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Art Courses

A Botanical Watercolour and Gouache original by SImon Williams SBA

Beginners   Intermediates  Masterclasses      Pen & Wash    Watercolour    Wildlife      Botanical  SBA  Landscapes           The Painted Horse      Far Eastern Brush        Mackintosh Days       Painting on Vellum      

The Charcoal Horse

                       

We are pleased to welcome again several well known visiting Artists to Greystoke Cycle Café

Each tutor arrives in the knowledge that some students may be able to attend only one of their days, thus courses will be structured

in such a way to accommodate those attending any combination of days. All courses are suitable for all abilities.

All the tutors are very experienced in mixed classes and even those with little previous relevant skills can be confident of a rewarding and highly enjoyable day.

 

Print off the 2011 leaflet - early 2012 coming soon

 

 

for all workshop date information

The above link returns you to the main Quirky Workshops page for dates and prices . Day courses range from        per day including a lovely lunch

 

EACH TUTOR has a DIFFERENT recommended MATERIALS LIST which may be found within the relevant tutor section - (except Beginners see above)

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Tutors visiting Greystoke

(click on pictures)

            

Beginners & Intermediates Watercolours / Pen & Wash

Margaret Jarvis

 

Margaret Jarvis is our outstanding tutor for beginners an dintermediates watercolours / pen and wash

 

 Eastern Brush Painting- Irene Sanderson - Learn how to perfect these incredibly relaxed and loose brush strokes, how to load the same brush with a variety of colours and intensities to effect a single stroke, how to use the solid ink blocks and exploit the qualities of Xuan paper -  a contrast to the tight and precise detailed painting methods of our other botanical classes!.  Irene will also give an introduction to the tradition and language of flowers in Far Eastern art.

Eastern Brush Painting

Irene Sanderson

Wildlife Illustration

Simon Williams

Illustration in Nature with Simon WIlliams

 

A Botanical Watercolour and Gouache original by Simon Williams SBA

Botanical Illustration - Simon WIlliams

Botanical Illustration

Kay Rees Davis

Botanical Illustration with Kay Rees Davis at Greystoke Cycle Cafe   commissioned for work in HRH's  Highgrove Florilegium

Painting in Style of

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Colin Swinton

 

Botanical Painting in the Style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh- with Colin Swinton

 

 

Painting and Drawing the Horse with Alex Jacob -Whitworth - each class will have 4 discounted places dedicated to under 18 year olds

Painting and Drawing

the Horse

Alex Jacob-Whitworth

4 places on each class for £40 are

available to those under 18

 

 

Eastern Brush Painting

 

Animal Studies in Eastern Brush with Irene Sanderson

 

 

 

Painting in Watercolour on a Textured surface with Colin Swinton

Landscapes on a Textured Surface

Colin Swinton

Painting on Vellum

Colin Swinton

Painting on Vellum  - with Colin Swinton

 


 

 

 

 

 

there are many more photos

on the adjacent photo link -

you will then need to search

the photo albums on the main page.

Click here to see many photos of different Quirky Workshops

 

 


 

 

All Art Days take place in our converted workshop barn or in the garden if preferred and start at 9.30am

They include home made biscuits, all refreshments, a lovely 2 course lunch and a cream tea and full details of times, dates and costs

can be seen on the main table on the Quirky Workshop Header page.

for all workshop date information

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Botanical Master Classes at Greystoke

 

 Where to Stay ...

 

If you are travelling from afar there are some lovely places to stay around Greystoke and its environs –

please see our website links page at the head of this page –or see our village website -

Link to the Greystoke Village Website containing many places to stay

Stafford House   (within the Greystoke Castle grounds)  in particular offers lovely 4* accommodation to suit all budgets from £24 per night

(posh bunkhouse) upwards to house b &b  and is very popular - see link to right http://staffordhouse.website.orange.co.uk/

Link to Stafford House- a 4 * castellated folly within the Castle Grounds - a very popular place to stay

 


 

 Greystoke Cycle Cafe looks forward to welcoming the following Art Tutors for 2012  - to be completed

 

Introduction to Watercolours and Pen and Wash  with Margaret Jarvis

If you are new to watercolours and would like to learn we can highly recommend Margaret Jarvis, an outstanding local tutor for Beginners and Improvers. Margaret comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience and will confirm 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 abilties , if you would like a really good in depth start 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

.

