2022 Arty Workshops

Half day workshops:
Friday 23rd September and Friday 21st October 2022

Beginners Drawing Course
Starts Septemer 2022

Mixed media. We need to have some fun! September and October workshops are about just that. Try out different ways of creating paintings – collage, glues, textures, different mediums. Minimum 4 students. Limited to 8 students.
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Ever wonderd what they mean by mixed media? And how you use it? Come find out. Mixed media can be a minefield, it is adding one extra element or lots; but what do you use, where do you add it and how much? Come and try it all out and see what YOU can create. Any subject matter is fine, from still lives to landscapes.
You bring your paints, as many mediums as you wish, I will add the ‘mixed’ to the party!
Suitable for beginners and those more advanced. Wheelchair accessible.
In my experience people want to have time to create, so we will be inside in a studio space, at Yarner Wood; lots of room. There is also outside space, and you can go straight in to the lovely Yarner Woods should you wish.

£45 per half day. 1 – 5pm.
As well as the subject for these workshops – Mixed Media – I will be discussing and demonstrating the fundamental rules of composition and colour. I am an experimenter, which means my work changes depending on what new thing I have discovered! But the basics remain true – create a good composition and choose your colours well will enable you to produce really pleasing results, with my guidance and your practise!

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Half days run from 1 – 5pm. We will start at 1pm sharp so please come 10 minutes before start time.

Woodlanders Room, Yarner Wood. TQ13 9LJ.
When you turn in to Yarner Wood, (signed East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve) drive up the track and past the white cottages on the right (about a mile). There is a CP in front of you, but instead turn left over cattle grid and keep driving about 1/4 mile until you reach the Woodlanders Room CP. The studio space is right there.

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What to bring:

The Mixed Media element, don’t bring too much please, but things like: material, paper, magazine, sacking, photos, anything with some texure, PVA glue, old paintings/drawings. You get the gist.
Reference material: sketches, photos, previous paintings.
Wear: painting clothes.
Any medium/s you choose to work with – bring all the mediums you wish to use. Paints, ink, pastels etc.
Tools etc., suggestions: spray bottle for water, toothbrush, pots/tins for water/turps, pots/tins for mixing paint into, rags, kitchen roll, brushes, palette knives, palette/s, newspapers, and all you usually use. If you are using oils bring a suitable bottle or jar to take home your white spirit/turps.
Easel (optional).
Miscellaneous: Plastic bag/s for taking your rubbish home in.
Grounds (depending on your medium/s): Good watercolour or cartridge paper (minimum 300gsm), gessoed boards, stretched canvasses. Please bring as large as you can.

What’s supplied:
Coffee, tea, buscuits, help yourself all day.
Drinking water.
Toilet facilities.
Tables and chairs.
Me! Tuition, individual attention and demonstrations throughout the day.

Half Day workshops are £45. Full day workshops are £80 per person. Full day only: if you wish to you can pay half on booking and half 2 weeks before the workshop. Payment received confirms your place.


Previous workshops 2022

Wednesday 15th June and Friday 8th July 2022
Turning your sketches in to paintings – full day workshops. Colour, paint handling and composition. Limited to 8 students.

These workshops are going to show you how to take sketches of your own, (and/or photographs) and make it in to a painting.

Many people ask me how I do it, well, it is practise, practise and more practise! But I am here to help you make a transition from your sketches to paintings, sharing my experience and knowledge to get you going, or help you move on. You will learn about colour theory and composition, and be experimental in your painting too. Any subject is ok for these workshops, but I am a landscape and seascape painter, so this is where my strength lies and the subject of my demonstration. Suitable for beginners and those more advanced.