Denise Schoenberg in her painting studio
Workshop demonstration for the flower painting workshop
Paintings for the students and beginners pack for the complete beginners workshop by Denise Schoenberg
Denise Schoenberg in her painting studio
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 Garden 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.
Enjoy relaxing days painting and learning new techniques. Demonstrations with individual feedback and encouragement.
Guest tutor Jake Winkle will be teaching a Painting Animals workshop on 17th November, there is one place left.
Workshops with Denise for 2024 include Painting for Complete Beginners 12th January and Painting for Improvers 13th January. All courses are for age 18+
Venue The Wilkinson Room,St John's Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8RN.
Friday mornings 10-12 & afternoons 1-3pm.
Weekly demonstrations with a variety of projects and individual guidance and encouragement.
Venue: The Wilkinson Room, St John's Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 8RN
Autumn Term: October 27th,
November 3rd, 10th, 24th,
December 1st, 8th and 15th
Spring Term: Friday 19th, 26th January, February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and the last class of the term is March 1st.
Termly fee is £160 which includes an illustrated step by step book of projects for the term. Email me to go on the waiting list.
"Your classes have been inspirational for me and rekindled my love of watercolour, thank you."
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.
A little bit about me and my style of teaching
I love the challenge of making a succesful watercolour painting. There are always interesting subjects where ever I go and I make sketches and take photographs wherever I am and use these as inspiration for the varied subjects and scenes I paint. It might be storm clouds rolling in over the sea, reflections in water, a busy street scene, the silky folds in petals or the colours in the old doorways and boats that inspire me to paint.
I use a combination of techniques to help me describe the many varied colours and surface textures I see in objects and in the places I visit. I am very attracted to textural elements especially those found on old surfaces, peeling paint on old doors, boats, rust and rocks on the shore line.
Watercolor painting is a beautiful art form that requires patience, skill, and creativity. If you are interested in learning how to create stunning watercolor paintings, my classes and demonstrations might be just what you need!
In my demonstrations I explain my process step-by-step, providing valuable insights and tips . During a demonstration, I will show you various techniques and methods for creating different effects with watercolors. I will also provide tips and tricks for using different brushes, paints, and paper. One of the great things about attending a demonstration is that you can see the techniques being used in real-time and ask questions during the demonstration.
My workshops include demonstrations but are more hands-on, allowing participants to practice their skills with guidance and personalized feedback. This allows you to ask questions and get feedback on your own work. Additionally, you can learn from other students in the class and see how they approach the same painting subject.
In my weekly art classes, I provided a structured course that covers the basics of watercolour painting with pre prepared projects. I provide illustrated step by step notes to accompany the projects as well as demonstrations and personalised feedback.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist, my demonstrations, workshops, and art classes are a great opportunity to learn and grow in the world of watercolour painting. With my passion for the craft and dedication to my students, I hope to inspire and motivate you to reach your full potential as an artist.
If you would like to read reviews from students see the review section below.
"Thank you for bringing magic into my life, I so adore watercolour painting and the joy and thrill of the possibilities it creates." Sally
Complete Beginners Workshop "Thoroughly enjoyed Denise's watercolour class and subject matters. Denise has an excellent way of describing and showing techniques. Learnt lots of tricks and great effects. Would be very interesed in other sessions to attend. Thank you". Amanda Nov 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "Really enjoyed today's class! I've come away with so much useful information on brushes, paper, colours and techniques and a piece of work to put in my home! Would definitely come back for another class. Lovely teacher and lovely atmosphere". Amy Nov 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "A wonderful positive and inclusive style of teaching. A great introduction and I would value emersion in the techniques with our progressing to images." Alison Nov 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "Nice pace very informative. Good info on paper and brushes" Clive Nov 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "Fantastic, good pace, lots of techniques covered" Hans Nov 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "Very good overall! Really enjoyed it! Orion Nov 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "It was a great mixture of demonstration and hands on experiences. I did learn lots!" Mica Nov 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "Very good instruction for complete beginners" Tony Nov 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "I enjoyed the introduction into the different techniques and that we got to practice those before doing the big piece. The whole session was absolutely great!" Tina October 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "I really enjoyed the whole day, Denise was super patient and a great teacher. Thank you!" Emma October 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "Really loved it. Thank you!" Alice October 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "Brilliant workshop, really enjoyed it" Hannah October 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "All perfect" Joae October 2023
Complete Beginners Workshop "It was really nice and very interesting. Just needed more time to finish" Ines October 2023
Colourful old Doorways "I have learnt so much. Found the steps by steps very good and a lot of different techniques. Good choices of paintings for all levels. I would love to have another workshop on colour mixing. Thank you!" Marion Sept 2023
