Workshops & Bookings

Please complete a Booking Form and pay below via Paypal to secure your place. Or email me if you  prefer to complete a paper form to send with a cheque. I look forward to welcoming you with Joining Instructions by return email!

Beginners’ Winter Retreat at Combe Grove Manor Hotel

An introduction to painting with watercolours for beginners. Paint your own masterpiece in the gorgeous Combe Grove Manor Hotel near Bath following step-by-step instructions. When: Friday 25 January 2019 &/or Saturday 26 January 2019 (10.30 – 16.00) Where: Combe Grove Manor Hotel, Brassknocker Hill, Bath BA2 7HU Cost: £95 one day/ £80 per day for two or more days: including hotel lunch, all materials – watercolour board, tube paints, brush loan. Coffee & tea.


Bath Watercolour Workshops @ Museum of Bath Stone

Imaginary Landscapes: Wednesday 6 &/or Thursday 7 March; Saturday 9 March 10.30-3: or Watercolour Portraits: Friday 8 March 10.30-3: Both courses include all materials and a delicious deli lunch. Landscapes: What makes a painting subject and where can we find inspiration? This workshop will discuss these conundrums, as well as composition ideas. We’ll plan our paintings and then follow demonstrations of gravity painting techniques to make the most of the paint moving in water and create our own imaginary landscape. Book one day or extend your learning over two. Portraits: This day will suit those with some experience of painting with watercolours. Our session is based around a head and shoulders photographic portrait. Learn how to control wet-in-wet running paint to create deep tone and explain the fall of light across the features of a human face.Understand composition, focal point(s), colour mixing, building up tone, etc.


Watercolours on Water!

When: Thursday 4 April 10-4: This April we shall take to Bath’s stunning canal and join the privately hired Sir John Knill Waterbus at Widcombe’s Top lock. We will proceed on a leisurely journey up the canal to Bathampton, gathering images along the way, to return back by water and the tow path for an afternoon’s painting at the Natural Theatre Company’s Studio space.


Painting the garden plein air (Wylye Valley Art Trail event)

A half day plein air watercolour workshop on Sunday 26 and/or Monday 27 May 1-4: These afternoon short taster workshops are suitable for beginners and all materials are provided. Enjoy painting the stunning gardens from life at my venue during the Wylye Valley Art Trail – including 17th century buildings, a cute brick privy (!), colourful borders, a meadow and rolling lawns.


Art Society Workshops & demonstrations:

I am often asked to demonstrate and teach my watercolour techniques to groups across the south West and beyond. I enjoy explaining my artistic practice while demonstrating live and I have worked at large festivals, in assembly rooms and galleries, at corporate away days and retreats.
Past subjects include: head-and-shoulder portraits; misted landscapes; seascapes; Bath slopes; enchanted woodland; village scenes; underwater worlds, still life etc.
Areas covered: South and Southwest England. Further travel possible for full day workshops and where train service.
Please Email me for particular enquiries.

some comments from art groups:
“Wow !! What a great demo and hugely enjoyed by all!!” Shrivenham Defence Academy
“As you doubtless realise you were indeed well-received and greatly appreciated. Your approach was a revelation and gave us all the confidence to wrestle with the Bogeyman Watercolour unafraid now.” Combe Down Art Group, Bath
Thank you for giving us such a stimulating demonstration…It was fascinating to learn of new and effective ways with watercolour and many of us will be trying to achieve your loose yet controlled technique and the use of watercolour boards. We were in awe of the way in which you kept up an informative commentary while working, too.”Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society
“thank you for the wonderful day … All the participants came away feeling they had learnt some important techniques.  Also, we all feel more confident… Your relaxed approach and excellent teaching meant the day was particularly enjoyable. It is lovely to use watercolour in this way.” Frome Art Group

Corporate Events, retreats & festivals

I can offer attendees of corporate events and retreats an introduction to “gravity painted” watercolours in a relaxed environment. Art novices remember their school art classes with hilarity whilst others can find their re-exposure to art a catalyst to make more future space for the hobby. Watching my stepped demonstrations, delegates create their own imaginary landscapes in running paint, relying less on fine motor skill and more on opening up to “go with the flow”. No complex colour theories, just dropping in pure colour, salt and other interventions and watching the surprising chemistry that results.  The “wet-in-wet techniques” gradually relax and enthral, to create a meditation-like space and reveal the joy that can be found in shared creativity. I am a past Graduate of the  Institute of Personnel and Development and  ran several in-company training events in the 1990s (in my former life as a personnel manager!) 

some comments from delegates:
“Catherine, the art teaching was fabulous and I’d love to try one of your courses”
“I am enjoying getting to grips with watercolours and to tapping into my own creativity. See below for the picture I produced at Brecon (Mentoring Plus Corporate Wellbeing Weekend) which I have framed as I love the colours so much!”
“Thanks again for your fantastic and innovative intro to watercolours.” 

“I was so pleased to have experienced Catherine’s art class and …truly amazed at her extraordinary talent which blew me away not to mention what a gorgeous person she is. I won’t give up my day job yet to become a painter but it was really interesting to see what on earth I would create when given the time just to paint.”

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