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 '

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

Sunday 2nd August 2020

Subject: Mountain Lion

Medium: Pastel on black velour
Length: 1-day

Included in the workshop: All materials, 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

6 Places Remaining (Max. capacity: 8 attendees)

      

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 are included. Please bring your own lunch and drinks and an easel (standing or table) if you need one. 

Please ensure you bring/wear a protective mask if possible, and maintain social distancing of a minimum of 1-metre at all times. Hand sanitiser is provided, along with kitchen towel for drying hands. There will be disposable paper cups for water/tea/coffee.

Each client is responsible for disposing of their own paper towel/waste in the bins provided. Disinfectant wipes are also available.

Clients attend Vic's workshop at their own risk. If you feel unwell, please do not attend the workshop. If you start to feel unwell throughout the workshop, please move away from other people and tell Vic immediately.

MOUNTAIN LION IN PASTEL WORKSHOP

PLEASE READ COVID 19 DOCUMENTS BELOW

BEFORE BOOKING/ATTENDING THE 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

 

5 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.

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

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