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
* 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

Starting: Thursday 22nd October 2020

Finishes: Thursday 26th November 2020

Subject: Animal Essentials

Medium: Graphite Pencil
Length: 1-hour each lesson (6-hours total)

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: 7pm-8pm weekly (Please be ready with your materials by 6.45pm)

Price: £50 for the full course (Individual classes £10 each)

FULLY BOOKED

Join me in this live and fully interactive Zoom workshop course, which runs for 6-weeks.

‘Animal Essentials’ is a series of short live workshops aimed at wildlife and domestic animal artists who want to improve anatomical accuracy in essential features.

Sometimes, when we work from photographs, they can hide the actual detail in important features like eyes and noses. This can often be frustrating when working on commissions using poor quality reference photos supplied by clients.

 

These workshops will help you to accurately draw or paint these essential features time and again, without the need to rely on the quality of your source material.

THE WORKSHOPS

 

  • 22nd October - Canid eyes.

  • 29th October - Feline (domestic cat) eyes.

  • 4th November - Canid (wolves, dogs, etc) noses.

  • 12th November - Feline noses. 

  • 19th November Canid paws.

  • 26th November - Feline paws.

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 can book onto the full course of 6 classes, or individual classes, if you prefer. The individual classes are listed below, and cost £10 per booking. Whether you book an individual workshop, or all 6, one or more people can watch on the same Zoom connection.

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 WORKSHOP - ANIMAL ESSENTIALS - COURSE OF 6

Book Animal Essentials
6-week Course for £50
(Individually priced at £10)

Sunday 25th October 2020

Subject: Fawn

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

The subject for this one will be an adorable fawn from the New Forest Wildlife Park.

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

The main focus on this workshop will be light and shade, both in the subject and background.

 

There will also be guidance on painting fur and, of course, that beautiful glassy eye.

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.

Numbers are limited for this workshop

A home workshop kit containing everything you need, including pre-outlined velour, is available to purchase for only £6.99 plus postage. Once you have secured a place, please allow a minimum of 1 week to receive your kit.

LIVE ZOOM WORKSHOP - FAWN IN PASTEL

Buy Zoom Fawn
Workshop Kit
Book Zoom Fawn Workshop
Zoom Live - Fawn in Pastel Workshop Kit
£6.99Price

PLEASE ONLY ORDER THE ZOOM KIT ONCE YOU HAVE BOOKED YOUR PLACE ON THE WORKSHOP

Sunday 1st November 2020

Subject: Welsh Pony

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

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

Other Info: The horse 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 increasingly popular live and interactive Zoom workshop to create a stunning and dramatic monochrome portrait of Welsh pony, Oscar, on black velour.

Using just black and white pastels on black velour paper, I will show you how to create a dramatic portrait by concentrating on and enhancing highlights, reducing the need to over-develop other areas of the painting.

I will show you how to build up soft tonal layers, especially important when using black velour, gradually adding the necessary amount of details, leading up to the final atmospheric highlights.

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

Places are strictly limited to 12 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.

LIVE ZOOM WORKSHOP - HORSE IN PASTEL

Buy Zoom Horse
Workshop Kit
Book Zoom Horse Workshop
Zoom Live - Horse in Pastel Workshop Kit
£6.99Price

PLEASE ONLY ORDER THE ZOOM KIT ONCE YOU HAVE BOOKED YOUR PLACE ON THE WORKSHOP

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

9 PLACES REMAINING

‘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

Book portrait Essentials
4-week Course for only £40

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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