Those students who paint like the tutors have probably practised for hundreds of hours. They were also beginners once

 

Introduction to Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis at Greystoke

CLICK on any of the PICTURES for more pictures of one of Margaret's recent art classes

 

Margaret Jarvis is a local artist who has been teaching watercolour classes

since the first Quirky Workshops at

Greystoke in 2006.

 

Margaret is adept at assessing the abilty of those in the class and adjusting her teaching accordingly.  She teaches both watercolours for beginners and improvers and

also Pen and Wash

Pen and Wash is the technique of using watercolours (the 'wash') and then picking up and

creating details using an ink pen. 

Several of these photos should

give you an idea-

she teaches using a great variety of

tried and tested methods.

 

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

Introduction to Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis at Greystoke

Margaret's wonderfully instructive days have been running since our first workshops in 2006 -

and are more popular than ever

see the pics below

 

There is a photo album for each workshop we run - an invaluable insight into a day

 

Introduction to Pen and Wash with Margaret Jarvis at Greystoke

 

 


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The Painted  Horse ~ The Charcoal Horse   with Alex Jacob-Whitworth, a nationally renowned Equine artist

 

 

Alex has exhibited her work

at the

Society of Equestrian Artists

in London,

the Association of Animal Artists and has work in private collections both in the UK

and abroad

 

She has taught for and to the Society of Equine Artists,

 

Painting the Horse

A nationally renowned equine artist Alex has not

only has worked closely with horses throughout

her life, she holds a Masters Degree in Art and

still works daily as an equine therapist

This physical intimacy and extensive knowledge

of the horse, its physiology and form, its gait

its movements and personality is perhaps the

reason her work is so remarkable.

Painting, owning, training, competing and working

within this close physical context

maintains her daily connection with the magic

of the horse and must be what equips her to paint so well

as the adaptable artist she is today.

Each study carries movement and fluidilty,

she captures light and mood effortlessly.

 

 

It is the freshness of approach, vibrance and energy,

as if the animal is very much alive and about to

step out from the canvas.

 

 

A day for those who love horses,

and would love to try to depict them on paper but feel they need guidance. Try working in charcoal or pencil or paint, Alex will help you choose,  to discover which style and

medium you may prefer .

Also an excellent teacher, she will help you understand the way the horse moves, reacts, which muscles are at work  and where the light falls

She brings with her extensive work sheets to start you off.

The beginning of the day is highly structured for those who need it  to aid understanding in the things that matter.

 

 

 


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Botanical Illustration with Kay Rees Davis SBA

Botanical Master Class with Kay Rees Davies at Greystoke Cycle CafeKay is also proud to be a Fellow of the

Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society.

Botanical Master Class with Kay Rees Davies at Greystoke Cycle Cafe
Botanical Master Class with Kay Rees Davies at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Kay has 5 paintngs in the Lindley Library of the Royal Horticultural Society, and two more in the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, USA

. The Shirley Sherwood Collection has a picture of Ivy, and there are several paintings in the archive of the Chelsea Physic Garden, London

 

 

We are very much looking forward to Kay joining us again next summer in Greystoke.   This is her first visit here and we hope she will come again in future years.

I found her work quite charming when looking through some of the artists featured

in The Highgrove Florilegium .

Kay is a widely acclaimed artist who has been awarded 8 medals by the Royal Horticultural Society, four of them Gold . Working for these was an inspiration for her, exploring in character and reproducing details of different plants. She has enjoyed meeingt the people who grew the plants and who were more than generous in imparting their knowledge to her on those plants habits and nuances.

This popular course ran last year, see link below for pics

There is a photo album for each workshop we run - an invaluable insight into a day

 

Botanical Master Class with Kay Rees Davies at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Kay has work in several collections, the most prestigious being  

The Highgrove Florilegium.  

the residence of HRH the Prince of Wales

This a collection of plants growing at Highgrove, 

Leading botanical artists were invited to The Prince’s organic gardens at Highgrove, and captured in watercolours the plants and trees from the 15 acre estate which have been grown under The Prince’s stewardship.  Click here to view a gallery.

The work was submitted for selection by an expert panel, and the resulting collection shows a cross section of the Highgrove fauna, from trees and flowers, to vegetables and herbs.

