Workshops

"I hadn’t painted for quite some time... Sarah’s encouragement and advice helped me regain my confidence as well as reminding me how art is so deeply personal. Keeping the numbers low in the workshop means that Sarah has enough time to spend with everyone ..." C.Bateman workshop participant and artist in the making.

I offer art workshops at the beautiful Cow Shed Venue in Steyning.

Workshops are designed to be fun and to introduce participants to the exciting possibilities of creating their own art work.
Beginners can expect to learn about colour theory (colour is my thing) composition, drawing, basic painting techniques and equipment.
For the more advanced artist, workshops can be used to develop skills, learn more about the creative process, try something new and obtain feedback on work.

Workshops run from 11am until 4pm or 9.45 - 12.45 at the Cow Shed Studio. All workshops include some basic materials including an A3 painting surface. Learners will need to provide their own paint, brushes, water container and palette. Tea, coffee and cake are included in the price but you will need a packed lunch.

Prior to a workshop all participants will receive an email containing payment details, a kit list and a rough guide to the workshop.

Payment for workshops is due one week before the date of the workshop, payments can be made online either with a PayPal account or debit card by using the "Pay Now" buttons, alternatively participants may pay via a bank transfer - details for a bank transfer will be included on your workshop email.

Gift Vouchers for Art Workshops are now available please scroll to the bottom of the page for more details on how to buy.
Workshop Dates.

7th December - "Christmas gifts" a Pen and Wash a half day workshop 9.45am - 12.45 £28
This workshop will include chocolate, cake and plenty of fun. We will spend a short time experimenting before using our imagination (or a photograph for reference if you wish) to create several small images which can be given as christmas gifts or turned into christmas cards for the people we love the most. I'll provide a mount (cardboard surround) which will fit into a shop bought frame and a biodegradable wrap for you to finish your favourite piece of work off with. Extra mounts and blank greeting cards will be available to purchase at a small cost. This workshop would be suitable for children over 12 years old.





Christmas gifts, a pen and wash workshop


25th January - "Painting Sunsets" a landscape painting workshop 11am - 4pm £40
Everybody loves a good sunset, in this workshop we'll be exploring how to create them. We'll start with a few colour exercises (you have to know your colours to create a good sunset) and then use our own reference materials to create an image in acrylic paint.





Painting Sunsets workshop


8th February - "Kandinsky, Squares and circles" a colour mixing, half day workshop 9.45am - 12.45 £30
Colour is important, it helps us express emotion in our paintings. During this workshop we'll be learning to use different colour combinations to create a feeling or mood, we'll also be painting our very own Kandinsky inspired masterpiece. This workshop would be suitable for children over 12 years old.





Kandinsky, Squares and circles workshop


29th February - "Project Workshop" a workshop run by me, inspired by you. 11am - 4pm £40
A project workshop is a chance for you to bring along anything you'd like to try, have already started or are stuck on; it's also a lovely way to socialise, to be inspired by and to inspire others. You can work with acrylic paint, oil paint (clean thinners only - zestit, cleanspirit) charcoal or pencil. We will spend the full session time on our works with lots of input my me and your fellow artists. There will also be cake - obviously.





Project workshop


28th March - "Inspired by Hockney" a landscape painting workshop 11am - 4pm £40
Hockney, you either love him or your hate him - I love him. This workshop is all about having fun with our landscape painting, being bold with our colours and creating something to treasure. We'll start with a few simple exercises and a short discussion about the things we enjoy (or don't) in Hockney's work before using Acrylic paints to create our own landscapes based on reference material bought in from home.





Inspired by Hockney workshop


11th April - "Drawing for fun" an experimental drawing half day workshop 9.45am - 12.45 £30
Drawing is a skill anyone can practice, learn and have fun with; improving our drawing skills will positively affect our paintings. During this workshop we'll be exploring different drawing methods and exercises which we can take away with us and have fun with at home. We'll be working from still life objects as well as our own photographic reference materials in this session. This workshop would be suitable for children over 12 years old.





Drawing workshop


25th April - "Simplifying the Landscape" a landscape painting workshop 11am - 4pm £40
Lollipop trees and square houses are often considered "Childlike" but if used correctly in our landscape paintings they can create abstracted landscapes which are interesting, full of charm and just a little bit different from the norm. After a short discussion and some experimentation we'll be working from reference material bought from home to create our own "Naive" landscapes with acrylic paint.





Simplifying the landscape workshop


30th May - "Painting Flowers" a still life painting workshop 11am - 4pm £40
Flowers - the artists choice; colourful, beautiful, often symmetrical with sensuous curves what is there not to love? We'll start this workshop by looking at some famous flower images before sketching and painting our own beautiful images. I'll be providing seasonal flowers (I'll update you nearer the time) and a selection of vases but you are also welcome to bring in flowers of your choice. We will be working on stretched canvas during this session - canvases will be provided at a small extra cost.





Painting flowers workshop


13th June - "Anything goes" a half day project workshop 9.45am - 12.45 £30
A project workshop is a chance for you to bring along anything you'd like to try, have already started or are stuck on; it's also a lovely way to socialise, to be inspired by and to inspire others. You can work with acrylic paint, oil paint (clean thinners only - zestit, cleanspirit) charcoal or pencil. We will spend the full session time on our works with lots of input my me and your fellow artists. There will also be cake - obviously.





Anything goes workshop


27th June - "Watery Landscapes" a landscape painting workshop 11am - 4pm £40
Is water always blue? Does the sea always sparkle? during this workshop we'll be looking at water and some clever ways to make it look convincing in our paintings. We will experiment with some colour mixing and work from reference materials such as photographs bought in from home to create our own watery landscapes with acrylic paint.





Watery painting workshop


Gift vouchers for Workshops
You can now purchase workshop gift vouchers in denominations of £10 £20 £30 or £40, perfect for birthdays, Christmas or just to show you care.
Once purchased vouchers will be sent electronically and can be printed out if required. If you lose your voucher code or image (it happens to us all) just email me for a replacement. S x




Voucher amount
Name of voucher recipient






28/04/18 Group bookings can be arranged for Hen Dos, Birthdays, Team building, Art groups. If you would like to book a workshop for your group use my contact page to get in touch.

You can find the Cow Shed Studio at ...
Hammes Farm,
Washington Rd,
Steyning
BN44 3DA

Contact me for more information


Standard Cancellation Charge and Refunds

Refunds will be initiated if workshops are cancelled by me for circumstances beyond my control.
Workshop fees are due at the time of booking, spaces will not be reserved for unpaid sessions.
Fees paid are non refundable if the decision to withdraw from a workshop is that of the participants and one week or less notice is given.
Participants who give more than one weeks cancellation notice will be charged a cancellation fee of £20 or may transfer to another workshop.
Please note that there may be circumstances in which there are insufficient fee paying students to allow the course to be run. In these instances I reserve the right to cancel the course. A full refund will be paid if this situation occurs.