2024 workshops - learn with best selling author, Liz Chaderton

2024 workshopsThe 2024 workshops schedule is here! I am doing a Spring and Autumn programme. The days are paired so if you are traveling from a distance you may wish to do two in a row.

Do you want to express yourself, but are not sure where to start? Or do you want to improve your skills, but don’t have the time to experiment?

These workshops will help you get to where you want to be. They will bring my books to life and go into so much more detail than any YouTube film. Please come and share the processes, techniques and tips that have taken me 20 years to learn and perfect.

Throughout 2024 I am running a series of workshops in Knowl Hill, near Twyford, Berkshire, at a stunning venue – Micklems Farm. These are special days where you can concentrate on improving your skills and gain a huge amount of confidence in a concentrated time. All materials are included in the price, unless otherwise stated. If you want to print a list of workshops, you can do so here: 2024 workshops programme

  • Thursday 21 March – Portraits in line and wash – £99 – FULL (SEE AUTUMN DATES)
  • Friday 22 March – Watercolour portraits – £99 – FULL (SEE AUTUMN DATES)
  • Thursday 18 April – Painting animals in watercolour – £99 – FULL (SEE AUTUMN COURSE)
  • Friday 19 April – Line and wash – £99 – FULL (SEE AUTUMN COURSE)
  • Thursday 23 May – Watercolour and more – mixed media – £99 – FULL (SEE AUTUMN COURSE)
  • Friday 24 May – It’s raining cats and dogs – painting pets – £99 – FULL (SEE AUTUMN COURSE)
  • Thursday 20 June – Ink resist – gouache wash off – £99 (FULL SEE AUTUMN DATES)
  • Friday 21 June – Urban sketching – £99 – FULL (SEE AUTUMN DATES)
  • Thursday 22 August – Ink resist – gouache wash off – £99 (FULL)
  • Friday 23 August – Urban sketching – £99 (FULL)
  • Thursday 19 Sept – Line and wash – £99 (2 places available)
  • Friday 20 Sept – Portraits in line and wash – £99 (3 places available)
  • Thursday 10 Oct – Painting animals in watercolour – £99 (2 places available)
  • Friday 11 Oct – Watercolour portraits – £99 (4 places available)
  • Thursday 14 Nov – Watercolour and more – mixed media – £99 (5 places available)
  • Friday 15 Nov – It’s raining cats and dogs – painting pets – £99 (7 places available0
Why come on a workshop?
  • Have ave a fun and relaxed day with like minded people.
  • Learn a lot in a concentrated period of time.
  • All materials are supplied, so you just have to turn up.
  • It’s a gorgeous location, in beautiful gardens.
  • I am an award winning artist and published author, but I have been in your shoes – wanting to have a creative outlet.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need help choosing the perfect workshop for you. All workshops start at 10am and finish 4/4.30pm depending on how the group is getting on. Please read all terms and conditions before booking.

If you want to learn with me but are unable to attend a workshop, online courses are available 24/7 from https://www.lizchadertonstudio.co.uk.

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Painting animals in watercolour

If you want to create convincing animal portraits, brimming with life and energy, this day is for you. We will spend time looking at eyes, form and texture, from pets to farm animals, from British wildlife to more exotic creatures. This one-day workshop aims to bring my best-selling book ‘Painting animals in watercolour’ to life and will take place on:

  • Thursday 18 April 2024
  • Thursday 10 October 2024

Held in beautiful Knowl Hill, Berkshire, the venue is an inspiring and relaxed environment. All materials are provided, along with tea/coffee. If you already love painting in watercolours you will be provided with plenty of stimulation! Liz will let everyone go at their own pace to get the most out of the day. You may wish to bring reference material to work on your own composition in the afternoon.

The price per person is £99 which includes all materials and tea/coffee. You will only need to bring reference of your favourite animal.

Portraits in line and wash

Line and wash is where painting and drawing meet, combining the strengths of each in one piece of art. It is perfect for executing lively and characterful portraits. It can be rapid and, due to the reassurance of the line, it is often easier to be free with the washes, which will add great energy and expression to a portrait compared to line alone. If you aspire to paint more loosely in watercolour then line and wash is a great stepping stone.

This one-day workshop is taking place on:

  • Thursday 21 March 2024
  • Friday 20 September 2024

All materials will be provided. We will use a transfer method to map the features onto our paper and then explore the balance of line and watercolour. The course is based on my new book ‘Painting Portraits in Watercolour’. You may wish to bring a photo of someone you wish to paint. This needs to be printed onto A4 paper. Otherwise, plenty of reference images will be available, each presenting different challenges. Held in Knowl Hill, Berkshire, the venue is beautiful and an inspiring setting. Now you can spend a day exploring this new way of working.

The price is £99 per person which includes materials and tea/coffee.

 

Painting in line and wash

If you would like to learn how to use line and wash to create exciting paintings, this day will give you the skills and confidence you need. Pen and wash; line and wash; ink and watercolour. Whatever you call it, this is a lovely expressive way of working. It is excellent for quick sketches and more finished paintings. The key thing is to help both ink and watercolour play their part to the full and ensure that 2+2=5.

