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. 

Vic's most popular workshops are still the big cat workshops at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent. A large percentage is donated to the sanctuary to help with their international conservation projects. These workshops are also a fantastic way to meet 'n' greet their 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
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£120 WORKSHOP VOUCHER
Suitable for Vic's Big Cat Sanctuary workshops
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COVID 19 UPDATE

From the 2nd August 2020,Vic will be starting to run art workshops again. Every venue Vic uses has been risk assessed, and new health and safety measures have been put in place.

Vic will be running workshops with reduced numbers of clients. We want to ensure that people feel confident coming to the workshops, knowing those safety measures are there for your protection.

For each workshop, please open and read the  policies included before you book your place and attend.

For the safety of Vic and all clients, please:

  • Use a face mask if possible. 

  • Bring a packed lunch and drinks, as refreshments will be limited.

  • Maintain strict social distancing - stay 1-metre apart, ideally 2-metres apart.

  • Use disposable hand towel to dry hands after using the kitchen/bathroom.

  • Workshops at South Muskham Village Hall will have a maximum capacity of 8-clients.

Hand sanitisers will be available at all venues. We will also be purchasing disposable cups for hot drinks, which Vic will make, along with water, which can be provided.

Clients attend the workshops at their own risk. The venues, along with ourselves, will make available all necessary health and safety products, and it is the responsibility of each client to ensure they take full responsibility for their safety throughout the workshop, along with respecting other attendees.

2020 WORKSHOPS

Starting: Tuesday 17th November 2020

Finishes: Tuesday 8th December 2020

Subject: Portrait Essentials: Eyes, mouths, noses, putting it all together

Medium: Graphite Pencil
Length: 1-hour each lesson (4-hours total)

Included in the workshop: All Tuition, Reference Photo/s (emailed), Recording of the Workshop.

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: Live via Zoom - Instructions sent after booking
Time: 7pm-8pm weekly (Please be ready with your materials by 6.45pm)

Price: £40 for the full course

COURSE STARTED

‘Portrait Essentials’ is a series of short live workshops aimed at artists who want to learn or improve their portraiture skills, focussing on essential features (eyes, nose and mouth), creating expressions and getting correct proportions.

These workshops will help you to accurately draw these essential features time and again, without reference material, using the techniques to more accurately draw and paint portraits from photos or from life.

THE WORKSHOPS

 

  • Tuesday 17th November - Eyes

  • Tuesday 24th November - Noses

  • Tuesday 1st December - Mouths

  • Tuesday 8th December - Putting it all together

Part 1 – Eyes

We begin the course with probably the most important feature in a portrait – the eyes. They are the primary source of visual information for portraying emotion as well as likeness.

The mistake that’s often made when rendering eyes is drawing too many lines.

This lesson focuses on shading and minimal use of line drawing, to reflect the actual anatomical structure in and around the eyes.

Then, of course, we’ll deal with reflections, which make the eyes look shiny and alive.

 

Part 2 – Noses

All too often, noses in portraits suffer from too many lines drawn, especially if outlined, creating more of a carrot shape.

There are very few ‘hard’ lines in the nose, the rest being made up of tonal values and highlights.

In this lesson, learn how to draw natural, realistic noses from front view to profile to downward facing (where no nostrils are visible). The lesson will finish by showing how to ‘attach’ the nose to the drawn face.

Part 3 – Mouths

In addition to the eyes, the mouth is the other key expression-giving feature in a portrait.

As children, we tend to draw lines all around the lips – top and bottom. In reality, there is only one line (between top and bottom lip) that is the key to showing a variety of expressions.

This lesson will focus on showing varied expressions with the ‘mouth line’, as well as showing how to draw soft, realistic lips with tonal shading.

The ever-problematic issue of drawing exposed teeth in an open mouth will also be dealt with, bidding a fond farewell to ‘tombstone teeth’ for good!

Part 4 – Putting it all together

Hopefully, by the time we get to the final lesson, you will have practiced the techniques for individual features, ready now to put them all together in a finished pencil portrait from scratch.

You will be provided with a reference photo to work from in the final lesson, which will focus on putting all the elements together, using standard facial measurements as well as the most important tool you possess – your own eye!

I will also show how to create soft, not outlined, jaw lines, anatomical shading for cheeks, chins and brows and how to make hair look like it’s part of your portrait and not something added on as an afterthought.

