All my workshops are about learning how to paint expressively, learning to paint freely and from imagination. Rather than teaching how to paint as I do, my aim is to encourage and help students to find their natural way of drawing and painting.
I run a number of workshop “series” each year and each series looks at different elements of painting expressively. I choose different topics to keep the workshops fresh and interesting with new learning to be gained each time. Each workshop in the series is stand alone, you just choose a date which suits. That said, many people come on more than one day in a series, to have another go at the exercises and consolidate learning.
My workshops are suitable for all abilities including complete beginners. Participants come with varying goals – professional artists wanting to ‘loosen up’ their style or find new directions, art teachers seeking to develop their own art, skilled amateur artists wanting to learn new skills and a different way of painting and total beginners to art looking for a way to begin.
I encourage students to paint from “inside out”. I teach students many different ways to start a drawing or painting and suggest how to develop a range of skills and techniques using line, shape and colour. The aim is to help them paint expressively allowing the painting to evolve rather than setting a rigid idea of what it should be.
The workshops are small, only 8 to 10 participants, and are informal in style. They are held in my Studio at Wildwood, a new eco-house overlooking the Surrey Hills.