Easel Weasel Wednesday Art workshops - Derbyshire Peak District

New! Linocut printing added to workshops


Please come along and join me at my art workshops in acrylics, linocut printing and soft pastels in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District. Whether you are on holiday or living nearby, a novice or experienced - everyone is welcome.

I am a professional artist and was a heat semi-finalist in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year competition, I have exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists and Royal Society of Marine Artist Mall Galleries, London.

Wednesday workshops are located at my home studio. You have a choice of working in acrylics and/or mixed media, soft pastels or linocut printing. 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!

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.

I have a friendly dog called Phoebe!

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?

Refreshments plus lunch included in day workshop price.

The workshops are suitable for any age or experience, maximum class size of 4.

Contact Denise for a list of materials required if you are supplying your own.

Alternatively I can supply all materials for an additional £10.00 on the day.


Denise Cliffen at Easel Weasel Art Workshops

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24 Main Road

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Mother's Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Mary - - #38834

Such an amazing day with Denise in her beautiful home!! I came away with a beautiful painting, and fantastic tips and tricks! I will definitely be back for another guided painting day with Denise and her gorgeous dog Phoebe x

Response from Easel Weasel Art Workshops:

Hi Mary,

Thanks so much for your kind review and comments. Your painting is beautiful and full of joy. It was great to meet you and I would be delighted to welcome you back x

Tim & Holly Littlar - - #38678

We enjoyed such an inspiring, creative day with Denise.
We decided to try linocut printing and were guided all the way with expert hints and tips, while also very much exploring our own creativity. Denise was a wonderful guide and teacher and the shared conversations made the day all the more enjoyable. We came away with 2 linocut blocks and a number of prints each, which really showed the progress we had made. Definitely an experience we would recommend highly and an absolute pleasure to attend. Thank you, Denise.

Response from Easel Weasel Art Workshops:

Hi Tim and Holly,

Thank you so much for your kind review.

It was a pleasure to meet you.

Your linocut prints were amazing and I hope you will create many more.

Very best wishes,


Barry Bannister - - #26673

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

Christine Wise - - #24810

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.

Susan Gregory - - #24799

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.

Amanda Johnson - - #24343

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.

Toni Buckman - - #24163

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.

Andrew Appleby - - #23974

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 😊

Jan Foster - - #23764

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.

Fiona - - #23710

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.

Suzanne - - #23089

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!

Sue Clews - - #21606

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.

Diana Ekdawy - - #21346

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!!!

Kay Hobson - - #20514

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 !

Andrea Elsegood - - #19930

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!

Helen Morgan - - #19925

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.

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