Thursday, 31 March 2011

Kennet and Avon Canal Watercolour Class

We had a very busy day yesterday with Claire painting the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Despite the early stresses and protestations, the finished paintings were lovely!

Full of greens, reflections, shadows and peace.

     Please see the blog entry below for our new Autumn Term dates.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Announcing Autumn Term Watercolour Classes

Claire and I have put together the Autumn Term programme:

Tuesday 20 September - BEGINNERS Watercolour
Wednesday 21 September - Animals in a Scene
Friday 21 October - Autumn Glow
Thursday 10 November - Venice
Thursday 17 November - A Winter Scene
Tuesday 22 November - A Winter Scene

All classes run from 9.30am - approximately 3-3.30pm.

All materials are provided along with a 2 course lunch and a glass of wine, home made biscuits and refreshments throughout the day.  Price £70.

In September, our Animal class will cover a variety of animals and how to draw their shape and then have them within a watercolour scene, there may be time to do two paintings during this class.  Claire has an inspiring sketchbook full of geese, pigs, lambs etc.  If you have any photos then please bring them along with you.

In October, our Autumn Glow painting will use all the stunning colours such as the reds, oranges and yellows found at this time of year.

Venice, in November, will be a new painting from last time's Venice.  Incredibly popular, this subject always inspires artists.  It's colours, moods and beautiful architecture help create a stunning painting.

We will end the term, with our Winter Scene, our annual class, where you can create something that perhaps you can give as a Christmas gift, or take the opportunity to turn it into your Christmas Card 2011!  This class fills quickly, hence the two dates.

We hope there is something to suit everyone.

To book please contact Emily.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

The Vineyard Wedding Fayre Biscuits

Billions of biscuits!!

Well, 200 glittery pinky ones, made for today's Wedding Fayre at The Vineyard hotel.

I make Cupcakes for Weddings, birthdays, parties and gifts in my Aga at home (which is registered with West Berkshire council).   I also hold a Level 2 Award in Food Safety, from the Institute of Environmental Health.

There are lots of photographs on my Colourful Cupcakes blog, but please contact me for any further information.

I also run classes at Treetops, where over 2 hours you can learn to make, bake and decorate your own Cupcakes.  You receive plenty of advice and tips and can enjoy the abundance of sprinkles, decorations and cutters that I have here.

Current classes with spaces are:

Tuesday 29 March - Easter Cupcakes 11am-1pm
*NEW* Wednesday 11 May - Cupcakes 11am - 1pm
*NEW* Friday 24 June 11am - 1pm (Stage 2 for those who have been to Stage 1)
Saturday 7 May - Cupcakes 2pm - 4pm
Saturday 18 June - Cupcakes 2pm - 4pm
Saturday 9 July - Cupcakes 2pm - 4pm

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Aga Baking Day

We had a brilliant day today with Sarah.

She made SO MUCH food, it was delicious.  Whilst making and baking everything Sarah was also showing everyone how to use their Aga, whether it be baking, simmering, steaming, grilling etc.

A baking lesson and an Aga lesson in one!

There were so many amazing things, I can't fit them all on the blog, but below is a selection:

Mini meringues, sandwiched together with either buttercream or vanilla cream.

I think these were my favourite, banana and fudge muffins, I am definitely making these.

A classic steamed lemon pudding, made with a delicious lemon curd and steamed in the Aga oven for 3 hours.

This is a real Summer Centerpiece, light sponge with whipped cream, summer fruits and a home-made chocolate collar.

Classic 'bread' muffins.

Sarah is back in November for Aga Christmas.