Thursday, 23 February 2012

Reflections - Watercolour Class

What a beautiful sunny day today in Newbury!

We had the doors and windows open whilst we painted this beautiful scene; the boathouse on Lake Ullswater.

Today's class was titled Reflections.

I remember the boathouse from when I was little and used to live near to Ullswater, it is now a wonderful place to stay: Duke of Portland Boat House

(I said I would post a link so everyone who came today, could see just what it looks like inside, we've spent all day studying it from the outside!)

It was a full class today, so the paintings looked fantastic at the end, all lined up in our gallery in their very professional mounts.
(made and supplied by Claire's husband Gerald).

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Exceptional Beginners Watercolour Class

We held a Beginners Watercolour Class at Treetops today.

It was a wonderful day with a very talented group of ladies.

(Claire and I don't think they realise how amazingly well they did today, their paintings were great)

Claire spends time at the start of a Beginners Class talking about the different papers, brushes and paints you can use in Watercolour painting.

There is then time to experiment with paints and the water, to get the feel of them and see what they can do before getting started on the actual picture.

This is a lovely composition for a Beginners Class, pretty colours together, the pathway leading your eye into the painting, a striking door and a chance to get creative with some flowers and colour.

Everyone had a slightly different look to it, those that were brave to add dark paints, which really helps with the depth of the painting, others who weren't afraid to drop some colour into parts of their painting, ie into the path.  A little touch of brickwork detail, a different door knocker, all of this adds to create a pretty picture.

We really hope to see you again, as we can't wait to see what your next painting looks like!

Keep painting!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Spring Term - Available Classes

It hasn't been too chilly a half term break, and we've had some lovely sunny moments.

Looking ahead at the rest of term, here is an update of spaces that are available on our classes:

Beginners Watercolour 
Wednesday 22 February
9.30am - 3pm  £70

Wednesday 29 February
10.30am - 12.30pm  £50

Sewing - Making a Bag
Friday 2 March
10am - 12.30pm  £50

Fun with Acrylics
Thursday 8 March
9.30am - 3pm  £70

A Day at the Races Watercolour
Friday 16 March
9.30am - 3pm  £70

I'm also taking bookings for the following classes:

Cupcakes - Stage 2
Saturday 21 April
9.45am - 12.15pm  £60

Aga - Fabulous Fish
Friday 18 May
9.45am - 1.30pm  £65

Aga - Effortless Entertaining
Friday 21 September
9.45am - 1.30pm  £65 

Aga - Christmas 2012 (Turkey)
Friday 9 November
9.45am - 1.30pm

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Cupcake Class Saturday 11 February 2012

A great Cupcake Class on Saturday and a birthday too.

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Friday, 3 February 2012

A Great Aga Roasts and Puddings Class

The day may have started at -6, but we had a very cosy and warming Aga class here today.

Sarah was here to take us through Aga Roasts and Puddings.

It was all delicious.

We learnt how to slow roast ham, medium roast a leg of lamb and fast roast some pork, with great crackling.

Using different Aga ovens and different timings, it was lovely to see and taste the results.

Alongside the roast meats, we had roast potatoes, parsnips, vegetables, bread, gravies, apple sauce, onion sauce, the feast was huge!

Today's meal included three puds; a chocolate fudge pudding, a ginger and pear steamed pudding and a yummy raspberry tart.

After Sarah's demonstration, it's always lovely to sit down and enjoy a taste of all the foods cooked along with a glass of wine.  There is plenty of opportunity to ask Sarah Aga questions and chat with other Aga owners.


Friday 18 May for Fabulous Fish

Friday 21 September for Effortless Entertaining

and Christmas Aga (Turkey) is on Friday 9 November.

Bookings are being taken now.