Tuition & talks

I’m running a series of fun and free watercolour taster sessions on zoom just to keep us inspired during lockdown and to keep you in touch with what I’m up to. Let me know if you’d like to receive the link – the plan is to have a session every fortnight or so for the next couple of months.

I hope the free workshops will give as many people as possible the chance to have a go at watercolours and get some enjoyment from them, and it’s a good way to get together during these lonely times. I’m not going to charge for these but if you feel you’ve gained something useful and are in a position to make a small donation towards costs, then there’s a paypal link here. If you can put a few pounds in the pot then thank you, it all helps, but there’s no obligation as I know times are difficult for many.

The next free watercolour taster zoom session will be at 6pm on Thursday 20th May – ‘Sketching the Seis’

I’m teaming up with Falklands Conservation for a special hour sketching these rare and special whales – more information soon!

Get in touch via the contact page if you’d like the link, it would be good to see you.

If you’re on my mailing list already I’ll send you the link and look forward to seeing you all! If you’d like to come and haven’t been before, get in touch via the contact page and I’ll send you the link.

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

I’ve teamed up with Art Safari in Woodbridge to offer a series of zoom workshops on watercolours and drawing. These small group sessions are a great way to focus on technique and make the most of being to take our imaginations and paintboxes on a creative journey whilst we’re at home. Later in the summer, there are some ‘real’ workshops available, making the most of our lovely Suffolk river and the open spaces in and around Woodbridge. Details are being updated all the time, and full details are here: https://artsafari.co.uk/uk-sketching-workshops-and-virtual-workshops/

During lockdown I started a series of short youtube watercolour tutorials which can be found here:

These are designed to help beginners get to grips with watercolours as well as provide a refresher for those of you who are experienced but feel a bit ‘stuck’ as we all do sometimes.

If you’re new to all this art business and want to know what to buy, here’s my recommended list of basic materials:

If you’d like to book a talk, workshop or demonstration for next year, the diary is starting to fill up; I’m happy to make provisional bookings and be as flexible as possible.

In the meantime do keep sketching; even five minutes a day will help you to improve and increase those miles on paper!

PRIVATE TUITION

When face to face teaching is possible again, I’m available for small group and individual tuition if you want to get together 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 £30 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.

TALKS AND DEMONSTRATIONS

I give talks, demonstrations and workshops 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 round Cape Horn!

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

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