Friday, 15 September 2017

Acrylics & Collage Class

We started our Art Term with an Acrylics and Collage Class with Claire.

- Cafe Scene -

The majority of the class were new to Arylics.

Claire started the morning talking about acrylic paints and how they are best applied.

Using a canvas board attached to hardboard, Claire then demonstrated how she plans her painting with blocks of colour, preparing your paint beforehand is key, make sure you have got enough mixed up in the colours you need.  She shared a lot of tips with everyone.

Once the blocks of paint had been applied it was time for the collage.  Photocopies of cafe scene photographs were used, waiters, menu boards and customers sitting at tables and chairs.

We used pva glue to stick these onto the dry acrylic paint.

After lunch, it was time to put in the detail and blend the collage into the painting.  If you click on the photo below, you can see Claire's close up, see where she painted in people, where she left collage and added some gold pen to help things stand out. 

Claire spoke about creating a pathway into the cafe, creating depth in the doorway and adding shadows to the floor, all these touches helped complete the paintings.

Below is our brilliant gallery from the day....


When you stand back from the paintings, it is very hard to tell which bit is paint and which bit is collage. 

There are a couple of spaces left in December on our Pen & Wash class and also our Winter Scene.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Our first Relax & Restore class .....

A great start to the Autumn Term

A lovely relaxing class with Laura.

This was the start of our new 6 week Relax & Restore programme, which runs every Monday morning from 9:30am - 11:30am.

We started with some calming meditation and breath work, taking a break for warm banana cake!

This was followed by some restorative yoga, lovely stretches that are held for slightly longer, they are very relaxing and comfortable.

We finished with a calming relaxation, a lie down with blankets, cushions, eye-masks and Laura's twinkly bells.

If you would like to join us for our next 5 week programme, after half term, please email me as the spaces will fill very quickly.

The dates are:

Monday 30 October
Monday 6 November
Monday 13 November
Monday 4 December
Monday 11 December 

The cost is £125

Monday, 4 September 2017

September - Welcome to the New Term!

It's the start of the new term and we have a lot going on, so I thought I would update you with what's new and which classes still have spaces available.

Firstly starting next Monday, the 11th, for 6 weeks we have our new Relax & Restore class with Laura.  This is from 9:30am - 11:30am and is a great start to the week.  Enjoy restorative yoga and meditation in peaceful and relaxing surroundings.  We will provide all the equipment you need plus fruit, cake and water.  The cost for 6 sessions is £150.  Small group.  3 spaces left.

Our Relax and Retreat Day with Laura on Saturday 30 September sold out in record time, so we have another one in the diary for Saturday 25 November.  A perfect day to escape and treat yourself to yoga, meditation, relaxation and delicious food.  The day runs from 11am - 4pm and costs £75.

Sarah returns for 2 Aga classes this term, we have Autumn Treats on Tuesday 26 September, this will include warming recipes such as stews, soups, pies, tarts and pudding, whilst also demonstrating how to use and make the most of your Aga this season.

On Thursday 30 November we have a NEW Christmas Class, called Christmas Parties, from canapes to roulades and tarts to flapjacks this will be full of delicious ideas full of festive flavours.  This is a great class for learning what can be made ahead and frozen at this busy time of year.

Both Aga classes run from 9:45am - 1:30pm and cost £70, this includes a tasting lunch of all the food cooked, a glass of wine, refreshments and a booklet of the recipes to take home with you.

Claire has a full Art term here, with only a few spaces available.  There are 2 spaces on our Acrylics class on Thursday 14 September.  The Pen & Wash class on Tuesday 5 December has 3 places available and our Winter Scene Watercolour on Wednesday 6 December has 6 spaces available.

 All the classes run from 9:30am - approx 3pm and cost £75 (Acrylics £80).  This includes all of your materials, lunch, wine and refreshments throughout the day.


Our local Framemakers store has been in touch; they are holding a local Art Exhibition and wondered if any Treetops Artists would like to display their work.  If you are interested in submitting up to 3 pieces of work, please email me asap, as all forms and photos need to be in by
27 September.
  There are prizes available, you can sell your work and there will be bubbly on launch day
Saturday 7 October!


During the summer, local social enterprise Recovery in Mind got in touch asking if they could use Treetops as a venue to run Wellbeing Workshops.  RinM run classes in West Berkshire for those with mental health challenges, they are all free and are providing a much needed service.  They rely on funding, grants and donations.

To support them, we thought a great day here for you, with all the proceeds going to RinM would be a great way to support them.

We will have various tutors throughout the day, running classes in pilates, yoga, mindfulness walking, a creative activity, healthy eating and it will be great fun, as our guinea pigs discovered on our recent pilot day!

We have two dates booked; Friday 29 September and Friday 13 October;
timings are 9:30am - approx 3pm and the cost is £80.

Please help us support Recovery in Mind.  For more information about them please click on the link: 

That is all for now!  We hope to see you this term

Best wishes

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Supporting Recovery in Mind - Wellbeing Workshops

Last week we held a really successful Pilot Wellbeing Workshop for local social enterprise Recovery in Mind.

Recovery in Mind is based in Newbury and delivers FREE mental health courses.

They work in partnership with the West Berkshire Community Mental Health Team and offer an array of courses to anyone living with mental health challenges in West Berkshire.