Colourful old Doorways "Another most enjoyable day. Learnt some new techniques. Such an informative day in a relaxed atmosphere." Judy Sept 2023
Colourful old Doorways "Super day. Great to learn new techniques in a step by step manner ih a manageable time frame. Thankyou!" Jane Sept 2023
Colourful old Doorways "As always a very enjoyable afternoon's painting and all abilities catered for" Cherry Sept 2023
Flower Painting Workshop "Such a wonderful day being enabled to find a completely different way to paint. A very friendly group and utter fun" Sally July 2023
Painting Birds Workshop "As always, thoroughly enjoyable day of painting.Denise caters for all abilities and her demonstrations are excellent, plus very helpful comments" Cherry. April 2023
Painting Birds Workshop "Very enjoyable, inspiring day" Judy. April 2023
Painting Birds Workshop "A very relaxed day thank you. Challenging, but enjoyable and supportive. Did not feel it was impossible, which is really encouraging" Gill. April 2023
Painting Birds Workshop. "Super day- as ever- Denise. Thank you so much" Frances
Seascapes and landscapes "Excellent course, well organised and friendly. Good tuition - very systematic and unhurried" Stephen April 2023
Seascapes and landscapes "Thank you for another excellent workshop on Saturday on painting a seascape. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I was glad to be reminded of the techniques for creating texture, and the tips for mixing colours were really helpful. I really liked the staging of the demonstrations interspersed with us putting the techniques into practice. It made it much easier to remember your advice. A very good day !" Ann. April 2023
Painting Flowers "Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop full of ideas, information and inspiration. It's always a good reminder of all the watercolour techniques, to watch you demonstrate and encourage us to keep practising our skills as well as trying new ones. A bonus bunch of beautiful flowers to take home!" Janet March 2023
Painting Flowers "A lovely day - just the right mix of demonstrations and personal one to one help and tuition. Thoroughly enjoyed myself- Thank you." Sarah March 2023
Painting Flowers "Very relaxing, I liked the pace as there was plenty of time to experiment. Denise was very supportive and helpful" Michelle. March 2023
Painting Flowers "Great day. Your demonstration of how to loosely paint a bunch or flowers in vase was really helpful. I loved the whole day, but it is always too short. Many thanks." Muriel. March 2023
Painting Flowers "Thanks you for the options and personal input! Thoroughly enjoyed it" Cathy-Joan. March 2023
Improving Beginners workshop "The workshop built so well upon the Complete Beginners day. A great mixture of demos plus painting projects that covered an exciting set of new techniques. I was delighted with the work I achieved and went home energised and enthusiastic! thank you so much Denise!"Una March 2023
Colour Theory workshop "Excellent!, Engrossing, highly informative and enjoyable" Bob March 2023
Colour Theory workshop "Amazing as always: I learnt so much and discovered my hidden abstract Watercolourists through granulation! Thank you so much Denise" Christina
Colour Theory workshop "V.good! Granulation technique and people very helpful for me" David
Complete Beginners Workshop February 2023 "A hugely informative and above all encouraging days course! A great learning experience" Jenny
Complete Beginners Workshop February 2023 "Lovely day-great explanations. Surprised how much I achieved" Jac
Complete Beginners Workshop February 2023 "Pitched just right for beginners - more intense re concentration than I was expecting but I felt I learnt a lot!" Nat
Complete Beginners Workshop January 2023. " Excellent intro to fundamental techniques in watercolour and insider tips and knowledge to apply and practice at home. This covered all the aspects I'd hoped for including materials as well. Well structured with personal attention. Thank you" Marianna
Complete Beginners Workshop January 2023."A wonderful introduction to watercolour painting! Denise explains everything and gives you confidence to paint! Many thanks" Chris
Complete Beginners Workshop January 2023."Great Course, felt I learn't a lot. Also very enjoyable." Roz
Complete Beginners Workshop October 2022. "Thank you so much Denise! It's been a brilliant learning experience. Your explanations have been crystal clear and your guidance extremely helpful and encouraging." Maggie
Complete Beginners Workshop October 2022. "Amazing course - thank you so much Denise! Perfectly paced, so patient and helpful and I learnt lots. Not so terrifying anymore!" Christina
Complete Beginners Workshop October 2022. "Wonderful class. Really enjoyed your step- by- step approach and not having too many colours to think about" Emma
Complete Beginners Workshop October 2022. "Great fun, surprised myself by what I could achieve in a few hours. Thanks!"Johnathan
Painting Flowers September 2022 " I really enjoyed the workshop. Learn't something in the first 5 minutes! Denise's very approachable, enthusiastic and very constructive about how you can continue to work on something to produce a final piece and retrieve mistakes" Gill
Complete Beginners Workshop September 2022. "A very constructive days painting in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, thoroughly recommend it" Stephen
Painting Flowers September 2022 " Thank you Denise. I felt I learnt a lot. Your instruction was easy to follow and the day had a lovely atmosphere" Judy
Painting a Rusty Car September 2022 " As always, a full day's workshop, in a safe environment, professionally delivered with excellent tuition at all levels and very well prepared. I look forward to the next one!' Cherry
Painting a Rusty Car September 2022 " A most enjoyable day with excellent teaching and demonstrations, taking a painting through by stage by stage. Many Thanks Denise" Caroline
Painting a Rusty Car September 2022 " Denise always has a wonderful workshop. I learn a lot every time!' June
Painting a Rusty Car September 2022 " Thank you Denise. I learned lots of new techniques from you as always" Joanna
Complete Beginners Workshop September 2022. "Very interesting learning all the techniques. Well presented, really enjoyed the day-thank you! Sian