MATERIALS LIST

I have created this series of workshops using supplies that most of us have, or that are easily accessible:

  • Graphite pencil (2B is ideal)

  • Sketch Paper

  • Eraser

  • Paper towel or blender

You will receive a link via email for the Zoom workshop. When logging into the zoom workshop, you will be held in a waiting room until Vic allows you access to the workshop. Feel free to ask any questions at the end of the workshop.

 

As an added extra, you will receive a recording of each workshop, which will allow you to watch again at your own leisure. 

LIVE ZOOM PORTRAIT ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP - 4 WEEK COURSE

Sunday 6th December 2020

Subject: Stag

Medium: Pastel on Velour
Length: Half-day (3-hours)

Included in the workshop: All Tuition, Reference Photo (emailed), Recording of the Workshop.

Other Info: The stag workshop kit is available to order in advance for this workshop

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: Live via Zoom - Instructions sent after booking
Time: 1pm-4pm (Please be ready with your materials by 12.45pm)

Price: £25

 

1 PLACE REMAINING

Join me in this increasingly popular live and interactive Zoom workshop to create an atmospheric pastel painting of a magnificent stag standing proud in the Highlands.

The golden glow of a late autumn sun is what gives this painting its atmosphere; complimented by the cool blues of the mountains in the background.

I will take you through all the stages of pastel painting on velour – a unique and forgiving support for pastels.

Each layer has its own importance, and this will be explained and demonstrated in full during the workshop.

Places are strictly limited to 15 participants and, of course, open to anyone in the world, without leaving the comfort and safety of your own home.

You’re welcome to ask questions during the workshop, but there’ll also be a question and answer section during the half-time break and at the end.

A home workshop kit, containing everything you need is available to purchase for £6.99 plus postage.

Once you have secured a place, if you require a home workshop kit, please order this at least 7 days before the workshop (longer if international) to allow time for delivery. On booking, I will send all the information you need via email (please supply your email address), and a workshop link will be sent to you approx. 1 week before the workshop. A materials list and reference photo will also be supplied.

There will be a 15 minute break which will allow you time to get a drink, etc. before resuming part 2.

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Thursday 10th December 2020

Subject: Wolf Sketch

Medium: Graphite Pencil
Length: Half-day (1.5-hours)

Included in the workshop: All Tuition, Reference Photo (emailed), Recording of the Workshop.

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: Live via Zoom - Instructions sent after booking
Time: 7-8.30pm (Please be ready with your materials by 6.45pm)

Price: £15

 

3 PLACES REMAINING

Designed as a follow-up to the ‘Animal Essentials’ course, although you don’t have to have completed that course to participate, this is the first of two short live workshops aimed at wildlife and domestic animal artists who want to improve their basic sketching skills.

These workshops will help you to accurately place essential features with correct proportions; eyes, noses etc, beginning with basic shapes and lines before building tone and detail with graphite pencil, blender and eraser.

Materials required:

  • Graphite pencil (2B is ideal)

  • Sketch paper

  • Eraser

  • Paper towel or blender

Places are strictly limited to 15 participants and, of course, open to anyone in the world, without leaving the comfort and safety of your own home.

You’re welcome to ask questions during the workshop, but there’ll also be a question and answer section at the end.

On booking, I will send all the information you need via email (please supply your email address), and a workshop link will be sent to you approx. 1 week before the workshop. A materials list and reference photo will also be supplied.

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Sunday 13th December 2020

Subject: Chimpanzee

Medium: Pastel on Velour
Length: Half-day (3-hours)

Included in the workshop: All Tuition, Reference Photo (emailed), Recording of the Workshop.

Other Info: The chimp workshop kit is available to order in advance for this workshop

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: Live via Zoom - Instructions sent after booking
Time: 1pm-4pm (Please be ready with your materials by 12.45pm)

Price: £25

 

1 PLACES REMAINING

Join me in this live and fully interactive online workshop, which you can take part in from the comfort of your own home.

This time it’s a portrait – of sorts. Actually it’s a sensitive portrait of a chimpanzee - one of our closest living relatives.

The workshop will cover all aspects and techniques of using pastels on velour paper, which is a wonderful combination for painting animals.

The main focus on this workshop will be textures. In this one painting we have both fur and skin textures, each being painted in different ways.

Then, of course, there are the eyes. The expressiveness in the eyes may be similar to our own in many ways, and yet there are important differences, which we’ll explore in the workshop.

