The Tutors & Their Courses

Watershed StudioThis is a list of all the tutors coming to Watershed in 2018, their dates, course titles and brief descriptions. You can find examples of their work on the Gallery page and we have included, where possible, website addresses of the tutors so that you can see more examples of their work on line.

All courses cost £87 for one day or £165 for a two-day course. Single day back to back courses with the same tutor qualify for a £9 discount if booked together. Courses start at 10am and finish at 4.30pm unless otherwise stated. In most cases with a break for lunch at 12.30pm. Tea, coffee and herbal options etc are on tap throughout the day. Two courses are booked directly through the tutor and these are at the bottom of this page.

Deposits of £20/day need to be paid on booking with the final balance due a month before each course takes place but don't worry, reminders are generally sent out!


Classical Techniques of Oil Painting for the Modern Artist
with Nial Adams

bignorfolkskies.co.uk

Tues 9th & Wed 10th October
Classical Techniques of Oil Painting for the Modern Artist

Cost: £165

Nial will demonstrate and lead you in creating simple composition that conveys impact and structure, using a limited palette and large brushes! Ideal for the new artist (or even complete beginners), as well as the more experienced artist looking to improve technique and results.

Day two will cover use of 'glazing and scumbling'. Using a broader range of colours, Nial will explain the benefits of working with strong colours in harmony with subtle glazes, helping you to produce rich and deep textures, explosive highlights that really add a punch to your artwork.

During this intensive two-day course your learning will include -
· The basics of landscape painting composition
· Learning about the tonal method of oil painting
· Discovering some of the techniques of the Old Masters
· Exploring colours, colour mixing and handling oil paints
· Painting from references vs. your imagination
· How to avoid the common mistakes most amateur artists make

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More and Even Better Fast no Fuss Oils and/or Acrylics
with Jamel Akib

jamelakib.com

Sat 12th & Sun 13th May
More and Even Better Fast no Fuss Oils and/or Acrylics

Cost: £165

By implying rather than painstakingly rendering detail, the artist can trick the viewer's eye. During the weekend, we'll aim to produce a number of pieces of art work quickly and without fuss. We will cover a huge range of subjects... all those scenes you've since thought impossible.

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Animal Portraits in Pastel
with Alison Burchert

alisonburchert.com

Tues 25th & Wed 26th September
Animal Portraits in Pastel (materials included)

Cost: £170

Influenced by her love of portraiture, Alison Burchert has studied and rendered both human and animal portraits to an incredible high standard of photorealism. Her unique management of pastels has enabled her work to have both depth and detail as well as the undeniably perfect likeness of her subjects.

Having worked within the print industry, Alison has learned many aspects of colour mixing and how to keep to a small palette, hence she never uses any grey, green or brown chalks in any of her paintings. They are all mixed up on the paper to produce her classic underpainting, prior to the fine lines of fur, feathers and skin tone.

From 2008-2014 she was the artist in residence at Colchester Zoo, doing workshops for children and adults. She was chosen to paint two of the 2.5m giraffe sculptures for the Zoo's 50th anniversary project 'Stand Tall'. 'Womb with a view' went on tour to London's South Bank and her 'Big Katrina' raised the highest bid at auction in September 2013.

She feels that art should be accessible to everyone and that anyone with an enthusiasm for learning can be taught how to draw and see differently once shown. Alison prefers to keep her teaching local to Essex but has been invited to America to teach at a hyperrealiam school of art, with various art studios all over Europe requesting her impressive teaching methods.

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Step by Step Watercolour Portraits
with Stephie Butler

stephiebutlerstudio.wixsite.com/stephiebutler

Tues 18th & Wed 19th September
Step by Step Watercolour Portraits

Cost: £165

In this exciting, informative workshop, Stephie will show you how to paint portraits in watercolour full of colour with an impressionistic feel.  Suitable for all abilities, she will share how to portray feelings and emotions in your work making it unique. There will be a mixture of ongoing demonstrating and one-to-one attention, thereby enabling everyone to work to the best of their ability. You will be encouraged to develop your own style, to learn how to paint with Instinct alongside technique, to simplify drawings prior to painting to enable a looser style, to paint with colour that deviates away from the norm. Most of all, you'll have fun and come away inspired to paint more!

