Watershed Studio 
This is our Programme for 2024 - there are plenty of art and craft workshops to choose from and I hope you find the list of courses as exciting as we do. Can we please advise you to book early as classes do fill quickly.  
 
Booking - please use the form under each workshop description below - we will confirm by email and then send an invoice to you for the non-refundable deposit of £30/day. This will secure your place with the balance due a month before the course. We will send out invoices so you don't have to worry about remembering!  
 
Materials - we will send you a course sheet, as an attachment, that includes a list of all the materials you will need to bring with you. The materials and equipment are all supplied for craft days, as well as all of Trevor Osborne's courses. 
 
Lunch - we provide a complimentary lunch for students who attend our courses. We find that eating together at lunchtime makes the day a much more sociable occasion. We provide a simple, single choice of main meal, with a vegetarian option, and try to cater for some dietary needs within that remit, provided you inform us well in advance. However, you will need to provide your own lunch if we find we have too many diet variations to cope with, or your requirements are more complex, or you have severe allergies as regretfully we are unable to cater for these types of diet. 
 
Refreshments - tea, coffee, decaf, herbal teas etc are on tap all day, included in the price of the course. Homemade cake/biscuits are also provided.  
 
Willow weaving - we now have our willow weaving dates - Tuesday 14th May, Wednesday 17th July and Wednesday 4th September! Please see below for more details.  
 
There is no printed brochure so it's all here. Just scroll down, past the gift vouchers, to find out who is coming and when!! Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you want any more information.  
Why not give Watershed Gift Vouchers as an ideal present for Christmas or for a Birthday? 
 
We can do email vouchers for any amount you wish. 
 
Fill in the form below, or give us a ring, and we will get an invoice out to you which will include payment details. Once we have received payment we will email the voucher which can be redeemed up to the end of 2024/25. 
 
Fill in the form below, or give us a ring, and we can get it sorted!  
 
Watershed Studio Gift Voucher Booking Form 
 
Cost: £200 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
Pen & wash (an ink drawing with watercolours added) is a delightful medium for quick, loose sketchbook studies or for paintings that require a lot more detail. In this two day course, Carole will start by demonstrating the range of pens available and show you a variety of options for whatever style you favour. You will be able to spend some time “experimenting” before starting on your sketches or painting/s. 
 
There are many interesting things in and around the studio to paint – the old tractor, the garden with its pretty flowers and interesting nick knacks or the views across the fields with the horses, ducks and wildlife. On the other hand, you may prefer to work from photographs in the studio to create your pen & wash masterpiece! 
 
In the event of too much sun, or rain, we will work from photographs in the studio 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £200 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
Developing a sketchbook is both satisfying and useful for building a working knowledge of the landscape which can be used later in the studio. Working outside, from life, we will look at how to effectively develop a sketchbook practice where you can capture the essence of a subject quickly and energetically. We will use acrylic paints and pencil to work in the sketchbook looking at four different subjects over the two days. We will focus on selecting a good composition, mapping out tonal values, making colour notes and much more to build a practice suitable for both working up in the studio or just enjoying the countryside. By the end of the workshop you will have a full sketchbook to refer back to and develop into the future. Later in the year you can learn how to take the sketches further in Graham’s ‘Developing sketches into landscape oil paintings’ workshop. 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100/day  
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
Transform your flat floral artworks into Bold, Beautiful Blooms that radiate from the page!!! 
 
Create artworks with a loose, expressive nature using lively confident brushwork and a range of traditional watercolour techniques with a contemporary style. 
 
Explore how to paint a range of floral and foliage shapes. Learn how to mix successful shades of green to support your flowers in a harmonious way .Combine both subtle colours and soft focus elements with bolder vibrant areas to give flow and dynamics to your composition. 
 
You will be painting blousy, beautiful florals on this workshop but many of the methods and tips you will learn through Nicky’s well explained demonstrations and enthusiastic tuition are transferable to other subject matter; allowing you to improve your understanding of how to handle the challenging yet magical medium of watercolour to make more success watercolour artworks in general. 
 
Nicky is an experienced tutor specialising in watercolour, particularly florals. She is also an excellent colourist due to working as a textile designer for 2 decades previous to developing her career as a full time artist. You will no doubt enjoy developing your skills with her support over the two days in a pleasurable yet informative immersion into floral painting . 
 
You do have the option to book either day as 1 day workshops also. 
 
