Classes & workshops


Workshops are held at Boundary House in Ipsden and run from 10am to 4pm they cost is £85 for the day with an early bird price of £75 when the course is booked and paid for at least one month prior to the course date, lunch is not included but refreshments are served throughout the day.


THE WATERCOLOUR WAY...Winter snowdrops, the subtleties of painting white!!
Monday the 4th February 2019
10am to 4pm

White is technically not a 'colour', but many artists struggle in giving good renditions of white objects as an understanding of tonal value is required and surprisingly 'white' objects are rarely white and instead are a sum total of their 'shadows' and reflected colours from their environment.

We will be learning how to translate a white winter floral firstly in a black and white notan using ink, we will then use a limited palette to build up a tonal painting of the floral, using salt for texture and playing with clingfilm to suggest the complexity of foliage, we will also be using glazing and the black ink with the background colours to give added strength to a powerful winter floral.

Wet in Wet
Wet on dry
Salt to add texture to the wash
Use of a limited palette
Effects of clingfilm in a wash
Painting with ink and watercolour
Use of metallic inks
Tonal painting

Friday the 15th February 2019
10am to 4pm

In this workshop we will be painting either our favourite church, folly or ancient ruin using watercolour with oil pastel for wax resist, texture and bringing a splash of unexpected colour.

We will also be using ink with our washes and learning about using drawing pens both the fine nib variety and bamboo pens for interesting marks and charcoal for grainy under texture. 

This is a highly enjoyable workshop where we can learn techniques to paint colourful, quirky buildings that are full of character and charm.

Techniques covered:

Ink and watercolour
Drawing and bamboo pens
wax resist
oil pastels for texture and splashes of colour


THE WATERCOLOUR WAY...Capturing the 'spirit of the Hare'!!
Monday the 4th March 2019
10am to 4pm

In this workshop we will be looking at capturing the spirit of the hare using watercolour, ink, oil pastel for wax resist and sgraffito for whites scratched into the foreground foliage.
We will warm up by working out our design using water soluble graphite and depending on our style can decide to either do a representational version of our chosen image or add symbols relating to the mythology of hares with moons, moths, crows, corn, furrowed fields included in the design to give the added dimension of story telling
Painting hares is incredibly popular and last year's course sold out very quickly, so if you would like to enrol please contact me as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

Techniques covered:

Water soluble graphite on cartridge paper
Ink and watercolour
Putting down benchmark darks
Dry brush
Wax resist with oil pastels
Composition and design

1 April 2019 - Painting spring rivers

13 May 2019 - Expressive bluebell woods

3 June 2019 - FLOWER POWER...oriental poppies

1 July 2019 - Atmospheric seascapes

2 September 2019 - Loose & lively still life

7 October 2019 - Flora & fauna of Autumn

4 November 2019 - Autumn Woodlands

2 December 2019 - Painting the winter landscape

If you are interested in any of the above classes or workshops, please get in touch with Denny through this website.