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Not Just Watercolour!
with Roger Dellar

rogerdellar.com

Sat 16th & Sun 17th June
Not Just Watercolour!

Cost: £165

Roger will take you through the alternatives of Watercolour media. Starting by transparent washes in a traditional way. As the course progresses, there will be the addition of gouache, watercolour pencils, crayons and pastels, using traditional painting equipment adding alternatives. He will tackle landscape scenes. Progressing through to finally a portrait with live model.

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Simple Buildings in Pen and Wash
with John Devitt

Facebook.com

Sat 21st & Sun 22nd April
Simple Buildings in Pen and Wash

Cost: £165

The weekend will cover elements of simplifying drawing to focus upon portraying the character and "feel" of a building study. In particular, we will explore how we see subjects and what we include and what we omit to produce quality pieces of work which we feel work for us. John teaches and advocates a loose approach to drawing/watercolour style so be prepared to experiment and maybe draw like never before! You will be encouraged to achieve a number of pieces of which allow individual styles to shine through.

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Expressive Drawing and Mixed Media - Big Skies and Marshes
with Robert Dutton

rdcreative.co.uk

Tues 11th & Wed 12th September
Expressive Drawing and Mixed Media - Big Skies and Marshes (some materials included)

Cost: £170

The exciting mixed media 'all things black and white' painting day is a great start to our two day expressive painting and drawing workshops. The creative 'free flowing and layering' painting direction is to capture a superb atmospheric seascape filled with rocky beach textures, reflective pools and distant ocean light. Using lots of layering techniques watch your expressive mixed media black and white painting evolve into a stunning work of art. You'll never think of 'drawing' as being boring ever again!

Day two, Big skies and Marshes - this expressive large scale mixed media workshop using gouache, watercolour, acrylic ink and pastel will 'free any artist up' who has ever wanted to work more expressively - especially on a large scale! Explore using deep, rich and saturated colours whilst exploring light and dark tones and lots of free flowing layers to create a wonderful fen, reed bed or marshland scene full of depth and atmospheric effects full of eye catching detail and big sweeping gestural brush strokes - lovely!

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Courage and Colour, big watercolour flowers
with Kay Elliott

kelliott.co.uk

Sat 6th & Sun 7th October
Courage and Colour, big watercolour flowers

Cost: £165

Flowers on a large scale have always fascinated Kay. Their colour, form and habit so different from each other. Kay will demonstrate for maybe 20 minutes on the first morning, also showing her work and chatting about her watercolour journey since she started painting professionally. After that comes the start of the scary fun part as you decide on your flower composition and get drawing and painting, or just painting if you prefer. There will be further demonstrations as you require. Kay is encouraging, supportive and will give one to one tuition throughout the course. She actually rarely sits down!

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Essex Villages and/or River Scenes in Watercolour
with Charles Evans

charlesevansart.com

Tues 13th and/or Wed 14th Nov
Essex Villages and/or River Scenes in Watercolour

Cost: £165

Charles will be demonstrating throughout each day, gently taking students through the process of creating finished pictures. Each day you will cover different subjects. You will receive plenty of advice and tips as well as individual tuition - Charles has a wonderfully relaxed manner, guaranteed to put you at your ease and ensure that you have an enjoyable and instructive day.

As well as being on TV, Charles is now one of the leading demonstrators for Winsor & Newton and demonstrates all over the country. He now lives in the wilds of Northumberland, writing, doing stage shows, workshops and demonstrating to art societies all over the country as well as holding painting holidays in the UK and Europe.

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Vibrant Acrylics with introduction to Mixed Media & Line in Winter - Pen and Wash
with Tim Fisher

timfisherartist.co.uk

Tues 20th & Wed 21st March
Vibrant Acrylics with introduction to Mixed Media

Cost: £165

Acrylics are one of the most versatile mediums you can learn to use. During this course we will be experimenting with several techniques to achieve exciting effects and textures. We will take full advantage of the unique properties of acrylics and really push the boundaries to achieve exciting colourful effects in your paintings. The course is designed to take you through a number of different ways of painting, from brush to palette knife, as well as experimenting with adding collage and other paint mediums to the surface.

