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Only a few more workshops to go this year – most are fully booked but there are a few spaces going if you’re quick:

Monday 23rd September: Composition, 9.30 – 12.30. Based at my studio in Martlesham, we’ll take a detailed look at how to select a scene, what to leave out, how to use photographs as reference, what makes a successful painting, and how to begin to push towards abstraction. £25 ONE SPACE LEFT

Tuesday 24th September: Sketching Pin Mill,  10am-4pm. Based at Pin Mill Studio, we’ll spend time sketching on the foreshore and in the studio, learning how to select a scene, simplify shapes, draw boats in perspective and collect material to create paintings.  Working mainly with pens, pencils, watercolours. £95 including lunch at Butt and Oyster. TWO SPACES LEFT

Monday 30th September: Watercolours Plus: Based at my studio in Martlesham, this is for those of you who have watercolour experience but have got a bit stuck and want to liven up your paintings or try new techniques.  £25 ONE SPACE LEFT

That’s it now until next spring, but in the meantime there are other options for this year and next:

For a small group, family, birthday treat or art club day out you can book a day or half day’s workshop, with lunch at the Butt & Oyster, tailored especially for your needs. The Pin Mill studio is owned by award winning photographer Anthony Cullen, and we also run joint photography/art workshops a combined one to one day out. Perfect training for a holiday when one of you wants to learn to take better photos and the other wants to learn to sketch!


I’m available for small group and individual tuition if you want to get together round the kitchen table with a couple of friends, or have a one to one session for help on a particular aspect of your work. Sometimes you just need a few new techniques to get you unstuck and re-inspired.

Private tuition costs £25 at hour at my studio (plus travel costs if I come to you). You can get quite a lot done in a two hour session – feel free to team up with a friend and share the cost.


Next year I’m heading to a new exciting coastal destination with Art Safari – find out more here .  It’s worth getting on Art Safari’s mailing list; you’ll be kept up to date on my one day workshops in Woodbridge as well as all their amazing art holidays.

TALKS AND DEMONSTRATIONS:  I give talks, demonstrations and workshops to art clubs and various groups on a variety of topics connected to sketching, drawing, watercolours or life as an artist afloat. For yacht clubs and sailing organisations I can do talks or workshops on marine art, illustrating your log book and the challenges of sketching whilst sailing.

My art workshop ‘menu’ includes: watercolour surgery, how to draw, working from photos, how to paint sea and sky, line and wash, colour mixing, how to keep a sketchbook – anything connected with watercolours and drawing.

I do enjoy teaching as I believe that sketching and painting is for everyone, not just for those who have ‘talent’ – whatever that is.   Drawing and painting techniques can be taught – the language of line is a universal way of connecting and communicating. It’s very enjoyable to do and is very good for you!

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Sketching with a dash of salt

I've led two arty holiday this year, both involving a certain amount of sea travel. The first was a shore based tour on the lovely Isles of Scilly in June, travelling there on the stately ferry Scill ... read more