DATES 2017

25/26th November click

Cat. This is by far one of the best and most positive courses I have attended in a long time and has already prompted me to start working harder and more often.  Basics you might say, but your enthusiasm and helpful patience have struck a spark (I think), so - onwards and upwards. Many thanks again and best wishes.Stuart



Once you have mastered the basics of how to create a portrait you need to understand how to get emotion and expression into your portraits.

If you want to be very good you also need to develop 'a style'. Cat encourages you to experiment with colour and mark making on this portrait painting weekend,

Would be helpful to know the basics to attend this course. The Canons in particular. Colour Mixing will be taught.

Cat will talk you through how to paint eyes, mouths, noses, eyebrows etc. BRING AN EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPH with you - a good tonal photograph with great light.

Painting in oils is probably the most rewarding to create a Portrait.

Cat will teach you with humour, patience and incredible knowledge!! About Cat click


Everyone has their own Professional easel, table, art materials and high stool.


Royal Talens Amsterdam Professional Paint

DaVinci Brushes = The best!!

Royal Talens canvas up to size 80x80cm



Develop Portraits painting weekend
1st Day of the Improve Portraits Painting Weekend

Improve portait painting weekend

1st Day

9.45am Arrive at Measel Studio in Mapledurham, Berkshire. We have a large car park if you are driving. Have breakfast at our Guest House if you stayed the night before.

10.0am Your tutor welcomes you to the studio, explains the weekend and tells you about herself. You are encouraged to tell us a bit about yourself (if you want to) and what you particuarly want from the workshop. Everyone is nervous but there is always laughter and fun!!

Everyone has their own painting easel, table, high stool. Professional paints, professional brushes and canvases or paper. We take a maximum of 8 students per workshop.

The workshop begins.

Tea & Coffee is available any time - just help yourself - the studio is YOURS for the weekend. Do what you gotta do!!

Our Aim is to 'Bring out the Artist in You' - we DO NOT just paint and let you copy us. We motivate, inspire and teach originally.

12.30am Lunch. A delicious fresh buffet with wine. (A glass of wine often helps you paint EVEN BETTER in the afternoon!)

1.0pm Back to painting - where we complete your 1st professional painting

4.30pm Discussion about tomorrow. Talk to your tutor about what painting you want to do tomorrow. Bring in a photograph or drawing or ideas and concepts. (Depends on which workshop you are taking) Prepare your canvas for tomorrow. Can be up to 100cm x 70cm in size.

5.0pm Day Ends

You either go home or come to our Guest House and eat out with the group across the road at an excellent restaurant. We book you a table - as it is SO good - you HAVE to book!


2nd DAY

9.30am Arrive at 9.30 this morning. Your tutor will talk you through (again!) your perfect fine art composition. REMEMBER we do not impose our will on you but YOU develop your skills and talent.

Magic easel studio JoeDaisy
The studio stands deep in the heart of the Mapledurham Country Estate. We send instuctions!

You are advised on the colours to use, the brush to use in each space. Your tutor will let you be as 'contemporary' or 'traditional' as you require. There are many ways to paint a painting so your tutor will help you make decisions.

Concepts, approach, style, technicalities etc are discussed depending on which workshop you are attending.

12.30am Lunch. A delicious fresh buffet with wine. (A glass of wine often helps you paint EVEN BETTER in the afternoon!)

1.0pm Back to painting - where we complete your 2nd professional painting

3.00-3.30pm Day Ends - Group photo (which we send you)

Your tutor is only there for you. She is NOT painting her own paintings but gives you constant attention and help. Every student is encouraged to 'Develop their Own Style'. We have everything you need in the studio for experimental work, (all art products). etc

We also offer email support after you have completed a workshop.

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