Masterclasses and Workshops

We are very excited about our series of Masterclasses and Workshops planned for the late summer and autumn. The tutors’ work is varied and all of an exceptional standard.

Francesca Shakespeare explores the interface between 2D and 3D with her Painting, Bas-Relief and Plaster workshop.

Christine Forbes joins us later in the year for a fresh and exciting approach to watercolour.

We are very fortunate to have Andrew James teach a three day Portrait Workshop

Sam Barnes is joining us for a weekend workshop in the new year after a very busy Lockdown period where she led the way with how to do online classes.

The talented Sarah Spackman returns to look at composition in 2021. Her sketches were the quickest work to disappear on Instagram’s Artist Support Pledge.

The Tutors

Sarah Spackman – Exploring Composition

sarah spackman still life
  • Dates to be confirmed
  • 10.00am to 4.00pm each day
  • £340/course

Students will build simple still life set ups from materials provided. They will develop a series of studies to address drawing, composition, tonal and colour relationships separately before a final painting. These studies will be in charcoal, conte and oil paint. These preparatory explorations will enable the students to approach their paintings with greater understanding and confidence.

November, 20/21/22nd – Andrew James NEAC RP, Portrait Masterclass

  • 20th, 21st and 22nd November, 2020
  • 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • £380/course
  • lunch included
  • maximum of 10 on course
  • beautiful, spacious studio with appropriate distances between students

Andrew is a member of the New English Art Club and Vice President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. He has published a number of books and DVDs about portrait painting, and taught in various venues in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Christine Forbes – Autumn Flowers and Foliage

  • 24th and 25th October, 2020
  • 10.00am – 4.00pm
  • £235/ course

This workshop will appeal to anyone with an interest in learning a new approach to representing the natural world.

Christine’s work is an exciting contemporary look at watercolours and interpretation of the natural environment. She encourages intuitive expressive work based on solid technique.There will be plenty of one to one guidance and demonstrations to help you open up and extend your painting experience.

Samantha Barnes – A Weekend of Drawing and Painting

samantha Barnes
  • Dates to be confirmed
  • 10am – 4pm each day.
  • £300/ person

We will work directly with the view from Riverside Studio and Cottage, using photography, and drawing, and taking our research into exciting paintings in watercolour, acrylic paint or water-based oils as you wish.
Initially we will be drawing and getting to know our surroundings visually. We might then do some basic printmaking to help us draw out some different perspectives. Once we are ready, we will come to paint using all our sketches and studies.


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