Friday, 29 April 2022

Bluebells Watercolour - We are Back!

It was great to welcome back some artists for our first Watercolour class after 25 months!

Beautiful Bluebells; as well as watercolour paints we used texture paste for the pathway and pva glue and tissue paper to create texture for our trees.

We were joined by someone from the new local magazine Made in the Shire, who wrote a lovely review which I thought I'd share with you below:

What a day we had yesterday! We were lucky enough to experience one of Treetops Watercolour Workshops in Newbury, along with many other lovely people.
Treetops is such a stunning venue surrounded by countryside, and our Watercolour Tutor, Claire, was super at explaining every clearly and teaching us how to create our own pieces of art.
Included in our ticket was hot drinks, yummy cake, a very wholesome lunch, followed by a calming glass of wine.
The stroll round the grounds after lunch gave us all even more energy and inspiration to finish our creations, which we took home with us.
A highly recommend experience, either for yourself or as a gift for someone special!


We enjoyed a delicious lunch of chicken & parma ham roulade, with wild rice, wild garlic and artichoke salad, and a crunchy bright vegetable salad with mustard dressing.  Dessert was Raspberry Cream Crush.

We are back for another Watercolour Class on 11 May, which is the stunning Isle of Scilly.

Saturday, 16 April 2022

World Art Day 2022


Celebrating World Art Day with some images from how we share the art love at Treetops.

Great company, fun, learning, beautiful setting and delicious food.

To see our classes and to book click

Saturday, 9 April 2022

Claire the Colour Conoisseur

The SAA stands for 'supporting all artists', one of the benefits of membership with them is the monthly magazine "Paint" full of paintings, competitions, artists and news.

Claire has used their products for years, we use their student quality paints and brushes at our classes at Treetops.

They have recently put together an Advisory Team of Professional Artists, to assist them in understanding and continually improving their membership and services, bringing their ideas, knowledge and expertise to the SAA.

And our Claire is one of the 12 chosen!

Watch this space!

They have also described Claire as a "Colour Connoisseur" and have let her create a mix of 8 watercolour SAA paints along with a guide that she has written which shows you how you can create 25 colours from these paints.

If you are already a member of the SAA you can buy the tin, paints and guide for £46 (RRP £59.99)

Click here for The SAA

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Treetops is OPEN! Classes have resumed .....

I have so much news to share with you, Spring has definitely started and Treetops is starting to blossom with new classes, workshops and a YouTube channel!

 But first of all, for those of you have been so patient in waiting, our Watercolour Classes are back at Treetops with Claire THIS MONTH, we have 4 for you to choose from, full details are on the website:


Bluebells Watercolour
(with texture)
Tuesday 26 April

Sand & Sea in The Isles of Scilly Watercolour
Wednesday 11 May

Poppies Watercolour
Thursday 26 May

Sunsets Watercolour
Thursday 7 July

All of our classes run from 9:30am until approx 3pm

this includes all of your materials, a 2 course lunch, glass of wine and refreshments throughout the day.


Our Online Art Workshops are still available to buy if you are unable to join us at Treetops, filmed as though you are looking over Claire's shoulder, a great close up view, with plenty of detail and explanation.  At the moment our Cottage Door in the Cotswolds is the most popular.

The team are just finishing filming and producing another 3 which will join us next month on the website.

You may have seen on Facebook that we have recently launched a Treetops Newbury YouTube channel.  Here we will share short demonstration videos from Claire, so it is definitely worth subscribing to it, you just need to click the (FREE) subscribe button over on YouTube

We have plenty of paints, paper, mounts and Material Boxes available in our Shop we can post, deliver if you're in Newbury or you can collect from Treetops.  If you are coming to a class; order beforehand and I can have it wrapped and ready for you when you arrive.

Claire's Sketch Pads are perfect for this time of year when you are out and about or on holiday.  These are no ordinary sketching pads!  These are ring bound so can be opened up flat and due to the thickness of paper you can use watercolour paint on both sides.
There are 12 sheets of 200lbs/425gsm Saunders Waterford Paper.

Currently the only Sketch Pad on the market not made using 140lb/300gsm paper. 


If all that news had made you want to lie down, then Rachel is back for

Finding Calm AromaYoga
Wednesday 4 May

7pm - 9pm

this includes a warm drinks and snacks after the class.



Rachel's Online Yoga Workshop is available for £15, once downloaded you can keep it forever and practice your Yin, Hatha and Restorative Yoga as often as you want.  It has been recorded in the woodlands at Treetops and is really relaxing and gentle.  Rachel has also put together a Spotify playlist for you to play alongside your practice.



I really hope you can find something creative and relaxing to join us in during the next few months, if you have any questions, even technical ones 😄, please send me an email.

Best wishes