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Painting and Drawing one day workshop for adults with Penny Mason, Birmingham (NO CLASSES UNTIL MARCH 2021)

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About the Course


Have you ever been told that you cannot draw? This could be the day for you. We will look at expressive drawing techniques and painting in acrylics of small still life or abstract landscapes. You will be guided through understanding mark making and how to discover your own drawing and painting style. This workshop is for all levels to explore and create. A small canvas and all materials will be provided.

No previous experience necessary. A maximum of 4 participants per workshop.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Treat yourself! Learn how to use painting techniques in one day, in the relaxed surroundings of Penny’s home studio. You will experiment with mark making, patterns and colour on paper to help develop your own ideas. You will then develop your final design onto a small canvas to take home with you.

All equipment, acrylic paint and a small canvas is included.

A homemade soup lunch, with tea, coffee and CAKE provided!!

Penny is a professionally qualified Fine Art and Textile Designer and a Fellow of Bath Spa University. She has been teaching further and higher education, and running courses in the West Midlands for over 20 years.

Please arrive at 9.45am for a 10am start... the tea will be brewing and the coffee percolating!


Penny Mason at Penelope Designs
105 Lightwoods Road
West Midlands
B67 5BH
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4 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Next available date

1st March 2021

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Suitable for

  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Tutor can travel

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In-person course
- - #29317

I had an amazing day going through the processes of mark making, drawing & painting.

Welcomed into their home Penny and Dan made the whole experience a pleasure.

The studio is cosy and light, a perfect creative environment.

Penny is a wonderful teacher, always encouraging and ready to help at any moment. The groups are small so there is always help when needed.

Dan provided us with teas and coffees throughout the day and a delicious lunch. There was homemade cake too!

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- - #27844

I had a brilliant day yesterday on this one-day course, and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of learning to draw and paint. Penny created a great learning environment for us to relax, and to get the best out of us in a day. The hospitality was great too, lovely food and drink which helped make it such an interesting time...thank you!

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- - #25632

I can't recommend this workshop highly enough!!!! Penny is warm and welcoming and you immediately feel relaxed. The tuition is brilliant - I managed to produce several items I was proud of! Wonderful coffee, cake and amazing soup at lunchtime just added to the experience. The day just whizzed by - I will be back for more.

Response from Penelope Designs:

Thank you Andrea. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and had great time learning new skills. I hope to see you again soon.

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- - #25119

I attended Penny's One Day Drawing and Painting workshop on 28th September at her home studio and had an absolutely brilliant time. As a complete beginner Penny took the workshop in easy to follow stages, explaining the basics of mark making and then showed us how to develop drawings of solid objects using this technique, and I was absolutely blown away by what I was able to create in such a short space of time. After an incredible home-cooked lunch she then showed us how to develop this further using painting techniques, encouraging us to use mixed media in our creations. She was incredibly patient and gave individual support and ideas throughout in a relaxed and fun environment with some lovely people. I would absolutely recommend her courses (and Penny herself) - I will certainly be signing up to another one soon!

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- - #19883

We had a really fabulous day exploring drawing, mark making & painting. My daughter is studying art A level & this was the perfect day to introduce her to new drawing techniques under Penny’s excellent guidance. We left feeling really inspired & my daughter with new found confidence! A truly wonderful way to spend a day! And a delicious lunch too! A huge Thank You to Penny.
Sara & Lani Xx

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- - #19551

Penny's lovely gentle, manner put me immediately at ease and so I relaxed and learned loads in the warmth of the beautiful Home Studio.

There was a lovely group as keen as me to learn as much as possible and Penny guided us effortlessly through lots of practical exercises, gems of techniques and tips, small nuggets you only get from a seasoned, patient and confident teacher. It was a joy to be part of and yes the soup was marvellous, Thank you, Penny. I will coming back to learn more.