Tim will also demonstrate new methods of acrylic application that may not have been seen before.

Sat 10th & Sun 11th
Line in Winter - Pen and Wash

Cost: £165

Learn how to develop snow scenes in line and wash with Tim Fisher, starting with the creation of sketches that will help you develop an idea into a final painting. Tim will introduce you, through demonstrations, to the type of materials and drawing tools you could use to create a successful painting as well as covering painting surfaces and the limited palette of colour you will need.

Tim has worked with ink and watercolour for a number of years and has developed a unique drawing style that is fast and loose and works well when combining with watercolour.

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Colourful and Inspirational Wet on Wet Oils
with Sophia Flowers

sophiaflowers.com

Tues 27th & Wed 28th March
Title

Cost: £165

Would you like to discover how easily these vibrant oils can be used to create magnificent cloud-filled skies, snow-capped mountains with a foreground of woodland and waterfalls? Join Sophia and create your own painting using these pliable wet-on-wet oils achieving excellent effects with very little effort.

Two complete, self-contained days will have you feeling inspired in creating your own idyllic landscapes. You will be guided through the process whilst leaving plenty of room for you, the artist, to express yourself.

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Expressive Textured Landscapes and Flowers in Mixed Media
with Soraya French

sorayafrench.com

Wed 18th & Thurs 19th April
Expressive Textured Landscapes and Flowers in Mixed Media

Cost: £165

In this two-day workshop, Soraya will be showing you a variety of different ways to make more expressive landscapes through use of collage and texture. Also, how to make your floral paintings more exciting by introducing semi abstract passages within a recognizable subject without losing the inherent delicacy of flowers.

Daily demonstrations and individual help and advice throughout the two days will cover all aspects of making a successful painting. In this workshop the students are encouraged to paint with their own individual instinct with plenty of advice and help from the tutor.

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Land, Sea and Skies - the beauty of Pastel
with Margaret Glass

margaretglass.com

Tues 8th & Wed 9th May
Land, Sea and Skies - the beauty of Pastel

Cost: £165

Working in Pastel bridges the gap between drawing and painting, and can be challenging as the medium is mixed and blended directly on the working surface.

This calls for a knowledge of colour and colour mixing that can be daunting at first, especially with so many pastel colours made to tempt us. Margaret's emphasis will be on helping to simplify and provide guidance whilst demonstrating her beloved coast and rivers around Suffolk.

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Atmospheric Oil Sea and Landscapes
with Stephen Higton

shigtonart.co.uk

Tues 24th & Wed 25th April
Atmospheric Oil Sea and Landscapes

Cost: £165

This two day course will start with a brief introduction into the world of Stephen Higton followed by:

1. Discussion on materials, oil paint, use of thinners, types of canvas/surface to use, brushes and generally anything to do with painting and questions students may have.
2. How to work with photographs. Compositions and cropping the view.
3. Importance of sketching the view prior to commencing the work.
4. Transferring the image to the canvas.
5. Under painting the canvas to create tonal ranges.
6. Step by step demonstration with one on one tuition as the painting progresses.
7. Completing the work with final highlights.
8. Framing the work importance of the correct frame for the work.
9. Discussions on the course and reactions from the students.

Stephen encourages everyone to ask questions throughout the two days and take plenty of notes. He normally would supply two photos for you to work from but is happy if you wish to bring your own.

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Portraits from Photo to Life, Get Moving With Still Life & Make Progress With Portraits
with Keith Morton

artprofile.co.uk

Tues 13th & 14th March
Portraits from Photo to Life

Cost: £170

Two days of solid portraiture. You'll paint two portraits... one from a from a photograph supplied by the tutor, and one from a live model. The days start with short demonstrations and continue with individual coaching. This workshop will give anyone new to portraiture a good foundation in the principles of creating a likeness. We'll cover head construction, positioning features accurately, and the ground rules for successful colour usage. The course (the second day building on the progress made on the first) will give you a solid foundation in this rewarding subject.

