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Video on how to paint a forest scene using Oil & Acrylic Paints

Hi everybody this is the first of the videos.  It’s more suitable for the older students but you can all try it out.  I would like your feed back as I am in the process of making a load of documentary videos during this lockdown.  If you have no oils just use what you have, you will however need a pallet knife.  When you are finished just email me on your work and I will load it onto this page.  Take your time, you have all painted trees, people walking away and dogs, remember anything you walk on has to go left to right.


September to Christmas Terms 2020

Small Children Friday 4pm till 6pm – Congratulations to everyone who attended the classes, once more great work was achieved.  This is only a selection of the work, hopefully everybody gets included.

The small children’s class is specifically designed to teaching art to young children.  I try to create an atmosphere of fun and creativity, teaching the children form, colour, perspective, painting techniques and drawing techniques.  I love the small childrens drawings and paintings as they have a great feel of creativity and individuality.

We always start off the term drawing, in this project the children learn how to create form using shape, how to create the shape using a scaled drawing and how to create tone using colour.  After this we went onto learning how to paint a dog, using the techniques once more looking at shapes and creating the painting using a paint brush flicking technique.  Then we drew, foxes, cows, birds, donkeys, snowman with bird, portraits with hand and flower and cats.  The students pick what they want to learn how to draw and paint., each projects lasts 2 hours.



Children’s classes – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 4pm till 6pm

This is my biggest group of children, spread over 4 classes.  Here the children learn once more form in drawing and painting.  How a drawing is broken down into foreground, mid ground and backgrounds, how to use different paint brushes and pallet knives to create different marks.  How to be versatile in their brush application.  The colour spectrum and how to different colours using the primary colours.  We covered, seascapes, landscapes, still life, how to draw and paint animals and birds and portraits.

The first five weeks is fairly structured with me giving the children a range of drawings and paintings, which they can choose from.  The last two weeks of the term the children choose as a class usually what medium they would like to create art in, usually it is spray painting, crayon art and modelling clay.

Congratulations to everyone who attended the classes, once more great work was achieved.

Advanced childrens class – Saturday morning from 9am till 11am.

This class was created for children, who are improvers.  I created this class so that the students who are improving can be pushed onto the next level of painting, drawing and modelling.

We covered a variety of subject matter here, we always start off with a still life drawing, this time its an apple.  How to create a simple seascape, how to paint trees using pallet knives and fan brushes.  Portraiture is always a big area, but now the students are learning how to draw in perspective, how to draw and paint teeth, how to draw and paint hands in different perspectives

Teenage Class Advanced – Saturday 1:30 to 3:30

This is my most advanced class, here the students start to fine tune their painting and drawing techniques.  In the seascapes the waves are turning and there is a splash against the rocks and the water can be seen flowing onto the sand.

At this stage the students understand the process of portraiture and understand perspective and skin tones.  Portraiture is one of the hardest of the areas in

Landscapes are created using pallet knives and brushes, using disappearing points to create perspective.  The students have now come to a point where they are becoming creative and start to use and understand their creativity in creating their own art.

Congratulations to everyone who attended the classes, once more great work was achieved.

Summer Camp 2020

Summer Camp 2020

Congratulations to all the young artists that participated in Summer Camp 2020, once more incredible work was created.

Day One – Drawing

Learning to draw with shapes, tone, how to scale drawings, how to draw figures and animals, how to draw a portrait.

Day Two – Portraits

How to create a portrait, how to use the eye as a unit of measure, How to draw the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair and how to create skin tone.

Day Three – Painting

How to create colours form the primary colours, how to recognise tone through colour, how to paint a Landscape, How to paint a Seascape, How to paint an Urban scape, How to paint figures, How to paint animals.

Day Four – Craft

How to model in Clay, How to create drawings using Crayons, How to create paintings using Spray Paint.

Day Five – Students Choice

Basically they can do anything they like on these days as a group or split into groups, painting, drawing, clay, crafts, etc.

Young Teenagers Art Camp

Portrait and hands breakdown, teenage class up

Portrait and hands breakdown, teenage class up

Hi everybody, just going to load up a load of images here on the breakdown of portraits and hands, just knock yourselves out.  Get Yourselves a Sketchbook and start working, practice makes perfect, Just Enjoy, well within your capabilities.  Work with as many mediums as possible, chalks, pencils, paint, anything you can get your hands on.  Did you know you can paint with coffee and tea, experiment, and write into your sketch book what mediums you are working with.

I will be looking for your sketch books when we get back to normal.

Remember the face is easy to draw just draw the line down vertical first then divide the page into 7 equal sections, using the eye as your unit of measure.  If you forget go into the how to draw a portrait teaching module.


old woman

Remember when drawing the hands to break them into blocks

Your sketch book is for exploring, when you have finished all the above, don’t touch the full portrait yet, break it down into eyes, nose, mouth, ears, different perspectives of the face first.