Art Courses

2016 Course Dates

June 3–6     The Essence of Landscape: Oils and Acrylics     £250

Express your feelings about being in nature through painting. For inspiration and direct knowledge we will sketch skies, trees, flowers and tumbling waters among other natural phenomena before returning to the studio to develop these into paintings in oils or acrylics. Lionel will show you ways to move from straight forward depictions of a scene to something more personally expressive and poetic.

June 22–24     The Essence of Landscape: Watercolour and Mixed Media Drawing      £190

Capture the feel of natural energies and forms on sketching walks near the village of Garrigill and out in the valleys and hills of the North Pennines. Discover ways of using watercolour in combination with other media such as oil pastel, ink and coloured pencils to capture the complexity of landscapes in simple but suggestive impressions. Some previous watercolour and drawing experience may help.

Aug 19–22      A Sketching Journey: Drawing and Painting on Location     £250

Experience the landscape as a set of short sketching journeys exploring riverbanks and waterfalls, moorland paths and pastures and old buildings and the beautiful hills that surround. Be prepared for 6 or 7 outdoor expeditions of up to 3 hours at a time weather depending. Wet weather alternatives in the studio. Some previous experience of drawing and painting is recommended.

Sept 30–Oct 2     Outdoor Painting: The Working Landscape      £190

In anticipation once again of an Indian summer here’s probably our best opportunity to take paints and easels out of the studio and work directly in front of nature in oils, acrylics, watercolour or pastels in search of characterful and atmospheric settings of old mine workings and farming buildings up in the moors and along the valleys of the North Pennines and Northumberland including Hadrian’s Wall.

General information

All courses include home made refreshments vegetarian lunches, an evening slide show and an invitation to join Lionel for a group meal out.
If you would like to discuss the content of any of these courses with Lionel please contact him via telephone on: 01434 381092 or via email on:

Book a place at Rose House Studio Garrigill by emailing your request and we will send you the booking form and course details. Payments are usually by bank transfer, Paypal or cheque if you prefer. We can recommend local accommodation and places to eat.

Norfolk coast opportunity with Art Chalet.

May 6–12     Outdoor Painting: Sketching and painting on the Norfolk Coast.

In collaboration with Art Chalet Lionel is running a special 7-night outdoor landscape sketching and painting course in north Norfolk based at Rookery Farm, West Beckham near Blakeney by the coast. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore a very beautiful landscape with dunes, saltmarshes, fishing harbours and quaint old flint and brick villages. All-in prices start at £800. Information and bookings at .