Introduction to oil painting on Monday evenings

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August 5th, 12th, 19th, September 2nd, 9th, 16th.

The cost for six Monday evening classes is £175.

My oil-painting class is based in the Colour Factory garden studio, tucked away behind the River Park Leisure Centre. Classes are limited to eight, to enable time for individual teaching. Tea and coffee is provided. I’ll supply a list of basic art materials needed before the class begins. Classes are on Mondays, 6 till 9pm.

There’s a short demonstration at the start and then I go around talking to people one-to-one. We paint and draw from life, three evenings of still life, simple arrangements of food, a one-off evening of a self-portrait in a mirror, and a portrait head, in a long pose for the whole evening, over the last two evenings.

I encourage slowing down, working big to small, finding the big colour shapes. It’s a slightly abstract way into the painting. It’s how I work. It helps if people have some experience of drawing but all levels are welcome. Practice is encouraged – it’s equally OK to treat it as an interesting Monday evening.

To see my work, go to

You’ll get an idea of my approach to painting from Episode 3 of the new series of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, Loch Fyne. I’m one of the contestants.

If you have any questions, please email