Dates are being revised due to Covid-19

Enjoy capturing the area of Shropshire through the freedom of using a sketchbook. Discover inspiring, interesting and simple ways to improve your sketches. Receive individual guidance to gain confidence recording what you see. Try new ways to create interesting sketches with impact which are enjoyable to make. Have fun being part of a creative group out in a variety of beautiful locations.

Tutor: Linda Hollingshead

Linda Hollingshead is a professional painter and tutor with a lifetime of painting experience. Who is known for her enjoyable courses to which Linda brings enthusiasm and a friendly encouraging manner. An artist generous with information from which Linda shows practical ways to get the best practice from your sketching

Example Timetable

Please arrive at the Centre between 15:00pm and 17:00pm on the first day of your course in good time for a welcome introduction and evening meal usually 18.30pm, after which the course commences with a short evening session.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring
Please select items appropriate to paint type you choose.

Painting mediums of your choice. E.g. Watercolour, Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, Mixed-Media with collage.
Suggested Starter Palette
Alizarin Crimson, a clean mixing yellow e.g. Primary yellow, transparent yellow, yellow medium Azo, Aurelian, Pthalo blue (green shade), Ultramarine blue, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Titanium white (except watercolour).

Select brushes suitable to your medium.
Acrylic, watercolour. Oil brushes, both flat & round tips. Include a 1” flat.
(If using Acrylic please don’t use oil painting brushes i.e. Hog hair)
Palette knife essential.

For Acrylics. A stay wet palette and a tear off palette,
For Watercolour. Watercolour palette with painting wells or a plate.
For Oils. Tear off palette, wood or glass palette.

Papers, Canvases and Surfaces
There are lots of suitable surfaces, choose which you prefer.
Acrylic paper e.g. Galleria or a canvas pad. Water colour paper. Pastel paper.
Canvas boards or stretched canvas.
Offcuts of card, paper and mount board are great for trying out ideas and techniques.
If you wish to paint expressively the larger the surfaces are easier.
It is important to bring a sketchbook.

Acrylic Gel Mediums and Texture Pastes
A wide variety of gel mediums are available. Used for creating texture, impasto, sand effects etc.
Bring any you wish to explore. Gesso is useful.
A gel retarder is useful for Acrylic when working outdoors.
Some Mixed Media options you may wish to try…
Watercolour + Pastel: Acrylic + Collage: Watercolour + Tissue + gesso: Markers + Inks:

Miscellaneous Items
Sketching materials, old credit card, water pot, masking tape, wet wipes, kitchen roll, old rags, bull dog clips.

Collage Items
Papers, tissue paper, coloured decorative papers, magazine cuttings, old text and newspaper etc.

A camera is useful.
For outdoor painting an easel if you use one. Painting stool. Sun cream, hat, insect repellent, windproof jacket