Friday Workshops in a superb teaching studio in Sheffield

Understanding Watercolours – The Fundamentals

In a radical and exciting way, students are shown why watercolours are so different from every other medium. Learn how to combine colours, control blending and use the paint effectively. Build up various exercises throughout the day with the culmination of a finished painting or two! You will be amazed at how much you will learn in a few short hours even if you have been painting for years! All equipment is provided but feel free to bring your own kit.

Understanding Reflections and painting water

Have you ever wondered how to make a body of water shine so that it actually looks like water? It’s all about the reflections, but they behave in many different ways according to conditions. To start with students will study reflections by watching a fantastic presentation on the screen. Everyone will produce a sketch and make a painting plan followed by a step by step tutorial to create a finished watercolour painting of a lake at sunset. Very inspiring! All equipment is provided but feel free to bring your own kit.

Painting dramatic watercolour skies

Skies are problematic for any watercolour artist. A sky is very often the largest area in a landscape and yet it should be executed in the shortest time. Using broad washes with large brushes, controlling the pigment and learning to paint quickly are all part of this exciting workshop. Students will go home with several painted skies and at least one finished piece of work. This totally fresh approach to painting skies in watercolour may just change your style forever! All equipment is provided but feel free to bring your own kit.

Line & wash street scene with human figures

In this workshop we will study how to represent realistic human figures by first sketching and then painting. We will create a street scene on a wet day populated with people featuring umbrellas and reflections. All of this will be done in the very popular line and wash style where everything is drawn first with a waterproof pen and the paint added afterwards. All equipment is provided but feel free to bring your own kit.

Painting a snowy landscape

Create the magic of a snow covered landscape in this seasonal workshop. Rarely does a watercolour artist use white paint so come and learn about “negative” painting and discover some wonderful new and very clever techniques. All equipment is provided but feel free to bring your own kit.

Spring woodland

 This workshop will show you how to paint a forest of trees without leaves with a strong sense of light and long spring shadows. You will also learn how to create incredible depth in a painting along with some amazing watercolour techniques. Your family and friends will be truly amazed at what you will take home. All equipment is provided but feel free to bring your own kit.


Workshop dates

Friday January 24th 2020          –           Dramatic watercolour skies NOW FULL

Friday February 7th 2020          –           Understanding watercolours – The fundamentals FOUR PLACES LEFT

Friday February 28th 2020        –           Line & Wash street scene AVAILABLE

Friday March 13th 2020            –           Spring woodland  NOW FULL

Friday April 3rd 2020                –           Understanding reflections and painting water

All workshops start at 10 am and end at 4 pm with a break for lunch. Please note Lunch is not included but there is a great sandwich shop below.

The cost of a workshop is £50 and includes all materials and liquid refreshments.

A minimum of four persons is required for a workshop to take place. There is a maximum of eight places per workshop. Workshops subject to cancellation if the minimum of four is not reached.  No payment is required until confirmation that the workshop will go ahead. A minimum of two weeks notice will be given in the event of a cancellation. Once a booking is placed, students will be kept informed about the workshop status.  A payment of £50 will then be required which can be made by bank transfer, credit/debit card via a phone call or the website.

To book a place, chose your workshop(s) and either send an email to  or phone 07887 900918