What’s On


See below for writers’ retreats, art social evenings, one-off workshops, courses and more! 


SOAP Level 1 course, 12 sessions from Jan. 2019

Twelve 90-minute sessions (10:30am-12:00 on Fridays), covering a wide range of techniques for painting with acrylics. There will be a maximum of four participants in each class, to allow for personal guidance and flexibility within the structure of each session. No experience is necessary, and all equipment is provided.

£150.00


SOAP Level 1 for 13-18s, 12 sessions from Jan. 2019

Twelve 90-minute sessions for 13-18s (6:30-8pm on Thursdays), covering a wide range of techniques for painting with acrylics. There will be a maximum of four participants in each class, to allow for personal guidance and flexibility within the structure of each session. No experience is necessary, and all equipment is provided.

£120.00


Painting workshop on 25th January, 2-4pm

We'll be thinking this time about the five most useful techniques with a flat paintbrush. Participants will create a tri-colour or an abstract painting with just one brush, putting these different techniques into practice.

£15.00


Sunsets & Wine social evening, Fri. 1st February, 7-9pm

Bring your dreams, ideas and stories; I’ll provide the paints, brushes, canvasses and refreshments! A guided evening on the art of breathtaking sunsets. Let’s explore the symbolism around sunsets and what this means to each one of us, and express something of that meaning in our artwork.

£18.00


Painting workshop on 8th February, 2-4pm

We’ll be focusing this time on reflections and water techniques. Participants will be guided through the creation of a lakeside or seaside piece in their own choice of colours, shapes etc.

£15.00


Writers’ Toolkit retreat day – Saturday 23rd Feb, 10am-4pm

A day of practical tools, mutual support and shared learning with 3-4 other writers, ending with an hour to get on with your writing in a peaceful environment! Lunch is provided, and an unlimited supply of hot drinks and biscuits… Excited yet??

£18.00


Art & Wine social evening, Saturday 23rd February, 7-9pm

You bring your paints; I’ll bring the wine! A social evening in which we can explore together some of our stories and learn to express something of what’s most meaningful to each one of us through our art. Loose guidance provided if desired; no formal tuition.

£8.00


Escape and Write retreat day, Saturday 9th March, 10-4:30

Bring your writing projects – come and make time to work on them! 3 hours’ writing time, interspersed with practical tools, support and shared learning. A light lunch is provided. Bring your slippers!!

£15.00


Painting workshop on 15th March, 2-4pm

We'll be focusing on varied ways of portraying sunlight, considering shadows, reflections, dim light and dappled light. We'll create unique sunset paintings, thinking about the different emotions that different colours portray.

£15.00


Self-Publishing retreat day – Saturday 23rd March, 10-4:30

Journeying together through all the steps from formatting your manuscript to actually publishing it through Amazon. Lunch and unlimited hot drinks are provided – and a celebratory Prosecco (or non-alcoholic cocktail) at the end!

£28.00


Travel-themed social evening, Fri. 29th March, 7-9pm

Bring your dreams, ideas and stories; I’ll provide the paints, brushes, canvasses and refreshments! A guided evening on painting concepts from experiences of travel and culture. Let’s explore some of our stories and experiences, and express something of what we found most impactful or most meaningful about those stories in our artwork.

£18.00


Art & Wine social evening, Saturday 13th April, 7-9pm

You bring your paints; I’ll bring the wine! A social evening in which we can explore together some of our stories and learn to express something of what’s most meaningful to each one of us through our art. Loose guidance provided if desired; no formal tuition.

£8.00


Painting workshop on 26th April, 2-4pm

We’ll be focusing this time on blending colours for layers and perspective, possibly with a little on ‘moods’ created by different colour combinations if we have time… Participants will be guided through the creation of a landscape/seascape/lakeside piece in their own choice of colours, shapes etc.

£15.00


Painting workshop on 17th May, 2-4pm

This month we'll be considering the use of different colour combinations to create different moods and feelings. Participants will be guided through creation of winter-themed paintings using their own choices of style, mood and colour.

£15.00


Painting workshop on 14th June, 2-4pm

We’ll be focusing this time on textured effects with varied brush techniques & colour combinations. Participants will be guided through the creation of a woodland or seaside piece in their own choice of colours, shapes etc.

£15.00


Painting workshop on 19th July, 2-4pm

We’ll be focusing this time on textured effects with mixed media. Participants will be guided through the creation of an abstract or a stormy piece in their own choice of colours, shapes etc.

£15.00


Painting workshop on 16th August, 2-4pm

This time we'll be thinking about the use of light and dark in paintings, considering background effects, shading and shadows. Participants will create colourful still-life paintings with this in mind.

£15.00


Painting workshop on 20th September, 2-4pm

Today we'll be considering the shape of the human body, and how to convey movement and life in just one colour. Participants will create a sunset painting with silhouetted people in the foreground.

£15.00


Painting workshop on 18th October, 2-4pm

We’ll be focusing this time on plant and animal shapes. Participants will be guided through the creation of a landscape piece with plant and animal silhouettes, in their own choice of colours, shapes etc.

£15.00


Painting workshop on 15th November, 2-4pm

Today we'll be looking at following the feeling of the painting. Participants will create and fun unique scenery images, following their instincts and experimenting with colours, shapes and brush techniques.

£15.00


Painting workshop on 13th December, 2-4pm

This month we'll be looking at abstract painting techniques. Participants will create a playful and bright piece using bold shapes, lines and shading with no obligations - with or without a theme as desired.

£15.00


Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries!