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Easel Weasel Holiday & Regular Art Workshops - Willersley Castle, Derbyshire Peak District

Duration: 1 & 2 day workshops plus creative holidays

Price: £50

Run by: Denise Cliffen
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About the Course

Special introductory offer of £50 for one day workshop in acrylics and mixed media. The Wednesday workshops are held weekly from 10.00am until 4.30pm and Saturday from 10.30 until 3.30. We paint in the pool house gallery at Willersley Castle Hotel, located behind the Castle. The space is light and airy with views of the Derwent Valley. I also have other specialist workshops including, The decorative art of gilding, introduction to landscape painting in soft pastels, antique decoupage, introduction to painting murals professionally and more!

The workshops are suitable for any age, ability or experience, average class size of 8. Group bookings welcome.

The workshops are designed to be informative, liberating and therapeutic and are held at Willersley Castle Hotel, a historic Castle in the Derbyshire Peak District set in 60 acres of grounds surrounded by stunning views of the Derwent Valley in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

I have a relaxed and informative approach to working with acrylics and mixed media and other techniques. I was a professional muralist for 11 years, specialising in trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye) techniques. Although photo realism painting in acrylics was essential in creating a painting illusion, I have also worked more recently with impasto and mixed media using acrylics which is an enjoyable and liberating experience. I was a former member of the Association of Professional Muralists and have appeared on television and radio.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments plus lunch included in the price. There is also the option after the workshop to swim in the pool for just £6.50 (swim fee paid directly to the Hotel on the day). The pool measures 15m x 6m and has a constant depth of 1.35m (4ft 6’’). Towels are provided for all pool users.

Contact Denise for a list of materials required if you are supplying your own, alternatively you can have the use of Denise's acrylic paints, brushes, palette and palette knife, plus a canvas art board for you to create your artwork and take home with you for an additional £10.00.

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Me and my fiancé did this course and Denise was amazing- so friendly and helped us along every step of the way. Great for all abilities too as I have never been very talented in painting but with Denise’s help I was able to make a lovely painting that I will treasure. We will definitely be back!!!

- - #21346

I’ve now been enjoying Denise’s classes for a number of weeks . It is such a wonderful relaxing way to spend the day ,so inspirational with lovely company .
It has reminded me how much I love painting and Denise’s gentle inspiring teaching is very professional but so friendly ,carefully explaining about colour ,shadow and shape . Thank you !

- - #20514

I enjoyed every minute of densies workshop. I've never painted before and Denise made me feel at such ease and guided me to creating something I never thought I would have been able to. I highly recommend anyone to go and discover their creative side!

- - #19930

This is a lovely course for anyone wishing to explore their potential artistic talent or build on existing skills. I had not picked up a paintbrush since I took Art A-level 20 years ago. Denise’s talent and enthusiasm for her subject is evident, she creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere for her students and has a patient and nurturing approach that helps build confidence, whether your are completely new to painting, or like me incredibly rusty. She reminded me of principles I had long forgotten, but also taught me new ways to look at colour, create depth and pay attention to detail, I’m very proud of the work I have produced under her guidance. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in Art, not only as a place to build technique and knowledge, but also as a fun, relaxing and pleasant way to spend a day, in picturesque surroundings.

- - #19925

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