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

For each workshop, please open and read the  COVID 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.

2021 WORKSHOPS

Stating date: Thursday 18th February 2021

Subject: Equine (Horses, Donkeys, Zebras etc)

Medium: Graphite Pencil
Course length: 3 x 1-hour classes followed by 1 x 1.5-hour class

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 GMT (Please be ready with your materials by 6.45pm)

Price: £45

 

COURSE STARTED

Following on from my ‘Animal Essentials’ course, this new four-part  course is designed to help you to understand and accurately draw the features of horses and other members of the equine family – donkeys, zebras, etc. 

This course will help you to accurately place essential features with correct proportions, beginning with basic shapes and lines before building tone and detail with graphite pencil, blender and eraser.

Lesson 1 - 'Eyes'

(Thursday 18th February 2021, 7-8pm)

We start this lesson with simple diagrams to help you understand the particular anatomy of equine eyes and how they differ from those of other mammals.

I will then show you how to achieve realistic-looking eyes with varied tones, using a 2B pencil and paper blender, together with an eraser for lifting out soft highlights and shiny reflections.

 

Lesson 2 - 'Ears and nostrils'

(Thursday 25th February 2021, 7-8pm)

Ears and nostrils are both essential features in a horse portrait, but are relatively simple shapes compared with the eyes. So this lesson will be divided into two half hour sessions; the first looking at basic equine ear shapes, and variations (e.g. longer donkey ears).

The second part deals with nostrils, which are again different from many other mammals. As with all ‘fleshy’ features, I will show you how to create realistic-looking nostrils by use of shading rather than overdrawing with too many lines.

Lesson 3 - 'Head & Muzzle'

(Thursday 4th March 2021, 7-8pm)

You will be amazed at what you can achieve with half a dozen geometric shapes, and a horse’s head is perfect for this approach.

I find that using simple geometric shapes is a quick and reliable way to achieve correct proportions. They can also be altered quickly to suit longer noses, broader heads, etc.

I will show you the ‘geometry’ of a horse’s head from different angles – diagrams that you can keep in your sketchbook and use time and again.

Within these diagrams, we will then see how all the essential features – ears, eyes, nostrils and muzzle – fit in, before rounding off angles and straight lines, adding details and appropriate shading.

Lesson 4 - 'Putting it all Together,

(Thursday 11th March 2021, 7-8.30pm)

The final lesson will be putting together the knowledge gained from the first three sessions to sketch a horse portrait from scratch.

I will, of course, lead you through the process using my own methods to create an accurate sketch (not a highly-detailed drawing) from the photograph supplied.

Don’t worry if you find you can’t keep up with the live sessions. You will receive a recording of each lesson (usually within two days) to allow you to have a go at a more relaxed pace.

Materials required; graphite pencil (2B is ideal), sketch paper, eraser, paper towel or blender.

I will, of course, lead you through the process using my own methods to create an accurate sketch (not a highly-detailed drawing) from the photograph supplied.

Don’t worry if you find you can’t keep up with the live sessions. You will receive a recording of each lesson (usually within two days) to allow you to have a go at a more relaxed pace.

Materials required; graphite pencil (2B is ideal), sketch paper, eraser, paper towel or blender.

MATERIALS

  • graphite pencil (2B is ideal)

  • sketch paper

  • Eraser

  • Paper towel or blender

  • Reference photo (emailed a couple of days before the course starts)

Please note, the course is £45 per person, however, if more than one person is using the same Zoom connection, then the fee covers all participants from the same household.

LIVE ZOOM COURSE - EQUINE ESSENTIALS

Sunday 7th March 2021

Subject: Lynx

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 lynx 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: £30

3 PLACES REMAINING

Join me in this live and fully interactive workshop, using pastels on velour to create an atmospheric painting of ‘Petra’, a Eurasian lynx from the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent.

The golden autumnal light shining through the trees in a forest is the setting for this painting.

I will show how, with a little imagination, you can use a standard reference photo from a sanctuary or zoo and create a wonderfully atmospheric painting.

I'll 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.

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.

A home workshop kit containing everything you need, including a photo reference of my original painting, is available to purchase for £6.99 plus postage. 

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 - LYNX IN PASTEL

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Stating date: Thursday 18th March 2021

Subject: Ape Essentials

Medium: Graphite Pencil
Course length: 3 x 1-hour classes followed by 1 x 1.5-hour class

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 (3) 7pm-8.30pm (1) GMT (Please be ready with your materials by 6.45pm)

Price: £45

FULLY BOOKED

Following on from my popular ‘Animal Essentials’ and ‘Equine Essentials’ courses, this new

four-part  course is designed to help you to understand and accurately draw the features of our closest animal relatives, the great apes.

Beginning with basic shapes and lines, this course will show you how to accurately place essential features with correct proportions, before building tone and detail with graphite pencil, blender and eraser.

Lesson 1 - 'Eyes'

(Thursday 18th March 2021, 7-8pm)

We start this lesson with simple diagrams to help you understand the particular anatomy of simian eyes and how they differ from our own.

I will then show you how to achieve realistic-looking eyes beneath protruding brows with varied tones, using a 2B pencil and paper blender, together with an eraser for lifting out soft highlights and reflections.

 

Lesson 2 - 'Noses & Mouths'

(Thursday 25th March 2021, 7-8pm)

Although we tend to see similarities in the features and expressions of our great ape cousins, there are obviously physical differences at the skeletal level which lead to visual differences in the shapes of noses and mouths.

Starting with basic shapes and minimal lines, I will show you how to create realistic, wrinkled and soft-textured noses and mouths from different angles.