Sat 13th October
Get Moving With Still Life

Cost: £87

A day to get to grips with Still Life. After a short demonstration, your day's painting will be start by looking at interesting ways with composition. We'll also consider how keeping an eye on the tones can give your picture an extra edge of realism. Bright metal objects shine, backgrounds stay in the background, and cast shadows have more interest. The tonal aspects of this tutorial will set you up for the next day's Portrait workshop.

Sun 14th October
Make Progress With Portraits

Cost: £90

A day's portraiture with a live model. The day starts with a short demonstration in the basics of the subject, and continues with individual coaching. This workshop will help you add a reality and a structure to your painting. With a portrait that means, for instance, that eyes stay in their sockets, the tip of a nose doesn't finish in mid-air, hair looks 3-D, (not just 2-D with a texture) and a neck settles comfortably under a chin. This course will give you a good foundation in a rewarding discipline.

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Palette Knife and Still Life, Figures in the Landscape, Hare Sculpture in air dried clay & The Versatility and Vibrancy of Acrylic Inks
with Trevor Osborne

trevorosborneartist.co.uk

Sat 3rd March
Palette Knife and Still Life

Cost: £87

The course will allow students to explore the wonderful, buttery, fun of impasto work with oils. Initially students will prepare several small boards which will be used to develop mark making and a palette of colours in preparation for a small scale still life.

Students will explore composing, lighting, drawing a small collection of fruit. This will form the basis of the painting using a thick over thin technique.

Tues 15th & Wed 16th May
Figures in the Landscape, any medium

Cost: £165

Students will be shown simple ways of recording gesture, character and movement to enable rapid sketching in a variety of situations.

Issues of perspective, relative size, gender and age variation will be examined.

Students will have the opportunity to produce work that will put figures into landscape, seascape and urban settings.

Sat 15th & Sun 16th September
Hare Sculpture in air dried clay (materials included)

Cost: £170

Students will be working with air drying clay. A great product that dries and hardens without the use of a kiln.

Students will learn clay modelling techniques including preparatory sketching, forming an armature, joining clay sections, fine modelling and finishing.

A variety of finishes will then be explored to ensure long term preservation of the work.

Tues 20th & Wed 21st November
The Versatility and Vibrancy of Acrylic Inks

Cost: £170

Students will have an opportunity to explore the joy of working with acrylic inks.

A variety of possible uses will be covered including, loose and vibrant flowers and animals, a development tool for abstracted landscapes and as the basis for Watercolour and acrylic or pastel work. Some materials will be provided.

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Little and Large Acrylic and Paper Collage I and/or II, Gardens in Heavy Bodied Acrylics with Palette knife & Woodland in Heavy Bodied Acrylics with Palette Knife
with Sylvia Paul

sylviapaul.com

Sat 28th April and/or Sun 29th April
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Cost: £87 or £165 for both days

These two days complementary days can be booked individually or together with a £9.00 discount. Sylvia will demonstrate how she works on a large and small scale with collage and acrylic. Get inspired and use the day to experiment with this exciting media. Too scared to go large? Try working on two or three small ones. Want a new challenge? Free up and go large. Try both large and small together. A fun and stimulating day or two if you really want to get the most from the experience.

Tues 30th October
Gardens in Heavy Bodied Acrylics with Palette knife

Cost: £87 or £165 for both days

Sylvia will demonstrate a garden painting using acrylic with a brush and painting knife. Starting with a large brush for a vibrant underpainting and then progressing to a painting knife working with bold colour, layers and texture. Challenge yourself and have an inspirational day working freely without detail.

Wed 31st October
Woodland in Heavy Bodied Acrylics with Palette Knife

Cost: £87 or £165 for both days

Sylvia will demonstrate a woodland painting using acrylic with a brush and painting knife. Starting with a large brush for a vibrant underpainting and then progressing to a painting knife working with bold colour, layers and texture. Challenge yourself and have an inspirational day working freely without detail.

