Lively portraits in watercolour

Using layers to build realistic skin tones


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I am really excited about this workshop. Capturing people in watercolour, is a great way of producing a lively portrait.

This day is all about painting, rather than drawing so we will be working from photos not a live model and we will explore transfer techniques - if Vermeer used the Camera Obscura, then we are allowed to use modern equivalents (in my opinion). We will explore both layering to build realistic skin tones and high energy portraits with a more jazzy vibe. I can't wait!!

Liz wrote a series of seven articles on portraits for the Leisure Painter magazine in 2020.

The course will be held at Knowl Hill near Twyford, Berkshire, to provide you with an inspiring and relaxing environment. All materials are provided, along with refreshments.

No experience is needed to fully enjoy the day. If you already love painting in watercolours you will be provided with plenty of stimulation! Liz will let everyone go at their own pace to get the most out of the day.

Our venue is Micklems Farm in Knowl Hill. During lockdown Micklems refurbished the studio putting in new flooring to facilitate cleaning, new desks to help with social distancing and a camera system to enable demonstrations at a greater distance. Lunch is no longer included to prevent cross contamination. During good weather there is wonderful outside space to be enjoyed. Cleanliness and hand washing is actively encouraged. If you are not feeling well or are self isolating, please do not attend. In turn, the tutor promises not to teach if not well or isolating. If I am unable to teach I will of course refund you in full.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials and refreshments are included.


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Micklems Farm House
Knowl Hill Common, Knowl Hill
RG10 9YD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


1 day (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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Victoria Smith - - #35241

Always a thoroughly enjoyable day painting with Liz Chaderton. She is extremely knowledgeable, accomplished in her field and teaches very well with much explanation of the process involved. There are plenty of examples of her work that help clarify the topic and there is an overhead camera that helps everyone see clearly the demonstrations. It is always a lovely group of like-minded people and Liz puts everyone at ease. The venue is excellent too ... light, airy with beautiful gardens to relax and take a break. All materials and provided and plenty of material to inspire!

Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:

What a lovely review Vicky! Thank you so much and I will make sure to pass on your comments to Micklems too. It was a pleasure to have you on the workshop.

Donna Chamberlain - - #35228

Lovely balance of demonstration and practice. Informative and fun. Great setting

Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:

Thank you so much for the review Donna. I am glad you enjoyed the day and hope it gave you lots of things to work on. Looking forward to seeing your home work too!!!

Yvonne Gillespie - - #35226

I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Liz Painting Portraits. Liz is an excellent tutor, demonstrating in easy stages with very helpful advice and tips. I found the class well paced, with excellent content and very stimulating. I came away motivated to paint more and with a better understanding of portrait painting. For me Liz is one of the best art tutors and I would definitely recommend her classes.

Response from Liz Chaderton Artist:

Thank you so much for the lovely review. So good to finally do the class after the cancellations of covid!! I am glad you enjoyed the day and hope it's given you lots to have a go at. Enjoy your homework with Mr Bun!!

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