Oil Painting Portraiture Skills with artist Cat MacDiarmid at Cowshed Creative, Lake District



Cowshed Creative in the Lake District offers a wide range of workshops in a stunning setting near Kendal and Windermere. PORTRAITURE: A fantastic opportunity to develop oil painting skills for portrait painting with expert tuition from Sky TV Portrait artist Catherine MacDiarmid . Equipment, different painting brushes/tools and what colour to have on your palette will all be covered. Using photos or digital images as source material you will be guided through a range of oil painting techniques. Be prepared to challenge your practice and broaden your approaches to portrait painting. You will be given expert group and one to one instruction and advice in a friendly supportive environment. Catherine MacDiarmid is a local award winning artist who has exhibited widely. Recent awards include The Cass Art Prize at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 2022 and the Alec Morrison Award for outstanding watercolour in the 2020 RBSA Prize Exhibition. Catherine was recently commissioned to write four articles for The Artist Magazine demonstrating some different techniques of her portraits and life drawing. She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 and 2019. As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is collected internationally. Catherine works from her home-based studio in Kendal. This workshop will be at Cowshed Creative, based in a traditional converted Lakeland barn at Browfoot Farm. The art studio is a stunning open plan space with plenty of room to wander outside and take inspiration from the amazing Lakeland landscape and environment of the peaceful Kentmere valley. Make it a special break and stay on the farm. All our tutors are carefully selected professionals and experts with extensive teaching experience.

What's included in the price?

The workshop fee is £80 and includes some great tuition, a stunning venue and a tasty 2 course lunch, teas and coffee throughout the day with a slice of cake to finish . Eat outside or enjoy lunch by the wood burner. There is no additional material fee but students are expected to bring their own art materials. A list is provided


1 day (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

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



Cowshed Creative

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Take a look at our inspiring art and craft workshops , run by professionals - there is something for everyone. Come for the day and get making! Based in our two storey traditional Lakeland barn conversion, enjoy a social day in a friendly, relaxed environment, perfect to nurture your creativity. The art studio is a stunning open plan space and there is plenty of room to wander outside and take inspiration from the amazing landscape and environment of the peaceful Kentmere Valley.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Public transport
  • Weekends
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • UK Holiday
  • Intermediate level
  • Accommodation offered
  • Suitable for all abilities
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Browfoot Farm, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria, LA89JQ