                 Botanical Master Class with Kay Rees Davies at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

 


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Wildlife and Botanical Illustration with Simon Williams SBA

 

     

 

 Using Watercolours and / or Gouache

As Simon excels in both botanical and wildlife illustration and his techniques,

hints and tips are common to both, these three days at Greystoke will be structured

as below to allow maximum flexibility

All days require a bit of patience as this course requires a tight rather than loose style of painting but is open to all levels. 

Gouache - in very simple terms - is watercolour paint with a white base added.

Simon Williams SBA Botanical and Wildlife Illustration
 

Day One   Botanical Illustration in Watercolours, and at times with Gouache optional

You will using live plant specimens that you may bring along or choose from the Cycle Cafe herbaceous border and gardens.

The Botanical course is set out to learn various methods of using Watercolours - at times with gouache- in illustrating a botanical subject successfully. Gouache can be used to build up a more opaque finish and does allow you to be able to work light colour or white highlights over the top of darker ones if needs be. It very much depends on the subject matter as to which technique is most appropriate.

This course will help you look and observe details, mix colour and application techniques. Whether you use Watercolour or Gouache you will learn about using 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. 

Day Two  Wildlife Illustration using Gouache

The group will be working from photographic reference therefore please bring any pictures you might be interested in painting birds or animals.

A small selection of colour copies of wildlife subjects will also be on hand.  If the  actual drawing of a wildlife subject might put you off please feel free to trace the outlines before applying paint - many many people do this - the class is about learning painting techniques not drawing ability.

Day Three   A continuation Day for Day 1 and 2 in both Botanical and WIldlife Illustration -

Particularly useful if you have chosen an ambitious subject to paint or would simply prefer to continue under Simon's watchful eye and learn from ongoing demonstrations.  It is always nice to complete a work of art with the period of a course .

   
     

Simon Williams SBA Botanical and Wildlife Illustration

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.

Simon Williams SBA Botanical and Wildlife Illustration

 

 Please note that there is not always a big difference in the styles of painting between Gouache and Watercolour. Quite often Gouache is best started of fairly light – mid tone as in a watercolour technique but then apply the Gouache thicker and more opaque in the later building up stages. 

Both courses require a precise rather than loose style of painting but are open to all levels and the only requirement is that the wildlife course is done using the medium of Gouache

 

This popular course has been running for several years

photos can be seen on

the below link

 

There is a photo album for each workshop we run - an invaluable insight into a day

 

 

 

PLEASE CLICK below for

Simon's equipment list

SIMON WILLIAMS MATERIALS LIST

Simon Williams SBA Botanical and Wildlife Illustration

 
Simon Williams SBA Botanical and Wildlife Illustration
 
 

Tutor’s Profile

 Simon Williams is a professional Illustrator running SW Illustrations specializing in Natural History and Botanical subjects and is listed in the 33rd Edition of Who’s Who in Art.

see his website http://www.swillustrations.com

He trained as a Natural History Illustrator at the Arts Institute, Bournemouth.Work has been published in ‘The Art of Botanical Painting’ on Wildlife Explorer Cards, Ocean Life work and a book on Wildflowers.Illustrations have been awarded the Silver – Gilt medal from the Royal Horticultural Society and Certificate’s of Botanical Merit from the Society of Botanical Artist.

Simon is a tutor for the Society of Botanical Artist distance learning diploma course.

IIllustration skills will be covered in the course from applying first colours to working dry brush technique for building up detail.  

 

    


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Painting in the Style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh  . . .with Colin Swinton

 

Colin Swinton - Examples of his Charles Rennie Mackintosh Style-  at Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Plant pattern and design in pencil and watercolour

 

The way he depicted his floral subjects

was unique and unmistakably Mackintosh .

A bold outline in pencil

followed by a liquid wash of colour

selective painting of the subject

leaving many areas in pencil with traces

and little evidence of shading or depth

giving the distinctive, flattened

appearance of the

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Botanical

 

Botanical Painting in the Style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh- with Colin Swinton

 

Mackintosh combined his skill as

both watercolourist

and designer to create powerful images. 

Using this simple approach,

we shall look at

his use of a number of devices

to flatten

space and recreate

these superb images.

