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If you attend my regular classes (details here), this is where you will find information up and coming topics.  There are also some step by step tutorials guides that I hope you will find useful (scroll down).

It is always useful to have your paper stretched* and ready on your board and when appropriate, you subject drawn up ready for class.  This allows us maximum painting time at class although we will occasionally concentrate on drawing skills.

The art classes are for your enjoyment, as well as to gain knowledge and new skills. Your feedback is essential: let me know what you would like to do, or indeed what you don't want to do. Nothing is compulsory and it is up to you to do as much or as little as you wish!

*I will show you how to do this at class. An alternative is to use a 'paper block' if you do not have time to stretch your paper.




January - April 2019

Class 1

'Painting Leaves and Wash Refresher' 29 Jan - 05 Feb

To start the new term, we will be 'easing in' with a (requested) refresher on watercolour washes and one or two demos from me on different types of leaves eg shiny, heavily veined, autumnal. Also, I will show those who don't know, how to stretch paper (you'll be needing to do this for some future classes, including the next one). There are still plenty of green leaves about, rose leaves, honeysuckle, bay, holly etc.
Feel free to bring your own leaves if you have some but I will bring a selection. It will be a good colour matching exercise and I would like to see you all mixing your own greens (there are hundreds of different greens!) Those of you who started last term can refer back to your colour charts as well.


Class 2 + 3

'Emperor Penguins in Snow' 12 Feb - 05 March 

These lovely creatures have exquisite colouring: a lovely contrast to the snow.
You will need a paper block or stretched paper as there will be lots of washy washes for the background and you won't be happy if the paper buckles. You will also need some masking tape for this and other classes.


Class 4

'Tonal study of Eggs' 12 March - 19 March

Fairly simple to draw this one and good for recognising the different tones. There will be subtle shades of white and brown eggs.
It is often the case that the hue of an object is confused with the tonal values. To show you this we will have 2 images to share per 2 people. The same image but one in colour and one in black and white.
This exercise should help you with painting you undertake in the future.
You should have stretched paper or block.


Class 5+6

'Seashore Medley' 26 March - 16 April

This class runs over two lessons and I will supply the references.
Shells, stones, texture and colour, light and shade. This still-life can be approached in a loose washy way, or more detailed, it is your choice.
For the next lesson (7) we will be using permanent pens and Hot-Press paper. Please remember to have them with you. If you do not have these we can sell you HP paper and pens but please let us know in this lesson so that Chris can order them in time for the last lesson.


Class 7

'Mecanopsis cambrica: a botanical study' 23 April - 30 April

Mecanopsis cambrica. A lovely blue poppy, not native to this country but available to buy! Origin Himilayas?..must be.....common name is Himalayan poppy!
The reason we will be using hot press paper is that it is very smooth so that you can more easily get fine detail.
First we will draw the page using the Stella Ross Craige reference but changing the layout - I will explain this in class. Next, using a permanent pen, or set of pens, I will show you how to use the pen to put shade and texture into your work. After making sure that your pen work is dry (hairdryer) the colour is added to finish the piece.
Stretched HP (hot press) paper or block.


Class 1

'Painting White' 01 October - 08 October

In this class there will be some white objects to paint along with some reference photographs. I will show you how to paint white on white paper...often thought as challenging ......with the right colour mixes it really isnt so difficult.
Stretched paper or a block.

Class 2 & 3

'A Misty Landscape' 15 October - 05 November

Over two lessons, we will return to our 'Emulate an Artist theme and look at J M W Turner.
I am sure that everybody is familiar with the wonderful paintings that Turner produced with his impressionistic technique.
I will demonstrate some techniques for this painting. Everybody will work from the same reference.
Stretched paper or block needed: white gouache advisable.

Class 4 & 5

'Snow leopard' 12 November - 03 December

This beautiful big cat is endangered in the wild because of the beautiful markings of its fur. I will demonstrate getting the fur texture right and particular attention to the eyes. Same reference photo for all.
Stretched paper or block.

