I’ve got some lovely courses and venues lined up for this year, from regular classes in my studio to sailing and sketching in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  To start with, here’s my programme for the year: (more dates will be added for the autumn).  If you’d like to be kept up to date with courses and workshops, sign up to my mailing list.

Now some more info about each type of course:

REGULAR CLASSES IN MY STUDIO –  These small group classes will start again on 5th March 2018 and run for 8 weeks. All of you on my mailing list should have had details by now, but if not get in touch. Classes fill up quickly but if there is enough demand I will lay on extra sessions. We cover basic watercolour techniques, colour mixing, composition, line and wash, drawing skills, and I like to challenge you with different subjects and ways of approaching a painting as well as helping you with projects that you’re stuck on. Oh, and it has to be fun, too – or else why do it?  Cost – £60 for a run of 4 sessions


SKETCHING IN THE SCILLIES WITH ART SAFARI:  I’m off to the wonderful Scilly Isles 16th – 21st June 2018 as tutor with Art Safari for a few days of sketching – one of my favourite places. We’re staying on the lovely island of St Martins but spending time exploring the other islands too. Full details on Art Safari’s website:

Cost: available from Art Safari (

ONE DAY WORKSHOPS WITH ART SAFARI IN WOODBRIDGE: Drawing for the Terrified, Keeping a Sketchbook Diary and Watercolours  are some of my favourite subjects to teach, and we’re doing it in my home town at Art Safari’s lovely studio right on the quayside. Full details will be on soon.

WEEKEND DRAWING WORKSHOPS IN CLARE:  Seapictures Gallery is in the heart of this pretty Suffolk town, and this will be a small group round-the-table instensive workshop on how to draw, starting with the basics and working into colour on day two. Perfect for complete beginners or those who’ve tried and got frustrated. Cost: £95 for one day, £180 for both. Book with

SAILING AND SKETCHING WITH PILOT CUTTER ‘AGNES’:  What a treat – sailing a stunning pilot cutter whilst learning to sketch the inspirational surroundings of the Cornish Coast – in particular the festival of Sea, Salt and Sail at Mousehole. You don’t need any experience in either sailing or drawing as you’ll get all the help and encouragement you need to enjoy both! Dates are 12th – 17th July starting and ending in Falmouth. Full details from Joanna and Luke Powell at Working Sail  – or through Classic Sailing, who also have an extraordinary range of traditional boats to help you run away to sea –

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I believe that the ‘Agnes’ trip is now full, but get in touch with Joanna or Luke if you want to be kept informed of future events.

PIN MILL PAINTING DAYS:     If you prefer to do your painting and sketching on dry land (well, dry-ish), I’ve teamed up with artist Christine Lester again this year to run a series of one and two day workshops at the inspirational setting of Pin Mill studio owned by award winning photographer Anthony Cullen.  Pin Mill is a perfect painting venue with a newly refurbished studio right on the shoreline. The price of £95 includes lunch at the Butt & Oyster for starving artists, so treat yourself or someone else (gift vouchers are available).

Get in touch or hop over to for the latest dates for spring 2018. We now have an exciting range of subjects from painting birds to ‘Drawing for the terrified’ and very much looking forward to working with you to release the inner artist!

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.

PRIVATE TUITION: 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.

MY APPROACH :  I teach watercolour techniques, sketching, line and wash, composition, colour mixing, confidence building, developing an artist’s ‘eye’, drawing techniques, mixed media, and anything else that comes up. I specialise in watercolours and drawing, so can’t help you with oils or acrylics.

I do enjoy teaching as I believe that 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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