Day 1 
Photo reference of bright blooms and bouquets will be the source of inspiration to explore creating floral paintings that sings from the page with radiance and colour. 
 
Day 2 
Our inspiration will be high quality stunning silk florals combined with real foliage and flowers too. A fine balance of observation and expressive brushwork painting from life is sure to create dynamic artworks. 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100/day 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
Ian McManus, a highly experienced watercolourist and sought after tutor, will guide you in painting scenes with boats and reflections in the water as the focal point such as harbour, bays and quayside scenes. 
 
The subject matter can often seem very challenging however Ian’s demos and tuition will help you simplify the subject. Initially creating an affective under-sketch with a strong composition and focal point; then apply paint dynamically to create an affective loose and lively watercolour. With Ians guidance you will see immediate results in your watercolours and have lots of tips and advise for ongoing improvements to give your watercolours a lively lift . 
 
This can be attended as a 1or 2 day workshop. 2 days allowing you to immerse yourself and enjoying creating artworks alongside Ian, lifting your artworks to the next level. You can attend just 1 day only as there will be a different painting created on each day. The core method of the painting process will be covered on each session but different subject and principles for creating effective watercolours will be explored. 
 
Ian’s guidance through the creation of a painting helps improve your understanding of effective composition, accurate perspective and how connection in your artwork and a clear focal point is vital to the success of good picture creation. These core principles of simplified yet well placed elements in your initial drawing allow you to then progress to using strong tonal values and limited but lively pops of colour to give your street scenes atmosphere and zing ; freeing you up to apply paint with confident and direct brushwork in a loose and lively manner to create more appealing watercolour artworks filled with ambience and atmosphere. 
 
Ians painting genre is varied but he is well known for painting street scenes with an interesting viewpoint be it a local village, town or city . Boats and harbours are great subjects to capture and also rural and pastoral landscapes too. Ian strives to always create an appealing and atmospheric view of the surroundings and help his students to do so too. The things you will learn working with him are transferable to many subject matters and help you select more effective subject matter to capture in your artworks and improve your application of watercolours in a loose style whether you wish to create a painting in studio or on location. 
 
This workshop is designed for those with a little experience of watercolour and those at a more intermediate level, it would not be suitable for absolute beginner. 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100 including all materials 
10am to 4.30pm 
 
Felt is a wonderful medium both for making usable items such as bags and hats but you can also make wonderful pictures that you can frame, or turn into cushion covers, ipad covers etc.  
In this one-day class you will learn how to make a sample piece of flat felt using the wet felting technique, where wool tops are fused together using water, soap and friction. Once your sample is complete you will then choose to make either a landscaped picture or a hollow form such as a bag, which will also have a decorative feature. These felted pictures can be embellished with more detail at a later date, when fully dry, with embroidery or needle felting for example. 
Your tutor, Toni Peers, will provide some simple pictures as inspiration for your landscape inspired pieces.  
 
Toni is a level 3 qualified tutor and has been teaching feltmaking for over 15 years. 
You will work on one sample piece and one landscape/hollow form during this class. Suitable for beginners. 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100 including all materials 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
This is the perfect day of painting for anyone who hasn't tacked oils before and is rather nervous. Because the materials are also included you don't have to invest in any equipment either before trying this medium for the first time?  
 
Trevor is a fabulous teacher - you are in very safe hands as you learn about wonderful oil painting is and how to come to grips with it all. He will cover all the basics you need to give you the confidence to go further with this subject, and medium in the future. 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £115 including all materials 
10am to 5pm 
 
During this one day workshop glass artist Mona Marnell will take you through the key skills of the Tiffany method, cutting and shaping glass, applying copperfoil and lead soldering. You will pick one of the patterns provided and Mona will guide you through the whole process so you can take home a beautiful stained glass sun catcher. The theme for this day is 'Summer' and Mona will bring lots of ideas and inspiration with her for your creation! Please wear old clothes or bring an apron as glass is great fun but it can get messy. 
 
You will be in a small group so you have plenty of one to one help and advice. 
 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100 including all materials 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
Learn how to create a bird structure which can be transformed by manipulation and technique into various types of feathered creatures. Once the base is constructed you will be learning how to random weave and how to manipulate this amazing natural material to create what you require.  
 
Deb will bring geese and Pheasant pics with her but if you wish to create other types birds please bring a picture to work from. 
 
