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.

29th June - "Painting knife workshop" (Palette knife) 11am - 4pm
Painting knife or Palette knife? come along to this workshop and find out the difference. We'll be practicing our knife handling skills (not as dangerous as it sounds) and working to create an energetic image with movement and imagination. Bring your own reference material such as photographs and sketches to this workshop.

June's workshop is now fully booked

20th July and 27th July - "Oil painting for beginners" 11am - 4pm
Please note this is a two day workshop.
Oil painting can appear scary; there are lots of rules, lots of bottles of "stuff" and many strange smells....
During this two day workshop we'll learn the basics of oil painting: we will be using non toxic, environmentally and less smelly mixing substances. We will be learning about the different materials we can use and the rules we have to stick to to ensure a great result. Everything we learn can be applied to standard and water mixable oil paints. 
We will not be aiming to complete a painting during this two day workshop (we can try though) rather we will be aiming to become confident in the use of this material so we can continue to use it at home.
We will be working from our own reference material - sketches and or photographs 
I will be bringing a basic set of paints for you to use if you don't have your own and non toxic substances for mixing and cleaning for all participants to use (not to take home, sorry) Participants will not be allowed to use any other substances bought from home other than paint. I will also as usual be providing tea, coffee and the much needed cake. 
I recommend bringing Water Mixable oil paints for this session but standard oil paints can also be used. 
Please do use my contact page to ask me any questions about this workshop.





Oil Painting for beginners two day workshop


31 August - "A different perspective" Landscape painting 11am - 4pm £40
During this workshop we'll be looking at perspective, how we can use it and change it to enhance our paintings and show the viewer what we want them to see. We'll be working through a number of exercises as well as creating our own landscape paintings using reference material such as sketch books or photographs bought from home. Images which include a pathway (this could be a fence, river, path etc) through the landscape would be most useful for this workshop.





A different perspective, Landscape painting workshop


21st September - "Finding the landscape" Charcoal drawing 11am - 4pm £40
Charcoal is a great medium for creating atmospheric work - think thunder, moonlight, sunbeams, mist.... It's also the perfect medium to learn about Value, during this workshop we'll be doing both. After some experimentation with rubbers and various charcoal we'll be spending time creating an atmospheric landscape based on our own reference materials bought from home.





Finding the landscape, Charcoal drawing workshop


12th October - "Mixology" Colour mixing half day workshop 9.45am - 12.45 £28
Every good painter needs to know how to mix the colours they want from the paint they have. In this workshop we'll be experimenting with our paint and creating our very own Mixology notebooks. We will learn some basic colour theory as well as how to make colour choices which we can use to create harmonious paintings.





Mixology, a colour mixing workshop


26th October - "Inspired by Pointillism" a landscape painting workshop 11am - 4pm £40
"Pointallism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of colour are applied in patterns to form an image" it's fun, it's easy to do and it can be used to create stunning artworks. After some discussion and experimenting we'll create our own pointillist inspired landscapes using reference material such as sketch books or photographs bought from home. This workshop would be suitable for children over 12 years old.





Inspired by Pointillism a landscape painting workshop


9th November - "Drawing skills for the uninitiated" a half day workshop 9.45am - 12.45 £28
Everyone can draw but not everyone can draw with confidence or enjoy what they produce. This short workshop will help anyone who wants to improve their drawing skills and begin enjoying their drawing time. We'll start with the basics - do you know your HBs from your 2Bs? (they're just pencils) and work up to measuring and shading. We'll start experimenting in a sketch book and move onto working from a simple still life set up to practice what we've learned.





Drawing skills for the uninitiated, a drawing workshop


30th November - "Winter landscapes" a painting knife workshop 11am - 4pm £40
Using a painting knife is fun, expressive and easier than people think. We'll start this workshop with some quick experiments and a short demonstration (Demos scare me but i'll do it!) We will practice our knife handling skills and then move on to create our own wintery landscapes using reference materials such as photographs or sketchbooks bought from home.





Winter landscapes, a painting knife workshop


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


Gift vouchers for Workshops
You can now purchase a gift voucher to cover the cost of a workshop, perfect for birthdays, Christmas or just to show you care.
Once purchased you will receive a printed voucher in the post which you can personalise with your special persons name, you will also receive an email receipt containing the voucher just in case the original gets lost.




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.