Workshops are a great way to try your hand at something new like painting a portrait from life or sketching in the open air to cutting mounts in order to present your work. They can be three to six hours long and focus in on a specific medium (like pastels or watercolours), or particular subject (like painting animals, people or buildings). If you would like to dip your toe into something new, please fill in the form on the Contact Kate page and suggest your area of interest. The Summer Art Challenges aim to enjoy the Great British summer weather in beautiful settings where the challenge might be to paint a bed of flowers or draw an historic building in perspective whilst dodging the showers! The price includes entrance fees if applicable and times vary - more days are being planned at the Weald & Downland Museum and Borde Hill Garden for 2018. If you already go to an art group and would like some additional tuition, Kate can be booked for a day to come along and teach or demonstrate whatever subject your group would like. She is also gives talks on life as an artist and her process of taking on commissions.


Materials List

Kate will advise you of what you may need to bring when workshops are advertised. You may need to pack sunscreen and sunglasses with your portable easel for the outdoor events (ever the optimist!) ...

Weald & Downland Workshop Days

Following some very enjoyable days at the Weald & Downland Museum in 2016/17, more days are being planned for 2018. The workshops run from 10-4pm, cost £60, include morning coffee and afternoon tea and we have an indoor space if the weather turns! Book with them direct or contact Kate for more details: www.wealddown.co.uk.

Rose Painting Day

Borde Hill Garden, near Haywards Heath, RH16 1XP, invited us to spend a day painting their roses and enjoying their gardens in June 2017. This is likely to run again next year so please contact Kate if you would like to reserve a place. Cost: £66 includes entrance fee and use of their events marquee. Food is sold on the premises or you are free to bring your own. Please bring all materials and a portable chair to use in the gardens. Finished paintings and drawings can be submitted for selection into the autumn Borde Hill Art Exhibition. Contact Kate if you are interested, look at photos of the gardens to inspire you by clicking the picture below or look at their website:

Life Drawing Sessions

This is a lovely opportunity to sketch the naked human form using charcoal and then your preferred medium for a longer pose. Please contact Kate if you are interested in a workshop.

Mount Cutting Workshop Day 

Lynne Friel will teach the course and Kate will be there to assist (and provide cake of course!!). Mount cutters and practice card is provided, you just bring along some pictures that you would like mounted, and a packed lunch. Lynne gives loads of great step-by-step instruction on how best to crop and mount your work so that they are ready to slot into any standard sized frame. There will be conservation grade card (£5 per sheet) and mount-cutters available to buy if you 'get the bug' by the end of the day! It's a fun course and very satisfying when you see your work displayed professionally. 


Excellent. The tutor assessed our needs and expectations and taught in a clear and informative manner. Certainly met my expectations, I enjoyed ALL aspects of the day!
— Jenny J, Weald & Downland 2017
Met my expectations very well - learned a lot in a day and the course offered the opportunity to explore a variety of areas.
— Margaret M, Weald & Downland 2017
Just to say how much I enjoyed the day at Singleton. After being shown how to measure in the past and never really getting the hang of it, with your explanation it clicked!
— Maureen S, 2017
Exceeded expectations !
— Sue P, Weald & Downland 2017
Most helpful were the demonstrations and one-to-one help from the tutor. I enjoyed it despite the weather!
— Lindsay R, Weald & Downland 2017
Thank you so much for the recent course. Your way of teaching is very clever, all encompassing but never overbearing and forcing one to follow the rules. Great fun, enjoyable, meeting new people and creating something special. May you continue to be able to teach all newcomers!
Such an enjoyable day and a new experience.
— Diane N
The Life Class was a unique experience. As always, Kate was informative and encouraging, creating a gentle, non-threatening atmosphere. I extended my knowledge and application of proportion, light and shade, use of negative space and, most importantly, observation. I also gained further experience in working with charcoal and chalk, setting out on A2 paper and working to time. It was a privilege to draw from life and it is difficult to put the experience into words; I warmly encourage other students to find out for themselves. Thank you, Kate.
— Juliette L, 2017
What a lovely day we had with you! And I think two of the group are joining your portrait class later in the month.
— Margaret W, Rusper Art Group

Student Galleries & Comments

Click on image or title to see a variety of work from each session


Thank you so much for an engaging and satisfying workshop yesterday. Everyone enjoyed it and the results showed their inspiration to tackle this medium. What an amazing display you encouraged us to produce in a day. They look quite convincing on your website. I am sure you may have converted some people to embark on pastel painting in the future. The instruction and teaching was just right, not too much information. Your talent and love of your work came through while you were demonstrating. You made it look simple and do-able in a relaxed manner and no matter what mess we were making, there was a way round it.
— Marian W - Programme Secretary, South Downs Art Group
Hi Kate, just to thank you for classes yesterday, loved every minute! I would never have believed that I could have swept charcoal on paper - going with the flow - without worrying too much about the outcome, a fascinating experience!
— Sue B, 2017
Thank you for everything, you are a delightful person and a good teacher.
Friendly atmosphere, I really felt like I learned a lot. See you at the next one.
It was a really useful afternoon in terms of techniques and confidence. Working spontaneously, in a new medium (charcoal) and with a live model - all new to me - I was out of my comfort zone but, within the supportive and encouraging atmosphere which Kate always creates, it was a great learning experience. More please!
— Juliette L, 2017
I was hoping to learn a ‘step-by-step’ process for future portraits and to complete a portrait of my son - all of which achieved, thank you! It has been a very enjoyable, worthwhile course - looking forward to the next one you do.
I recommend all artists to do this [mount-cutting] workshop. You will definitely be able to ‘do-it-yourself’, use standard sized frames and save a fortune. The day will pay for itself many times over!! It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to get cracking at home and find things to frame.
— Sarah F
A most informative and productive 6 hours!!
— Tim L

Art Class Gift Voucher

Treat someone you love. Available in any amount as whole or part payment towards any chosen course, class or workshop.

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