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Art Workshops & Classes

I  run occasional art workshops in painting and drawing techniques, currently out of Doodles Ceramic Studio in Marchmont, on Monday evenings. I usually run a block of two workshops at a time on consecutive weeks, where we often start some pieces of work the first evening and finish them on the second evening.  These sessions are designed to be fun and relaxing, for beginners or improvers wishing to carve out a bit of creative time for themselves, while learning new art techniques. 


COVID 19 : The Workshops are running with a reduced coapacity of 6 people maximum per class (with  each participant seated at a separate table).  In order

to avoid sharing, participants are all now required to bring their own art materials (sorry!), but I do still provide the paper. 


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My upcoming workshops on 14th & 21st Sept 2020 are now fully booked (with a waiting list), but I have two additional classes now running on 26th Oct & 2nd November - please email me to be added to my Workshops list to receive further details and information on Booking!  


Upcoming Classes:


October 26th & November 5th - theme to be decided!  



"Expressive WatercolourTechniques":

Monday 14th Sep 2020Playing with Colour - We will go over some basics like mixing a

wash, loading the brush, working on dry paper, then wet-in wet techniques, splashes and spray,

and do a few small studies experimenting with these techniques. Please bring two or three

photos or sketches as reference material for the studies.   

Monday 21st Sept 2020Working with a toned background and white gouache - we will

try out some mixed media techniques on coloured paper, using black and white pens and

gouache paint together with watercolour, to produce lively watercolour sketches. Again,

please bring two or three reference photos to work from. Any subject matter is fine.   



Previous Classes

February & March 2020

I have booked the following dates with Doodles Ceramics studio in Marchmont, and am planning

to run a new "Acrylic Painting" course over these nights: 

10th & 17th Feb, plus 16th & 23rd March

10th Feb: Working with Tone

We will work with a limited palette to understand the importance of using tonal range in our

paintings, including some compositional exercises as well as a more developed painting.

Working from small still life objects (e.g. fruits and vegetables), we will study light and shade

using tonal range.  

17th Feb: Mixing Colour 

A session to get to grips with mixing a range of colours from existing paint tubes, to create a more

natural and integrated look in your paintings. Exploring warm and cool colours, as well as opaque

and transparent. Working from landscape photographs (or your own sketches).   

16th March: Exploring Texture 

Working with different brushes and improvised tools to create lively mark making, and building up

interesting surfaces. I will also bring along some acrylic mediums for you to try out. Working on a

largely abstract basis, but with ideas sparked from your own photos or sketches.

POSTPONED Tutored Studio Time 

In this session you are free to bring along any acrylic paintings you have been working on, or start

a new one in class, and I will give individual support and mentoring on how to address any

problems or further develop the work. (NB For anyone who has missed an earlier class, I can

provide materials for developing a new painting concentrating on one of those aspects, if you prefer)


I think this course will really improve your painting skills, so please do come along and have a go! 
ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED as usual, but if you prefer to use your own brushes feel free to

bring them along. 

Also, I will be providing paper suitable for painting on, but if you would like to start a painting on

a small canvas or board (or a larger one, for finishing at home) feel free to bring one in,

ready-prepared to paint on. 

Sheila x 








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