Workshops in 2022 - learn with best selling author, Liz Chaderton

Liz Chaderton with booksDo 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. Please come and share the processes, techniques and tips that have taken me 20 years to learn and perfect.

Throughout 2022 I am running a series of workshops in Knowl Hill, near Twyford, Berkshire, at a stunning venue – Micklems Farm. If you want to download a list of 2022 dates, you can do so here.

Why come on a workshop?

  • You will have a fun and relaxed day with like minded people.
  • You will learn a lot in a concentrated period of time.
  • You will be invited to join a private Facebook group as a place to share you work and to continue to learn.
  • 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 a workshop which is right for you. All workshops start at 10am and finish 4/4.30pm depending on how the group is getting on.

GIFTS: If you would like to give a gift voucher to a friend, or indeed ask friends and family to chip in towards the cost of a day, I can help. Just email me through the contact form and we’ll take it from there!

Please be assured that should a workshop be cancelled due to Covid then you will be offered either a full refund or another date. 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 from I will also be teaching at the Watershed Studio in Essex, 1-2 November 2022. You can find full details here:

Painting animals in watercolour

The course will be held in a rural location in Knowl Hill, Berkshire, to provide you with an inspiring and relaxed environment. All materials are provided, along with refreshments. 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.

These one-day workshops aim to bring my best-selling book ‘Painting animals in watercolour’ to life and will take place on:

  • 26 March 2022 FULL
  • 9 September 2022 FULL (Contact me to go on waiting list)
This watercolour painting day will explore painting subjects from pets to farm animals, from British wildlife to more exotic creatures. We will spend time looking at eyes, form and texture to create convincing animal portraits brimming with life and energy.

The price per person is £90 which includes materials and refreshments. I will have copies of my book on sale at £9.99.

Painting watercolours on canvas

Traditionally watercolours are painted on paper and protected under a mount and glass. What if you could break free? What if you were no long restricted by size or the tyranny of framing? This day explores how using new surface preparations watercolourists can enjoy working on canvas without the need hide their images away behind the glare of glass.

These one-day workshops are taking place on:

  • 10 June 2022 FULL (contact me for waiting list or book on the November course)
  • 11 November 2022 5 PLACES AVAILABLE

All materials will be provided. If you wish to bring a canvas to prepare yourself, you are encouraged to do so. You can then take it home with you to continue your experiments. Some experience of painting in watercolour is necessary, though you need a spirit of adventure more than years of experience.

The course is based on my book ‘Watercolours on Canvas.’ Now you can spend a day exploring this new way of working. I will have copies of my book available to buy at £9.99.

The price is £95 per person which includes materials and refreshments, but not lunch.

Gold and metal leaf with watercolour

Do you love the glint of gold, or the mellow shine of copper?

In this course we will venture into the world of mixed media, using metal leaf with our watercolours to bring a lovely shine and new dimension to our work. We will use gold size and loose leaf to achieve different effects and then combine it with our paintings. You may wish to bring a painting which you would like to add gold leaf to.

I am only running one of these workshops during 2022, so please book your space early. It will take place on:

  • 7 October 2022 2 PLACES AVAILABLE

All materials are provided, along with refreshments. No experience is needed to fully enjoy the day. If you already love painting in watercolours you will be provided with plenty of stimulation!

The price per person is £90.

Pen and wash

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.

These workshops are one-day courses and will take place on:

  • 11 June 2022 FULL (Contact me for waiting list)
  • 12 November 2022 4 PLACES AVAILABLE

This course is always popular, so please book early. The price per person is £90 which includes all materials and refreshments. My third book, ‘Line and wash painting’, was published in January 2022, so I will have copies available to buy.

Watercolour taster day

If you have never painted in watercolour and are not sure whether it is for you, this taster day is the perfect way to give it a go. Everything you need is provided, so that you don’t have to buy lots of expensive equipment.

The group is small, so you will get lots of individual guidance. We will cover materials and making the water work for you. We will explore mark making, tones and colour. You should go away with lots of tools in your paint kit, so that you will be itching to get a brush out and give it a go.

These workshops are a one-day course and will be held on:

  • 19 March 2022 FULL
  • 8 September 2022 3 PLACES AVAILABLE

As well as the artist quality materials, refreshments are included.

The price per person is £90.

Lively portraits

I am really excited about this workshop. Capturing people in watercolour is a great way of producing a lively portrait.

We will look at the tonal map of the face. We will work on a monochrome, a layered portrait and a more direct rendition. We will explore both literal colours and high energy portraits with a jazzier vibe.

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

  • 6 October 2022 FULL (contact to go on waiting list)

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.

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

The price per person is £90.