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   Day to day information for students, and other news.

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The Minories Summer Exhibition

I'm very fortunate to have had a painting selected for this exhibition.


at The Minories, 74 High St, Colchester CO1 1UE

Exhibition open Thursday - Sunday, 10.00am - 4.00pm

until 11th August.

 (You can usually park in the nearby Greyfriars Hotel car park, but note it is cash only)

The Classes 

You can view some of the lovely work produced in the classes recently

on the 'Students Work' page.

Students please note that if you need to contact me in the morning before the class, an email is best, and please send before 9.00am, when I check my emails before leaving home.

I am currently running three classes at Writtle village hall:

Life Drawing class.

The Autumn Term 2024 dates for the life class will be:

September: 27th, October: 11th, 18th, November: 8th, 22nd, December: 6th, 13th. 

Remember that October 18th and December 13th will be in the back room.

If you would like to join the life drawing class, please contact me - I currently have places available.  

I also run a 'drop in' list for people who would like to attend the odd class, and who I contact if any regular student is unable to attend a particular class. Let me know if you would like to be added to this list, or if you would like to try out a class.

Tuesday and Wednesday morning classes.

These are following my usual format, with a varied programme of short projects.


The Autumn Term will start with the project:- Textural Acrylic Painting.

Click here to find some useful notes, especially if you are new to acrylic painting.          


The Autumn term will start with the new project:- Drawing on Black Paper.

Please bring black paper if possible - I will have some spare if needed. 

For the first class bring white pencils, pens, pastels, chalk, wax crayons, paint etc. - anything you can think of in white. 

To start with the subject matter would be best restricted to still life or portraits, rather than scenes. If you have a photo, please try to get it into monochrome (black, white and grey), as this will be easier to copy. 

The Autumn term 2024 dates will be:


September: 17th, 24th,

October: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd,

November: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th,

December: 3rd, 10th.


September: 18th, 25th,

October: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd,

November: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th,

December: 4th, 11th.

I offer three email watercolour courses:

Just One Brush, More Brushes, and No Brushes.

Each course comprises 8 pdf pages, packed with information, ideas and exercises, with plentiful coloured illustrations. 


The courses take the student through a series of steps, exploring the handling of brushes and other implements, and the nature of the paint itself, and encouraging a deeper understanding of the medium.

The exercises allow the student to practice and experiment with different techniques and concepts, meanwhile growing in confidence as they build their skills.

They have been very well received by my students, so I am now happy to offer them more widely. 

They are designed to be worked on in order, but in fact each one can be studied on it's own.

Please get in touch if you would like to purchase any of the three courses.

£25.00 each.


I am not posting new challenges at present, but all the challenges can be found here,

 if you feel like having a go.

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