A day of drawing with line and wire in Derbyshire

Welcome to The Slipper Studio on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire.


“I sometimes think that there is nothing so delightful as drawing”, Van Gogh.

If you agree with Van Gogh and are an experienced artist or count yourself as an absolute beginner, it’s worthwhile practice to spend time exploring your drawing skills.

Join Liz Wellby at The Slipper Studio in a relaxed and supportive environment, for a day of drawing. The venue is beautifully presented, with handcrafted workbenches and a wood burner, with views down into the village. The village of Carsington lies on the edge of the Peak District.

Starting with the principle that everyone can draw, you will focus on learning to look, plan your ideas and create a series of drawings. Working on different types of paper and using a range of materials, you will draw natural forms with a particular focus on their linear and pattern qualities. There will also be the opportunity to develop ‘drawings’ using fine flexible wire.

There are a choice of themes, including Natural Forms and Kitchenalia, so you decide which you would like to explore.

This creative workshop is suitable for folks who count themselves as a beginner or those who haven’t drawn for a while and may feel the need to brush up on the basics.

About the tutor
Liz Wellby is a versatile and experienced artist, teacher and maker, with a particular interest in sculpture and printmaking. Following the completion of a Fine Arts degree at Loughborough University and subsequent post graduate studies, she returned to Derbyshire, where for over 25 years she has lived and worked. Liz now lives and works in a small village on the edge of the Peak District, kept company by her husband and a cat called Bert.

It is possible to arrange this workshop on different dates; should you wish to book 3 places for friends and family, the cost is £69 per person or for 2 people, £79 each.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The workshop will run from 10 - 4pm, with places limited to just 3* and costs £69: all materials and equipment will be provided, with refreshments being served throughout the day - just bring your lunch.

Slippers are optional.

Please select 'Ask a Question' if you would like to contact the course organiser in advance of booking with any queries or requests.

*COVID19 update
Until further notice, to allow for social distancing, workshop places at a The Slipper Studio will be reduced from 5 to 3. A large workbench will be provided for each person, with individual materials and equipment. In line with government advice, a new cleaning regime is in place and you will need to wear a facial covering/mask for limited times during workshops.


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The Slipper Studio

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fathers Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mothers Day
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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In-person course
Karen Booth - - #33713

A very enjoyable workshop in a beautiful and inspiring studio.

Drawing with wire was a lot of fun and we made some very creative fish and “kitchenalia” based on our ink drawings. It was both a relaxed and productive day, as Liz guided us along with clear explanations of process, helpful demonstrations, and lots of encouragement.

I came away with some lovely personal decorations, and information and ideas from Liz about how I can experiment further with wire work at home.

Thank you so much Liz.

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Karen,

Thanks for taking the time to review your day and it was lovely to work with you again.

You created some beautiful pieces and I hope that you can continue to explore the processes we covered.

Best wishes

In-person course
Andrea Higgins - - #33488

A fun day in beautiful surroundings.

Liz was excellent in explaining and demonstrating the different techniques. She encouraged me to relax and go-with-the-flow!

I came away with lots of tips and ideas, and feel inspired to do more!

Thanks again Liz x

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Hi Andrea,

Lovely to meet and work with you and really pleased you enjoyed your day.

You produced some lovely pieces and should feel confident with further developing your skills.

Hope you can make time for yourself and your creativity.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Helen Lloyd - - #22784

Beautiful surroundings with a knowlegable and friendly host. Liz explained the process of using line and gave lots of inspiration through quick tutorials. Gave me some ideas to take into school

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Thank you for taking time to review your day.

Really pleased that you enjoyed your workshop and found inspiration for your students; it will be interesting to see what they create.

Best wishes

In-person course
Sarah - - #22682

A lovely day in beautiful surroundings.

I was able to reconnect with my creative side in a relaxed and supportive environment and use techniques that I would not otherwise have tried. Back home, I'm particularly enjoying playing around with watercolour pencils following on from the day. Thank you.

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Thank you for your feedback.

Really pleased you enjoyed your time at The Slipper Studio and felt supported during your day.

Good to hear that you are continuing creating and exploring.

Best wishes
Liz Wellby

In-person course
Rachel Gillis - - #22660

Great chance to re-engage with some basic drawing techniques, then progress through the day adding lovely new methods and styles, which I’m looking forward to using.

Loved the wire fish making, although it’s trickier than it looks!

Thanks Liz for encouraging and supporting, and all in the relaxing surroundings of the gorgeous Slipper Studio.

Response from Liz Wellby - Artist, Teacher & Maker:

Thanks for making time to review your day.

You produced some lovely work and hope you have found somewhere to display your wire fish.

Lovely to work with you again.
Best wishes
Liz Wellby

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