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New Watercolour Course: Monday mornings at 9.45

September 18th & 25th, October 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd

Places available – Contact – or phone 07887 900918

The Foliater

A brand new watercolour brush which I designed and manufactured by Proarte. It has unique design features to help the artist paint shrubs and foliage. Available April/May on this website. Check out the You tube video for more information. Click on link below.

New Summer Workshops in Derbyshire Countryside

Watercolour Workshops with Stephen Coates

Spend a day with watercolour artist Stephen Coates. His exciting and unique teaching methods will help you understand how to use the paint effectively. You will go home with a finished painting following a series of exercises and modules. Relax in a beautiful Derbyshire setting with all materials provided and gain inspiration from a leading watercolour expert.

For complete beginners or those seeking to improve.

Homemade refreshments will be provided using produce from our award-winning gardens

but you will need to bring your own lunch. 

Workshop Dates


 Winsor & Newton

I have recently been asked to demonstrate the superb range of Winsor & Newton watercolour paints. It is an honour to represent such a big company with one of the biggest brands on the market. Look out for future demonstration venues.

“The Watercolour Enigma”

After almost two years work and I am delighted to announce that my first watercolour tuition book has been published. It is based on my watercolour courses and is quite different from other books on the market. You will find a comprehensive theme throughout which deals with the behaviour of watercolour paint and why it should be approached differently from any other artist’s medium. I am really excited about this book and truly believe that it will bring the reader to a fresh understanding about using watercolours.

Watercolours are a little mysterious and difficult to understand, often misused and dismissed. Hence the title, “The watercolour enigma”. The sub title “Science of the medium” relates to the natural properties of water and how they dictate the way the paint should be used. Understanding the basic science of water is vital to bring about successful watercolour painting.

The “Watercolour enigma” is a step by step course which you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. I am convinced that you will progress far more quickly as a watercolour artist if you complete this course, digest all the information within its pages and commit to plenty of practice.



phone: 07887900918


phone: 07887900918

Updated August 2015