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Art and Painting Courses 2018-19

New 2019 Quirky course dates email can be viewed if you click on above 2019 picture. 

Intermediates & Beginners Pen & Wash courses~ Watercolours ~ Gouache~ Wildlife illustration workshops
Botanical Illustration SBA courses~ Landscapes~Ink and Bleach  ~  Pastels  ~  'How to Draw'

 

 

Wildlife Illustration with Simon Williams SBA at Greystoke Cycle Cafe                

 

Discovering Pen & Wash



A Quirky Watercolours workshop with Margaret Jarvis at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Introduction to Watercolours

 

Learning all about Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis

 

 

Botanical Illustration
Watercolours or Gouache
   

Botanical Illustration Quirky Workshop with Simon Williams

Wildlife Illustration
Watercolours or Gouache

 

Wildlife Illustration Quirky Workshop with Simon Williams

Landscapes in

Ink and Bleach

Experiments with Ink and Bleach - Patsy Derry



Simon Williams SBA

 

 

Simon William
Materials List

click above

 

 

A highly accomplished artist and teacher in both botanical and wildlife illustration Simon is now director of the SBA Distance Learning Programme. He trained as a Natural History Illustrator at the Arts Institute, Bournemouth and has published his own books. Silver – Gilt medal from the Royal Horticultural Society and Certificate’s of Botanical Merit from the Society of Botanical Artist.

These courses are about all aspects of correct painting techniques, not learning to draw. If the actual drawing of a wildlife subject is a worry - you'll be glad to know that many students trace the outlines. They can then concentrate on applying paint correctly.  Those who've been with Simon before often book several days and work on their preferred subject throughout (wildlife or botanical). Simon is relaxed and flexible and this is not a problem; He will demonstrate both on each day as required. Travelling from his Somerset home,

Simon is an extremely popular course tutor for the SBA distance learning course. (Society of Botanical Artists)

     


Botanical Illustration in Watercolours

(Gouache optional)

2019

Any combination of days is possible

 

Botanical Illustration or Wildlife Illustration Courses with Simon WIlliams at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

9.30am - 4.30pm
75 per day inc lovely 2 course lunch

Some watercolour experience is recommended - even if only a half day.

How to book


You may interchange between both and demonstrations are given in both

Choosing Botanical

Use live plant material and learn the various techniques for putting watercolour onto paper with fine illustration in mind. - at times with gouache.

. Gouache can be used to build up a more opaque finish and allows students to work light colour or white highlights over the top of darker ones if needs be. The subject matter in many cases dictates which technique is most appropriate, and Simon will explain all he knows in this field.

You will learn to look and observe details, mix colour and master application techniques. Whichever your chosen medium you will learn to use a dry brush technique to render detail and texture to your botanical painting.   Colour swatches are also important and you will make colour notes etc to keep as future reference. Doing a swatch and practising colour mixing is the best way to progress and be able to look and know instinctively which colours to mix.

Of the different elements of watercolour painting colour mixing seems to produce the greatest anxiety for students. The mixing of dark colour in particular in order to create convincing shadows often leaves students perplexed. Through demonstration and individual tuition I will show how an understanding of colour relationships can provide the key to confident colour mixing and the painting of convincing three dimensional images.

 


 

Wildlife Illustration in Watercolours

(Gouache optional)

2019

Any combination of days is possible

 

 

9.30am - 4.30pm
£75 per day inc lovely 2 course Aga lunch

Some watercolour experience is recommended - even if only a half day.

How to book

Choose your day and subject - Botanical or Wildlife
You may interchange between both and demonstrations are given in both

 

Choosing Wildlife

During Wildlife Illustration the group will be working from photographic reference, so please bring any pictures you might be interested in painting birds or animals. Simon himself brings much materials as well as insects and a variety of other real specimens - butterflies insects feathers etc.

Of the different elements of watercolour painting colour mixing seems to produce the greatest anxiety for students. The mixing of dark colour in particular in order to create convincing shadows often leaves students perplexed.

