Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
About the Course
Ideal introductory course for people who are new to silk painting or who feel they would benefit from revisiting the basics. On this silk painting workshop, you will learn about the different materials involved and then practise the techniques, leading to a finished silk painting to take home. A handout will cover everything you’ve been taught and enable you to go away with the confidence to carry on painting yourself. Courses takes place at my home studio in the beautiful town of Buxton, Derbyshire.
Maximum of 6 places to ensure individual attention.
Pauline has been a professional silk painter for 20 years, her work reflects her love of colour and provides a unique, stylised interpretation of flowers and landscape.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The price includes all materials, refreshments and a hearty 2 course lunch.
I recently went on the beginners silk painting course, absolutely loved every minute, great atmosphere, lunch was amazing, would highly recommend. Looking forward to going again.
Michelle Dewey - - #23491
Response from Pauline Townsend Silk Painter:Thank you for the lovely review Michelle, hope to see you again:-)
Wonderful day spent on Pauline's silk painting course for beginners, enjoyed every minute and the day flew, it was so relaxing and therapeutic painting on silk with lovely companions. Pauline was an excellent teacher and you never felt it was beyond you, we all went away with a piece of work which we were proud of.
She also served a delicious 2 course lunch, cannot remember a time spent in such a lovely caring and nurturing atmosphere, would absolutely go again.
Chris Wilson - - #23002
I attended a one to one silk art session, and the beginners course in June 2019...Fantastic! Pauline is an inspiring teacher, and very encouraging and generous to all her students. Pauline creates a lovely warm, caring atmosphere, and serves a scrumptious lunch...
I am definitely going to go back ...
Cherise.... June 2019.
Cherise Tooley - - #22939
Response from Pauline Townsend Silk Painter:Thank you Cherise, so pleased you are enjoying the workshops and I look forward to seeing you again.
What an absolutely fantastic day! My 3 friends and I attended a Bespoke Beginners Workshop with Pauline who was an excellent tutor, walm, calm and reassuring with lots of positive reinforcement. The atmosphere was relaxed and fun as well as informative. Lunch was wonderful and the ambience of her cosy home flowed into the workroom. Considering we were all new to silk painting and most of us considered ourselves not artistic, we all achieved more than we expected and are now very much looking forward to a return visit.
Jane Kaye - - #19993
A really enjoyable day - what a lovely way to spend a Sunday and learning a new craft. Pauline was patient and informative with an easy teaching style that made the day fly by. Useful hand out after the course with all the details of what we did and the items you need and where to find them. Would recommend to anyone wanting to find a new hobby (and the lunch was lovely too!).
Tina Meigh - - #19931
What a fabulous day I had. Pauline was a patient tutor and allowed free creativity under guidance. I was an absolute beginner and came away from the day's workshop with confidence to take the silk painting a step further. I have booked another day's course later on in the year which I am looking forward to. Lunch was tasty and the environment to work in was bright sunny and warm. Thank you Pauline.
amanda herriott - - #19920
I found it a brilliant experience. It was relaxing, informative and fun. We had lots of great tips from the very experienced and talented Pauline. Lunch was also wonderful and in a very cosy home. All in all, it was well worth going. I will definitely recommend to others and would go again on future courses.
Joanne Hackett - - #16702
What a great day. I recently did the beginners course and came away feeling very confident in the techniques and with a painting that I’m proud of. Pauline’s teaching was excellent. The lunch she provides is spot on too.
Megan Crook - - #16688
I had a fantastic day, it was lovely to meet other interested silk painters.
I felt that I learnt a great deal about silk painting and feel confident to pursue it further.
The lunch that Pauline provided was superb.
Patricia Johnson - - #15395
My mum, sister and I spent a day doing the beginners silk painting course and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Pauline is a wonderful teacher, I hadn’t tried silk painting before but I left feeling so enthused and with a painting I’m proud of. My mum and sister felt the same and we will definitely be going again.
Kerry Wilde - - #15367
A brilliant day. Recently did a silk painting course for beginners. Not being able to draw at all, I was worried in case this was a problem. However, Pauline soon made us realise that you could still achieve results that even my husband commented 'looked very professional'!!!!!!!. I loved mixing the colours and learning all the different techniques. A delicious lunch was the icing on the cake.
Claire Overton - - #12986
I was given the day as a gift , and was a little apprehensive as my previous experience of silk painting was limited to one informal session with friends - and I wasn't very good at it! However, Pauline is patient and encouraging , and makes sure that everyone comes away with something they can feel proud of. Quality in everything, and attention to detail are paramount - including the refreshments and delicious lunch! A lovely experience
Kay Taylor - - #12977
A well organised and very relaxing course. If you are worried about not being able to draw or about making mistakes, don’t be. This course boosts your confidence and you are supported throughout. We all came away with silk paintings we were delighted with. The handout was excellent as I didn’t have to worry about remembering everything or taking notes. I could just concentrate on what I was doing and enjoy. Refreshments provided throughout the day and lovely lunch. Can’t wait to book my next workshop!
Hazel Quinn - - #12975
This was an excellent day - I have done some silk tie dye work, but it was great to expand my skills, paint on silk and use gutta. Pauline is friendly, knowledgeable and very talented. Lunch was delicious and I'm looking forward to the next class!