The courses are designed to increase knowledge and understanding, and to improve confidence in self-managing personal mental health and wellbeing.  By gaining hope and taking back control, students become expert in their own recovery and can move on with their lives despite their challenges.

Treetops are going to be supporting and raising funds by for Recovery in Mind by running some Treetops style Wellbeing Workshops here that in turn will help Recovery in Mind run theirs. 


We do hope you can join us in supporting this great local social enterprise, and if you have any questions regarding Recovery in Mind, either about their courses, sponsorship, donating or booking Angela the founder to come and do a speech at your workplace or event please click here

Our next Recovery In Mind Wellbeing Workshop will be held here on Friday 29 September, with a further one planned for Friday 13 October.

The day runs from 9:30am - approx 3pm and costs £80
(or book both for £150)

You will enjoy an array of sessions, including yoga, meditation, mindfulness, a creative activity and plenty of delicious food.

It's great fun, we keep our group at just 8 people, you can come with friends or just treat yourself to some 'me-time'.

 It's so important to look after your Wellbeing, and a day in our beautiful, peaceful and relaxed setting with our amazing tutors is really special.

 Time for you to slow down, connect and rebalance your mind, body and soul.  

Please email to book your place

Thursday, 3 August 2017

NEW! Relax and Restore Classes and Retreat Day!

New for Autumn Term is a 6 week Relax and Restore Class with Laura from The Wellbeing Feeling

We will be running this on a Monday morning from 11 September

9.30am - 11.30am

You will be immersed in 2 hours of restorative yoga and meditation, in our beautiful and peaceful surroundings.  Time to connect, balance and restore your body, mind and soul.  It's a perfect start to the week (or helpful after a busy weekend!)

During the restorative yoga practice you will be guided through a number of postures, giving you the opportunity to slow down, relax and release the body and mind through passive stretches, all supported by blankets and cushions.

The guided meditation practice will lead you to a place of calm, an opportunity to rest and restore your busy mind.  Techniques throughout the term, will include; pranayama (breath work), guided visualisations, mantras and affirmations, loving kindness meditation, sound meditation and deep relaxation, known as yoga nidra.

I've been to many of Laura's classes this year and she is fantastic, she has a lovely and very calming presence.  And I feel so much better for it!

There are only 8 places available for this special course.

The price is £150 and everything will be provided for you; mats, towels, cushions, blocks, belts, eye masks, blankets, fruit and CAKE!

On Saturday 30 September we will be holding a

A wonderful day full of yoga, relaxation, meditation, nutritious food, using the inside and outside of Treetops, creating and connecting.

Led by Laura and food by Emily this is the perfect day to escape and treat yourself.

The day runs from 11am - 5pm and costs £75, this includes everything for the day plus a goody bag to take home with you!

To book, please email me asap


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Autumn Term Dates Announcement


Cafe Scene
Acrylics and Collage
Thursday 14 September

Helping to simplify a complicated composition with an understanding of the tonal counterbalance to interpret shapes and details.  (Or painting, glueing, sticking!)  Good fun.

Venice Watercolour
Thursday 5 October

This is such a popular subject and can sometimes be a difficult one to tackle.  But Claire will make it manageable and teach it via a step by step style.  The outcome will be a very effective and atmospheric painting.

Autumn Watercolour
Wednesday 1 November

Beautiful colours in the palettes for this painting.  Bold, warm and vibrant.  Come and get confident at applying colour.  Claire will provide a new image for 2017, so if you have painted Autumn with us before, this will be different.

Winter Scene
Monday 27 November

Using totally different colours to the previous class, this painting will be full of cool colours, with some warm tones softly applied.  This class sells out very quickly.  Many of our artists like to use the painting to print as their Christmas cards.

Winter Scene for Beginners & Refreshers
Friday 1 December

If you haven't painted for a long time or are completely new to Watercolours, this is the best class for you this term.  Claire will spend time introducing you to Watercolour; the brushes, paints, papers, washes and will show you step by step how to plan and paint your work of art. 

Pen & Wash
Tuesday 5 December

Pick up some useful drawing tips and experiment with different drawing techniques and pens.  Claire will have some great images for you to work on, and will help with applying washes to them to bring them to life.  It's a really helpful class for getting started or improving on your sketch book technique.

Winter Scene 2
Wednesday 6 December

Our previous Winter Scene class on Monday 27 November sold out in 48 hours, so here is another opportunity!

To book please email Emily

Monday, 3 July 2017

Lazy Summer Days Watercolour Class

For our last painting class of this term, Claire chose Lazy Summer Days in Watercolour.

There was some tricky drawing to start with, the huts, their steps and perspective!

But after that, the lovely washes for the skies and sand were much more relaxing, followed by the blue sea rippling onto the shore.

Lunch today was delicious Salmon with fennel and tomato

served with giant couscous with feta, onion and sun dried tomatoes 

and a chicory, pomegranate and pumpkin seed salad

The pudding of meringues, cream, greek yoghurt, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries went so fast, I didn't get time for a photo!

At the end of the class, it was great to see the works of art displayed in mounts, so we could see one another's paintings.

Have a great summer everyone, the Autumn term dates will be out shortly.