The Art School

One Day Courses at Allanbank Arts.

May 12th: Still Life with Flowers.
Working with watercolour and gouache.   You will be working on several small pieces and one large piece.  A very freeing technique.
Cost: £90, including all materials , refreshments and lunch.

June 2nd: Mixed media and texture in the Landscape.
Come prepared to work on several paintings throughout the day.  This workshop will be fast, furious and fun.
Cost:  £90, including all materials, refreshments and lunch.

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Two Day Courses

May 5th and 6th: Landscape on the bigger scale. 
Location: Wemyss Castle, Fife.

Painting in the Bluebell Woods this landscape course is aimed at students who would like more individual tuition. We will be working on the bigger scale with a view to using texture with mixed media. Limited spaces available as this is a small group only class. 4-5 students.
(Two spaces left on Sunday only). Paper and Acrylic mediums provided.

Cost: £240 for two days, £120 for one day. 

July 21st & 22nd: Summer Flowers. Watercolour and Gouache
Location: Allanbank Arts, Berwickshire.

We will be looking how to free up the painting of flowers.  This is a great class for those students who would like to work quickly with water based media without fear and trepidation!

This course will teach the student how to control the medium and work with a wonderful palette of colour.

Some materials provided.
Cost: Two Day Course £175

August 25th and 26th: Texture in the Landscape.  Acrylics
Location: Allanbank Arts, Berwickshire.

Learn how to use different media to create texture in the Landscape. An exciting course, gathering information on the local landscape.  Studio time follows, where paintings are created from the earlier investigations.  Emphasis on note taking, sketching and photography.  Translating into finished work. 

Some materials provided.
Cost:  £175 for two days

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Painting the Bluebell woods at Wemyss Castle. 5th and 6th May.

A two day intensive course painting the wonderful bluebells and woodland at beautiful Wemyss Castle in Fife. The castle is situated on the coast, not far from Kirkcaldy. It has an amazing walled garden designed by Charlotte Wemyss. We have had special permission from the Wemyss family to enable us to work in the castle grounds. A wonderful opportunity for all students of gardens, nature and painting.

We will be working on the larger scale. A chance to really express yourself with mixed media.

Please take your mixed media kit:

  • Watercolours
  • Jam jars
  • Paper towels
  • Assortment of brushes
  • Wax candle
  • Oil pastels
  • Inks. Coloured and black. Nice to have a green and blue in the range.
  • Largest drawing board you can take.

I’ll supply large sheets of watercolour paper for you to work on, and will have certain other materials available for you to try. It will be an exciting two days, soaking up the atmosphere of the Bluebell Woods, and the intense colours of spring. Of course I will be demonstrating throughout the weekend.

Please take appropriate clothes for May/rain/sunshine. And something to sit on too!!

Please bring a Packed lunch. Teas and coffees and wicked treats are included!!

Cost for two days per student is £240
Deposit of £50 is payable on booking.

The remaining fee should be paid 2 days before the course starts. If for any reason, the weather is against us, we may have to reschedule. Hopefully this won’t happen. If this is the case, then a full refund will be given. Fingers crossed!! Look forward to hearing from you.