Workshops

Trees Workshop Bodiam 2018

Workshop at Newenden June 2018

Workshop Turner 2018

Fran Russell En Plein Air Painting Workshop at Newenden

Newenden 2017

Dawn Newenden 2017
My next workshop will be "Rye Harbour":-

Date: Thursday 11th July 2019 *
Time: 9.30am -to- 5.00pm.
Address: Rye Harbour Sailing Club, The Point, Rye Harbour, Rye TN31 7TU
Price: £45 for the whole day (food/drinks are not included but can be purchased from the nearby/very good Bosun’s Bite cafe).

For this workshop, I have hired Rye Harbour Sailing Club. This will provide us with free parking immediately adjacent to where we will be painting and use of their clubhouse with seating, kitchen & toilets.

* Because we are weather dependent please also keep Friday 12th July as an alternative/back-up date in case of unsuitable weather on the 11th.

This venue offers us a good choice of subject matter; the River Rother with many moored fishing and pleasure boat and the wooden structures of the harbour pier and walkways. You can choose to set up your easel looking at the harbour towards Rye in one direction or down the river channel out to sea with the salt marshes to the side in the other. There are also views from the clubhouse deck looking across stored sail-boats towards the Napoleonic Rye Harbour Martello tower.

My workshops are suited to those who have some painting experience but are starting out with oils or 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, but you are more than welcome to attend if you would prefer to use water mixable oils.

At the workshop you will learn how to find your subject; set up your easel; plan your composition; create atmospheric perspective; colour mixing; application of oil paints and various useful hints & tips to assist you with the demands of outdoor landscape painting.

Students are required to bring their own equipment. If you would like to see the equipment list in advance of booking, contact me and I will email it over to you. I have a limited number of easels (first come, first reserved) that can be loaned and for a very small additional fee, traditional oil paints, low odour white spirit and gesso primed canvas boards can be supplied. Other art materials can be loaned (please ask).

To book or make further enquiries send me 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) letting you know if there is availability and if so I will email you an information sheet with terms and conditions and a booking form for you to complete and return.

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).

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I usually organise 4 or 5 workshops each year. After this July date, my next is likely to be held in August or September.

Further dates are to be arranged this year. Please contact me if you would like to be notified by email as soon as they are organised (if you attended a workshop with me in 2018 or 2019 you will be on my workshop emailing list).

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



2018 "Trees" Workshop at The Hub, Bodiam