We will start with exploring the role of line, then move on to letting the watercolour flow and then bring both elements together. Whether you wish to use this technique for portraits, landscapes, urban sketching, animals, still life or flora, you will learn how to capture many different subjects. It will bring my best selling book ‘Painting in line and wash’ to life. You do not need to be an experienced watercolourist to enjoy this day. You may wish to bring reference to work on your own composition in the afternoon.

These one-day courses are held at a beautiful location in Knowl Hill, Berkshire and will take place on:

  • Friday 19 April 2024
  • Thursday 19 September 2024

This course is always popular (which is why I am doing two!), so please book early. The price per person is £99 which includes all materials and tea/coffee.

Watercolour portraits

So many artists would love to paint portraits of friends and family, but find portraits rather intimidating. If you would like to start painting faces, or improve your technique then this one day workshop will convince you that capturing people in watercolour is a great way of producing a lively portrait. In September 2023 my fifth book, Painting Portraits in Watercolour, was published by The Crowood Press. This day will bring the book to life!

We will look at the tonal map of the face and work in monochrome, layers and a more direct painting methods. We will explore both literal colours and high energy portraits with a jazzier vibe. These are not portraits to hang in museums but will capture the personality of the subject.

This is a one-day course and will take place on:

  • Friday 22 March 2024
  • Friday 11 October 2024

If you are scared of drawing faces, don’t worry. This is a day to concentrate on painting, so we will be using a light pad to transfer our images. No, this is not cheating! Vermeer (who wasn’t half bad), used a Camera Obscura, as did Joshua Reynolds. We will use technology to allow us to concentrate on technique. Some experience in using watercolour is helpful!

All materials are provided, along with tea/coffee. If you love painting in watercolours you will be provided with plenty of stimulation!

The price per person is £99. The workshop is held at the beautiful Micklems Farm, and the setting provides a relaxing and welcoming venue for the day.

Ink resist / Gouache Wash-off technique

This was my most popular course in 2023, so please don’t delay! If you love the strength of ink against delicacy of watercolour washes, or just like learning unusual techniques, then ink resist (gouache wash off) is for you. It certainly exploits the very best of ink and watercolour. It is a painterly technique which produces an image similar to a wood or lino cut. Though the process is exacting and needs to be followed carefully, the end result is unpredictable and exciting.

 We will start with a simple subject to understand the full process and then you will have an opportunity to work on a subject of your own. I have used this technique for landscapes, animal studies and even portraits. It is very dramatic. You do not need to be an experienced watercolourist to enjoy this day.

This is a one-day course and will take place on:

  • Thursday 20 June 2024
  • Thursday 22 August 2024

All materials are provided, along with tea/coffee. The price per person is £99. The workshop is held at the beautiful Micklems Farm in Knowl Hill, Berkshire, and the setting provides a relaxing and welcoming venue for the day.

Watercolour and more - mixed media

If you have already fallen in love with watercolour and want a few more artistic challenges, this might be the perfect day for you. If you like to experiment with unusual techniques, then you will certainly find it enjoyable. If you have never used watercolour and are put off by its reputation, then you will enjoy the forgiving nature of mixed media. If you have wanted to start art journaling, then this day will give you plenty of skills and ideas to get going.

We will work on a series of mini paintings in the morning to explore key techniques and concepts of mixed media, learning how to layer our work to develop meaning and understanding. We will use collage, gesso, stencils, stamps, paint and more. In the afternoon we will explore art journaling and its roll in developing our own style and voice, as well as a place to experiment with new mixed media techniques.

This is a one-day course and will take place on:

  • Thursday 23 May 2024
  • Thursday 14 November 2024

All materials are provided, along with tea/coffee. If you have collage materials you would like to use, or a journal you already work in, then please bring them along. If you love experimenting you will be provided with plenty of stimulation!

The price per person is £99. The workshop is held at the beautiful Micklems Farm, and the setting provides a relaxing and welcoming venue for the day.

It's raining cats and dogs - painting pets

We share our homes and lives with our pets, so it is natural that we want to celebrate them in our artwork. This day will concentrate on capturing dogs and cats in watercolour. We will work on eyes and key features in the morning, before working on our own pet portrait in the afternoon. You will need to bring a clear printed reference photo of the animal you wish to paint, whether it is yours or a friend’s. Further guidance will be given in the joining instructions.

This is a one-day course and will take place on:

  • Friday 24 May 2024
  • Friday 15 November 2024

All materials are provided, along with tea/coffee. If you love your pet and love painting in watercolours you will be provided with plenty of stimulation!

The price per person is £99. The workshop is held at the beautiful Micklems Farm, and the setting provides a relaxing and welcoming venue for the day.

Urban and travel sketching

Urban sketch is all about drawing what is around you. It does not imply that you only draw the urban environment, but rather it consists of capturing your personal vision of your immediate world, and the places you travel to.

It is about everyday life – whether that is your morning cuppa, the commute to work, the countryside you walk in or the pavements you pound. It includes travel sketching and often holidays are when we have time to capture our world. My drawing our surroundings we observe more closely and are more engaged, as well as honing our skills.

This is a one-day course and will take place on:

  • Friday 21 June 2024
  • Friday 23 August 2024

All materials are provided, along with tea/coffee. Whether you have done any line and wash before or not, you will enjoy this day. If whether allows, we will make the most of the beautiful setting of Knowl Hill and sketch from life.

The price per person is £99. The workshop is held at the beautiful Micklems Farm, and the setting provides a relaxing and welcoming venue for the day.