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Painting Courses and Holidays

I have been teaching artists and running courses for over 20 years. Each year I aim to offer a range of structured weekly classes, short breaks and painting holidays. Learning is within small groups with plenty of demonstrations, structured lessons, and one to one support when you need it. I aim to encourage a friendly atmosphere where there are no "silly questions". Everyone has time to develop their own style whilst learning those key skills which underpin your work and will help you become a better, more confident painter. Courses are for adults only but suitable for all abilities unless stated otherwise.

2019 courses and painting breaks are booking now. I'm delighted to offer a NEW VENUE for 2019 - The Old House Studio Near Glossop in Derbyshire - a fabulous part of the country. I shall be there on 21st & 22nd August for a two-day oil painting break.

There is also a NEW VENUE for regular classes in Surrey. Starting in February 2019, painting with gouache - the easier alternative to traditional watercolour where white and texture is also used. These courses include all materials so if you fancy something new, why not come along?

Please note that by making any booking through this website you agree to my trading terms and conditions.


STRUCTURED ART COURSES - West Horsley Village Hall, 95 The Street, West Horsley, Surrey, KT24 6DD

Spring Oil Painting Course (8 weeks), £150.00, Mon mornings from 4th February 2019 - mixed ability group, please bring your own materials.

Autumn Oil Painting Course (7 weeks), £135.00, Mon mornings from 7th October 2019 - mixed ability group, please bring your own materials.

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NEW VENUE FOR ART CLASSES: Lovelace Room, East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6QTT

Gouache for newcomers - Part 1 (3 weeks), £70.00 - starts Tuesday 12th February 2019, mornings 10.30 til 1.00

Gouache for newcomers - Part 2 (3 weeks), £70.00 - starts Tuesday 12th March 2019, mornings 10.30 til 1.00


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Day Workshops - Rose Green Centre, Bognor Regis, PO21 3ET

Learn to Draw A Horses Head - then paint a Head Portrait in gouache and pastel Saturday 30th March 2019, £40.00 per person

Enjoy a full days workshop learning to draw a horse's head portrait before painting it with gouache and soft pastel. All materials included, just bring along a packed lunch and a willingness to "have a go". No experience required.

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2019 - Watershed Studio, St Cleres Hall Rd, St Osyth, Essex

Tues 13th & Weds 14th August 2019: Around the Farm with Oils (£170.00 per person, including paints, brushes and mediums)

A 2-day course, ideal for artists wanting to build confidence painting outside and learn how to include animals in their paintings, including sheep, chickens and maybe even a horse, as well a buildings around this lovely farm studio. Oil paints, mediums and brushes included. Just bring along your own canvases. Accommodation is at extra cost.

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5% Early Bird Discount for all Bookings made before 1st March 2019



NEW VENUE for 2019 - The Old House Studio, Woodhead Road, Torside, Glossop, Derbshire SK13 1HU

Weds 21st & Thurs 22nd August 2019: Oils, Fast & Loose (£160.00 per person, including oil paints, basic materials and use of the studio as well as a lovely home-cooked lunch). Ideal for artists looking to loosen up, painting quickly and aiming to complete a painting in one session, working wet in wet. Accommodation en-site is available at extra cost.

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All Bookings via the Summer School website. Early Bird Discount (5%) for all Bookings made before 1st March 2019

22 to 26th July - Oils, Fast & Loose

29 July to 2 Aug - Step into Art (ideal for absolute beginners)

5 to 9 Aug - First Time Oil Painter (for beginners and those new to oils)

To give you some idea of what to learn on my new beginner course, Step into Art, take a look at this video clip.

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