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
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£120 WORKSHOP VOUCHER
Suitable for Vic's Big Cat Sanctuary workshops
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2020 WORKSHOPS

Sunday 9th February 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: South Muskam Village Hall, Main Street, South Muskham, Newark NG23 6EE
Times: 10am-4pm (arrive 9.30am)

Price: £60

 

10 PLACES REMAINING

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 handsome Kasanga from the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent.

The position of the light in the photograph lends itself to creating an atmospheric backlighting effect to enhance the outline and fur against a dark background.

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

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

THE LION KING - PASTEL WORKSHOP

Sunday 1st March 2020

Subject: Native American 'Red Bird'

Medium: 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

 

11 PLACES REMAINING

A return to my increasingly popular vintage oil portrait workshops this year and a new, more rugged-looking subject than before.

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 portraits using old family photos, or even transforming newer photos into something more special.

Our subject for this particular workshop is ‘Red Bird’, a Native American Indian rights activist at the turn of the 20th century from the Dakota Sioux tribe, from a photograph taken at the turn of the 20th century.

The single colour used – burnt umber – is ideal for creating the tonal contrasts, subtle atmospheric lighting and a sense of the time in this portrait.

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 portrait 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.

VINTAGE OIL PORTRAIT WORKSHOP

Sunday 15th March 2020

Subject: Harvest Mice

Medium: Pencil & watercolour Illustration Workshop
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

 

14 PLACES REMAINING

A fun illustration workshop designed to get your creative juices flowing.

Having done a wide variety of illustrations over the years using different techniques, I have found that the more gently toned and coloured ones work best for me.

Working from a selection of harvest mice photos, taken at the New Forest Wildlife Park, learn how to turn simple sketches into softly-coloured storybook illustrations, using graphite pencil and watercolour washes.

The morning will be spent on learning loose sketching techniques and adding layers of colour on top.

The afternoon will begin with creating your own composition – either as a one-off illustration or as part of a story involving your mouse characters, using other ‘props’, such as toadstools, barley stalks, brambles, etc.

The remainder of the afternoon will be used to complete your finished illustration, or at least a good part of it for you to finish and maybe even write a little story to go along with the image.

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

HARVEST MICE ILLUSTRATION 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

 

3 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.

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