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


The Tutors

We are fortunate to start the season with Katie Sollohub, this year’s winner of the prestigious Derwent Drawing Prize.  Christine Forbes joins us later in the year for a fresh and exciting approach to watercolour.

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.


Katie Sollohub – River Retreat

  • Tues 25th to Thursday 27th August, 2020
  • 10.00am to 4.30pm
  • £285/person

Give yourself time to draw, drawing time, as the river passes; observe ripples of light on water, feel the cold depth, the movement, the flickering colour in reflections, the world above and below the surface, the bends and twists of the river. Katie will be using guided meditation and mark-making exercises to help you settle into the space, find your own connection, use your breath and body to lead the process of drawing, through all the senses. 


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.


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.


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.


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