All people are welcome to my classes, whatever your background, nationality, race, gender, sexuality, age, fitness, size, livelihood, beliefs, or any other signifying quality. Sometimes I have to teach under 16s separately from adults, unless their parent or guardian is with them, to conform to UK safeguarding laws. If you have any questions as to your ability to join in my classes and courses you are warmly invited to get in touch.
Upcoming: Monthly life drawing sessions with a professional model and as much or as little tuition as you wish, at Canela Cafe in Hampton Court, email canelacafeevents [at] gmail [dot] com for more details, or find them on Instagram. Each last Tuesday of the month, £12, refreshments included. A fun session for all, no experience necessary. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for many different examples of figure drawing. Click here for the new workshops poster.
Wild Twins will run again in May 2019, a magical workshop I teach with writer Paul Kingsnorth for writers and artists of all kinds. We aim to re-wild our work in this place at Europe’s far Atlantic edge and bring words and images together, and let them run loose over the rocks by the sea shore. Click here for details.
Recent: In May 2018 I taught a special afternoon of colour theory to home schooled children and their parents at The Happy Pig, in west Ireland. 2 peaceful fun hours of colour mixing and matching using gouache, leading to a good basic understanding of what colour is, how to mix that colour you want, and keep your colours clean and bright, when you want to.
During Spring and Autumn 2017 I taught on Fire and Shadow, an eight month long Dark Mountain course. We made archaic materials out in the wild, and took as much time in making them around the fire as using them. So much nowadays is instant, it’s like a running commentary in everyone’s heads, reflected on their devices. These materials slowed us down, in the best way, we become absorbed in the moment: art and writing at walking pace. It was a great pleasure to work with Way Of Nature UK . Making quills and oak gall ink in Alladale, Scotland, then writing in our hand made books, which brought back the sound of the scriptorium to our modern ears, a lost sound, regained by our work together as we wrote. In Romania I brought ochre, chalk and charcoal and we worked with the alchemical triad of red, black and white, alongside the story of The Lindwurm, which worked it magic on us in the wilds of this beautiful place. Thanks to photographer Natasha Lythgoe for the use of some of her photos below, as tagged.
Previously: In January 2017 I taught a primitive and natural paints and brushes workshop at An Teach Soar (The Happy Pig) in Ireland. I returned in July to teach bark containers, pouch-making from natural materials and other prim-tech art kit topics. I currently teach 121 sessions for making birch and ash bark containers, hand sewn books, natural cordage, quill making and painting on buckskin or parchment at my home on The Thames, near Hampton Court Palace.
Bark boxes & buckskin and felt pouches, July 2017, Tynagh.
Natural Materials, quill pens and brushes, The Happy Pig, January 2017
Earlier: In the 1990s I taught as a visiting Painting tutor at Degree courses in Norwich and Sunderland, as well as on the BTEC at Bournemouth. For three years from 2000 I taught life drawing in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire both in FE and Adult Education, until I moved back to England. I also taught art, painting and crafts to groups of both younger and older children near Huntly. I have since taught several more life drawing workshops for adults in the North East of Scotland, as well as private classes in and around London.
Come and learn: I have an ongoing, current enhanced DBS Disclosure certificate which allows me to work with children and people with special needs, or vulnerable adults. I greatly enjoy passing on what I have learned and practised. Please get in touch if you would like me to run a session for you, your group or business. Topics could include drawing from the figure, still life, drawing outdoors, colour theory, sketch-booking, a huge selection of natural and primitive materials production and use, as well as many other related crafts.
Below are a few of my drawings from life 1990-2017, in many different media, scales, and varying in duration from 1 minute to 5 hours. I encourage students to find their own way with materials, style and approach.