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.

Summer Landscape in watercolour – NEW

Painting a summer landscape with trees in full leaf and swathes of green meadows is a constant challenge for watercolour artists. Green is an odd colour and easy to get wrong. Planning, mixing and brush techniques are all dealt with in this workshop. You will go home with a much better understanding of how to create our green and pleasant land in watercolour. 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.

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.

Under present circumstances it is unlikely that any of the below workshops will take place. However, if you would like to express an interest in any of them on the basis that things might improve sufficiently for them to go ahead, please get in touch. You will not be asked for any financial commitment. 

Workshop dates

Friday May 1st 2020                 –          Understanding watercolours – the fundamentals

Friday May 15th 2020               –          Spring Woodland

Friday May 29th 2020               –          Dramatic watercolour skies

Friday June 12th 2020              –          Line & Wash Street Scene

Friday July 3rd 2020                 –          Understanding reflections and painting water

Friday July 24th 2020               –          Understanding watercolours – the fundamentals

Friday July 31st 2020               –          Summer Landscape in watercolour

Friday August 14th 2020          –          Line & Wash Street Scene

Friday August 21st 2020          –          Dramatic watercolour skies

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