Horses tend to feature high on any list of most popular animals. And no wonder. Our relationship with them goes back for many thousands of years. Back then, horses were used mostly for milk and meat, before being used as the powerhouse for agriculture and transport for adventurers through the centuries. But what if you want to capture a horse in loose and lively watercolour without painting every hair? You want to capture their beauty and strength while breathing life into your painting. In this course you will complete two warm up exercises to give you the knowledge and skills to tackle the portrait of this lovely 'flea bitten' grey. The final project is a full length step-by-step portrait.

What's included in the price?

There are nine films, and plenty of reference files. We start by doing two warm up exercises to learn a out wet in wet, tone, edges, mark making and many other techniques. Then we move on to a portrait of a grey. The project is step by step in full-length. It is the closest thing I can get to sitting along side me in the studio. You will hear me make decisions and see me put mistakes right.

What you will need

The two warm up exercises require: Eighth sheet NOT/cold pressed watercolour paper (approx A4) minimum 140lb/325gsm Colours of your choice - use this as an excuse to clean up a palette or play with an interesting colour combination. Medium round brush (approx size 8) Salt, cling film/sarin wrap, sponge, watercolour pencils, sand paper The equine portrait requires: Half sheet NOT/cold pressed watercolour paper (approx 50x40cm) minimum 140lb/325gsm Colours of your choice - I use quinacridone gold, burnt Sienna, transparent grey/neutral tint, perylene violet, caput mortum, opera rose Large and Medium round brush (approx size 16 and 8), rigger size 2, small flat brush for lifting spray bottle, two water pots Salt, cling film/sarin wrap, sponge, watercolour pencils (orange, yellow, pink, black), sand paper, magic eraser (all optional)




Liz Chaderton Artist

with Craft Courses since 2019

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Liz lives and works in a small village in Berkshire. She has been showing her work through exhibitions and galleries since 2009. A selection of her paintings are published by Artko, Artwall and Wraptious. Her first book, 'Painting watercolours on canvas' was published by the Crowood Press in June 2019 and her fifth is due to be published in late 2023. She writes for The Leisure Painter and other art magazines and teaches extensively on YouTube. She aims to help you see the animals and flora we so often overlook and by so doing to nurture a more caring attitude to the environment.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Pet lovers
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Regretfully under 18s cannot be accommodated. I do not hold a DRB and therefore a parent or guardian would need to be present at all times by law. Many of my students are teachers or parents of teenagers and come to escape! The way I teach is very student led and I have found this does not suit those in education as it is very different from the classroom style. In my experience it changes the dynamic of the day and therefore I only teach adults on my workshops.

Unfortunately while Knowl Hill is level access, it is not wheel chair accessible. There are uneven paths and steps on the property due to its age. There is a single step between the studio and the toilet. The toilet is not adapted. If you have any access issues or need extra support, please discuss before booking and Liz will do whatever she can to accommodate you.

These will be sent out with course information, once you have confirmed. But if you want to look at the venue in Knowl Hill, please go to their website www.micklemsfarm.com. There is lots of parking. If the weather is nice we should be able to paint outside too. If numbers fall below five, I may move the course to my conservatory, which can accommodate four painters easily. I will give you as much notice as possible.

The course starts at 10.00, but please try and arrive 15-20 minutes before hand. We should be finished by 4.00/4.30. Timings are flexible to accommodate the speed at which people work.

Tea and coffee are available all day. If you need a special milk, please bring your own. Please bring your own lunch.

All materials are provided so that everyone has the right things to work with and get the most out of the course. While you are welcome to bring your favourite supplies if you want, no reduction can be offered.

If people are beginning, then they don’t want to have to buy everything before they know if they are going to enjoy it. If more experienced, all art materials are not created equal. Should someone bring lower quality materials, they may struggle to achieve the results they are after. If someone forgets things, there are no art shops nearby to buy stock. It is safer and less frustrating to have everything supplied.

Your enthusiasm! All art materials will be supplied unless otherwise stated. Wear old clothes and bring an apron if you like. You might be asked to bring an image you want to work from, depending on your course. If you have favourite brushes or colours, of course feel free to bring them.

Everything – paper, brushes, paint, water…. Tea, coffee, biscuits. Bring yourself and a willingness to have a go.

It’s normal to be nervous, but as everyone is in the same boat, the nerves will disappear in a flash. If you come on your own, you immediately have something in common with everyone else so it is easy to relax. Your tutor will do everything possible to make sure you have a great time and learn a lot. You might be exhausted at the end of the day, but no longer nervous!

The groups are kept small so that you get lots of attention. All materials are supplied, so that you can work with artist quality supplies. Your tutor is a professional working artist, with experience in teaching everyone from beginners through to professionals. The workshops are held in a beautiful location, so there is peace and quiet to concentrate on yourself. They are relaxed and fun, tailored to your needs and experience.

This course is taught online