Workshop Gallery


These are the pieces of art created by our members during each workshop.

Western23 Claire Western – Drawn to experiment
Claire put us straight to work with charcoal and erasers, creating a single line drawing (exercise 1).

Then the same technique but a landscape this time. A bit trickier as we had to create different tones (exercise 2).

We moved on to creating a landscape with oil pastels and using white spirit to mix and create texture (exercise 3).

And we finished drawing flowers with soft pastels and indian ink.

We had a great time making our artworks and a big thank you to Claire for guiding us through the different techniques. The creatives juices were well and truly flowing.

Hayleywebbp Hayley Webb – Ceramic plaques
Another super workshop with Hayley, we were told how to add several layers of clay to create depth and use various materials to create textures. Adding underglaze to create colours and how to prepare the clay for bisque firing and final glaze. We all created a beautiful plaque.

Chris Howe Chris Howe – Atmospheric watercolours
A great workshop with Chris, very experienced tutor, happy to answer any questions and showed us an array of different water colour techniques. We all created several artworks and our members thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.

Kate (13) Richard Welch – Following in the style of Anne Cotterell

Western23 Claire Western – Texture and transparency

Rebecca Rebecca De Mendonca – The Drama of Dartmoor

Paul Weaver – Seasonal landscapes
A brilliant workshop from Paul, showing different techniques to painting a seasonal landscape. We enjoyed his excellent tutorage and all the participants created a lovely piece of art. It was great to see so many of you at the workshop.

Richard Turner1 Richard Turner – Washed in pastels
The workshop with Richard Turner was welcomed by an enthusiastic group of artists. They were keen to try a different approach to pastel painting taking most people out of their comfort zone (that’s what workshops are all about). Richard made a prompt start by distributing fine sandpaper which we were to use for practice work. He started by explaining how the varied pressure of the pastels on the paper changed the intensity of the shade and how colour changed unexpectedly when mixed with another. This was emphazised when he demonstrated water on a damp brush added to the mix. Even Richard didn’t know exactly what to expect. As the morning progressed we were encouraged to experiment as he prompted us to try different colour mixtures, great fun. After a short lunch break, people got down to the serious matter of producing their own masterpiece on the large sheet of paper that Richard also supplied. During the afternoon he constantly moved around the room giving individual advice and encouragement. Despite some sore fingers and art gallery was set up at the end showed a range of subjects and interesting colour ways. The workshop was voted a success and well worth the time spent learning a new approach with pastels, and no doubt will be repeated in many studios over the winter months. We hope to see Richard again. D.J.M

Tony Hogan Tony Hogan – Shades & shadow in treescapes

 Joanna Commings Joanna Commings – Figure it out
The fully booked Saturday figure drawing workshop that took place on the 28th of September had a staggered start as one of the booked sitters was unable to attend. Luckily the brother of the young lady model was roused and quickly arrived to take the place. The session began with 3 freehand 10 minute charcoal sketches, firstly with the model moving and then in sitting poses. The aim was to encourage freer approach and to observe body proportions and the drape of clothing. For some, sketching people was more challenging, but we all learned from the exercise. Finally we produced an acrylic painting of one of the sitters. Joanna Commings is an excellent attentive tutor, offering valued advice and praise where due. The two young models did a splendid job maintaining poses. If any members didn’t attend this session watch out for another as you missed an treat. The next workshop on Saturday 12th October is with one of our regular tutors Tony Hogan with pastel pencils and blocks. If you are quick there are a few place available, go on spoil yourself. Enjoy your painting. D.J.M

Shepparda Miriam Sheppard – Sunset skies in acrylics

Lawrence12 Janet Lawrence – Art of reflections in watercolours

Western23 Claire Western – Bleached out

Paul Weaver Paul Weaver – Coastal coves and corners

Paul’s demo at workshop:
Weaver23  Weaver
Half way                                                                                                        Final painting

cropped-tag-logo Richard Welch – Confidence in oil painting

vanessa-crocker Vanessa Crocker – Dry point etching and printing

SFoster Stephen Foster – Using a palette knife

Click here for a list of basic materials used by Stephen Foster

Tony Hogan Caran D’Ache – Materials demo with Tony Hogan

Hints and tips from Tony Hogan using watercolour pencils: click here.

Ray Balkwill Ray Balkwill – Painting en plain air in Exmouth

Hints and tips from Ray Balkwill re Painting en Plein Air: click here for 10 top tips Ray Balkwill

RLeckey Rob Leckey – Painting without brushes

Joanna Commings Joanna Commings – Portraits

Richard Turner1 Richard Turner – Pastels with watercolours

LHollingshead13 Linda Hollingshead – Watercolours with inks

Linda’s website is

cropped-tag-logo Richard Welch – Watercolours

vanessa-crocker Vanessa Crocker – Collagraphs

Hayleywebbp Hayley Webb – Portrait Sculpture
Hayley’s website is:

Tony Hogan Tony Hogan – Acrylics

There are some tutorials available on Tony’s webpage

Graham 1 Trees in Summer in pastels with Graham Cox

Graham’s website is

JakeWinkle4 Watercolour with Jake Winkle

For more information about Jake’s work please visit his website on:

patricia-hibberd  Photo Collage with Pat Hibberd

graham  Landscapes in Pastels with Graham Cox

Graham’s website is

vanessa-crocker  Monoprint with Vanessa Crocker

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