In-person course

Canal art - roses and castles - decorate a plate in narrowboat decoration



My name is Julie and I'm an accredited Senior Journeyman in decorative art with the Waterways Craft Guild and I have been teaching narrow boat decoration for over 12 years.

My training course will take place in the log cabin in my garden. The content of the course will be to decorate a wall hanging dinner plate with canal art roses, daisies and a canal art castle scene using enamel boat paint, sign writer’s brushes and the same traditional techniques used to decorate narrow boats.

If you have an item you would like to paint instead of a plate, bring it along with you! The morning will be painting roses and daisy bases on the plate rim and preparing the back ground for the castle scene. The afternoon will be decorating the plate centre with a castle scene and completing the roses and daisies with petals. At the end of the course you will have the knowledge to decorate a narrow boat with roses and castles and decorate items for boats such as water cans, mop buckets coat hods etc. and know where to purchase the correct specialist paints, brushes and materials.

No previous experience is necessary and you don't need to be good at art, come along and have a go and have some fun!

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?

All materials are included in the course cost which includes the plate, paints, use of brushes, thinners, etc. and handouts and instructions which will be collated and placed in a file for you to take away with you together with your painted item. Lunch and drinks are also included.


Julie Tonkin at Canal Art by Julie
42 Fieldfare Close
Cradley Heath
West Midlands
B64 5QH

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
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In-person course
- - #7836

Julie is a relaxed and inspiring teacher, meticulous with her explanations, patient and encouraging in her manner, navigating you through the complicated steps it takes to create stunning canal boat art in the traditional style. Whether you are interested in learning to paint in this style, or simply looking for a day sampling a craft you have never tried before, Julie's class is the perfect place to discover the craftsperson in you. I have already been on two of Julie's courses and look forward to another session in the future.

In-person course
- - #7651

I cannot recommend Julie too highly. The day was really enjoyable, well organised and well executed. The people on the course (6) in total, had a wide range of knowledge and talent. Julie's teaching was fantastic and everyone of us completed the project with great satisfaction. I am so enthused by it that I have now booked the more advanced course on 11th March and I can't wait to get started. Thank you Julie.

In-person course
- - #7255

Fabulous! I have almost zero artistic ability and even I produced a plate that had my family amazed! Well taught, in small easy stages. And with a great lunch and plenty of coffee thrown in!

A craft worth learning from an excelleny tutor.

Thank you.

In-person course
- - #5726

What an excellent course. It was a great opportunity to have a go at a wonderful traditional craft. It was very informative and Julie is a very good, patient teacher, Whose guidance enabled me to produce a painted item which as a complete novice I didn't know I was capable of! A fabulous day which I would highly recommend.

In-person course
- - #5722

What a fabulous day. I am exhausted now but I learnt so much on techniques, brush work, blending, roses, castles you name it we learnt it. Well worth the cost and I came home with brushes and instructions to carry it on. Thanks Julie.

In-person course
- - #4549

Hello Julie

It was a very enjoyable day. It was a bit daunting as a beginner and although arty with wood carving and pottery my painting skills are beginner stage. To do the course with 2 very able painters made me very self conscious, but they were lovely people. You were right when I was home and seeing my work in isolation it did look much better to me.

In-person course
- - #3464

Julie welcomed us with a cup of tea, and after a short chat we went to the log cabin in her garden. Then we had a wonderful day just watching, listening and painting. Such a lovely, quiet day, with lots of encouragement and Julie stepping us through the stages of painting a plate with a castle in the centre and roses around the rim. I learned SO much - about paint, brushes, techniques - and by the end of the day I had a plate to take home. It wasn't perfect, of course, but it was a million times better than my brief solo attempts. And I could see how I could improve the next time.
We had a delicious lunch, lots more cups of tea, and I went home with my plate, some brushes and paint, and a couple of other items to paint. I can't wait!
Julie is such a good teacher.

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