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Tuition & Painting Holidays

I organise and tutor the Laverstock Art Club in Salisbury and do demonstrations and workshops for other local art groups. Please have a look at my video page for an example.

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News from Wallop Artists

On Thursday 2nd March Wallop Artists enjoyed a demonstration by Fiona Forbes, who is a very popular professional artist and a member of the group.  Her website strap line is  “Painting the world in vibrant and uplifting colours”, which she ably illustrated with the paintings she displayed and her work during the afternoon. 

Fiona trained in Dundee and Bangor and taught and painted in Ayrshire, many European countries and Norway over the years until settling locally in 2009. 

She works in a variety of paints but during our afternoon she used water-based oil paints with palette knives rather than brushes. Fiona’s variety of wrist movements manipulating the knife produced the variety of paint textures.  She worked from a photo taken on a rainy day in Mottisfont garden preferring a dull photo from which extra vibrant colour could be imagined.    We watched as the impressionistic picture emerged in stages whilst Fiona gave a commentary and answered questions from the audience.

To see more of Fiona’s work, there is an extensive gallery on her website

She is also the tutor for a course at Dedham Hall, North Essex, 20-27 April 2024

Forthcoming Painting Holidays


21 - 28 Sep 2024

I am delighted to have been offered a week tutoring at La Finca del Nino near Malaga next September. I've been twice before so know how lovely it is. We will be using watercolours and mixed media to create vibrant and impressionistic paintings.

My emphasis is on individual development and confidence building and is for all levels. Price about £1200 per person which includes accommodation, all meals and wine, transport to painting locations and my tuition fee. Flights to Malaga and taxi to La Finca from the airport (approx £50) not included.

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Please contact me or Denis at La Finca del Nino for more information or to make a booking.                                                     


22 - 26 April 2025

Dedham Hall is a well-established and long running business for art courses. It is situated in beautiful countryside on the Suffolk/Essex border near Flatford Mill.

During this short course, we will be developing outdoor sketches and photographs into larger paintings in the fabulous studio. You will be using acrylics and/or water-based oils, brushes and painting knives to create texture and dynamic and colourful works of art.

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Dedham Hall Contact details: Wendy & Jim Sarton
Tel: 01206 323027

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