Workshops & demonstrations

Spring 2019 A5 workshop flier

To book any of the spring workshops above, please complete and return this booking form and email for payment details: booking form

More about January’s Beginners’ Winter Retreat (a perfect Christmas gift!)
In this introduction to painting with watercolours for beginners – paint your own masterpiece in the gorgeous Combe Grove Manor Hotel near Bath.
When: Friday 25 January 2019 and/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.
Download the more detailed flier here

combe grove
Combe Grove Manor Hotel – painting retreats

More about the new Bath Watercolour Workshop: Watercolours on water:
Take to Bath’s stunning canal this April. We join the privately hired Sir John Knill Waterbus at Widcombe’s Top lock, then proceed in a leisurely journey up the canal to Bathampton gathering images along the way. Then return by water back for an afternoon’s painting at the Natural Theatre Company’s wonderful Studio space.
Email me for particular enquiries.

MORE ABOUT WATERCOLOUR LANDSCAPE WORKSHOPS: (Next available workshop at Combe Grove on 25 & 26 January.)
“I just wanted to thank you for the lovely course last week (Rolling hills). Thanks for your patience and really helpful tips so that as a complete novice I was able to come home with a picture that bore some semblance of what I was trying to paint! I certainly look at the landscape now and see a whole lot of colours that I didn’t before! The venue and food were also great.  I hope to take part again next year.” “I feel like your workshop has helped me to be more loose in my style, and to be bolder with my use of colours.”

Landscape workshops can be a relaxing introduction to watercolours or taken further by painters wanting to use wet-in-wet techniques to loosen up their painting style.

Typical subjects taught: Introduction to watercolours; Imagined landscapes; Misty landscapes; Beautiful Bath Slopes; Winter trees; Rolling Hills; Inundation; Dramatic clouds & weather.Enjoy the freedom of form within flowing landscapes. You will learn to paint on a sloping watercolour board, to encourage paints to mix themselves within water and to control the resulting chemistry.

Typical Venues: Museum of Bath Stone (previously Ralph Allen Cornerstone) Combe Down, Bath; Wylye Valley Art Trail Venue near Shaftesbury; First-View Gallery at Stourhead National Trust Gardens, Wiltshire.

Next available workshop on Friday 8 March 2019.)
“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the workshop; I did find it challenging, (but then that was the point!!)  but thanks to your expert and extremely patient guidance I came away feeling I had achieved something and now feel  confident to  build on all I have learned in an attempt to progress with my own work.”
Just wanted to say thanks for a very helpful course … I really enjoyed it.  It was so helpful to be taken through all the steps in creating a watercolour portrait.  I keep remembering tips you gave us on Wednesday – there was a lot of good information.”
the most amazing art day ever!   It has given me a lot of food for thought, and experiments.”
You will work “wet-in-wet” to map shadows and light and lend drama to your portraits. Develop your understanding of light and facial features. Experience complex colour mixing for portraits.  Suitable for painters with a some experience of painting with watercolours. 

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.
Here are a few testimonies:
“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

I am a past Graduate of the  Institute of Personnel and Development and experience of running several in-company training events in the 1990s (in my former life as a personnel manager!)
At corporate run events and retreats, I offer attendees an introduction to “gravity painted” watercolours in a relaxed environment. 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 paint mixing, 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. In the past I have encouraged both art novices (remembering their school art classes with hilarity) and others who find their re-exposure to art a catalyst to make more future space for the hobby.
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.”

I love the excitement that school children find in discovering and creating art.
I am used to tutoring large groups, with particular experience of teaching Years 5, 6 & 7s. I was involved in the “Hang It” project organised by Victoria Hall Centre, Radstock which involved a group of school children creating art and then following it up by devising a pubic exhibition to show their work.
I have visited classes of Year 10 and Lower Sixth Form students while other years were involved in exams and I am experienced at developing themed sessions around the school curriculum.
I have enjoyed inspiring teachers in after school creative workshops.
Please Email me with particular enquiries.

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