UK WORKSHOPS

Vic offers a variety of teaching workshops in different mediums throughout the UK. Subjects vary from wildlife paintings and portraits, to seascapes, people, children and pets. With mediums in pastel, pencil, oil, acrylic and watercolour, there's something to suit everyone.

Vic's workshops are suitable for complete beginners and advanced artists, and you will learn a great deal about the subject and medium you're working in.

Vic holds most of his private workshops near Newark, Nottinghamshire, which has easy access from all main motorways such as the A1 and M1. In 2018, the room hire costs increased, so a small increase to workshops has unfortunately had to be added.

Vic's most popular workshops are still the wolf workshops at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust in Beenham, Berkshire, and the big cat workshops at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Smarden, Kent. From both these workshops, a large percentage is donated to the organisations to help with their international conservation projects. These workshops are also a fantastic way to meet 'n' greet their wolves and big cats, and also get lots of great close-up photographs as references for your own paintings!

Vic keeps the numbers attending his workshops fairly small. This ensures everyone gets individual tuition and guidance throughout the day so they can learn a lot about the medium they're working in and achieve great results.

** PLEASE NOTE - WORKSHOP PLACES CAN ONLY BE BOOKED WITH A 50% DEPOSIT **

£60 WORKSHOP VOUCHER
Suitable for Vic's Nottinghamshire workshops
* Voucher can be posted or emailed '
£120 WORKSHOP VOUCHER
Suitable for Vic's Big Cat Sanctuary workshops
* Voucher can be posted or emailed '

2020 WORKSHOPS

Sunday 2nd August 2020

Subject: Mountain Lion

Medium: Pastel on black velour
Length: 1-day

Included in the workshop: All materials, light refreshments, all tuition.

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: South Muskam Village Hall, Main Street, South Muskham, Newark NG23 6EE
Times: 10am-4pm (arrive 9.30am)

Price: £60

 

NEW DATE: 2nd August 2020 (Originally 19th April 2020)

      

Pastel on velour is an increasingly popular medium for painting animals. The soft textures and fine details that can be created are much easier on velour than any other pastel support. The trick, of course, is knowing the correct techniques for this special surface.

 

As velour is such a unique surface, the pastels and techniques may be quite different from what you have experienced before.

The ability to create many layers of pastel without the problems of smudging means that traditional oil painting techniques can be used, and this is the method I teach.

Our subject for this workshop is the beautiful Valentina from the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent, resting in her replica gold mine den.

The dark interior of the den lends itself to creating a dramatic portrait, using black velour to create both the dark background and shadows/dark fur of the cat.

If you are new to pastels on velour, you will also learn how to paint realistic fur textures using the layering technique and colour ‘glazes’ over a monochrome white pastel foundation sketch, before adding finer details to features and finishing with those all important eyes and atmospheric highlights.

All materials and light refreshments included. Please bring your own lunch and an easel (standing or table) if you need one.

MOUNTAIN LION IN PASTEL WORKSHOP

Saturday 19th September 2020

Subject: Lion

Medium: Pastel on Velour
Length: 1-day

Included in the workshop: All materials, light refreshments, all tuition.

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: Big Cat Sanctuary, Headcorn Road, Smarden, Ashford, Kent. TN27 8PJ
Times: 10am-4pm (arrive 9.30am)

Price: £120

 

NEW DATE: Saturday 19th September (Originally 25th April 2020)

Something new for me and hopefully for you, for the first of my Big Cat Sanctuary workshops in 2020; a full colour lion portrait in pastels on black velour.

The subject of this workshop is the handsome African lion, Kasanga, who you will get to meet and take your own reference photos, like this one, on the morning of the workshop.

The use of black velour gives much more depth of tone than other colours, such as the sand-coloured velour, as well as allowing you to create dramatic highlights that can give an otherwise ‘standard’ portrait much more atmosphere.

Whether you are an experienced artist or a beginner, Vic will guide you step by step through the process of painting with pastels on velour; how to create fur texture, realistic eyes, all important highlights and, of course, the special techniques required when using black velour.

As always, the big cat/art experience begins with a guided photography tour, starting at around 10am. This is a unique opportunity to gather your own reference photos of  wide variety of big and wild cats at very close quarters for future use in your artworks.

