Tuition & Workshops

A mix of one-off adult contemporary painting/drawing workshops and regular sessions are available for the complete beginner right through to the more experienced and improving artist and even those who just fancy 'having a go'.  Whether your aim is to enrich your leisure time, learn a new skill or technique or to become a professional artist; I hope to be able to assist.

My aim is to offer sessions that are informative, non-intimidating and most of all enjoyable!

We will refer to and analyse a diverse range of artists & discuss their approaches and methods where appropriate during each session to increase your knowledge and inspire you!

 - a materials list and further information will follow on confirmation of your place.
(Applegarth currently operating a waiting list - regular ad-hoc classes will be offered to the waiting list) CURRENTLY ​SOME AFTERNOON AVAILABILITY 

(Please scroll down for description of the class format and teaching style & sample sessions)

Applegarth Creative Cabin
Applegarth Farm, Headley Road, Grayshott, Hampshire GU26 6JL

Term-time Tuesdays Contemporary Creative Art Classes.  
Offering plently of individual tuition. Sessions have a general theme and learning objectives but cater to an individuals aims & interests.  
2 sessions x 9 participants 9:30 - 12:15 & 12:45 - 3:30.

West Oxfordshire: please register your interest

My aim is to offer sessions that are informative, non-intimidating and most of all enjoyable!  Develop your personal ‘take’ and style and broaden your knowledge of technique, treatment of a subject and maybe introduce you to a few artists & illustrators that you have not yet discovered.  Hopefully sessions will inspire you to continue and practice in your own time and facilitate your personal artistic development.

Sessions will be informal and purposefully small to ensure you enjoy quality instruction and direction.  They will usually start with a demonstration, discussion and clarification of any key learning points to consider before you embark on your own piece of work.  Individual tuition and direction will then be offered and if appropriate to the session a critique towards the end. Lots of visual reference will be included to illustrate the sessions aims & objectives and to enrich both your artistic experience and broaden your exposure to how differently artists respond to their subject.

Focus will be placed on enjoying the process, the company and the session rather than always on the success of the finished result.

Art can often be exasperating especially when you fail to produce something to your satisfaction and feel that you have failed to achieve what you have set out to accomplish.  Often with very little instruction one can achieve significantly more and be surprised at what others see and admire in ones work or the aspects that they regard as a success.  Working in a group therefore can be very rewarding and fulfilling in itself and a source of learning and development providing encouragement and fuel for artistic growth.

I work primarily in acrylic due to its fast-drying qualities and fastness using both brushes and palette knife. Drawing sessions will use mixed-media including pencil, charcoal and ink etc.  I enjoy experimentation and will encourage you to do the same.

If you prefer private tuition (for adults or children) or would like me to prepare a specific session for your group please contact me with a brief outlne of your requirements.  I hope to meet you soon!
If interested please contact me and I will add you to my mailing list: 07776 252314 or


Lots of reference material, encouragement and advice included in each session with a hand-out covering the key learning points to keep for your reference.  *Work at your own level and pace.
A recommended materials & equipment list will be provided in advance for each session & paper will be available. If you have your own easel or use a drawing board you are welcome to bring it with you.

If you are new to drawing and painting and worried about the cost implications - start small and build your equipment and materials up slowly to avoid costly mistakes. Your tastes & preferences may change as you become more experienced & experiment with new materials or techniques.

​Recent Topics at Applegarth have been varied & have followed the interests of the group: from sketching the farm animals, experimenting with ink & gouache, portraits in ink, pencil portraits, (acrylic) still life, summer/winter/floral land/seascapes, people in landscapes....  Individual tastes and aspirations have been catered for and and plently of inspirational visual reference is sent out in advance of each session.

Spring  2018 onwards we will continue to develop our skills covering:  movement, colour & composition with some small still lifes, negative space, trees, tonal landscape, animals, figure/faces (experimentation combining flat areas of pattern with realistic detail),  'in the style of' & a session where everyone produces work from the same piece of reference. 

Please contact me if you have any queries or for further information regarding course content.