Botanical Painting in the Style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh- with Colin Swinton

 

 

These days are especially suitable

for beginners as well as the experienced

- tracing is an option,

the process is quite structured

and a small amount of painting creates

a surprisinglly effective result

-a good case of less is more

Botanical Painting in the Style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh- with Colin Swinton

 

Pattern and design are an integral part 

of plant material,

to reveal this more clearly we shall be looking at the

approach that Charles Rennie Mackintosh used to

create his Flower Drawings.

This course has been running for the past 2 years and photos can be seen on

 

There is a photo album for each workshop we run - an invaluable insight into a day

Botanical Painting in the Style of Charles Rennie Mackintosh- with Colin Swinton

About Colin  Swinton

In addition to his own work where he concentrates on botanical and landscape painting,he holds workshops and summer schools all over the country

His skills as a teacher are highyl regarded and his students have been awarded gold , silver gilt and silver medals for their paintings by the RHS on many occasions . Colin has over 20 yrs of experience teaching students who have a wide trange of skill levels.

Demonstrations are an integral part of his approach,  which combined with group and individual tuition make the majority of his courses ideal for beginners aswell as those with more experience, who wish to improve their observation, techniques and painting skills

 

 

 

 


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WATERCOLOUR LANDSCAPE  ~  Painting on a Textured Surface with Colin Swinton

 

       Painting in Watercolour on a Textured surface with Colin Swinton              Tuesday 17th July 2012

Suitable for beginners and

experienced watercolour painters.

Watercolour Landscapes

Painting on a

Textured Surface

 

An exciting approach to painting in watercolours.  . In addition areas can also be easily lifted out

and brought into the foreground

giving great flexibility

in creating your painting.

 

Painting in Watercolour on a Textured surface with Colin Swinton

 

As the primer becomes waterproof when it drys,

the layers of paint that are subsequently applied

are shed off any raised lines and marks, producing

intriguing patterns within the washes.

Painting in Watercolour on a Textured surface with Colin Swinton

We shall prepare a textured surface with acrylic gesso

primer on Bockingford Not surfae paper or

another special paper- 

but not normal surface watercolour paper.

Equipment list to follow

 

Painting in Watercolour on a Textured surface with Colin Swinton

 

Colin will show you the various ways to apply

this primer using fingers, palette knives, or brushes etc. , to create different areas of texture upon which to paint.

This is a new course for 2012

Painting in Watercolour on a Textured surface with Colin Swinton

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Painting on Vellum - Studies from Nature - with Colin Swinton

 

What is Vellum?

Vellum is a translucent material produced

from the skin, often split, of a young animal, that has been soaked, limed, and scudded (a depilatory process), and then dried at normal temperature under tension, usually on a wooden device called a stretching frame.

For something quite different . .

Monday 16th July 2012

Painting on Vellum

Vellum is a unique surface to paint on -

not only accepting the finest of brush marks

but also giving real richness of colour and

glow that is unachievable on paper.

It has been used by many artists

past and present :

Rory McEwen, Marie Angel,

Brigid Edwards and Kate Nessler

are a few that have worked on this

beautiful surface.

Students will be guided through preparing the vellum 

(nothing gruesome is involved)

  and the techniques of painting, by demonstrations

and individual tuition.

 

Vellum vs. Leather ?

The important distinction between vellum  and

leather is that the former is not processed using tanning

The distinction between vellum and parchment has been made in several different ways, and no one definition can be considered correct, but vellum has always denoted the better quality.

In Europe, from Roman times, the term vellum

was used for the best quality of prepared skin,

regardless of the animal from which the hide was obtained, calf, sheep, and goat all being commonly used

We shall aim to produce

a small detailed study.

 Flowers or seed-heads make

excellent subjects or items s

uch as pebbles, shells, feathers,

butterflies, beetles, lichens, twigs,

leaves or individual fruits.

Although beginners are welcome,

this workshop is more suitable for those with some experience of watercolour painting.

 

Thank you to Patricia Mitchell who has kindly provided us with photos of her

vellum paintings on this page

whilst with Colin Swinton.

 

and finally . .

British Acts of Parliament

are still printed on vellum

for archival purposes

(thank you, Wikipedia)

This is a new course for  2012

 

 


 

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Ink, Watercolour and Gouache on Coloured paper with Colin Swinton.

