Ernie Butler studios

Contact name: Ernie Butler
Total bookings
over 4 years
with CraftCourses

Maker's bio

Ernie is an artist who paints in oils and draws in pencil, charcoal and ink.  He exhibits internationally and his artwork is in international collections.  He teaches, demonstrates and has been funded by the Arts Council England, as well as others. Trained under William Calladine who apprenticed to the last living Dutch old master Jan Hendrik Eversen in techniques used by the old masters.  Also studied the techniques of artists such as Turner, Constable etc.

Courses, kits & gifts

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Beginners and improvers oil painting workshop
Next date: 8th Feb 2023
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Charcoal & Pencil Drawing
Next date: 8th Feb 2023
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Learn the techniques of the Old Masters course / workshop
Next date: 8th Feb 2023

Recent reviews

All maker's reviews
23 Dec 22'

Rob Fairchild reviewed: Beginners and improvers oil painting workshop

"My wife and I have just enjoyed the most amazing experience with Ernie on a full day's oil painting course, in his lovely studio. Ernie was recommended to us by a friend and whilst it was some way for us to get to Cambridge, to say it was well worth the trip and the overnight stay is an understatement! Ernie could not have been more welcoming when we arrived, and after the initial introductions, we were introduced to the studio, which provided the perfect setting for a great days art. The lighting was perfect, it was warm and comfortable, with gentle music playing in the background, which was very relaxing...a bit like Ernie himself, laid back and relaxed and yet totally inspiring 😉 We have been on a fair few art courses, but never tried oils before. Ernie explained things brilliantly, and he was also very patient with us - no matter how many questions we threw at him! lol. Nothing was too much trouble, which also really helps to put you at ease. He went through the basics with us, as well as progressively more advanced techniques throughout the day, including drawing techniques, form, perspective, mixing of colours and various brush strokes to name but a few. To our amazement we advanced so quickly with Ernie's expert tuition (which was the best we had ever experienced), that by the end of the day, we had both managed to produce two really good standard oil paintings that we would proudly hang in our home. The paintings were great, but it was the whole experience that made it such an amazing and rewarding day. If you are really lucky, you may even meet the lovely Simone, Ernie's wife who kindly prepared a delicious lunch for us as well. Super lovely people, great tuition, good quality and generous quantities of art materials supplied, a lovely lunch included and somehow, 2 oil paintings by the end of the day. Ernie, thank you for one of the best days out we can remember! Awesome and to anyone else tempted to have a day with Ernie, don't hesitate!! He really is AMAZING at what he does 🙂"

5 Oct 19'

Belinda Coy reviewed: Beginners and improvers oil painting workshop

"Ernie was flexible and I did the two day course with a friend over the space of two weeks. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Ernie was very patient, encouraging and gave great guidance. Am inspired to carry on painting as a hobby!"

18 Jun 18'

Simone pietersz reviewed: Beginners and improvers oil painting workshop

"Beautiful surroundings to paint and relax for a couple of days. The host, Ernie is very hospitable and patient which makes one feel at ease. His work is very inspiring and he encourages you to be free in your expression."

18 Jun 18'

Simone pietersz reviewed: Learn the techniques of the Old Masters course / workshop

"Ernie Butler, artist, is an excellent tutor and mentor in the field of painting in the old masters techniques. His work is exceptional and he will take you on a journey back to the days where beauty meets simplicity."

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