Deb is an Essex based willow artist who undertakes commissions creating living outdoor rooms, garden structures, fences and sculptural work. 
 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £115 including all materials 
10am to 4.30pm 
 
In this one-day class you will learn the basics of silver clay, which is fine (hallmarkable quality) silver once fired. 
 
You will be able to try a range of cutters and textures and then learn how to create a layered pendant, like those shown in the picture.  You will learn how to add a simple bail (or you might prefer to make a hole for a jump ring), add texture, attach secure elements to your piece and you will also learn how to finish, fire and polish your work. By the end of the session you will have completed one fine silver piece to take away with you. 
 
If you’ve never tried this medium it is the quickest way to achieve fine silver jewellery and it feels like pure alchemy. If you are into eco crafts, you might like to know that the silver is recycled. 
 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100 
10am to 4.30pm 
 
On this one day course you will learn lino cutting techniques to develop a photographic image into a lino print. 
We invite people to bring along a range of their own images or they can choose from one of the images provided. 
Images could be of anything from flowers, landscapes, animals or even portraits- you will learn how to adapt the image into a lino print, considering positive and negative space, tone, mark making and texture to create a detailed design. 
You will then learn how to professional print the design, leaving with several printed editions of your chosen image. 
This course is suitable for complete beginners or people wishing to learn more about lino printing. 
 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100 including materials 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
This is a workshop for anyone who has marvelled at the beauty of the gilded letters adorning the pages of medieval manuscripts. Using modern materials, enjoy learning the skills of applying gold leaf with exquisite effect and painting with gouache using a fine brush to create your own illuminated initial. 
 
Suitable for all levels of ability with no previous gilding or fine painting experience required.You'll be carefully guided through the process of tracing down, gilding, decorating and detailing to produce a beautifully finished handmade letter. 
 
We will be creating initials using a Renaissance design that emanated from Italy in the fifteenth century known as White Vine. The name comes from the foliated branchwork that entwines a classic Roman capital letter on a richly coloured background. 
 
All materials are supplied including a frame. Perfect as a gift or a memento to keep and display. 
 
Julie Chaney is a professional calligrapher, lettering artist and illuminator who lives in Mistley, near Manningtree. She teaches regularly, works to commission and creates pieces for exhibition. 
 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100 including all materials 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
Learn how to create a bird structure which can be transformed by manipulation and technique into various types of feathered creatures. Once the base is constructed you will be learning how to random weave and how to manipulate this amazing natural material to create what you require.  
 
Deb will bring geese and Pheasant pics with her but if you wish to create other types birds please bring a picture to work from. 
 
Deb is an Essex based willow artist who undertakes commissions creating living outdoor rooms, garden structures, fences and sculptural work. 
 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
In this workshop, John will demonstrate and teach the use of a looser approach to Pen & Wash painting. He aims to show that by carefully depicting the essential elements of a landscape you can achieve work you can be very satisfied with. 
 
You will work from photographic resources and weather permitting from the beautiful surroundings of The Watershed Studio en plein air. Minimal drawing skills are required in order to enjoy this workshop and the emphasis is upon capturing the essence of a scene or building. 
 
John is largely self-taught and deeply inspired by the landscape and buildings of Coastal Suffolk where he lives and works. He has exhibited in the UK and Channel Islands and sells his work worldwide. 
 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100 includes all materials  
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
Students will be working with air drying clay. This is 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. 
 
Trevor will bring lots of pictures for reference as well as lots of advice and encouragement. 
 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100 includes all materials  
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
Students will be working with air drying clay. This is 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. 
 
 
 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £200 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
We’re delighted to present this oil painting course with acclaimed Landscape Artist from Norfolk, Nial Adams. Trained in the classical techniques of traditional landscape oil painting by his father as a young boy, Nial has developed a style recognised for its modern twist on the classical method. 
 
Day one - A Focus on Tonality: On this day Nial will be teaching the fundamentals of creating strong tonal balance and structure. A staunch advocate of the benefits of tonalism in oil painting, Nial will share his knowledge and experience of this essential skill. 
 
Day Two - During the second day with Nial you'll learn the fundamentals of extending tonal technique as well as bringing in colour and highlights through the use of 'glazing and scumbling'. This traditional technique, which is most expertly expressed by the likes of J.M.W.Turner, brings the benefits of oil painting to life. 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
This one-day course will explore how to create the wonderful textures found in brick, plaster and stone structures. The Natural Earth colours are perfect for creating these textures with the main emphasis being on using a lot of water and allowing the paint, rather than the brush, to do the work for you. Participants will be asked to bring their own photos to work from. 
 