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Exploring Patterns and Colour in Mixed Media - gardens and flowers
with Tessa Pearson

tessapearson.com

Tues 22nd & Wed 23rd May
Title

Cost: £165

Be inspired to draw and paint in the garden which will be full of gorgeous colour and textures, using watercolour, inks, pastels and acrylics on paper and in your sketchbooks to create lively exciting mixed media pieces.

Following lots of demonstration you can experiment with different media in various combinations beginning with small studies and working up to a finished painting or just filling your sketchbook.

Tessa's plan is to work outside initially (weather permitting) in sketchbooks, and/or from vases of flowers in the studio and then to transfer to the studio for bigger, more worked pieces. She knows people are scared to work outside - she will be happy to change your mind!

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Simple printmaking, printed imagery and putting them together
with Laura Reiter

laurareiter.com

Tues 6th & Wed 7th November
Simple printmaking, printed imagery and putting them together

Cost: £165

Students will learn several different methods of simple printing, using them in an exciting and imaginative way. Printed imagery will be used as subject matter and also as part of the work itself in the form of collage, thus adding an extra dynamic dimension to the images produced.

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Acrylic Landscapes - from Seas to Skies
with Fraser Scarfe

fraserscarfe.co.uk

Sat 29th & Sun 30th September
Acrylic Landscapes - from Seas to Skies

Cost: £165

Fraser will provide demonstrations and instructions covering the basics of creating stunning landscapes in Acrylics. On day one this will cover the fundamental elements of landscape painting, sky, land and water. Learn how to use Acrylic paint to its full advantage in specifically tailored workshops. On day two these techniques will feed into larger projects, with the aim to finish with an atmospheric and striking landscape painting.

Please bring a landscape photo or painting that inspires you to be used on the afternoon of the second day. Fraser is keen that you can also paint your own projects as well as his to do something that is personal to you. However Fraser is quite happy if you would prefer to work entirely on your own source material. He will be around to offer advice and one to one assistance throughout the two days, finishing up with an informal critique at the end of the course.

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Beginners iPad Painting & Painting and Drawing on the iPad for Improvers
with Diana Seidl

dianaseidl.co.uk

Sat 14th April
Title

Cost: £87

This exciting day course is designed for beginners to iPad painting to open a whole new world to the creative artist. The iPad will never replace painting with brushes but this tool can be a marvellous adjunct to the artistic process and it can also produce very exciting end results that can be easily printed.

The structure of the day has been developed to get you drawing very quickly and to make you feel confident to go on and discover things for yourself by the end of the workshop.

Sun 15th April
Painting and Drawing on the iPad for Improvers

Cost: £87

This course provides the perfect follow on from the beginner’s course. It must be stressed that this course is not for beginners as it will deal with the more complex technical procedures with the iPad. Starting from the assumption that the student has a good working knowledge of the iPad the course will aim to develop the artistic capabilities of the iPad through some exacting exercises.

During the day you will look at the use of layers, making a complex picture using several layers plus incorporating a photograph. You will also have a brief introduction to a different app, Brushes XP, in many ways similar to ArtRage and go on to draw and paint flowers etc.

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Loosen up your Watercolour Landscapes
with David Webb

davidwebbart.co.uk

Fri 23rd & Sat 24th March
Loosen up your Watercolour Landscapes

Cost: £165

Create lively watercolour impressions on this two-day workshop. Although we will be using photos as a starting point, the aim is to use the medium in a loose, painterly manner without dwelling on details.

David's workshops are not of the step-by-step type, as he prefers to teach the key skills to paint a variety of subjects, so allowing students to develop their own individual style at their own pace.

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Oils, Fast & Loose
with Melanie Cambridge

Tues 14th & Weds 15th August 2018
Oils, Fast & Loose

Cost: £170.00 per person (including materials)

A 2-day course, ideal for artists wanting to loosen up their oil painting and learn the best ways to capture light and atmosphere in the landscape. Painting in the studio and out on location around St Oysth (weather permitting). Suitable for all abilities beyond absolute beginner level. Oil paints, mediums and brushes are provided on this course. Just bring along your own canvases and plenty of enthusiasm to have a go.

Book directly with Melanie on 0208 6604982 or email mel.cambridge@tiscali.co.uk

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