For experienced painters and those who have been on my other courses, using two session blocks we focus on a well known artist, a famous painting or technique and explore how it can inform our own style. There are short presentations covering art history, demonstrations, group discussions and critiques with the emphasis on encouraging and informing each other of our own artistic discoveries as well as working in our chosen mediums. The focus on the first, third and fifth class includes an introduction to a well-known artist or painting and a creative challenge which will incorporate an aspect of their work. The second, fourth and sixth class is used to complete the challenge, start our own unique piece and critique each project. The mission (should you choose to accept!) is designed to complement and challenge the way you already work and dovetails in with the Artynoons if you need more time for further exploration. In 2014 we looked at Vincent Van Gogh, David Hockney and John Singer Sargent.

COST: £230 for 6 classes of 3 hours


Course Outline Example

Week 1 - Van Gogh - a brief history, study of ‘Van Gogh’s chair’

Week 2 - your own painting using Van Gogh’s colours, brush strokes or perspective

Week 3 - David Hockney - a brief history, study of ‘Bigger Splash’

Week 4 - Creating your own painting using Hockney’s colours, brush strokes or style

Week 5 - John Singer Sargent - a brief history, study of children

Week 6 - Creating your own portrait using Singer Sargent’s colours, brush strokes or style


Materials List

This is determined by each particular Masterclass so Kate will advise you on what you might need to bring for each session although the choice of medium and size of canvas is entirely up to you!


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The course matched my expectations and have been very helpful. I particularly enjoyed the techniques as applicable to portrait painting - the old Masters and Singer-Sargent. Kate’s demonstrations and presentations are great. Hugely informative and enjoyable in a relaxed atmosphere.
— Francis P

Student Galleries & Comments

2014 Masterclasses


My expectations are always met on Kate’s courses. I enjoy the camaraderie and painting, looking at the others’ paintings and ideas. It’s a great way to understand the Master’s techniques.
— David W
If you want to be stretched, try new techniques, paint in a new way - sign up for Masterclasses! I particularly enjoyed learning about the approaches and techniques of famous painters.
— Juliette L
It was interesting learning the techniques of famous painters. I wanted to improve my understanding of art and the presentations are always good and easy to understand.
— Peggy M
I feel the course exceeded my expectations and left me wanting to learn more about other Masters. It was really interesting learning some of their techniques and pushing myself to try something different.
— Sally C
I enjoyed it all, learning new techniques and coming out of my comfort zone. I hoped to expand my skills and learn about famous painters. It was good to stretch myself - I was very happy with how much I achieved over the course.
— Jenny B
A good environment to try something new. Very good presentations and demos as usual.
— Kay W