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Watercolour workshops

Join me for a creative workshop in London and discover a relaxed approach to painting that focuses on play and exploration. Using simple techniques, my aim is to demystify the painting process, giving you the confidence to find your own unique way of painting. You’ll be encouraged to trust in your feelings, noticing the things which inspire you, your favourite colours and the way you use your brush.

The workshops are a relaxed and supportive environment for you to explore your creativity. Maybe you want to try something new, reignite a passion for painting you had a long time ago, or try some new techniques. Perhaps you want to take time offline and make something with your hands. Painting truly is for everyone and you don’t need to have any special kind of talent or experience to find the joy in it! 

Nurturing your creativity is a great way to switch off from your normal routine, and think about things in a different way. Spending a few hours focusing on shape, colour, and composition will help you to be in the moment and you might be surprised by how it can inspire a creative approach elsewhere – such as experimenting with your cooking or giving your lounge a fresh lick of paint.

New workshops are added regularly, including free drop-in events. If you’d like to be notified when new workshops are available, please fill in the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Upcoming workshops


Beginners watercolour - spring blossom

This workshop will give you a basic understanding of how to paint with watercolours. You’ll be shown how to work with pigments, and create a palette of beautiful, harmonious colours. From there, you'll learn easy watercolour techniques and practice them with a simple geometric painting. Once comfortable with your brush, you'll be shown how to make expressive marks to create blossom on branches. The workshop is about capturing the feeling of blossom, rather than details, and enjoying the effects of watercolour to make colourful, expressive paintings.

Wednesday 22nd April, 6:30pm - 9:30pm | Tea and Crafting, London | £55

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Botanical watercolours - short course

The course takes place over six consecutive Wednesday evenings at the South London Gallery. Inspired by their beautiful gardens, the course will focus on capturing the feeling of botanicals rather than details, and enjoying the effects of watercolour to make colourful, expressive paintings.

Each week covers new techniques and practices that build towards an extended painting session in the final class. During the course, participants will also have the opportunity to make paints from natural plant-based materials.

Wednesdays from 29th April - 3rd June | 6pm - 9pm | South London Gallery | £150.00

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Making paints with plants

Plants have been used for thousands of years to make pigments and papers. In this fascinating workshop, you'll learn how to make your own watercolour paints with plants, and use them to make expressive and colourful botanical paintings.

We'll be working with artist pigments, plant extracts and vegetable pulp, to create a wide range of colours. With these colours, you’ll be shown simple watercolour teachniques and easy ways to paint plants and leaves. This workshop is for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced. It's a one day event including all materials, refreshments and lunch. There will also be time to wander around the beautiful gardens at your leisure.
You can read a blog post here, describing some of the techniques we’ll be using.

Friday 14th August, 10am - 4pm | Chelsea Physic Garden, London | £120

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Previous workshops

Beginners watercolour - winter botanicals

This workshop will give you a basic understanding of how to paint with watercolours. You’ll be shown how to work with pigments, and create a palette of beautiful, harmonious colours. You'll be shown how to make expressive marks to create paintings inspired by autumn plants and fruit arranged on the table. The workshop is about capturing the feeling of botanicals, rather than details, and enjoying the effects of watercolour to make colourful, expressive paintings.

Sunday 12th Jan, 2020 | 10:30am - 1:30pm | Tea and Crafting, London | £55.00

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Beginners watercolour - autumn botanicals

This workshop will give you a basic understanding of how to paint with watercolours. You’ll be shown how to work with pigments, and create a palette of beautiful, harmonious colours. You'll be shown how to make expressive marks to create paintings inspired by autumn plants and fruit arranged on the table.

Sunday 29th Sept, 2019 | 11am - 2pm | Tea and Crafting, London | £55.00

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Making paints with plants

Plants have been used for thousands of years to make pigments and papers. In this fascinating workshop, you'll learn how to make your own watercolour paints with plants, and use them to make expressive and colourful botanical paintings.


Sunday 18th August 2019, 10am - 4pm | Chelsea Physic Garden, London | £98.00

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Beyond beginners - painting a floral urn

In this workshop you'll be shown how to use tone and hues to create balance in your colour combinations, and capture the shape of leaves and flowers using gestural brush marks. After practicing, you'll learn how to combine the botanicals into a floral urn painting.

Thursday 13th June 2019, 6:30pm - 9:30pm  | Tea and Crafting, London | £47.50

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Colour theory workshop

One of the most important considerations in art and design, is use of colour. It can help evoke a mood, inspire feelings of comfort or define a certain style. In this workshop you’ll learn basic concepts of how we perceive colour, and how it can be used to create a harmonious abstract painting.

Thursday 7th February 2019, 6pm - 8pm | Heal's, London | £30.00

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selected reviews

Michelle is a patient and very knowledgeable teacher and I found her so encouraging and generous with her praise and guidance. She creates a warm and relaxing environment and the time flew by as we concentrated on colour mixing and learning the wonderful ways of watercolours. Made me want to go home and practice what I'd learned.
Marion

Michelle was a lovely teacher and the class was an excellent introduction to water colour painting. The pace was perfect for beginners and the activities were fun and engaging. I'd thoroughly recommend this class to anyone with an artistic interest.
Ben

Bought this for me and my mum for a new years prezzie. Absolutely wonderful and Michelle is incredibly knowledgeable and easy to get on with. Felt so relaxed and learnt so much. My mum enjoyed herself and it really ignited her passion for watercolour.
Parys


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