Residential Courses:

 I run residential courses in The Lakes District at Higham Hall Bassenthwaite Cumbria - throughout the year. Contact Higham Hall tel. 01768776276for for a brochure, or visit

Day Courses:

I also run Masterclasses at The Bowes Museum Co Durham exploring painting techniques from the museum's collection or based on current exhibitions.  To book these courses please contact The Bowes directly on 01833690606 or visit The Bowes Museum website

September 14 Friday Line and Wash – A Nursery Rhyme

In connection with Quentin Blake’s lively illustrations to Roald Dahl’s tales for children, the day course will enable you to create your own illustration Using simple steps the course will enable you to create a picture for a nursery wall. Quentin Blake was never art school trained, so please don’t think this is too specialised!. Please bring with you watercolours, a drawing pen 0.07, technical drawing pen, or a dip pen and bottle of Indian ink. An A3 Heavyweight cartridge pad or Bristol Board would be ideal. Watercolour paper is too rough for this technique, unless you use Hot Pressed paper which is smooth. You will also need a sketchbook and pencils to plan with.

November 9 Friday Painting Everyday Life. Oils or acrylic

. A course based on the work of Courbet the socialist realist painter of everyday lifewhose work hangs in The Bowes. The day will examine how to depict people  at work or pursuing leisure interests. The subject matter may range from sporting or social events to workplaces from shopping to farming. You only need to bring photographic reference of your choice and your oils or acrylics, a sketchbook snd 2B pencil plus two painting surfaces to work on.

  December 7 Friday Let it Snow – two small Christmas pictures

The Bowes has a number of winter paintings including the work of Josephine Bowes.  Based on Hans Christians Andersons story about a little fir tree, come and create a small richly decorative picture using watercolours or acrylics. The painting will be of two small images on a folded piece of mount card with a richly decorated  edge. Please bring with you an A3 piece of mount card (the sort made for mounting watercolours, a craft knife and ruler, acrylics, watercolour brushes, gold acrylic paint and or gold pen, reference pictures of fir trees, a sketchbook and 2B pencil.    

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