You will be working under the expert guidance of Richard Taylor who has written and illustrated ten books on painting buildings over the past thirty years and has taught at the Watershed Studio since the day it opened. Demonstrations and personal guidance are the key to Richard’s teaching along with plentiful demonstration examples for you to work from. 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £200 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
Margaret is a past master of pastel and her infectious approach to using this medium will encourage and stimulate your own enthusiasm. 
 
With her unrivalled use of pastels and skilful application of oil paint, Suffolk-based Margaret Glass is known particularly for her stunning landscapes as well as depictions of boats, barges and waterside scenes. 
 
On this lovely two days Margaret will be exploring the techniques needed to capture the transformation of the landscape by our ever changing weather - from a misty morning sunrise to the cold of winter snow!! 
 
Margaret will lead by a mix of ongoing demonstrations and one to one tuition throughout the two days - this is a course not to be missed if pastels are your medium! It's always a joy to have Margaret here! 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £200 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
In this exciting, informative workshop, Stephie will show you how to paint portraits in watercolour full of colour with an impressionistic feel. A 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! 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £115 including all materials 
10am to 4.30pm 
Enamelled Jewellery or pictures inspired by nature 
Creating Enamelled Pictures using stencils, glass media and wet-packing techniques 
The art of enamelling is most celebrated in modern times by the creation of jewellery, but you only have to visit the V & A museum to realise its value as an art form too. In this one-day class we will look the application of enamel (glass) powder to a copper base to create a simple picture. We will look at the techniques of applying glass media, wet-packing (applying our enamels like paint) and using stencils to help us achieve this. The nature of using glass and heat are very exciting but do require students to be adaptive in their designs as once glass is fired in the kiln things do not always go to plan, that’s why your tutor Toni Peers, who is a level 3 teacher and has over 15 years teaching experience, loves this art form so much. You can work on one piece of copper (up to 7.5cm2) to create your enamelled picture during this class, or you could choose to make 2 to 3 landscaped themed pendants. Ideally suited to those who have attended Toni’s beginners’ class but beginners are welcome. 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £200 
10am to 4.30pm daily 
 
 
Whether you use a sketchbook or not this workshop will give you an insight into the value of preparatory work in landscape oil painting. We will work from sketches, photos and colour studies to develop a landscape painting over two days. During the workshop we will discuss the design of a painting and how information gathered outside can help to create a striking landscape. We will see how artistic licence can be used to enhance aspects of aerial perspective, composition and shape as well as discussing colour mixing and building character in your painting. If you have your own sketchbook or photographic references, please bring them along and if you don’t use a sketchbook don’t worry, there will be plenty of reference material to use. 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100/day 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
Join this very popular and well known tutor for one or two days of informative and fun acrylic painting. Each day will cover different components of landscape painting with this exciting medium. You will learn lots of various techniques and produce a different painting on each day and Charles will break down each part of the process in an easy to follow, step by step, method, covering many facets of the beautiful British landscape. This course is ideal for beginners or anyone new to this medium. 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
 
This is an excellent opportunity to make some Christmas cards ahead of time is John's unique and charming style.  
 
You will be cutting up your watercolour paper into quite small rectancles before embarking on a fun day of experimenting and exploring opportunities on a Christmas theme.  
 
Each little individual painting can be mounted on to card - we will provide a few cards and envelopes to get you started - and we expect you to have completed several during your day here, depending on how fast or slow you paint.  
 
John will be on hand to teach and guide as we as having lots of his own cards and pictures here to inspire and encourage - I think I might have to join in with this one!!  
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £115 including all materials 
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
Spend a fun day learning a new skill and creating your own unique Christmas decorations for you to treasure or gift to friends and family. Mona will teach you how to cut ,grind and colour glass as well as applying the decorative features to personalise your beautiful glass decorations. Come by yourself or with friends for a creative start to this year's festivities. 
 
