Saturday, 23 March 2013

Summer Flowers 21 May

Susanna returns to Treetops on Tuesday 21 May for a Summer Flowers class.

Come and learn about cutting, conditioning and arranging flowers and foliage.

We use flowers from the garden as well as shop and supermarket bought ones.

Susanna demonstrates some striking, innovative, contemporary and traditional arrangements.

After morning coffee, you will all make an arrangement to take home with you, with lots of help and support from Susanna.

Following a light lunch, there is time for one more demonstrated idea from Susanna, in the past we have made corsages, decorated vintage tins and made small seed head gift tags.

Susanna provides all the flowers and floristry materials for the day, so you don't need to bring anything with you.

The class runs from 9.45am - 2pm and costs £80

(Bookings are being taken for our Christmas Flowers classes on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 December 2013).

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Clouds - Watercolour

Wednesday's Watercolour Class with Claire was all about Clouds

Cumulus, Cirrus, stratus, all demonstrated at the start with cotton wool balls!

Claire had bought plenty of reference material with her, there were some stunning images for us to choose from for inspiration.

We were able to experiment with lots of water and a variety of brushes, we tried moving the paint with water, or painting onto dry paper, some of us used magic sponges to remove some of the paint to produce a dramatic effect.

The end gallery of paintings were so different ... we had dark angry skies, holiday skies, peaceful golden skies, all of them with different cloud formations.



Beginners Watercolour - March 2013

A lovely group of Beginners nervously settled around the table on Tuesday, wondering why on earth they'd decided to put themselves through the experience!

It was a fantastic day, fuelled by caffeine, wine and laughter!

Claire demonstrates to everyone each stage of the painting, so it's done at a nice and steady pace.  Before we start the picture, there is time to play with the paint, brushes and water, to get a feel for the medium.

Today, the group were painting a scene from Plockton, a village in the Highlands of Scotland.

And we thought they did brilliantly!  

Friday, 15 March 2013

NEW - Summer Term Watercolour Dates

(Blue Skies Watergate Bay - March 2013)

Here are our new dates for next term, bookings are now being taken:

Wednesday 24 April - Seascapes with Acrylics

Using flat brushes and palette knives.  Lively and exciting!

Tuesday 14 May - Beautiful Bluebells

A watercolour picture full of atmosphere.  A lovely subject for the beginning of Summer, depicting the soft misty carpet of mauve and purple flowers in a woodland scene.  (New image for 2013).

Wednesday 12 June - A Country Walk

We will paint an interesting and colourful Summer landscape.  Lovely first washes, perspective, detail and layout.

Tuesday 18 June - Beginners Watercolour

Our popular class, that covers paints, papers, brushes, it takes you right back to the beginning, great as a refresher class, or if you haven't painted with watercolour since school, or never at all! 
Claire teaches you in a calm, step by step style and you will complete a painting to take home with you.

Wednesday 19 June - Sunflowers in Tuscany

Sunshine and bright colours.  Interesting new techniques in watercolour, using a sword brush and glass balls (not to be missed!)

Tuesday 2 July - A Coastal Scene with Watercolour

Cornwall.  Using a new technique with texture and flat brushes, we will paint an exciting breezy Summer's day at the beach in St Ives.

Wednesday 3 July - A Coastal Scene with Watercolour
As above

All classes cost £70, and this includes all of your materials, a 2 course home-cooked lunch with a glass of wine, plus teas/coffees and freshly baked biscuits throughout the day.

The classes run from 9.30am until approximately 3-3.30pm

To book, please email or call Emily

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Curious Cows Watercolour Class!

Today, we had a fun class painting Cows!

We spent some time drawing the cows and getting the angles of the face and their features.

Using some masking fluid, we drew lines for their eyelashes, tufts of hair and hairy ears.

Even the lunch table had a cow-theme!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Watercolour Poppies March 2013

A beautiful day of Poppy Painting!

Here is our group hard at work.

This is our delicious pud, from The Intolerant Gourmet book by Pippa Kendrick.

Our Summer Term dates will be out next week.

Return to the blog to see what we have in store!