I will guide you through my tried and tested layering approach to painting, starting with the initial tonal sketch, adding base colours, followed by details and final highlights. You can either paint along with me or, if you prefer, just sit back and watch. Either way, the workshop will be available for you to view exclusively after the event.

Places are strictly limited to 15 participants and, of course, open to anyone in the world.

You’re welcome to ask questions during the workshop, but there’ll also be a question and answer section during the half-time break and at the end.

A home workshop kit containing everything you need is available to purchase for £6.99 plus postage.

Once you have secured a place, if you require a home workshop kit, please order this at least 7 days before the workshop (longer if international) to allow time for delivery. On booking, I will send all the information you need via email (please supply your email address), and a workshop link will be sent to you approx. 1 week before the workshop. A materials list and reference photo will also be supplied.

There will be a 15 minute break which will allow you time to get a drink, etc. before resuming part 2.

LIVE ZOOM WORKSHOP - CHIMP IN PASTEL

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Thursday 17th December 2020

Subject: Kitten Sketch

Medium: Graphite Pencil
Length: Half-day (1.5-hours)

Included in the workshop: All Tuition, Reference Photo (emailed), Recording of the Workshop.

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: Live via Zoom - Instructions sent after booking
Time: 7-8.30pm (Please be ready with your materials by 6.45pm)

Price: £15

 

6 PLACES REMAINING

Designed as a follow-up to the ‘Animal Essentials’ course, although you don’t have to have completed that course to participate, this is the second of two short live workshops aimed at wildlife and domestic animal artists who want to improve their basic sketching skills.

These workshops will help you to accurately place essential features; eyes, noses etc, with correct proportions, beginning with basic shapes and lines.

Materials required:

  • Graphite pencil (2B is ideal)

  • Sketch paper

  • Eraser

  • Paper towel or blender

Places are strictly limited to 15 participants and, of course, open to anyone in the world, without leaving the comfort and safety of your own home.

You’re welcome to ask questions during the workshop, but there’ll also be a question and answer section at the end.

On booking, I will send all the information you need via email (please supply your email address), and a workshop link will be sent to you approx. 1 week before the workshop. A materials list and reference photo will also be supplied.

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Stating date: Thursday 7th January 2021

Subject: Portrait

Medium: Oils on canvas
Course length: 4 x 1 1/2 hour classes

Included in the workshop: All Tuition, Reference Photo (emailed), Recording of the Workshop.

Other Info: The portrait course kit is available to order in advance for this workshop

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: Live via Zoom - Instructions sent after booking
Time: 7pm-8.30pm (Please be ready with your materials by 6.45pm)

Price: £60

 

4 PLACES REMAINING

‘Portrait in oils’ is a complete course aimed at artists who want to learn or improve their oil painting skills.

Each lesson will focus on a particular stage in the oil painting process, using the techniques that I have used myself for many years.

Lesson 1 – Underpainting part 1

(7th January 2021)

We begin the course with probably the most important stage in any painting, a burnt umber underpainting, using the dry brush technique.

Once completed, the underpainting acts as a tonal foundation for subsequent layers, giving both basic details and all important tones to create form.

 

Lesson 2 – Underpainting part 2

(14th January 2021)

Once the burnt umber underpainting is dry, which will be just a few days, we can begin to create more subtle mid tones and key highlights.

This will be achieved by using varied mixes of burnt umber and titanium white, thinned slightly with linseed oil for easier control and flow.

Note: There will be a two week gap before the next lesson to ensure that the whole underpainting is completely dry before lesson three

Lesson 3 – Glazing

(28th January 2021)

Once the underpainting is completely dry, we can begin to add colour in the form of transparent glazes, a traditional oil painting technique.

Using the additional colours of cadmium red, yellow ochre and French ultramarine, thinned with linseed oil, we will ‘tint’ the underpainting with various colour mixes to create skin tones, and background.

Lesson 4 – Final details

(4th February 2021)

Using the rigger brush and thinned mixes of burnt umber, French ultramarine and titanium white, we will refine the portrait with finer details in the hair, eyes, nose and mouth, adding a few finishing highlights here and there.

Please note, the course is £60 per person, however, if more than one person is using the same Zoom connection, then the fee covers all participants from the same household.

MATERIALS

  • 290gm oil painting paper (14x10 inches)

  • #6 oil/acrylic round brush

  • Watercolour rigger brush

  • Oil paints:  Burnt umber, titanium white, cadmium red, yellow ochre, French ultramarine

  • Linseed oil.

