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Discovering watercolours - all abilities: a 'Quirky Workshop' at Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns near Penrith and Ullswater


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Covid19 update: offering over 100+ courses in Cumbria & the Lakes, we hope to resume all 'in person' courses in late July 2020. During lock down, we've upgraded a listed barn into a beautiful spacious workshop studio, enabling courses to take place with 2m distancing, hand washing and two staircases. It's possible usual catered lunches may not be included for summer courses, depending on circumstances at the time.

Watercolours with Margaret Jarvis for beginners and intermediates. The workshop is different on each date, please see our website or contact us to find out which course runs on which date.

Watercolours in nature ' Beyond Beginners' with Margaret Jarvis

This is a follow on class to those with a little experience of watercolours looking further into depth and shading, colours, colours mixing techniques washes shading and brush techniques. Are you looking to discover and improve your water colour skills during another day of inspiration and advice.

'Discovering Watercolours' looks in depth at colours, colours mixing techniques washes shading and brush techniques. It is the most useful place to start for those wishing to learn the basics in an enjoyable, thorough day of discovering the world of watercolours.
Even those with considerable experience say they learn a lot from this class
Please note this course will focus on creating Christmas Cards.

Discover what happens when different mediums are added to the paper, and Margaret will be looking at Watercolours in nature and how to compose a study, alongside new ideas, inspirations and challenges.

If you are new to painting and would like to start somewhere, we can highly recommend Margaret Jarvis, an outstanding local tutor for Beginners and Improvers in both Watercolours paints and pencils and Pen and Wash. Margaret comes with a wealth of knowledge and confirms that you don't need to be able to 'draw' to paint with watercolours. It's all about technique. Although nearly all of our classes and tutors are suitable for all abilities, for a really good grounding in watercolour techniques then Margaret's course is ideal.

Once you have completed this course, you will feel infinitely more confident about attending any of the painting classes here, which actually attract a wide range of abilities. The students who paint like the tutors have probably practised for hundreds of hours, they were beginners once.

This lovely local artist has been teaching beginners classes since the first Quirky Workshops at Greystoke in 2006. Experienced artists frequently venture onto Margaret's courses and leave saying they've learned a great deal - she has many hints and tips to share.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).
Our days are considered real treats - many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.
We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.


Annie Swarbrick at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns
Greystoke Craft Garden
CA11 0UT
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  • Teenagers

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I attended the August Watercolour Workshop and was inspired. Margaret is a magnificent coach, imparting tips and techniques with patience and humour. I have been painting ever since. Fellow students were great company and the food was fantastic home cooking.

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