My classes are designed to inspire and enthuse people who wish to expand their knowledge of drawing, painting and print making.
Have a look at the images below to see my classes, open studio space and stunning views....
Please call me with any questions, looking forward to hearing from you!
Latest painting and drawing classes at GROUP Studios.
We’re starting an inspiring new set of painting, drawing and printing classes. We have had some great results in the studio again this year, with lots of students feeling more confident in their abilities to paint and draw, and wonderful feedback too. With beautiful surroundings and good company, our painting classes are the perfect opportunity to explore your own creativity.
Every class is designed to accommodate both beginners and those with more experience – there is always a mix of abilities in every class.
February Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th 2022
Power, Energy, Fear, Aggression and speed are some of the subjects we’ll be tackling in this adventurous session.
We will start with observational drawing of dogs & progress into gestural and expressive work using limited colour and charcoal , using images of fighting animals as our subject source. Sound and low light will also be an element to this class ,focussing mainly on energy and expression. I want to help you convey the emotion of a moment frozen in time. We will immerse ourselves in the sounds and senses of our subject, in order to capture something more than just imagery.
February - Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th 2022
Landscapes without colour can be as dramatic and complex as those with it, and can have a great depth as well as subtlety. The focus will be on mark making, scale and creating a dramatic atmosphere in our pieces. In this workshop we will spend time exploring the diversity of monochrome materials from pencils through to emulsion and oil bars, as well as using found drawing tools from the landscape.
Mixed media - making landscape paintings from nothing!
March - Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th 2022
In this class we’ll be starting the process by taking a loose, abstract approach to our backgrounds, without referring to a reference at all. We will then look how little added information is needed for the eye to understand the image. The addition could be a horizon line, a building, or a figure in the landscape. This class is effectively about allowing the work to make itself.
Landscape through paint and collage
April - Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th 2022
Using predominantly collage, we will be exploring techniques of mark making and texture creation to bring energy and life to our paintings. You will be encouraged to work playfully when finding your confidence with the materials, as well as taking on board the fundamentals of perspective and depth. Abstraction will be an important element to this class, learning about the relevance of large areas set against busier areas, to create space and distance in your landscapes.
May - Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th 2022
Starting with gesture and quick drawings, we look at strategy and thought process when we have just a few minutes to draw a figure. Once we have loosened up, we will lead into longer poses where we’ll focus on proportion and drawing expressively. By the end of the day we will have a body of studies exploring mark making, proportion, line, gesture and tone.
Collage, line and layering
July - Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st 2022
I will guide you through different techniques and methods, using pencils, ink, pens and collage, creating a concertina freestanding sketchbook.
This class is about mark making and responding to the materials and techniques used.
The work could relate to a personal or fictional story, or you could allow the new found materials to tell a new story.
August - Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th 2022
We will be developing self- portraits in this class. We will work from either images you bring in or from photos taken in the studio. Loosely building surface and background texture you will be encouraged to experiment, take risks, and play, with a variety of media including acrylics, oils pastels, and charcoal on several different coloured grounds. A traditional subject matter made contemporary!
Classes run from 10 am to 4 pm and cost £50 per day. This includes some materials, tea, coffee and refreshments.
A £20 deposit is required for each class. Please remember to book to avoid disappointment as we have limited spaces each month. The non refundable deposit can be paid below.
To book please contact Beth Marsden using the e-mail address, number or contact form above.
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Hope to see you there!
Please get in touch for a chat if you have any questions at all x
There is no ‘right way’ to make visual art, we will spend these sessions experimenting with a variety of approaches, and have a lot of fun in the process!
"This class has a consistently lovely atmosphere, facilitated by the stunning venue, Beth's warm teaching style and wonderful home cooked lunches. The classes themselves are varied and stimulating for people with a range of backgrounds. Always a pleasure."
"You are a fantastic teacher first of all - alert and supportive but not intrusive, which makes it perfect for 'flourishing'. You make everyone feel completely at home in your lovely bright space.
I really enjoyed the painting without brushes day. It blew my head open to learn so many new techniques in a few hours. It is so unthreatening to keep trying out new stuff.....as you keep saying, 'just try it'......"
"I booked my first Art workshop with Gower Group Studio as a present for my friend who'd successfully done a foundation year in art and I went along with her having done no art at all. It was brilliant! Alongside the fun company, the delicious lunch and the beautiful setting, Beth managed to give my friend ideas to help her develop whilst coping with me as a complete beginner who didn't even know what the different paints were."