Classes and Courses

Classes and Workshops 2019


Apologies – due to work commitments I will now not be running any classes in 2019. See below for updates of workshops

Workshops 2019 – TBC

May 12th, 2.30 -4.30. Drawing Plants. Part of the Pickhams Garden event. £15

June 16th, 11am -1pm. Sussex Landscapes. A special event for Sussex Day. £10.

August 3rd to 18th, various days TBC: 11am – 1pm. Art Workshops for Summer Trifle. £15 per session. Includes Simple Printmaking, Almost Abstract, Mastering Pastels, Mixed Media  and Experimenting with Acrylics.

Email to book your place – I will email you an invoice which you can pay by BACS or you can post a cheque. The place will not be confirmed until payment is received and I have emailed you. 

 Past workshops and classes

If you would like me to repeat any of the past events (below) , please do contact me


Still Life in Pastels
I shall be running a workshop on using oil pastels and chalk pastels at Gallery North in Hailsham on Wednesday 16th May, 10-12. £10. Some materials provided, bring your own paper and board and any pastels that you have.
Booking essential

Mastering Pastels
On Wednesday 15th August, 2-4pm, as part of Summer Trifle at Pickhams I shall be running a workshop called Mastering Pastels. As above, it will look at both chalk and oil pastels. £25. Tickets will be available soon via

Waterfalls in Watercolour
On Thursday 16th August, 6.30 – 8.30pm, as part of Summer Trifle: Waterfalls in waterclour. Demonstration and class, all materials provided. Booking in advance essential as spaces are limited. £25. Tickets will be available soon via

Wednesday classes coming in September 2018.


Summer Trifle Workshops 2017

PAINTING ABSTRACTS. Tuesday 15th August – 6-8pm. £50 to include materials and refreshments.

Artist Josie Tipler will show you some of the ways to produce a vibrant abstract painting using acrylic paints and mixed media. Bring your own sketchbook and brushes if you have them but all other materials will be provided. Suitable for all abilities.

DRAWING WHAT YOU SEE. Wednesday 16th August 2017 – 10am – 4pm . £80 to include materials, lunch and refreshments.

Artist Josie Tipler will lead you step by step through drawing techniques in different mediums including pencil, ink and chalk pastels. Subjects will range from still life, portraits and scenes of the wonderful surroundings in the grounds of Pickhams. Suitable for beginners or those who would like to try a new approach.

Book via

2017 Wednesday afternoons – Acrylics

From 12th April 2017 for 8 weeks, Wednesday afternoon classes at Pickhams in Wilmington. 2 til 4 pm. £12 per session. £40 if booking and paying for 4 in advance. Use the form below to register your interest – payment can be made by bacs.

Acrylics are very versatile  and ideal as a first medium for beginner artists. I don’t recommend starting with a cheap box of small tubes- the pigments are usually not as they should be and they tend to be thin, with more binder than pigment, making it very difficult to master the different techniques. If you do have them, they can be used to supplement other acrylics. It is best to go for Daler Rowney system 3 or Winsor and Newton Galeria tubes or something of a similar price. A large tube or tub of titanium white is essential.

Brushes can be the cheap ones, a mix of sizes and textures but make sure you include some with mixed fibres that bounce back when you bend them- do NOT use sable brushes, they will get ruined.

Don’t worry to start with about buying any gesso or mixing mediums, you can use mine at the classes. If you do buy gesso, there is a choice of white, black or clear. I’d start off with white.

Cheap canvas boards are ideal for practice, also have some heavyweight watercolour paper, a hardback sketchbook with decent weight paper, stretched canvases. I don’t like the acrylic painting paper but bring it if you have some. Mixing palettes can be anything from a sheet of plastic to a ‘stay wet’ palette (there are cheaper options such as cooking parchment and a j-cloth in a plastic food container with a lid)

Any other questions before we start, please ask!


01323 485153


In August 2016 I ran a series of workshops at Pickhams (see Art in Arlington page)and will run more art classes in 2017.


_35Friday 14th August 2015- Getting Movement into your work– at the Cartlodge, Horam Manor Farm, Horam, 7-9pm. £10 per person.

We will cover various ways to get a sense of movement into your paintings. Use whatever medium you like, I favour acrylics as a mixed medium with pencil and pastel. Bring tracing paper, sketching paper and pencils plus whatever you would like to use for a final piece – acrylic on canvas board or stretched canvas works well. Subjects can be anything from  a windy day to birds in flight or the human figure, bring a photo if you have a preference.

The fee is £10 per person, limited places – please book using the form below or call me

2015. Regular Tuesday evening art sessions at Gallery North for Hailsham Art Group. £5 per session, bring your own materials and project to work on with my guidance. I can set you a project if you prefer. Book a week in advance. Calendar:


FESTIVAL SPECIAL – Monday September 14th September 2015, 2-4.30pm. A one afternoon workshop at the gallery on the basics of watercolours. We’ll cover stretching paper and various techniques including using watercolour in mixed media work. Booking essential as space limited. £10 per person plus materials (or bring your own materials). Materials list on application. Book via the festival website soon.


Conservatory for Small groups

Conservatory for Small groups

Weekly Wednesday Workshops 2015

2-4pm, at Pickhams near Arlington. I will set a project each week, bring your own materials and let me know if there is a particular subject, medium or style you would like to cover. See Art in Arlington page

Use the form below to book or call 01323 485153. Booking is essential to ensure there are sufficient numbers for the session to run.

OrsaySummer art Workshops at Pickhams 2015

From 5th to 10th August 2015, a series of stand alone half day / whole day workshops on a variety of subjects and techniques. See Art in Arlington page.

3- mixing palette

3- mixing palette

I started 2015 with 3 series of classes: Introductory art classes for beginners at Gallery North in Hailsham, Saturday mornings and repeated on Tuesday evening; A series of 8 sessions for slightly more experienced artists at Pickhams, Wilmington Wednesday afternoons 2-4pm

We covered various subjects and mediums including landscape, seascape, figures, watercolour sketching, using acrylics, pastels, mixed media


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