Thursday, 18 May 2017

Monet's Garden in Oils

Today we had an Oils class, these classes have become increasingly popular.

Our theme was Monet's Garden, full of beautiful colours and reflections.

After coffee, Claire spoke about painting in Oils and then demonstrated some techniques to help with the days painting.

Below are some of our students hard at work 

They used brushes and palette knives to apply the paint to the canvas.

For some this was their first time ever painting in oils.

Below is a display of the finished paintings:

Lunch today was Chicken Caprese, full of flavour with pesto, mozzarella, basil and tomato.  Served with fresh bread and a spinach and rocket salad.

Below was our vegetarian option, a spinach and tortellini cheese bake.

And pudding was a creamy (soaked overnight) Tiramisu!

And they all managed to return to the painting table after that and carry on!

A really successful day. 

Rhododendrons Watercolour Class

Claire was back last week for the start of this term's Art classes.

Our first class was Rhododendrons. 

Claire started with a beautiful wash of background colours, before working on the flowers.

Meanwhile I was busy making lunch, this week we had a delicious Greek Traybake followed by Roasted Stone Fruits with vanilla ice cream. 

Here are the beautiful finished works of art: 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Takeaway Aga with Sarah Whitaker

Sarah was back at Treetops last week for

Take-Away Aga

She showed everyone some fantastic ideas and dishes for creating delicious quick and easy meals.

Dishes included meals such as;

Hot and Sour Noodle Soup
Sticky Chinese Chicken
Chicken Tikka Masala
Pork and Ginger Stir Fry (photo above)

and a very popular Toffee and Date tart.

The kitchen smelt amazing with herbs and spices galore.

Whilst cooking all of the above (and more!) Sarah was also showing us how to use our Aga, whether it be frying, roasting, grilling, baking, simmering etc

We were shown the best ways to keep it clean and the most economical way to use it.

After the demonstration, we enjoyed a delicious tasting lunch of all the food cooked.

Sarah will be back later in the year.

Friday, 17 March 2017

They're Here! Summer Art Class Dates!

Yay!  Dates are out!

We've got a good mix of classes coming up in May and June with Claire.

Wednesday 10 May

Beautiful colours and shapes, perfect for a wet on wet technique.

Thursday 18 May
Monet's Garden
Watersoluble Oils

This is a great theme to learn and practice with these great oils.

Friday 26 May
Beginners & Refreshers Sunflowers

A really good class to practice your technique or to learn about the joys of Watercolour.  We've had lots of fun with Sunflower classes in previous years.

Tuesday 6 June
Cafe Scene
Acrylics & Collage

Something new; come and play and get creative.  Using acrylic paints and other media to create collage, you will put together a really interesting picture.

Wednesday 28 June
Lazy Summer Days

A classic watercolour day, with washes, blue skies and sketching tips for you to use over the Summer holidays. 

All our Art Class days run from 9.30am - approx 3pm
The price includes all of your materials, tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day and a two course home cooked lunch with a glass of wine.

To book please email me:

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Hello 2017!

Hello Everyone
from Treetops

(The garden is currently full of deer, pheasants, birds of prey and the lovely hooting Owl at night, I won't mention the molehills!)

I've enjoyed a calm start to the year, but am now thinking ahead to our dates after Easter.

To start with I have an Aga Class date for you:

Wednesday 3 May 2017

A brand new class with Sarah Whitaker


Full of great recipe ideas for food you can make in the Aga such as curries, chinese dishes and good old fish n chips!

The class will also be full of top tips on how to use and get the most out of your Aga, whether you are new to Aga or have had one for yeras.

The class runs from 9:45am - 1:3pm and costs £70

This includes tea & coffee on arrival, a tasting lunch of all the food cooked, a glass of wine and a booklet of all the recipes shown on the day.

Sarah also brings her travelling shop with her, which is always full of her recipe books, pans, pots, utensils, oven gloves, timers etc.

Please email to book your place

Art dates will be following shortly .......

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

A Winter Scene Pen & Wash Class

We had great full group for our last day of term.

Our popular Pen & Wash Class.

There were some fantastic black pen drawings today.

Claire demonstrated how to add colour to them with a light watercolour wash, remembering to keep the whites of the snow, and to add reflections in both snow and water to create depth.

Below is an example from Claire's inspiring sketchbook.  It's always great to look at for ideas. 

Below is Claire's demo picture towards the end,  you can see the smiley face in the top right hand corner of the board, this is to remind the artists from which direction the sun is coming from, this really helps with the shadows. 

Here are some wintery pictures, in the afternoon we also got some artists going on to try animals and birds.

Well done everyone, see you in 2017!