 

 

 

 

Click below for the

Equipment list PDF

 

Ink, Watercolour and Gouache on Coloured paper

 

This combination creates a simple but exciting approach to watercolour painting, superb  for a whole range of subject matter.

The image is  first drawn with Indian ink, using either

a brush or a stick, onto coloured paper.

This is usually some form of pastel paper, in a variety

of mid toned colours.

Fairly loose watercolour washes, wet against wet, 

are then applied.

Finally white gouache is then used for any lighter elements within the picture, such as the sky, light buildings and highlights.

 

 

 

ColinSwintonequiplistLandscapes

The workshop will include individual tuition and group

demonstrations of the various stages and techniques.

 

The finished paintings , using this technique ,

employ  the whole range of tones from black, through

the mid-tones to white, giving them real punch and drama.

The use of different coloured papers is ideal for creating 

different moods from the same image.

It is also helpful to those who often  end up with

pale watercolour paintings.

 

Course in 2012?

No date is currently set for 2012

due to pressure on timetable ,

however we can organise a course . . .

please contact us and we can add your

name to the list and organise a day for the autumn.

Equally, this appies to many of our courses.

                    

 


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Far Eastern Brush Painting with Irene Sanderson    Flower Studies

 

Flowers in Far Eastern Brush Painting with Irene Sanderson at Greystoke

 

Irene with one of her demos that she auctions off at the end of the day for charity. .. Flowers in Far Eastern Brush Painting with Irene Sanderson at Greystoke

 

Flowers in Far Eastern Brush Painting with Irene Sanderson at Greystoke
Flowers in Far Eastern Brush Painting with Irene Sanderson at Greystoke

Far Eastern Brush Painting is quite unique in the vast range of

'painting experiences' available to try nowadays.

On a general scale I am told the most forgiving mediums are oils and acrylics- mistakes are easily corrected by the shameless ‘painting over the top ’ technique ...and conversely watercolours, being translucent are very much less forgiving, mistakes are harder to rectify.

A great many botanical illustration classes involve what is termed a ‘tighter’ method of painting , aka exact, precise and meticulous. There again some watercolourists do have a ‘looser’ style, where painting is slightly faster and somewhat more relaxed – such as the very popular Billy Showell who has produced many books and videos and visited Greystoke several times.

Enter the Far Eastern Brush, the black ink block and Xuan paper plus skilled tutor Irene Sanderson. (herself a master of Eastern Brush with an impressive 40 years of professional experience behind her) and you have the ultimate in minimal stroke painting, (continued)

click on any of the pictures to see the full resumee of this day

Flowers in Far Eastern Brush Painting with Irene Sanderson at Greystoke

Flowers in Far Eastern Brush Painting with Irene Sanderson at Greystoke

Flowers in Far Eastern Brush Painting with Irene Sanderson at Greystoke

 


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Far Eastern Brush Painting with Irene Sanderson - Animal Studies                        

       
  

Animal Studies with Eastern Brush Painting at Greystoke - Irene Sanderson

A day of learning the techniques and studying the background to these favourites of Chinese and Japanese paintings. 

Be totally inspired by this wonderful artist, herself a pupil of a Japanese master & well known for her ink painting and watercolour,  and try your hand with this lovely and different medium.   

Animal Studies with Eastern Brush Painting at Greystoke - Irene Sanderson

   Animal Studies with Eastern Brush Painting at Greystoke - Irene Sanderson

 

Animal Studies with Eastern Brush Painting at Greystoke - Irene Sanderson

The beginning of your days with Irene will be learning and practising the methods used in Eastern Brush Painting. Irene will do several demonstration that are usually auctioned off at the end of each demo for local charities. 

 

Irene provides all the equipment, special brushes, ins and Xian paper necessary for this day.

Clcik on any of the photos to see further pictures

Animal Studies with Eastern Brush Painting at Greystoke - Irene Sanderson
   

 


 

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Billy Showell

      

Billy teaching at Greystoke July 2010

 

Billy teaching at Greystoke July 2010

 

 

 

A Botanical Master Class with …

 Billy Showell BA SBA

                

 

‘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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please click below for

Billy's materials list

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

 
     

www.billyshowell.co.uk

     
  Some of Billy's demo sheets ...Billy Showell at Greystoke June 2009

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

BILLY SHOWELL MASTER CLASS JUNE 09

 

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
   
     

 

       

 

  

 
                 

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