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Testimonials

The first testimonial is from Jane Frances who participated in the complete beginners course and has subsequently done further workshops but I hope it gives you a good flavour of the workshops!  

With no previous painting experience, I've now done two workshops and they were both wonderful. With a picture always in mind that you are aiming at, you learn about paper and paint, wet on wet, wet on dry, dry on dry, dry on wet, and about gradations from solid-looking to dreamy-looking that give close and distant, and also colours and colour mixing. Then there are other amazing things like masking, granulation use of a small sponge. You alternate between watching a demonstration, and trying it for yourself, so that your picture builds up in stages and you learn so much along the way. At the end of the workshop your blank sheet of paper has been transformed into an actual picture that looks like a proper picture, and everyone's final picture is different in such interesting ways. For me, each workshop really was a transformational experience.  

 

On the practical side, you get a list of stuff you need to bring if you can such as a dinner plate for mixing colours, and two jam jars for water, plus other more obscure stuff that you may be able to get at Tindalls or Hobbycraft, or online. But pre-workshop communication is excellent and Denise has it all sorted so that you can borrow or buy what you need on the day. When you arrive you find you have your own table with various things laid out ready to go, and I wonder if the calm, low-key structure throughout the day is in fact what backs you up when "going into the unknown" as in spreading surprisingly watery paint on very wet paper. 

 

Also on the practical side, for my second workshop last week, all the Covid19 safety arrangements were completely reassuring and I felt safe all day. 

 

Superb workshops in every way.

Testimonial from Jane Frances October 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