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TEN-WEEK COURSE PLAN drawing & painting in both watercolours and acrylics for both beginners and those more advanced.
Fee £80 for 10 consequitive weks. Also, the same course but done all day one Saturday per month (second Saturday of each month), at Lydiate L31 4HL
Fee £25 per Saturday (please contact me for further details).

The classes are then ongoing through the year so that you can keep learning.

Classes held at Liverpool, Maghull, Lydiate, Formby, Hightown, Formby and Southport (scroll down for venues & prices)

ENROLMENT NOW TAKING PLACE, several classes are now filled

The aim over the first few months (or one Saturday per month for three months at Lydiate) is for you to use paint in a confident way, to understand the basic principles that will allow you to progress on your own initiative.

This will be achieved in a friendly and relaxed class so that you will learn best by a hands on approach and at your own pace, with me giving a demonstration of what you are asked to do, then allowing you to experiment with the medium under my guidance.

On week one, you will be introduced to the basic drawing skills such as measuring up a subject to achieve the correct proportions. Often, even people who may have been painting for a number of years, have not been taught basic drawing techniques, for example: how to measure and achieve correct proportions. The course will also deal with simple perspective. A good painting cannot sit on a badly drawn composition. Once you are happy with the basics, you will then move on to painting techniques, working from a still-life, set up in the class room. This will allow you to learn at your own pace in order to gain confidence in the acrylic medium and to experiment on personal technique. Initially, you will work in one colour, to gain knowledge of tone, before moving on to more colours. On the following weeks you will be able to work from your own favourite subject under my guidance.You can enrol for further weeks and keep learning; also take part in our regular exhibitions to allow you to display your work and sell.

The cost of the ten week course is 80, depending which venue you attend (please see below). The courses will then be ongoing till next summer.


Introduction to materials needed

Introduction to the medium of drawing & painting

Compositional skills, including how to transfer a photograph to paper or canvas by use of the grid system Use of simple perspective and how to measure and achieve accurate proportions

Introduction of techniques on how to apply paint and how to mix colours

Exercises on tone, using one colour, then advancing on to more colours

To produce by the end of the first 10 weeks a body of work that will demonstrate your progress


Wednesday at Hightown L38 3RP, 10am till 12.30. Fee is £80 for ten weeks. (ongoing through the year).
For absolute beginners and the more advanced.

Thursday, Southport, the Atkinson art centre, Lord Street PR8 1DB. Two classes daytime, general art course for beginners and the more advanced.
Fee £80 for ten weeks, ongoing through the year.
Morning class 10.30 to 12.30. Also afternoon class 1.30 till 3.30.

Thursday evening at Lydiate, L31 4HL near Maghull. 7.30 till 9.30. £80 for ten weeks. (ongoing through the year). For absolute beginners and the more advanced.

Friday at Lydiate (near Maghull) L31 4EQ, same course. Two classes, morning and afternoon. Morning 10am 12.30 and afternoon 12.45 3.15.
£80 for ten weeks. (On going through the year). Class is for absolute beginners and the more advanced.

Also, all day Saturday general art class at Lydiate L31 4HL, second Saturday of the month.
This is for people who cannot make a class through the week and is the same course. Fee £25 per Saturday.
For absolute beginners and the more advanced.

A Tuesday evening 6.45 till 9.15, life drawing, at the Bluecoat, Liverpool L1 3BX.
Ten weeks cost £160 (I don't take the booking for this, but can tell you how to book if interested.)

I also do an all day life drawing class, first Saturday of the month, at Lydiate L31 4HL,
cost is £28 for the day (you book through me). For more information on the above, please get back to me.

To book a place on a course, or if you require further information, email me:

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