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- - #19393

I couldn't have asked a for a better introduction by Penny into the techniques of drawing and painting.
I spent the day at her studio and was thoroughly immersed into what she was telling us and what we were doing.
The day went so quickly that I was amazed at it was soon time to go home so soon, even though I spent a day there.
In Penny's wonderful surroundings it was way a perfect start to learn various techniques and I shall be attending again in the near future.
I would also like to thank Dan for the numerous coffees and wonderful soup which which he made.
I would thoroughly recommend Penny if you want an intro into drawing and painting and it was well worth the cost!!

See you soon Penny.

satish mehta.

In-person course
- - #19371

Had a fantastic day learning new skills that I didn't know that I had. Penny is a brilliant teacher who inspires you to look at things in a different way and how you translate this onto the page. I came away from the day with a whole new outlook and cannot wait to continue my hobby in a new light.

In-person course
- - #19369

Brilliant drawing and painting course. Fabulous people with a fantastic tutor. I learned a lot about drawing and painting while having the time of my life. I am now drawing and painting and would not hesitate to go back for another day. can't wait for the next drawing course.

In-person course
- - #18242

I went on this course having selected from the vast range of courses listed. As a relative novice, I found Penny's teaching style to be just what was required. I learnt new techniques and methods and went away feeling fulfilled and enthusiastic to develop my learned skills. Thanks Penny for a great day.

Response from Penelope Designs:

Hi Steve
Thank you for your review and I'm so glad you enjoyed the day. Maybe see you at a further course in the future.
Best wishes, Penny

In-person course
- - #17600

Wonderful and inspiring day where I learnt so much! I would definitely go again and would recommend to anyone

In-person course
- - #15814

I have just had the loveliest day at Pennys beautiful home and garden.Our small group spent the morning learning about drawing and sketching with the afternoon spent painting on canvas on easels in her lovely garden which attracts lots of butterlies,(not forgetting Pennys lovely cat Star who joined us in the garden) ,the scented candles were a lovely touch .Penny has so much knowledge to share,has a warm personality and is a great tutor.I have learnt so much in one day.
The relaxing environment and the lovely food all added to a lovely relaxing day.
Thoroughly enjoyable, i will definately be returning for more art days/workshop.

In-person course
- - #14502

Feeling very relaxed and enthused by Penny's art class yesterday.
After a warm welcome and introductions to the other participants the class started with an introduction to basic drawing techniques.
A welcome light lunch of hot soup and olive bread was served and I must say this was delicious. Coffee cake followed which was perfect made by Jane and created fun chat about the eggs used from her hens.
Back to the art and the afternoon was spent on painting a still on to a canvas. Lots of support and encouragement from Penny and I arrived home with a great memento of the experience.
A lovely day with lovely people, thank you Penny. I think you will see me again.

In-person course
- - #12439

Penny is a miracle worker! What a fun day of learning and with such great achievement and inspiration!
I originally only attended the course to keep my Mum company. I’ve never been able to draw before. When I started I was actually worse than I thought. But within hours I’d achieved more than I could have thought possible with Penny’s help.
The whole day was different and fun. Penny welcomed us into her beautiful home, inspired us greatly in many ways and her wonderful husband kept the coffee on tap and got the homemade soup on. I would absolutely recommend to anyone and hope to go back for more.

In-person course
- - #11995

Had a wonderful day at Penny's warm and inviting workshop. Penny has a natural talent to teach drawing and painting techniques that not only enhances your creativity but pushes you beyond the Boundaries. Clearly, her dedication and knowledge in the arts is a credit to her. We are privileged to be taught by this former foundation teacher on this auspicious occasion and would highly recommend the course to every creative soul. Freedom to laugh, have fun to create, enjoy warm soup, bread and cake are a must and worth the trip alone.

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- - #11960

Had a lovely time at Penny's home studio today. Very friendly and welcoming environment with loads of encouragement and support from Penny - much appreciated by a nervous novice. I can't praise her enough, she is an excellent teacher and I would highly recommend this course.
Must also point out that the homemade soup was delicious!

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