Workshops

Workshop at Newenden June 2018

En Plein Air Workshop 2017

Fran Russell En Plein Air Painting Workshop at Newenden

Workshop 2016 at Weavers Studio

Newenden 2017

Dawn Newenden 2017
2nd NOV WORKSHOP IS FULLY BOOKED - If you would like to be contacted in the event of a cancellation or receive an email when new dates are arranged, please send me a message using my contact page:-

Trees! Friday 2nd November @ The Hub, Bodiam, East Sussex (because we are weather dependent, please also keep Friday 9th November free (if this is possible for you), as an alternative/back-up date – in case of unsuitable weather on the 2nd):-

For the 3rd time this year, we will be returning to The Hub for another plein air oil painting workshop. There is a wonderful choice of subject matter at this venue and where we set up will very much depend upon the weather on the day. The focus of this workshop will be one of my favourite subjects - trees.

The date of this workshop will offer us either late Autumn colours or the beautiful bare “bones” of our trees. With this workshop being held outside in early November we should expect to have to wrap up well & wear appropriate clothing and footwear to keep warm and comfortable. If it is breezy we will move downhill from The Hub to a more sheltered position where you will have a choice of trees (Oaks/Poplars/Willows to name just a few). If it is calm we could opt to stay near The Hub where you could paint one of two particularly interesting old/gnarled Oak trees they have (plus others around such as the Poplars or Apple trees in their orchards). Wherever we set up, this venue offers us a choice of views with trees.

We will use The Hub as our base for a meeting point (9.00am) and buy lunch. Tea/coffee & breakfasts also available from 8.45am.

Workshop time: 9.15am to 4.15pm.
Address: The Hub at Quarry Farm, Bodiam, East Sussex TN32 5RA
www.thehubquarryfarm.co.uk
Price: £40*

*Breakfast, lunch & beverages are not included in the workshop price.


My workshops are suited to those who have some painting experience but are starting out with oils & those who would like to improve on existing oil painting skills while getting to grips with the challenges of working en plein air.

My medium of choice is traditional oil paint and my teaching methods are based on their use, however, you are more than welcome to attend if you use water soluble oils or acrylics (many of the techniques I use/teach are transferable).

At the workshop you will learn how to find your subject; set up your easel to avoid annoyances and problems later on in the day; planning your composition; atmospheric perspective; colour mixing; application of oil paints and various useful tips to assist you with the demands of outdoor landscape painting.

Students are required to bring their own equipment. Please download the list here:Equipment List 2018 . I have a limited number of easels that can be loaned and for a small additional fee paints & some other materials can be provided. Please ask for details.

To book or make further enquiries please send a message using the contact form on this website. If I have a choice of dates/venues listed, please indicate the venue and date you are interested in attending. Remember to include your email address. I will then reply to your enquiry (usually within 24hrs).

Bookings are being taken now and spaces are limited to a maximum of 8 students per workshop to ensure plenty of one-to-one tuition through the day.

When you book a space I will email you an information sheet with terms and conditions together with a booking form for you to complete and return.


Further dates are to be arranged. Please contact me if you would like to be notified of new dates/venues (if you have attended a workshop with me this year you will be on my workshop emailing list).

Painting outdoors has its challenges but the rewards are so great - give it a go!