Class 6

'Hips, Haws, Berries' 10 December - 17 December

A mixture of actual stuff from the countryside, (you can bring your own but we will supply some for class as well) and photographic refs. You can choose to make this little study into a Christmas card if you like.
You can get away without stretching your paper for this one but still bring a board and your masking tape.

Happy Christmas!



October - December 2018

Class 1

'Asian Painting' 02 - 09 October

We'll be looking at Chinese/Japanese painting styles to gently get back in the swing of things.  A class for everyone, including beginners.  No drawing, big brushes: straight on to your paper. Hard to master, fun to learn.

Class 2

'Mother and Baby' 16 - 23 October

As requested, we are going to look at drawing techniques and will be using pencils to draw mother and baby elephant. Beginners will be looking at colour mixing.

Class 3+4

'Emulate an Artist' 30 October - 20 November

Continuing our popular series, this time looking at the work of ever-popular David Hockney.

Image result for hockney the road to york through sledmere
The Arrival of Spring
By David Hockney

Class 5 

'People' 27 November - 04 December

Another requested class.  We are going to look at how to go about painting a figure or portrait.  Tricks, tips and maths (it's all about scale and proportion!)

Class 6 

'A Winter Beach Scene' 11 - 18 December

Or, if you prefer 'paint achristmas card or two'.  The coast can be stunning in the winter.  Low light, hovering mist, tourists all gone home......

Image result for tony pick aldeburgh in winter

Photograph by Tony Pick Photography

January - April 2018

Class 6 & 7 - 'Country cottage' starting 19 March
Looking to bring together the skills we have already worked on this term and last, we will be painting a cottage or brick/stone building in the countryside.  Check your notes from our perspective class!  There will be plenty of scope to add summer borders and lovely deep shadows from a bright sun.  Here are a couple I painted for commissions.  You may want to use pencils or pen and ink: it's up to you.

Class 5 - 'Pigs' starting 5 March

Time for an animal subject and we have not tackled a pig before so that is what we will be doing.  Pigs can make great subjects and your artwork can be loose and washy, tight and accurate, watercolour, pencil, pen and wash or like my demonstration examples here, with watercolour brush pens.  As usual, reference will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own.  Beginners will join in with this one.

Class 3 & 4 - 'Still Life after Paul Cézanne' from 5 February

We will be looking at the work and painting style of Paul Cezanne and attempting to emulate his style with a still life of our own.  Still life was very important to Cezanne and he painted about 200 over a 40 year period.  Have a look at some here for inspiration!

Class 2 - 'A Landscape using 3 Colours' starting 22 January

Classes beginning today are all about technique, spontaneity and the use of a limited colour palette. If nothing else it will get you all mixing colours. It is all too easy to reach for a green or orange in your palette rather than mixing your own. The horizon or eye level line is very low, allowing you to create dramatic skies. My three colours here were ultramarine, process yellow and carmine (a pinkish red ). To me, the house looks too twee and a little bit lost on its own so I will add some outbuildings and more foliage. I will be starting from the beginning in the classes and adding to this one showing different techniques. You do not have to put a building in, you could have something in the foreground.

Beginners will be mixing colours but can benefit from my demonstrations: beginners from the last term can work on this project.

Class 1 - 'Two Point Linear Perspective' starting 8 January

A subject that caused some difficulty for most last term, so we are going to look at 2 point perspective by drawing a basic house shape.  You can then turn your drawing into a cottage, a barn or a block of flats! For my demonstration, I am using a tonal wash to create light and shade.  There will be a 'step by step' guide here.

October - December 2017

Class 6 - 'Flat Colour and Silhouettes' starting 11 December

Last class before Christmas and as always we will be enjoying (non-alcoholic) mulled wine with mince pies or stollen as we paint a seasonal scene.

for my demonstration, I chose an owl in snow by moonlight
I will show you how to do a lovely flat wash and how to use flat colours and silhouettes. The overall look is similar to a  lino or woodcut.  Of course...we shall also make some snow!  We will supply silhouettes references.