Fi Cooper - - #12973
I was given a gift voucher for one of Pauline’s workshops Being of a certain age I had never done any art work before. It didn’t feature in my school days. I had never even mixed paint so I was a bit nervous. I loved it. Pauline’s approach was both informative and encouraging. I soon felt relaxed and comfortable in a very friendly group. The morning was devoted to trying out various basics which really built up some confidence. A wonderful lunch followed and then the afternoon was devoted to painting something meaningful to take home. You could hear the silent concentration as we all worked on our projects, gentle advised and guided by Pauline where necessary. It was a fabulous day which I hope to repeat. Thank you Pauline
Annie Glover - - #12970
Six people attended Pauline's one day beginners course. This enabled Pauline to give us all the attention we needed. The content of the course was very well thought out and delivered with skill. The room used for the course is light, airy and comfortable. We were made very welcome and the course included a delicious two course lunch. All materials were supplied and by the end of the day we had all produced a sampler and a picture of tulips from a template supplied by Pauline. It was amazing how varied the results were using just three colours of silk paint. I highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to try silk painting.
Christine V. W. Warner - - #10341
I attended Pauline's course a few weeks ago. I haven't done any painting courses before so I was quite nervous but I was put at ease & as others have commented the pace was just right with lots of encouragement ! I was amazed just how different our pieces of work turned out although we worked to the same template - wonderful ! I have now started to do little pieces at home but will come back for a 'top up' of my skills.
Ali Harrison - - #9638
I had a wonderful day silk painting with Pauline a couple of weeks ago, she made us all feel so welcome I her lovely home and studio. The course was well paced so that we all went home with a good knowledge of the basics and a piece of work that we could be proud of even though most of us had not done this type of work before. If it wasn't so far away for me I would be attending courses regularly but in the meantime I have continued to practice my silk painting with varying degrees of success and I do hope to go back again in the not too distant future. I highly recommend this course.
Dee Stevenson - - #9470
Attended Pauline's silk painting workshop yesterday 25th February 2017, I had a wonderful day and learnt such a lot, the workshop has given me great inspiration. Don't worry if you have never tried silk painting before Pauline takes you through everything step by step through the different techniques so no one is left behind, we all came home with a lovely painting. The lunch was delicious, I look forward to my next workshop with Pauline already booked in May.
marion taylor - - #7990
I attended a Beginners workshop. Pauline was very encouraging and the small group friendly, making a lovely relaxing atmosphere. All the materials were provided for us to learn the techniques in the morning and then produce a lovely painting in the afternoon. We were all able to chat over the delicious lunch. Seeing the results from everyone was inspiring, I will definitely be using the skills learnt in the future. I would highly recommend the workshop.
Liz - - #7984
I really enjoyed this day. Pauline is very warm and welcoming and the small group size made it feel really friendly. She provided a template so those of us that aren't naturally creative could produce something to take home. Taking into account the quality of the lunch, I think this course is very good value for money too.
Sandra Bradley - - #6703
I attended Pauline's silk painting for beginners workshop with my mum as a treat for her birthday. We both had a really fantastic day. Great atmosphere and lovely to meet others on the same workshop. Pauline was a really good teacher, very patient and encouraging and it was very rewarding to learn new skills, I was amazed at what we all produced and all so different. I would truly recommend one of Pauline's workshops a very special treat. Thankyou Pauline.
Louise - - #6250
I went on one of Pauline's flower painting courses and had an excellent day. The pace was just right and the class had a lovely atmosphere. Having lunch provided was a real treat too!
Ella - - #5866
Have been to several of Pauline's workshops over the last couple of years and have enjoyed every one. Pauline is an excellent teacher and very inspirational. Small classes of around 6 people and always a delicious lunch. Cannot recommend her classes more highly, always a warm welcome, can't wait for the next one.
Lynne Smith - - #5054
I cannot recommend Pauline's silk painting days highly enough. Apart from being great fun the whole experience is so therapeutic and the time flies. Pauline is truly talented and her work is stunning - I feel proud whenever I see it for sale just because I know her!!! The lunch provided is scrumptious and served in a most welcoming and homely setting. I have done several days and shall certainly be booking in for some more in the future.
Tina Timmins - - #5050
I attended a beginners course several years ago and loved it.Pauline is an excellent tutor putting you at ease and making you feel comfortable in her home. I am not remotely artistic so I was rather concerned that it might be beyond me, I needn't have worried. Everything was well prepared by Pauline, templates provided and demonstrations given of the techniques we would need.What amazed me was how different everyone's project turned out and I was delighted to have produced something that I was really proud of. The lunch provided was absolutely delicious and far exceeded my expectations. Since the beginners course I have been on many, many more courses and everyone has been excellent.If you fancy trying out silk painting or if you just feel like treating yourself to a special day out, get in touch with Pauline, you won't regret it.
Sue Green - - #5040
What a lovely day silk painting! It was thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing, plus a delicious lunch. I'm very pleased with the pieces I produced on the day, and hope to continue silk painting in the future. Thank you Pauline.
Vicki Jordan - - #5007
Finally, after many years seeing Pauline in action on an open studios day, I tried Silk painting under her expert tuition. She had constructed the day perfectly (no surprise as she had been teaching a fair while). People who have never painted anything can get on board quickly; those with experience in other techniques can quickly adapt their learning to this new skill. I'm looking forward to practising and then coming on her other courses.
June Ratcliffe - - #4856
What an amazing two days. I have waited years to go on a silk painting course, and Pauline was excellent. I had one day with the group and then a truly inspiring and wonderful day on my own. Pauline is an excellent tutor and a very generous and giving teacher.
Lunch both days was yummy too
Krystyna Lawson-Iles - - #4838
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