Sunday, 28 August 2016

Teaching in Bath, United Kingdom. July 2016.

I flew into Heathrow and headed straight to Bath to prepare to teach another 5 day watercolour workshop. It's terrific having that much time to thoroughly introduce watercolour to both new and more experienced participants.

My students spent the week getting familiar with their colours, making colour wheels and charts and painting a range of studies exploring many watercolour techniques. Washes, softening edges, glazing, wet-in-wet, dry-brush, splatter, many techniques to play with and explore :-)
Before and after classes, I headed down to the river to sketch the beautiful Pulteney Bridge - one of only three such bridges in the world, the others being the Rialto and the Ponte Vecchio.

Bath is full of gorgeous sandstone. We sketching just a little as part of the watercolour workshop and will do a little more in the repeat workshop in July 2017. We are considering an Urban Sketching week in 2018 though need to figure out great locations in case of rain.

I visited the Roman Baths in the evening. It's lovely to see the transition between the ancient bath house and the more recent upper story additions. 

I then visited the enormous Art in Action event, a massive festival of arts near Oxford, before catching a cross-country bus to Cambridge.


  1. Can you tell me more about the classes in 2017 and 2018? Do you have to be enrolled as a student somewhere or be a member of some society?

    I'm in California but would love to go to England to take a class from you in 2017 or 2018 depending on the price and restrictions.

    1. I list all the workshops I'll be doing on my website (, with links for bookings. The Bath workshops are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Information about that workshop for 2017 can be found here -

      Bath is a gorgeous city to visit and stay - beautiful historic buildings everywhere :-)

    2. I haven't been to Bath yet so might keep that in mind.

      I notice you are coming to San Diego, CA in either 2017 or 2018 around Sept/October. No details yet.

      I contacted the San Diego Watercolor Society but it isn't with them so I'll have to keep checking back to see where your workshop will be. I'm in San Diego so that would be the easiest (and cheapest) for me.

    3. San Diego is a possible destination for October 2017, and I'll be in Chicago in July, but nothing is yet arranged. It's not easy from a distance! At this point San Francisco and Seattle are definite, with workshops and demonstrations confirmed in Seattle. I update details on my website as they are confirmed. I am not planning a trip to th US in 2018, though will probably return to Bath to teach a 5 day urban sketching workshop in July 2018.


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