Class 5 - 'Loose, Washy and Fishy!' starting 27 November

Splashing paint on your paper sounds like fun - and it is!  But the secret is making the paint go where you want it and reacting with your picture as you plan.  So your painting may look free and washy but it is all about control.  We will be painting beautiful and colourful fish: lots of colour, amazing patterns and lots of fun!  There is a 'step by step guide' for this one.

Class 3+4 - 'Allotments' starting 30 October

Not for beginners who will continue with basic skills.

For these two classes, we will be painting allotments. For inspiration look at the work of John Lines or Liam O'Farrell.

Class 2 - 'Fungi' starting 16 October

Beginners will not be joining in with this class but will be starting to learn basic skills.

Following on from class 1, we are going to look at fungi.  There are some wonderful examples growing in all around us at this time of year: you may have some growing in or near your garden.  I will supply some reference but you may wish to bring in a sample to paint from life.  Here is a group that I illustrated for a book and there is a 'step by step' for this one too.

Class 1 - 'A Leaf/Colour Mixing' starting 2 October

A nice introduction to the new term: we will be mixing colours and painting a seasonal leaf from life. Everyone will have a leaf to paint and will mix accurate colours for their painting. I will take the class through each stage and this class will be for everyone, including beginners. Have a look at the wonderful leaf paintings of Rory Mcewan for inspiration......

January - April 2017

Class 1 & 2 - Native wild animal/fur

We will be painting a local animal with fur such as a rabbit, stoat, badger, weasel or fox.

Class 3 & 4 - Still Life: Reflections/Glass/Steel

By request, we will be looking at reflections on glass and metal in still life.  We will be using this photograph and take this over two sessions.  There is a 'step by step' for this one in the usual place here.

Class 5 - A misty landscape

How to paint mist and fog.  We will also be painting figures in the landscape using the techniques we learned last term. Stretched paper (or paper block) at the ready as this involved wet paper). I will take you through this step by step from my easel at front of class.  I will demonstrate each step and you will follow as I do it.....

A step by step guide for this is on the usual page. 

Class 6 - In the style of....

We make a return to our popular sessions where we look at the style of an artist and attempt to emulate the style.  This time we are going to look at birds as painted in the style of contemporary American artist Karl Martens. Have a look at his work here: should be fun!  Karl Martens paints large, from memory and without reference but we are going to use photographs taken by, and used by kind permission of, John Curson.  We will be using watercolour on paper and painting somewhat smaller pieces!

Class 7 - Spring Flowers

From life, we will be painting the season's new flowers.  Loose and washy, detailed or botanical, it's up to you and I will demonstrate all.  I will supply flowers but bring your own if you wish.

September-December 2016

Class 1 - White Flower(s)-painting negative space

Easing gently back into a new term after the summer break, I will show you how to paint using negative space in a loose and washy style. This technique is part contrived, part letting the paint do its own thing.

This class is suitable for all, beginners and old hands alike. Stretched paper on boards (or paper blocks) for this one (I will have some prepared for beginners).  Guide for this on the step by step page.

Classes 2 & 3 Old Buildings

Another popular subject that we haven't tackled for quite a while now: old buildings. Lovely crumbling structures, faded paintwork and strong shadows in bright sunlight. To ensure the sunlight, we are using the ancient Turkish site of Stratonikaea as our subject and as I have been lucky enough to visit this Unesco World Heritage Site three times this year, I have some new photographs.  Pen and colour wash, watercolour pencils and watercolour paints are all suitable for this subject or you may wish to use a mixture. Stretched paper on boards or paper blocks required. Please see the step by step below.

Beginners will be learning basic skills and technique.

Class 4
Painting skies.
This class for everyone. You cannot practice this enough as it is something so many have difficulty with. We will look at and practice stormy clouds, dramatic skies, sunsets and calm and peaceful skies. Stretched paper on both sides of your boards for this one!
Beginners will be joining in with everyone else for this class.
A step by step guide is in the usual place. 

