Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
About the Course
Please come along and join me at my art workshops in acrylics or soft pastels in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District. Whether you are on holiday or living nearby, a novice or experienced - everyone is welcome. Located at my home studio the Wednesday workshops held from 10.00am until 4.00pm. You have a choice of working in acrylics and/or mixed media or soft pastels. Subjects include: landscapes, still life, abstract, portraits, etc.
The workshops are fun, relaxing and informative.
I also hold a Saturday Art Workshops advertised on Craft Courses!
£60 per person including lunch (approx 30 minutes). The workshops are suitable for any age or experience, maximum class size of 6.
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 day workshop price.
Contact Denise for a list of materials required if you are supplying your own. Alternatively I can supply all materials an additional £10.00.
Had a brilliant day with Denise. She had time to show me where I was going wrong. Helped me with mixing colours and composition and also was good at making me feel at ease throughout.
If you want to learn to paint anything good, Denise will be there for you.
Barry Bannister - - #26673
I’ve been attending an art group on a Thursday with Denise for about a month now. I thoroughly enjoy my time with the group and Denise is on hand to pass on a wealth of knowledge and encouragement. The environment is both peaceful and motivational and it’s a pleasure to share a few hours of creative relaxation with lovely people. I would wholeheartedly recommend Denise to anyone wishing to explore their creativity.
Christine Wise - - #24810
I’ve been having weekly 2 hour art lessons with Denise since May and a real novice but Denise has given me confidence to paint and understand the techniques and colours. It’s also a very social 2 hours. Totally recommended.
Susan Gregory - - #24799
Denise, I just wanted to thank you so much for yesterday. Now I'm looking at my painting with fresh eyes I'm really pleased with it. It's exactly how I saw it in my head, and I prefer it to the painting I showed you that I wasn't happy about. I'm going to finish it today and bring it with me next week for your critique. Thanks for all your advice, it's really helped me a lot.
Amanda Johnson - - #24343
I so enjoyed my day. I am not a natural artist but I came away feeling so please with my art work. Denise is such a talented lady and so good at teaching her students..with gentle encouragement and getting me to look for detail and colours. I really hope to go back for more tuition sometime and recommend the day to anyone..from the beginner to the more skilled artist.
Toni Buckman - - #24163
I had a great day today rekindling my love of painting with Denise - who was so helpful and encouraging. Denise is a fabulous artist who works with all sorts of styles and materials so whatever your personal style is or whatever materials you prefer to work with, she can help with tips and guidance. She helped me a lot with colour choices and mixing. Relaxed, friendly and therapeutic - what a great way to spend the day - thanks Denise 😊
Andrew Appleby - - #23974
I had a brilliant day being taught how to use acrylic paints by Denise. Being a novice painter, Denise was very good at getting me started, building my confidence gradually and giving me expert guidance along the way - and we had plenty of laughs too! Her advice on how to use different brushes and techniques was invaluable and she would give me quick demos of what she meant, without actually doing it for me! I have just put the final touches to my painting and very pleased with the finished article. I can highly recommend Easel Weasel workshops.
Jan Foster - - #23764
Me and my mum had an absolutely lovely day with Denise - she was incredibly patient and helpful and I learnt a lot. Would definitely recommend and go again.
Fiona - - #23710
The workshop with Denise was a wonderful surprise birthday gift!
The course states it is informative, liberating and therapeutic and I certainly found this to be the case. I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Denise and came away with a real sense of achievement! Starting the day as a novice I took home with me two pieces of art work I can proudly hang on my wall.
In a lovely, homely setting I had a wonderful relaxing and creative time! A welcomed distraction and the perfect day! Would highly recommend and I can't wait to return for another class. Thank you so much Denise for such inspiration!
Suzanne - - #23089
Enjoyed a relaxing creative day at Denise's acrylic painting workshop on Saturday. Denise's professional and friendly approach to teaching and on the spot demonstrations of technique were invaluable and I knew from the start that I was going to enjoy myself and learn new ways of working! Her guidance, attention to detail and wealth of experience and technical knowledge helped me to build on existing skills to produce a painting that was vibrant and enchanting. Denise has a way of enabling you to achieve high standards while still retaining your own style and is sympathetic to all aspects of the artwork you are making so that the work stays fresh and nothing is overworked. Denise also ensured that I was comfortable and well fed and watered ! I thoroughly recommend this tutor to beginners and people of all levels and will definitely be booking another workshop.
Sue Clews - - #21606
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!!!
Diana Ekdawy - - #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 !
Kay Hobson - - #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!
Andrea Elsegood - - #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.
Helen Morgan - - #19925
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