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[W] Weekly courses     [S] Saturday workshops

[8+] or [13+] means courses are suitable for ages 8 or 13 upwards when accompanied by a paying, participating adult.

[16+] means courses are suitable for ages 16 upwards, with written parental consent. All other courses are for adults over the age of eighteen.


Drawing for Beginners [W]
Mondays 14:30-16:30
16 Sept (10 wks), £110 + own materials
Tutor: Sarah Moncrieff
https://www.sarahmoncrieffpaintings.co.uk

A perfect opportunity if you have always wanted to try drawing but feel you need some guidance. Sarah is an experienced artist and expert tutor. She will introduce you to the basic principles and techniques of drawing using a variety of media and working from still life and images. No previous skills necessary.  It will include the opportunity to use pencil and charcoal, consider composition, tone and mark making, and look at and discuss the drawings of other artists.

Please bring A2 paper and an assortment of B pencils to the first session. An equipment list will be available from the tutor at the first class.  Good value paper and pencils are available from The Works or Hobbycraft.


Drawing with Confidence [S] [13+]
Saturday 14 March
10:00-14:00, £30 + own materials
Tutor: John Somerscales
www.jdsomerscales.co.uk

John Somerscales is a local artist and patient tutor. He will teach you how to construct and render objects accurately, explore different media and techniques and experiment with mark-making and shading, plus lots more. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience.

Please bring pencils (B, 2B, 4B), biro, black felt tip pen, eraser, ruler, set square, and A4 sketchpad / cartridge paper.


Acrylic Painting for Beginners [W]
Mondays 14:30-16:30
13 Jan (10 wks), £110 + own materials
Tutor: Sarah Moncrieff
https://www.sarahmoncrieffpaintings.co.uk

A perfect opportunity if you have always wanted to try painting but feel you need some guidance. Sarah is an experienced artist and expert tutor. You will consider colour theory, how to develop a painting and achieve perspective and distance through colour, paint and brush mark using acrylic paint.  You will paint still life, landscape and have the chance to work with a palette knife. You will also look at the work of other artists.

Please bring some sketch paper and one or more brushes to the first session, the size of brush doesn’t matter. Sarah will advise you on the sorts of materials you may wish to buy thereafter, so you can choose and purchase equipment to suit your budget and what you want to achieve in your painting, but below is an indicative list:

Acrylic Painting for Beginners Suggested Materials


Acrylic Painting in a Day [S] [13+]
Saturday 8 February
10:00-16:00, £45 + own materials
Tutor: John Somerscales
www.jdsomerscales.co.uk

“Learnt so many techniques in such a short time.”

Spend a day with our experienced artist and expert tutor who will take you on an exploration of acrylic painting techniques such as washes, glazing, blending, impasto, scumbling and sgrafitto. You will also look at colour mixing, composition, and how to create a successful picture. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

Acrylic Workshop Equipment List


Watercolour Painting for Beginners [W]
Thursdays 15.30-17.00
26 Sept (10 wks), £80 + own materials
16 Jan (10 wks), £80 + own materials
23 Apr (5 wks), £40 + own materials
Tutor: John Somerscales
www.jdsomerscales.co.uk

These weekly sessions give you a chance to explore the basic skills and techniques of watercolour painting in a friendly and informative environment. Guidance is also given on choosing and using the right equipment to get the best results in your painting.

Watercolour Equipment Recommended Essentials


Watercolour Painting for Improvers [W]
Thursdays 13:45-15:15
26 Sept (10 wks), £80 + own materials
16 Jan (10 wks), £80 + own materials
23 Apr (5 wks), £40 + own materials
Tutor: John Somerscales
www.jdsomerscales.co.uk

Take your watercolour skills to the next level with expert tutoring and demonstrations from a professional artist. You will look at more sophisticated ways of using the medium to produce lively and interesting pictures and consider the essential skills of picture-making, such as the choice of subject matter, composition, tonal range and colour harmony.

Watercolour Equipment Recommended Essentials


Watercolour Techniques [S] [13+]
Saturday 12 October
10:00-14:00, £30 + own materials
Tutor: John Somerscales
www.jdsomerscales.co.uk

“John pitched the course at just the right level and was encouraging.”

Let artist and experienced tutor John Somerscales introduce you to the joys of watercolour. Everything you need to know to get you started or refresh forgotten skills. Practical techniques, guidance on using materials, and plenty of practice in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

Watercolour equipment – Saturday workshops


Watercolour Picture Making [S] [13+]
Saturday 16 November
10:00-14:00, £30 + own materials
Tutor: John Somerscales
www.jdsomerscales.co.uk

If you have completed October’s watercolour techniques workshop, or you already have some experience using watercolours, this workshop will help you put your skills to best use to create interesting and exciting pictures. You will consider such aspects as subject matter, composition, tonal range, colour and movement.

Please bring a selection of photographs plus these materials:

Watercolour equipment – Saturday workshops

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