paul Talbot Greaves

Friday 14th June 2024 - The Art Room, Barlow, £79

In this fascinating workshop you will learn about the importance of using mediums with your colours. You will learn about the different types of medium, what mediums are, how to use them and when to use them.  Paul will give a demonstration that makes an example of using acrylic medium in the context of a painting, after which you will have the opportunity to create your own work.  Suitable for all abilities.

Monday 15th to Friday 19th July 2024 (4 nights) - Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire SK17 8RH
Fully residential places - £620, Non-residential £360

Join local artist Hazel Money and like minded company in this tranquil location and enjoy a painting holiday with a difference.  Suitable for all abilities, be inspired to try out different mediums and have a go at different styles and subjects.  With demonstrations and optional workshops for you to join, you may also choose to work on your own project, or simply sit back and relax.

Unravelling the Landscape with Fraser Scarfe

Tuesday 20th August 2024 - The Art Room, Barlow, £79

Join us for a relaxing day using the versatility of acrylic paints to explore form, colour and mood with Fraser Scarfe. Working from photographic reference material, we will learn how to bring atmosphere and drama into our artwork.  Fraser will lead you in stages step-by-step, helping you translate what we see onto the canvas, to create your own beautiful landscape painting.  Suitable for all abilities.

Depicting Summer Details - Botanical Watercolours with Dawn Wright SBA - Residential Course

Monday 9th to Thursday 12th September 2024 (3 nights)  Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire SK17 8RH

Take time out this Summer to immerse yourself in a detailed study of all things botanical, studying the flowers, seedheads and foliage of the season.  Professional artist Dawn Wright SBA will lead us through a colourful world of watercolour and help us to use this lucid medium to capture the intricate details of this colourful time of year

How to paint flora and fauna in watercolour or gouache

Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th October 2024 at Ness Botanic Gardens, Neston, the Wirral CH64 4AY - from £121 for one day, £242 both days

Join Simon Williams SBA at the inspiring location of Ness Botanical Gardens on the Wirral, to study the art of depicting botanical or animal subjects in either watercolour or gouache.  This annual workshop is geared to those who have a little taste of botanical illustration, and also more experienced artist who may need stretching to the next level.

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