Impressionist sketching; light effects in oil pastels with Roy Simmons- a 'Quirky Workshop' nr Ullswater & the Lake District



The French impressionists changed art, just about everyone agrees on that. What interests me is how they worked in colour to create those memorable paintings. In your resource pack will be a number of reproductions of impressionist paintings. We will discuss them, and find ways to use the effects and colour designs in our own work. A little Colour theory, a lot of fun! Our first oil pastel painting will be a copy of a Claude Monet painting, I will demonstrate and you will follow along, step by step. We will try to think like Monet! Then we will make paintings based on these techniques, bringing impressionist ideas into our work, initially ‘borrowing’ their light and colour effects. Then using our own design ideas, to make colourful and dramatic paintings. We will start with a 'loosening up' sketch, this will introduce my way of working. On this course each student will produce at least two paintings (but that is not a rule)! All materials and instruction provided, you will take home a mounted painting at the end of the day

What's included in the price?

Welcome drinks: fresh coffee & home-made biscuits; a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served on individual trays at your desks or outside on the Tea Lawn if it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam). Please note there will be a materials charge of £5, payable directly to the tutor on the day. We host over 140 different art and craft ‘Quirky Workshops’ each year here in Greystoke and have been operating since 2005. All our tutors are carefully hand selected professional experts and many are considered as national leaders in their field. We look forward to welcoming you to the Lake District and Cumbria. Additional spaces may be available- please ask! :) If you wish to be added to our database, please use the 'Stay in Touch' icon at the top of each webpage on our website (link above).


1 day

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Situated in a tranquil location on the fringes of the Lake District, we have been hosting a Quirky range of workshops since 2005. We are now proud to offer over 140 Arts, Craft and Heritage Skills Workshops each year, led by an incredible and talented range of local and national tutors, all experts in their field. We have two teaching studios, the 'Squirrel Barn' and the newly renovated, spacious and airy 'Swallow Barn', the latter of which, at 60m2 was very popular in the months post Covid, allowing 2m distancing, hand washing and two staircases. We have several garden teaching spaces too. Lunch (included) can be taken outside on the Tea Lawn in warmer months and teas/coffee with Aga home-baking is served at your desk. Our days are considered real treats.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Intermediate level
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Romantic
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Greystoke Craft Garden, Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0UT