Class 5
Simple figure painting.

If you look closely at these figures, they are far from perfect....however... as a whole, they work, especially if you imagine them in a landscape!

So, the key thing is to allow your imagination to fill in the rest don't try to paint legs and clothing perfectly.  Join the shadows to the figures with no gap, there wouldn't be one!
Mostly, I haven't painted feet or hands, again no real need, apart from the skaters where it seemed important.
Here (below) is a group of people, same loose freestyle. See how the colour flows into the shadow. Keeping your paint quite wet whilst doing these little figures is essential.

The occasional bit of raw paper on the figures gives the impression of light.

This one (above right) to me, gives a lovely feeling of light. If you look in detail, the right leg is too thin, however, overall it looks ok. Imagine this figure in a street scene, walking along a wet pavement.
I will show you how to give the impression of figures in the landscape using simple measurements and techniques for convincing results!
Beginners will be joining in with everyone else in this class.


Class 6

Patterns/repeat patterns.
Something a little different for the last class before Christmas. We will study how to create a repeat pattern that can be used as borders on painting and indeed, Christmas cards! Stretched paper not necessary for this one.
Beginners will be joining in with everyone else for this class.

January-April 2016

Class (4+5)
For these two classes we will be looking at still life with a nod to the 17C Dutch masters.  Our images have been kept simple - but not easy - and these classes are a progression from work we did before Christmas.
Here is an example of a Dutch master and a choice of passion fruit or figs to use for your still life.

Adriaen Coorte
Still Life with Asparagus and Red Currants, 1696
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.


photograph courtesy Andrew Mott
Passion Fruit Still Life, 2016

A step by step guide is in the usual place.

Class (2+3)
Beginners will continue to build their basic skill sets and will be painting peppers at class 2.  
A scene from Martlesham Creek.  Steve and Sandra Adcock are building a home on a boat.  It's a big job and the many hours of hard work are compensated by the views, especially at the start and end of the day.  From many spectacular photographs, I have chosen this one for us to paint.  You will need stretched paper for this one.  A lovely atmospheric local scene that I hope you will all enjoy painting.  Many thanks to Steve and Sandra.

Martlesham Creek Sunrise by Steve Adcock
A step by step guide is in the usual place.

Class (1)
Easing nicely into the new year, we will be painting an iris or two (as you wish) in a washy and colourful way.

Autumn 2015
please note that classes 4 & 5 have been 'swapped' (15 Nov)
Class (6)
Christmas is nearly upon us and that means the usual mince pies, mulled wine and of course, some painting.  We will be using this class to work on unfinished paintings or to have another go at something we've tackled this 'term' and liked or perhaps didn't quite get to grips with! Just bring your usual equipment and any painting you want to work on.

Class (5)
How to use shadows with impact! We will look at and practise shadow colours, types of shadow, when and how to apply shadows.

Class (4)
This week we will look at seasonal fruits and flowers. You can use pens, watercolour pencils, paints, mixed media and/or colage. Should be fun!

Class (3)
Another famous artist with a distinctive style was Aubrey Beardsley, a very popular illustrator in the early 20th century. Two dimensional, black and white, stylish and almost Chinese in effect. We will look at his technique and then interpret in your own way!

Class (2)
An atmospheric water scene with a heron as the main subject and an opportunity perhaps for a soft, floaty, interpretation.

photograph by kind permission of John Bexfield
A step by step guide is in the usual place.

Class (1)
We are kicking off this 'term' with an adventure into chromoluminarism and pointillism with a look at the work and techniques of influential post-impressionist painter Seurat.  The aim will be to paint a picture using dots, letting the brain 'mix' the colours - placing yellow and blue dots next to each other will create green in the viewer's eye. Have a look at his work here. This will be a useful and fun exercise in colour and in using a new technique.

The Seine and la Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, spring 1888