New for 2024 - Drawn to Still Life in Derbyshire



Next promoted date: Saturday 27th July - 2 places remaining. “I sometimes think that there is nothing so delightful as drawing”, Vincent Van Gogh. If you agree with Van Gogh, you know it’s a worthwhile practice to spend time exploring your drawing skills. Drawing isn’t an elitist process and benefits the beginner or experienced artist, and those in between. It gives us time to practice, to try out new ideas and techniques, to think through creative problems, whilst enjoying an immersive process. Drawing also provides the opportunity to look and consider, which is always a worthwhile activity. Join Liz Wellby at The Slipper Studio for a day of drawing, in a relaxed and supportive environment. We’ll take time to explore line, tone and composition, whilst using a range of materials. We’ll draw from still life groups, exploring shape, line, tone and pattern qualities, whilst drawing plants, flowers, vases and associated still life objects. Before lunch we’ll explore graphite sticks, soft pencils and erasers, plus use stick and ink, with washes and wax, along side experimenting with limited palettes using gouache, ink and brushes. In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to re visit an earlier drawing or you might choose to begin a new piece, exploring a different composition, whilst focusing on a favourite process from the morning session. The workshop will suit makers with some experience of drawing, wishing to develop their skills, or if you are a more proficient draughts person, there will be lots of opportunities to challenge yourself. The venue is beautifully presented, with handcrafted workbenches and a wood burner, with views down into the village of Carsington and lies on the edge of the Peak District. 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 to 5 places for friends and family, the cost is £89 per person or £130 each for 2 people; please contact me via ‘message the tutor’ if this is of interest or you have any questions or queries.

What's included in the price?

The workshop runs from 10 - 4 pm, with places limited to just 5 and costs £89 per person, including: tuition, materials and use of equipment, with refreshments provided throughout the day; just bring your lunch. Please select 'Chat with the maker' if you would like to contact the course organiser in advance of booking with any queries. *Covid 19 update It seems appropriate to maintain a few sensible measures in place at The Slipper Studio: the studio will be well ventilated and hand sanitiser will be available.


6 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Father's Day
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Intermediate level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Mother's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Stag dos
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Tutor can travel
  • Romantic
  • Weekends
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The Slipper Studio, Carsington, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4BY