The tour finishes at lunchtime, during which you are free to visit the on-site shop for souvenirs and enjoy your lunch under the watchful gaze of mountain lions and the famous ‘Maya’, whose enclosure is next to where we will be working.

The workshop itself begins after lunch and ends at around 4pm, after which you are free to admire and take more photographs of the beautiful Maya in the late afternoon light before leaving for home.

All materials and light refreshments provided. Please bring your lunch, an easel (table or standing) if you need one, and sensible shoes for walking around the enclosures (no sandals or flip flops please). And don't forget your camera!

The day will begin at 10am promptly, so please try to arrive around 9:30am.

For every booking, we donate £50 to the Big Cat Sanctuary. These funds help the sanctuary with upkeep and conservation projects.

BIG CAT SANCTUARY LION WORKSHOP

Sunday 24th May 2020

Subject: White Tiger

Medium: Vintage Oil

Length: 1-day

Included in the workshop: All materials, light refreshments, all tuition.

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: South Muskam Village Hall, Main Street, South Muskham, Newark NG23 6EE
Times: 10am-4pm (arrive 9.30am)

Price: £60

 

13 PLACES REMAINING

My vintage oil portrait workshops have proved to be very popular over the past year or so.

As people have enjoyed the dry brush technique so much, I have decided that it’s time to try out this method with a different subject.

If you’ve never tried oil painting before then the dry brush, single colour technique is a great introduction to the age-old medium.

The techniques used in this workshop, using no additional oils or smelly turps, are perfect for creating wonderfully atmospheric paintings with a vintage look.

Our subject for this particular workshop is ‘Narnia’, the beautiful and extremely popular female white tiger from the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent.

The single colour used – burnt umber – is ideal for focussing on all-important tonal contrasts and subtle atmospheric.

Vic will show you how to build up your painting from the lightest tones, using a very dry brush, to gradually increased amounts of paint to build up tones and details.

You will soon discover that not only is this a very satisfying technique, but also a very economical one; using very little paint, a couple of brushes and nothing else to create an atmospheric, different style of painting  that will be touch dry within a few hours.

All materials and light refreshments included. Please bring your own lunch and an easel (table or standing) if you need one.

WHITE TIGER VINTAGE OIL WORKSHOP

Saturday 14th June 2020

Subject: Red Fox

Medium: Needle Felting
Length: 1-day

Included in the workshop: All materials, light refreshments, all tuition.

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.

Location: South Muskam Village Hall, Main Street, South Muskham, Newark NG23 6EE
Times: 10am-4pm (arrive 9.30am)

Price: £60

15 PLACES REMAINING

Needle felting (sculpting with wool) is an enjoyable and satisfying craft, enabling you to create all sorts of three dimensional creatures and other objects with few materials and very little mess. 

 

Now you can create your own lovable fox in this needle felting workshop. Even if you’ve never tried this particular craft before, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can sculpt delightful animals from basic shapes of compressed wool.

All the techniques of needle felting will be explained thoroughly from the start; pre-shaping the wool with your hands, loosely binding the wool with the barbed needle and compressing it to sculpt more precise forms.

Once the basic fox form is completed, you will learn how to add details and features, creating expression and character with different  coloured wools.

The final touch will be to add the realistic bead eyes, after which it’s over to you, should you wish to create a more complete scene using bits of wood, etc., in your own time from your imagination.

All materials included; wool, eyes and needle for you to keep. Other items; sponge, finger guards, needle holders, will be available to loan for the day.

All materials and light refreshments included. Please bring your own lunch.

RED FOX NEEDLE FELTING WORKSHOP

Sunday 28th June 2020

Subject: Snow Leopard Cub

Medium: Monochrome Pastels on Velour
Length: 1-day

Included in the workshop: All materials, light refreshments, all tuition.

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: Big Cat Sanctuary, Headcorn Road, Smarden, Ashford, Kent. TN27 8PJ
Times: 10am-4pm (arrive 9.30am)

Price: £120

 

7 PLACES REMAINING

Something a little different for this summer’s workshop at the Big Cat Sanctuary; a monochrome pastel drawing on velour.

The subject of this workshop is one of the two snow leopard cubs born at the sanctuary last year. At the time the reference photo was taken, the cub would have been only 3 months old.

