Monday, 28 June 2010

A Summer Scene - St Ives

A Happy Bunch of Artists!

Today we painted my favourite place - St Ives!

It was a hot hot day, we would have preferred to be there I think.

There was alot of paint mixing today, some glazing, perspective and the lighthouse ..... too big too small, too wonky - it's funny how the little things can sometimes take ages to get right.

The paintings looked lovely in our gallery at the end, showing beautiful colours as the tide sweeps into the harbour.

That was our last Watercolour class for the term. We start again in September.

Wed 21 Sept - Beginners Watercolour
Thurs 22 Sept - A Newbury Scene
Wednesday 6 Oct - Stormy Seas
Thursday 21 Oct - Autumn Colours
Tuesday 16 November - A Winter Scene
Wednesday 17 November - A Winter Scene

Please contact me to book a space.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Come and paint a Newbury Scene


On Wednesday 22 September, Claire Warner will be at Treetops to paint a Newbury Scene.

Claire has many of her beautiful paintings of Newbury displayed in the Town Hall, Tourist Information Centre, The Craftsman and various other places in the area, they are of the Market Square, The Town Hall, The Wharf, the Canal, the lock and many other views that we know so well.

Come and paint from 9.30am - approximately 3pm, Claire will supply your art materials, and I will provide you with a delicious lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The cost is £65 and the small class is open to any level of artist.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

A Colourful Cupcakes class

It's such a beautiful sunny day today! We had a fun morning decorating Cupcakes in a huge array of colours. They all looked fantastic.

Please visit the Colourful Cupcakes blog for more news, information and photos:

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Cupcakes Class

We had a really good Cupcake morning today, a full class of 6, we had pretty icing colours, beautifully baked cupcakes and plenty of time to learn the art of decorating. We swirled, plunged, cut, iced and rolled, whilst making butterflies, love hearts and flowers.

I have finally got round to having a little shop of goodies, of the hard to find essentials such as glitters and plunger cutters, as well as a little Cupcake Gift Bag of a few items so that you can get creating as soon as you get home!

Cupcakes are very addictive!

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Vintage Flowers Class No2!

Susanna was back again today for another Vintage Flowers Class

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Vintage Flower Class

We had a brilliant day today, Susanna had brought some beautiful flowers; peonies, roses, hydrangeas, pinks, creams, whites, they were stunning.

She demonstrated several ideas that were full of vintage style, using birdcages and accessories such as cake stands, cut glass, candle sticks, ribbons ..... and made it look so easy!

Then everyone had a turn to make a vintage arrangement in a pastel pail. Each working from similar flowers, it was amazing how they all turned out so differently. Susanna then got everyone to style their arrangement so that the whole look was vintage not just the flowers. We got some really pretty photographs.

I love peonies and roses!

We had a delicious lunch of pea, mint and basil soup, served with home-made bread, followed by some vintage inspired Cupcakes, what else!?

After lunch, we were taught how to wire flowers and leaves to make corsages, a very useful skill, a bit fiddly and definitely one to practice, but they looked ever so pretty.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Summer Aga with Sarah Whitaker

Today was Aga and the indoor barbecue. Delicious marinaded monkfish kebabs, steaks and plenty of wonderful salads, the halloumi in particular was a favourite.

Sarah showed everyone their way around the Aga; grilling, baking, cooking pastry, simmering, melting etc, there were plenty of great tips throughout the day.

If you have an Aga, are new to Aga or are thinking of buying one, then a day with Sarah is a must! She returns on Friday 26 November for Christmas Aga, an essential start to the festive season.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Autumn Term Watercolour Dates

Claire and I have put together the dates and classes for Autumn term, they are as follows:

Tuesday 21 September - Beginners Watercolour

Wednesday 6 October - Stormy Seas

Thursday 21 October - Autumn Colours

Tuesday 16 November - A Winter Scene
Wednesday 17 November - A Winter Scene

Monday 29 November - Pen and Ink Class **NEW**

All classes run from 9.30am - approx 3pm and cost £65; this includes all materials, a 2-course lunch with a glass of wine, home made biscuits and refreshments throughout the day. To book a place please call Emily 01635 44850.