sandra pond art

If you have signed up for my regular classes, this is where you will find information up and coming topics.

Some step by step tutorials guides that I hope you will find useful can be found here.

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 2018


Class 3 & 4 - 'Still Life after Paul Cézanne' starting 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 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!

Copies of these photographs will be available at class but if you wish to print one out and have a go beforehand, let me know and I'll send you a larger (better quality) file.







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.


works in progress from class:


   By Liz H 


   By Marilyn W

   and finally, a finished painting by Liz W


Classes 2 & 3

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


photograph courtesy Andrew Mott

Figs 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