Watercolour Tutorials for All Levels
A well respected artist and art teacher with thriving watercolour art classes in Cambridge and online, Denise is dedicated to helping students develop their watercolour painting. Join her as she guides you through a variety of step by step painting projects.
Exciting painting projects with video tutorials and a downloadable pack with reference photos, line drawings and a material list for each project so you can paint along with Denise. You can ask questions and upload your paintings. You can watch the videos at any time to suit you in the comfort of your ow home.
Denise specialises in floral painting and coastal landscapes, often drawing inspiration from the botanic gardens in Cambridge, the Norfolk coast and the Island of Mull. In addition to painting in pure watercolour she also uses experimental techniques combining watercolours with ink and mixed media.
During her career as an Architect living and working in Cambridge she developed her interest in watercolour painting which has become her new career. As a professional artist she has taught many hundreds of students of all ages in workshops and art classes over the last ten years.
"Watercolour brings joy, light and colour into my life and I want to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for this beautiful medium with others. I love to see the progress of my students as they flourish and enjoy their watercolour painting journey." Denise
"Fabulous exceptionally High Standards as usual Denise. Thank you. Especially loved the music hope to hear more!!! " Flora. 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. Thanks Denise. July 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
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."
Originals and prints available
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. I have a passion for vibrant colours. I use traditional, solid stick and liquid watercolours as well as acrylic inks.
I am a member of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourist and a regular participant in Cambridge Open Studios
"I just wanted to tell you how thrilled I am with the lovely painting commissioned for my 50th from you. As I’m sure you will appreciate, to have such a wonderful portrait of one of my favourite views in the world means so much to me."
Weekly Classes Thursdays and Fridays
If you’re tired of working at home without improving, try your hand at these classes for beginners and improvers. Weekly demonstrations and projects provided to help you learn basic techniques and improve your painting. Weekly classes will be at St John's Church, Hills Road, CB2 8RN
Resuming January 2021.
All classes are currently full, please email if you would like to be on the waiting list
"Your classes have been inspirational for me and rekindled my love of watercolour, thank you."
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Painting Workshops - 23rd and 24th Oct 2020
Last workshops for 2020 will be 23rd and 24th October - see booking page for further information. New dates for 2021 will be released in the new year Enjoy a relaxing day painting and learning new techniques. Demonstrations given with individual feedback and encouragement. This workshop is also a great way to meet other local watercolour enthusiasts. Held at St John's Church, Hills Road, Cambridge.
"Thank you very much for a lovely day yesterday. In particular thank you for all your work on preparation, bringing so many resources for us and for the inspiration!"