Painting birds and landscapes
in oils and acrylics from photography
and Tuesday 13th March
9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Slimbridge is an ideal venue for exploring the pros and cons of
painting birds from photography. We will be based in the studio
and on the first day will take photographs of birds in the immediate
vicinity. There will be facilities to print your chosen image or
select one of mine. Next I will assist you to choose a good subject
and composition and guide you through issues such as over exposure
and how to use a number of shots for a good composition. We will
then focus on creating the painting you want in oils or acrylics
and the different techniques required. You may work in any style
from photo-realism to impressionist with my one to one tuition.
Oils and Acrylics from life on the estuary
Friday 6th July 9.30am – 4.30pm
This is an opportunity to have access to an area of the Severn
estuary that the public very rarely get to see. I will be demonstrating
how to work quickly and directly from life. There will be a choice
of views and possible compositions. The course includes discussion
on choosing a good composition, how to make notes you can use later
in your studio and how to cope with changing light. We will explore
colour mixing and I will explain my method of limiting a pallet
to create pleasing harmony in your work. If the weather is unkind,
provision will be made.
Watercolour from life on the estuary
Friday 3rd August 9.30am – 4.30pm
This course follows the same format as the Oils and Acrylics from
life on the estuary course using watercolours.
Drawing and Sketching
Birds and Landscapes
Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October
9.30 am – 4.30 pm
This workshop is based on the premise that the ability to draw
is a skill not a gift. It is aimed at improving your drawing/sketching
skills from whatever level with plenty of one to one tuition. We
will work from life and photographs and will start by learning how
to get the correct size and shape on paper, moving on to how to
draw quickly either freely or with real detail. We will use graphite
pencils and two or three different pens with inks. The latter will
be provided. I will introduce you to a number of approaches to achieve
a good composition, along with a selection of paper with different
Painting birds and landscapes in watercolour from
Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd November
9.30 am – 4.30 pm
This course follows the same format as the Painting birds and landscapes
in oils and acrylics from photography using watercolours.
Sketching Tours 2.30 – 5.00 pm
Saturday 28th January
Wednesday 15th February
Sunday 11th March
Saturday 27th April
Friday 18th May
Friday 8th June
Thursday 5th July
Thursday 2nd August
Tuesday 18th September
Friday 5th October
Monday 26th November
Wednesday 5th December
These are monthly opportunities to learn the techniques of sketching
swiftly and the different uses of pencil and pen. We will have access
to the centre and visit whatever is of special interest on the day.
The session will end with tea in the Waters’ Edge restaurant.
Art club day visits
One day visits can be arranged for art clubs under my guidance
and tuition. These can be tailor made for a group up to 15 in number.
These could include a demonstration or a short workshop. I am able
to arrange access to parts not generally open to the public depending
on the time of year. We will have exclusive use of the Peng Observatory
as a studio with a wonderful view across the swan lake.
I am able to provide some equipment and materials if required.
Price will depend on the individual requirements of your group.
Contact me to discuss plans for your day initially on 07855966564.
Courses on offer are suitable for beginners and more experienced
artists and will include one to one tuition. The maximum number
for any course is 12.
All courses include lunch, coffee and tea except the Sketching Safaris
which will conclude with tea in the Waters’ Edge Restaurant.
I can provide materials if required for a small extra charge on
the day of the workshop. A selection of materials will also be available
for purchase at each course. Some portable easels are available
to loan but bring one along with a portable chair if you have one.
Booking for any of these courses should be made to Eleanor Wise
on 01453 891223 or email email@example.com,uk at Slimbridge Wetlands
Centre, Slimbridge, Gloucestershire GL2 7BT