Through demonstration and individual tuition I will show how an understanding of colour relationships can provide the key to confident colour mixing and the painting of convincing three dimensional images.

 


Intro to Watercolours - Intro to Pen & Wash

Begs. & intermediates with Margaret Jarvis

If you are new to painting and would like to start somewhere - we can highly recommend Margaret Jarvis, an outstanding local tutor for Beginners and Improvers in both Watercolours paints and pencils and also Pen and Wash. Margaret comes with a wealth of knowledge and confirms that you don't need to be able to 'draw' to paint with watercolours, it's all about technique. Although nearly all of our classes and tutors are suitable for all abilities, for a really good grounding in watercolour techniques then Margaret course is ideal.

You will then feel infinitely more confident about attending any of the painting classes here, which actually attract a wide range of abilities. The students who paint like the tutors have probably practised for hundreds of hours, they were also beginners once.

 

 

 

How to book

 

Intro to Pen and Wash 2018

Sun 15 April  Buildings/ gardens/landscapes  full

Sun 8 July Flora & Fauna   full

Thu 11th October  new buildings/ gardens/landscapes

Sat 1 Dec  Christmas Cards in Pen and Wash

9.30 - 4pm

£68 inc a lovely Aga lunch

This day will touch on colour mixing and using watercolours and it combines the subtle variable nature of the watercolour wash with finer detail picked out in black ink pen, allowing the artist different effects in shading and textures. The type of ink pens used - its water solubility and also stippling intensity and textures employed create a vast range of effects.

 

Introduction to Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All about Watercolours

Wed 21 Nov   (inc.Christmas Cards)

9.30 - 4pm

£68 inc a lovely Aga lunch

How to book

Looks in depth at colours, colours mixing techniques washes shading how and brush techniques. It is the most useful place to start for those wishing to learn the basics in an enjoyable, thorough day of discovering the world of watercolours.
Even those with considerable experience say they learn a lot from this class.

A Watercolours Class at Greystoke Cycle Cafe with Margaret Jarvis

Introduction to Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 

Here's a link to the

May 2016 Intro to Pen and Wash course,

these photos are accessible to everyone.

 

 

Art Workshops with Lyn Evans

We are delighted that Lyn, who has very recently relocated to Cumbria from Fife, has agreed to take some of her hugely popular workshops in Greystoke for 2019.

She will be taking workshops both in Pastels and also a course in 'How to Draw' over the summer.


 

 

 

 

What to Bring

Try to bring a couple of photos to work from. Lyn will have  source materials and materials available aswell. Feel free to bring pasterls if you wish - Lyn will also provide these. It will be interesting to compare different makes.

 

 

New

'Pastels for the Faint-hearted!'

Saturday 1st June 2019

10 am to 4.30pm

£75 inc a lovely Aga lunch

 

Suitable for beginners,

as well as those already acquainted with pastels..

During this day, Lyn will guide you through the composition process of creating your picture and will introduce you to the various ways of using pastels.

She will help you to recreate a scene or landscape from a favourite photo or reference that you bring- or choose from the choice that Lyn will provide.

 

The day will start with students following me in mark making. It is important to see just what pastel is capable of, the joy it gives in its use and the effects that can be created.

 

There will be a short demonstration of one of the photos.

Lyn prefers not to spend a lot of time demonstrating as it eats into students time, but will willingly demo if a student is facing a problem. At that time, everyone who wants to, can watch.

We will work on during the day, each student will be working on pastel paper but will have the opportunity to use sanded paper for another work in the afternoon.

Each student should have a small painting to take home at the end of the day, something to be proud of.

Materials Charges

There may be a small fee payable to Lyn on the day of between £5 and £10

 

 

 

 

How to book

 

 

About Lyn 

I have painted throughout most of my life, from my years at Sunderland Art College to the present day,

 I’m inspired mostly by the more unusual colours of nature.

The early morning or late evening light, particularly during the Autumn months, is a favourite.

 

I paint in oil, pastel and watercolours, each one bringing a different quality to the work. 

So often it is the subject that will dictate the medium used. 

Pastel is unsurpassed for colour and texture while oils excel in quality and the ability to move or blend. 

Watercolour, with its more delicate character, is ideal for the beautiful misty days that we

have in plenty in Cumbria.I paint everything and anything but landscape is my first love.

So the countryside in which I live and the quality of lightI enjoy are present in all my work.

 

My influences are Chien Chung Wei, the Taiwanese watercolorist, Iain Stewart, the Scottish watercolorist  (both of whom I have painted with) and  Casey Klahn the American pastelist.

 

 

 

 

New

'How to Draw!'

with Lyn Evans

Sunday 4th August 2019

10 am to 4.30pm

£75 inc a lovely Aga lunch

Suitable for all abilities including beginners.

Drawing is basically quite simple.....you put down what you see!

the trick is to use all the tools at your disposal to make it easier.

You  don't need a lot to start. Few pencils, bits of charcoal and  a cheap sketch book.

Maybe a little bottle of ink and some sharp sticks or pens. The odd biro.

Nothing too expensive, mainly it's lots of enthusiasm and a willingness to practice.

Drawing well is terribly important. Lots of people trace from photos, and that’s fine,

but I feel strongly that to produce a lovely drawing, especially a drawing as a start to a painting,

we have to do it ourselves. From start to finish.

I would start the day with some examples of drawing with a pencil, different effects etc.

A bit of perspective and tone. Then I would set them off drawing from a photo of a simple landscape.

After lunch we can try using charcoal and inks. Experimenting with different kinds of line and effects.

I will bring in and we can gather some source material for this.

The day should cover the use of line, tonal value and perspective.

The drawing I mostly produce for myself are the ground map for work done in the studio.

They also serve to illustrate how important it is to draw.

 

 

How to book

See above for information about Lyn 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventures with Ink & Bleach

 

 

Christmas Cards in Ink & Bleach

Wed 28 November

9.30 - 4pm

£68 inc a lovely Aga lunch

Have fun with a variety of clever techniques using various of inks with bleach to create distinctive designs

for your Christmas cards. You will explore and experiment with these .

Traditional Christmas images (stars, trees, robins, angels, snow scenes etc) will be given a ‘make-over’ when interpreted using ink and bleach techniques to create distinctive and different Christmas card designs

Patsy will bring all the equipment you will need but if you have fountain pen ink (Quink), dip pens, paint brushes (Ones that you won’t mind dipping into bleach), drawing pens or your own watercolour paper, this might be useful. You may also wish to bring any moody or dramatic landscape pictures to use as inspiration, but Patsy will also bring these. There may be a small charge for inks and paper provided by Patsy.

 

How to book



Billy teaching at Greystoke July 2010
Billy teaching at Greystoke July 2010

A Botanical Master Class
with Billy Showell BA SBA

(2007!)

"My work aims to give a modern edge to botanical art. Simplicity, elegance and beauty inspire me together with an occasional touch of humour.

Although botanically illustrative, my work is modern in its approach and is primarily about creating an arrangement that symbolises the simplicity and beauty of the natural world. Design and composition are therefore as important to me as the true colours and shapes of the subjects."

Billy Showell SBA

Billy Showell

Billy Showell

Billy Showell


Billy Showells
Equipment List

Billy will be travelling from her home in Kent.
She has tutored at Greystoke Cycle Café on a number of occasions and continues to delight all those who attend.
More of her work can be seen on her website

Some of the ladies enjoying a coffee break at a Billy Showell Day June 09

Billy Showell Masterclas

June 2009

 

Billy Showell (right) at Greystoke Cycle Cafe Master Class
Some of Billy's demo sheets ...Billy Showell at Greystoke June 2009
Billy Showell Master Class at Greystoke CYcle Cafe June 09 - Marion

 

Please note: filming is not permitted at any of our workshops

Quirky Workshops
Poplin Dub • Greystoke • Penrith • CA11 0UT
Tel: +44 [0] 17684 83984 • annie2@quirkyworkshops.co.uk