You will be in a small group so there will be plenty of one to one help and advice. 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
 
Cost: £100/day  
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
"Drawing is the basis of art. A bad painter cannot draw, but one who draws well can always paint". Gorky 
That’s what this workshop is all about – helping you to improve your drawing technique so you can create better paintings. Using graphite pencil, charcoal and pen we will do several exercises to help you draw more accurately, learn how to add convincing shading by hatching and cross hatching, use charcoal for a tonal study, and then pen & ink to do a study of texture and form. We will also look at the basic rules of perspective to help you draw buildings more realistically. 
For the rest of the day you can work from still life objects(shells, fruit etc) or do a drawing from your own choice of subject or photos. 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
 
Cost: £100/day  
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
Do you have some Water Soluble Pencils but are not sure how to use them? Then this workshop is for you! Water Soluble Pencils are very versatile; they combine the familiarity of a pencil with the magic of watercolours. 
We will start by doing several simple exercises to blend colours, mix greens, darken colours, mix greys, and do some splattering, then put all this into practice by painting a sky and some trees. For the rest of the day you can choose to paint one of Carole’s examples or a subject of your choice from your own, or Carole’s references to create your own masterpiece! 
 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
https://markfennell.co.uk/ 
Cost: Day 1 - £100, Day 2 - £115  
10am to 4.30pm approx 
 
Join Mark for one or two days of portrait painting, day one will be from photographic references and day two from life. 
 
This is a great painting course for beginners or intermediate levels, if you are looking to try a portrait for the first time or improve your portrait painting skills. 
 
Mark will demonstrate and guide you through his well structured approach to painting a portrait, 
breaking it down into easy to follow steps that will cover everything from the importance of values to working with a primary colour palette. 
The workshop aims to help artists develop their paint and brush handling towards achieving expressive, yet realistic portraits in a more immediate way. 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost: £100 
10am to 4.30 approx 
 
Join Nicky for one or two days of these lovely watercolour workshops - different subjects on each day but a treat to do both? 
 
Day one What a delightful subject Fox's are to paint in radiant watercolour, capturing their bright eyes, lustrous fur and bushy tail. 
 
Nicky uses traditional watercolour methods in a loose & lively contemporary style. 
With her enthusiastic tuition, demonstrations and tips on both drawing accurate basic shapes, direct and confident application of paint to keep colours radiant and many other creative aspects are covered such as focal point and expressive features and making affective compositions so your artworks capture the viewer. She will help you elevate your understanding of this challenging yet exciting medium to achieve successful bold & beautiful watercolour artworks of this captivating creature and others. 
 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Cost: £100 
10am to 4.30 approx 
 
Birds of a feather flock together……. come and enjoy this creative day with fellow painters creating artworks of fabulous finches; capture their charming bright characters as they bustle in the teasels or nestle on a branch . 
 
Utilise the wonderful qualities of watercolour to achieve harmonious yet vibrant artwork, integrating the birds with the background. Using both wet in to wet and wet in dry techniques we will explore both delicate and soft edges and texture contrasting with dynamic confident brush work and vibrant colour to achieve paintings with vibe. 
Learning alongside Nicky, an experienced and enthusiastic artist specialising in watercolour, you will enjoy creating artworks using traditional methods with a contemporary, loose application. Her enthusiastic and informative demonstrations and explanations of the application of paint help demystify some of the struggles you may experience using this challenging but magical medium enabling you to improve your understanding and confidence using watercolour and create more successful artworks going forward. 
 
 
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
Monday 25th - morning - 10am - 12 noon approx - FULL 
Monday 25th - evening - 7pm - 9pm approx 
Tuesday 26th - morning - 10am - 12 noon approx 
Wedneday 27th - evening 7pm - 9pm approx 
Cost £45/session including materials and mulled wine/refreshments 
 
Join us for a fun workshop making your own unique festive door wreath. Allison will take you through the process of mossing and wiring up your base before you help yourselves to the abundance of foliage available and start creating your masterpiece. Allison will lead by demonstration and you will get plenty of one to one help. You will also be guided and given practical advice on how to add decorations and personalise your wreath. 
 
All foliage will be provided, as well as wires and frames, plus inspiration and a very friendly atmosphere. 
 
Please bring seccateurs and/or any other Christmassy bits like baubles, berries, fat ribbon and glitzy bits to personalise your creation. Some people like to add battery lights and bows too!  
 
You will be using wires, moss and lots of natural greenery so please do dress accordingly. 
 
These are fun sessions and suitable for everyone including complete novices.  
 
Watershed Studio Booking Form 
 
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