Using just a black and a white hard pastel on dark grey velour creates a charming, soft sketch or more complete drawing, depending on how much or how little detail you want to include, a shown to the left in my monochrome drawing of Narnia the white tiger.

As in a coloured pastel painting, the focus for me is always on the highlights; these become even more important in a monochrome artwork, enhancing the grey tones.

Even if you generally prefer creating full coloured pastel paintings, you can still learn a lot about the importance of tone from an exercise like this. A fairly detailed monochrome sketch serves as the perfect foundation on which to build colour layers.

Whether you are an experienced artist or a beginner, Vic will guide you step by step through the process of using pastels on velour.

As always, the big cat/art experience begins with a guided photography tour, starting at around 10am. This is a unique opportunity to gather your own reference photos of a wide variety of big and wild cats at very close quarters for future use in your artworks.

The tour finishes at lunchtime, during which you are free to visit the on-site shop for souvenirs and enjoy your lunch under the watchful gaze of mountain lions and the famous ‘Maya’, whose enclosure is next to where we will be working.

The workshop itself begins after lunch and ends at around 4pm, after which you are free to admire and take more photographs of the beautiful Maya in the late afternoon light before leaving for home.

All materials and light refreshments are provided. Please bring your lunch, an easel (table or standing) if you need one, and sensible shoes for walking around the enclosures (no sandals or flip flops please).

The day will begin at 10am promptly, so please try to arrive around 9:30am.

Note: We donate £50 per person to the Big Cat Sanctuary for upkeep and conservation projects.

BIG CAT SANCTUARY SNOW LEOPARD WORKSHOP

Saturday 25th April 2020

Subject: Lion

Medium: Pastel on Velour
Length: 1-day

Included in the workshop: All materials, light refreshments, all tuition.

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: Big Cat Sanctuary, Headcorn Road, Smarden, Ashford, Kent. TN27 8PJ
Times: 10am-4pm (arrive 9.30am)

Price: £120

 

2 PLACES REMAINING

Something new for me and hopefully for you, for the first of my Big Cat Sanctuary workshops in 2020; a full colour lion portrait in pastels on black velour.

The subject of this workshop is the handsome African lion, Kasanga, who you will get to meet and take your own reference photos, like this one, on the morning of the workshop.

The use of black velour gives much more depth of tone than other colours, such as the sand-coloured velour, as well as allowing you to create dramatic highlights that can give an otherwise ‘standard’ portrait much more atmosphere.

Whether you are an experienced artist or a beginner, Vic will guide you step by step through the process of painting with pastels on velour; how to create fur texture, realistic eyes, all important highlights and, of course, the special techniques required when using black velour.

As always, the big cat/art experience begins with a guided photography tour, starting at around 10am. This is a unique opportunity to gather your own reference photos of  wide variety of big and wild cats at very close quarters for future use in your artworks.

The tour finishes at lunchtime, during which you are free to visit the on-site shop for souvenirs and enjoy your lunch under the watchful gaze of mountain lions and the famous ‘Maya’, whose enclosure is next to where we will be working.

The workshop itself begins after lunch and ends at around 4pm, after which you are free to admire and take more photographs of the beautiful Maya in the late afternoon light before leaving for home.

All materials and light refreshments provided. Please bring your lunch, an easel (table or standing) if you need one, and sensible shoes for walking around the enclosures (no sandals or flip flops please). And don't forget your camera!

The day will begin at 10am promptly, so please try to arrive around 9:30am.

For every booking, we donate £50 to the Big Cat Sanctuary. These funds help the sanctuary with upkeep and conservation projects.

BIG CAT SANCTUARY LION WORKSHOP

Private Tuition

Vic offers private tuition to individuals and small groups (maximum 4 people) in the UK. 

This is an ideal way to receive one-to-one or small group guidance. With private tuition, you can decide what medium and subject you would like work on, and Vic will guide you towards achieving great results.

The rate for private tuition is £25 per hour, plus travel costs of 40p per mile.

Materials for 1 person are provided. For groups of 2-4 people, materials are £7.00 per head. 

Please contact Vic for further information, or to book private tuition.

© Web Design by Liz Stokes

  • w-facebook