Denise Schoenberg in her painting studio

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workshop demo
workshop demo

Workshop demonstration for the flower painting workshop

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beginners course

Paintings for the students and beginners pack for the complete beginners workshop by Denise Schoenberg

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Denise Schoenberg in her painting studio

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My love of nature and watercolours inspire me to paint flowers, seascapes and old weather worn subjects.  I find inspiration in the coast of East Anglia, the botanic gardens in Cambridge, and the Island of Mull. I use both pure and experimental watercolour techniques, sometimes combining watercolours with ink and mixed media. I exhibit my paintings as a member of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists and Cambridge Open Studios. 
As a well respected artist and art teacher in Cambridge I am dedicated to helping students develop their watercolour painting and creativity through thriving watercolour classes and demonstrations.


Painting Workshops 
July 1st 2022

Enjoy relaxing days painting and learning new techniques. Demonstrations with individual feedback and encouragement. 

New Watercolour Painting Workshops 

Painting Seasonal Flowers 1st July

Subjects to be confirmed 8th and 9th July

St John's Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8RN.

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Weekly Classes 

Summer term 2022 we will start with one week of sketching followed by weekly watercolour projects, portraits, flowers, landscapes and still life.

Weekly demonstrations and projects. Booking essential.

Venue: St John's Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8RN

Fully Booked for Summer 2022 for an 8 week term. Friday mornings 10-12noon and afternoons 1-3pm.

Term Dates: Friday 22nd April, 29th April, 6th, 13th, 20th May (break for 2 week half term ) returning 10th June, 17th March finishing on 24th June 

Termly fee is £150 .

"Your classes have been inspirational for me and rekindled my love of watercolour, thank you."

Videos and Tips

I provide videos and tips for painting which are available via the link below on my youtube channel.

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Originals and prints available

I am a member of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourist and a regular participant in Cambridge Open Studios.

I specialise in floral painting and coastal landscapes, often drawing inspiration from the botanic gardens in Cambridge, the Norfolk coast and the Island of Mull. I am also interested in creating texture in watercolour pen and ink. 


Learn. Create. Inspire.

I believe every artist needs encouragement and support in their creative process and that is what I endeavour to provide.

"Thank you for bringing magic into my life, I so adore watercolour painting and the joy and thrill of the possibilities it creates." Sally 



Painting Spring Blooms workshop March 2022 " As an apprehensive novice I was full of trepidation- no need whatsoever. This workshop was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and have learned many skills and made new friends. Denise is a really patient and knowledgeable tutor. Thank you so much for a wonderful day, I have already signed up for my next workshop with Denise! Diane March 2022.

Painting colour fun doors workshop 'I would like to say how much I enjoyed the workshop. It was perfectly paced and I learned a huge amount. I really liked the different projects and appreciated your advice on the one I chose (which I am working on more now!). Thank you for your generosity with ideas, notes etc and contribution of bits of paint and equipment. The group was a nice size, and I felt that we all got individual attention, as and when necessary. The demonstrations were also really helpful. The room is ideal - comfortable and well equipped for a day’s painting.
I look forward to the next one, when there is one, and in the meantime will enjoy the rest of the Friday afternoon class.
Thank you so much'
Anne March 2022

Painting colour fun doors workshop 'Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop yesterday. You gave amazingly detailed demonstrations with so much advice & inspiration. I came away with a much better understanding on how to create interesting & varied textures to put into the doors projects you prepared for us. You encouraged me to go larger for this workshop, it was brilliant to work on a much bigger areas for the washes. ‘Practice makes perfect’ they say, we certainly came away with a lot more ideas & skills we can work on. 
Janet March 2022

'Thank you so much for all the hard work that you put into the lovely couple of art days that we have just had, it was wonderful to be back at St Johns and particularly to be with everyone again.” Bea July 2021

Thank you for the workshops last week, and to let you know that they provided me with the "kick start" I needed to get painting again, to start new projects, and to try some new subjects." Cherry July 2021

"Fabulous exceptionally High Standards as usual Denise. Thank you.  Especially loved the music hope to hear more!!! " Flora. May 2020

"This course does exactly what it says on the tin. It is richly packed with a series of varied and fascinating challenges, each one carefully tutored and demonstrated by Denise. I have undertaken all ten classes and have enjoyed them enormously and I have also learned a lot. Hopefully I have improved a little over the course of the term, but in any case I have also learned where my weaknesses lie and have the tools and guidance to do better next time. Thank you so much Denise". Intermediate course -Creative Waterolours: Extending your Technique. Testimonial from Frances July 2020

"I had a great time discovering new techniques from the online course to use in my own watercolour paintings. I liked Denise’s step by step approach, being introduced to some unfamiliar materials and found her project themes inspiring. As well as a video lesson, Denise provides lots of supporting information including additional photos, cheat sheets and suggested colour mixing palettes. Denise is such a generous tutor who is happy to share the knowledge and experience she has with her students." Mandy. May 2020

"Thank you Denise for very stimulating lessons. The videos are clear, informative and engaging and they gave me the confidence to try new techniques and experiment with different materials. I loved being creative with the tracing paper and sticks, things I would have never tried before!" Katie. May 2020

"This was a wonderful first lesson, thank you Denise. Your videos are beautifully done, clear & precise. It was great to be able to rewind & rewatch sections as my painting progressed. It reminded me of the Daises Workshop I did with you last year. Thank you too to James for the delightful music, so calm & relaxing." Janet. May 2020

From Extending your Techniques "I really enjoyed doing this painting & learnt a lot regarding the benefits of upside down washes, perspective & the use of sequential layers of masking fluid. The limited colour palate also kept things uncomplicated & the result seemed very effective.  July 2020


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