  • Reference photo (emailed upon booking)

A kit is available for this course, which contains all the materials you'll need to complete the oil painting. Please take into account delivery times when ordering the kit. This kit is posted in a large postal tube.

The great things about Vic's Zoom classes is that you also receive a recording after each class/workshop. So, if you cannot attend one of the lessons, or would just like to re-watch the tutorial, you have the recording to watch as often as you like.​

LIVE ZOOM COURSE - PORTRAIT IN OILS

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Sunday 10th January 2021

Subject: Cat

Medium: Pastel on Velour
Length: Half-day (3-hours)

Included in the workshop: All Tuition, Reference Photo (emailed), Recording of the Workshop.

Other Info: The cat workshop kit is available to order in advance for this workshop

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: Live via Zoom - Instructions sent after booking
Time: 1pm-4pm (Please be ready with your materials by 12.45pm)

Price: £25

 

5 PLACES REMAINING

Join me in this live and fully interactive online workshop, which you can take part in from the comfort of your own home.

The subject for this atmospheric workshop is a cat which can often be seen stalking small critters in a local small park.

The workshop will cover all aspects and techniques of using pastels on velour paper, which is a wonderful combination for painting animals.

The main focus on this workshop will be subtle colours, tones and lighting.

Sometimes we can tend to focus too much on small details and forget that pastels can also be a wonderful painting medium. It’s the ‘painterly’ side of pastels that will be explored here, rather than fur texture, eyes and other details, to achieve a lovely soft, characterful and atmospheric painting.

I will guide you through my tried and tested layering approach to painting, starting with the initial tonal sketch, adding base colours, followed by details and final highlights. You can either paint along with me or, if you prefer, just sit back and watch. Either way, the workshop will be available for you to view exclusively after the event.

Places are strictly limited to 15 participants and, of course, open to anyone in the world.

You’re welcome to ask questions during the workshop, but there’ll also be a question and answer section during the half-time break and at the end.

A home workshop kit containing everything you need is available to purchase for £6.99 plus postage.

Once you have secured a place, if you require a home workshop kit, please order this at least 7 days before the workshop (longer if international) to allow time for delivery. On booking, I will send all the information you need via email (please supply your email address), and a workshop link will be sent to you approx. 1 week before the workshop. A materials list and reference photo will also be supplied.

There will be a 15 minute break which will allow you time to get a drink, etc. before resuming part 2.

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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

Sunday 24th January 2021

Subject: Charles Darwin

Medium: Pastel on Velour
Length: Half-day (3-hours)

Included in the workshop: All Tuition, Reference Photo (emailed), Recording of the Workshop.

Other Info: The Darwin workshop kit is available to order in advance for this workshop

Suitable for: Beginners & Advanced Artists.
Location: Live via Zoom - Instructions sent after booking
Time: 1pm-4pm (Please be ready with your materials by 12.45pm)

Price: £25

 

6 PLACES REMAINING

Join me in this increasingly popular live and interactive Zoom workshop to create a portrait painting of a face full of wisdom and character – Charles Darwin.

If you’ve never tried painting portraits in pastels on velour, then this is the ideal place to start.

There are some highly contrasting tones, which are perfect for showing the underlying anatomy in the head. There are also varied textures – skin and hair – especially in the fullness of that beard!

Finally, there are some lovely pastel colours in the photograph which will transfer perfectly in the colour-glaze technique that I use on velour.

I will guide you through my tried and tested layering approach to painting, starting with the initial tonal sketch, adding base colours, followed by details and final highlights. You can either paint along with me or, if you prefer, just sit back and watch. Either way, the workshop will be available for you to view exclusively after the event.

Places are strictly limited to 15 participants and, of course, open to anyone in the world.

You’re welcome to ask questions during the workshop, but there’ll also be a question and answer section during the half-time break and at the end.

A home workshop kit, containing everything you need is available to purchase for £6.99 plus postage.

Once you have secured a place, if you require a home workshop kit, please order this at least 7 days before the workshop (longer if international) to allow time for delivery. On booking, I will send all the information you need via email (please supply your email address), and a workshop link will be sent to you approx. 1 week before the workshop. A materials list and reference photo will also be supplied.

There will be a 15 minute break which will allow you time to get a drink, etc. before resuming part 2.

LIVE ZOOM WORKSHOP - CHARLES DARWIN IN PASTEL

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