Lesson 3 - 'Hands & Feet'

(Thursday 1st April 2021, 7-8pm)

Like ourselves, the great apes have opposable thumbs, enabling them to grasp objects as we do. Unlike us, they also have opposable thumbs (big toes) on their feet, helping them to hold onto branches.

In this lesson, I’ll show you how simple shapes can make it easier than you might think to tackle the hands and feet, both open and grasping.

Once you have added a few lines and some shading, you’ll never need to worry over what can be tricky parts of the ape (and human) anatomy again.

Lesson 4 - 'Putting it all Together,

(Thursday  8th April 2021, 7-8.30pm)

The final lesson will be putting together the knowledge gained from the first three sessions to sketch a contemplative gorilla portrait from scratch.

I will, of course, lead you through the process using my own methods – simple geometric shapes, lines and shading - to create an accurate sketch (not a highly-detailed drawing) from the photograph supplied.

Don’t worry if you find you can’t keep up with the live sessions. You will receive a recording of each lesson (usually within two days) to allow you to have a go at a more relaxed pace.

I will, of course, lead you through the process using my own methods to create an accurate sketch (not a highly-detailed drawing) from the photograph/s supplied.

MATERIALS

  • graphite pencil (2B is ideal)

  • sketch paper

  • Eraser

  • Paper towel or blender

  • Reference photo (emailed a couple of days before the course starts)

Please note, the course is £45 per person, however, if more than one person is using the same Zoom connection, then the fee covers all participants from the same household.

LIVE ZOOM COURSE - APE ESSENTIALS

Sunday 21st March & Sunday 28th March 2021 (2 x 3-hour workshops)

Subject: Cheetah

Medium: Acrylics
Length: Half-day (3-hours per workshop, 6-hours total)

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

Other Info: The cheetah 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: £60 (both workshops)

8 PLACES REMAINING

Join me in this live and interactive 2-part workshop, brand new to Zoom or anywhere else, painting a cheetah from the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent in acrylics.

I know from personal experience that many people struggle with acrylic paint. It is a relatively new addition to the artist’s palette, having its origins in household emulsion paint.

Because there are so many ways that acrylics can be used; from very transparent like watercolour, to extremely opaque like oils - it is easy to get confused. How much water should I add? Should I use it straight from the tube? What about gel retarding mediums and other additives? What is the best surface for painting on?

There are, of course, many ways to use acrylics, which is where confusion creeps in. I tend to use the same, classical technique that I use for oil painting and with pastels on velour; that is ‘layering’.

PART 1 (Sunday 21st March, 1-4pm)

The first part of this workshop will focus on what I consider to be the most important part of a painting – the monochrome underpainting.

Using black, burnt umber and unbleached titanium white, I will guide you step by step to complete the underpainting. This will focus on shape ( body, features, spots, etc.) and form (tonal values), using varied amounts of watered down paint.

Part 2 (Sunday 28th March, 1-4pm)

The second part will focus on colour glazing – a traditional oil painting technique – along with completing background and foreground elements.

For this part, you will need to know how watered down the paint should be, along with how much to mix to cover larger areas; the latter being important due to the fast drying time of acrylics.

You can either paint along with me or, if you prefer, just sit back and watch. Either way, both classes will be available for you to view exclusively after each event.

A home workshop kit containing everything you need, including a photo reference photo, is available to purchase for only £11.00 plus postage. Once you have secured a place, please allow a minimum of 1 week to receive your kit (longer for international clients).

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 during the workshop to allow you time to get a drink, etc. 

LIVE ZOOM WORKSHOP - 2-PART CHEETAH IN ACRYLICS

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Sunday 11th April & Sunday 18th April 2021 (2 x 3-hour workshops)

Subject: Elephant

Medium: Oils
Length: Half-day (3-hours per workshop, 6-hours total)

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

Other Info: The Elephant 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: £60 (both workshops)

12 PLACES REMAINING

Join me in this live and interactive 2 part workshop, painting an elephant, streaked with water from recent rains, in oils.

Oil paint is, of course, a classic medium which has been used for painting domestic animals and wildlife for hundreds of years.

Oils may pose challenges for painting fur and feathers, but I find that they are perfectly suited to painting less refined textures, such as the tough skin of a rhino, or the wrinkled skin of an elephant, where there is much less need to worry about fine lines and subtle blending.

PART 1 (Sunday 11th April, 1-4pm)

Part 1 focuses  on what I consider to be the most important part of a painting – the monochrome underpainting.

Using quick-drying black acrylic paint,  I will guide you step by step to complete the underpainting. This will focus on shape (features, wrinkles, etc.) and form (tonal values), using varied dilutions of watered down paint.

Once the monochrome image is dry, a transparent layer of red-brown oil paint will be painted over to provide an underlying and unifying warm tone to the finished painting.

The painting will then be put aside for a week, to allow the red-brown toned surface to dry.

PART 2 (Sunday 18th April, 1-4pm)

Part 2 will focus on adding colour, texture and highlights, using an impasto technique – thicker dabs of paint, without thinning, and minimal blending.

MATERIALS

  •  40 x 30cm heavyweight oil paper (or canvas board)

  • #6 round brush (watercolour brush is ideal for this)

  • #0 filbert brush

  • Black acrylic paint (or black gesso)

  • Oil paints: Burnt sienna, titanium white and blue grey

 

A home workshop kit containing everything you need, including a photo reference, is available to purchase. Once you have secured a place, please allow a minimum of 1 week to receive your kit (longer outside the UK).

You can either paint along with me or, if you prefer, just sit back and watch. Either way, both classes will be available for you to view exclusively after each event.

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 reference photo will also be supplied.

There will be a 15 minute break during the workshop to allow you time to get a drink, etc. 

LIVE ZOOM WORKSHOP - 2-PART ELEPHANT IN OILS

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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

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

 

COURSE STARTED

‘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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