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

Sunday 27th September 2020

Subject: White Cat

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 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

 

6 PLACES REMAINING

Join me in this live and fully interactive Zoom workshop to create a stunning portrait of Phoebe, a member of our very own feline family.

I am often asked about the best way to paint cats that are either predominantly black or white.

 

The absence of colour and obvious markings can make it too easy to fill the paper with too much white or black pastel; the resulting image can then appear flat.

For me, the best approach is to focus on the highlights, and to make those highlights really stand out, black velour is often my first choice.

Using just black and white pastels on black velour paper, I will show you how to create a really atmospheric portrait by selecting areas of the reference photo that are important whilst holding back on others.

I will show you how to build up soft layers, especially important when using black velour, gradually adding more details, leading up to the final highlights. I will also demonstrate how useful a back pastel is on a black surface.

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 throughout the workshop, but there'll also be a feedback and questions section 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 workshop kit, please order this at least 7-days before the workshop (longer if international) to allow 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 we resume.

LIVE ZOOM WORKSHOP - WHITE CAT IN PASTEL

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Sunday 11th October 2020

Subject: Raccoon

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

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

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

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

Price: £25

 

8 PLACES REMAINING

Join me in this increasingly popular live and interactive Zoom workshop to create an adorable pastel painting of a curious raccoon climbing a tree.

Raccoons are naturally inquisitive creatures, and we have been fortunate to see them on our travels in California. One night in particular, when they were climbing the tree outside our hotel room, looking at us through the window. 

This is a similar pose to a painting I did some years ago of that incident.

I will take you through 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, in addition to creating fur texture, shiny, realistic eyes and soft focus backgrounds to lift your subject.

Another important element of this workshop will focus on adding atmospheric highlights that don’t have to exist in your original reference photo.

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 - RACCOON IN PASTEL

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BIG CAT SANCTUARY SNOW LEOPARD WORKSHOP

Saturday 17th October 2020

Subject: Snow Leopard 

Medium: Monochrome 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

 

8 PLACE REMAINING

Something a little different for this summer’s workshop at the Big Cat Sanctuary; a monochrome pastel drawing on velour.

The subject of this workshop is one of the two snow leopard cubs born at the sanctuary last year. At the time the reference photo was taken, it would have been only 3 months old.

Using just a black and a white hard pastel on dark grey velour creates a charming, soft sketch or more complete drawing, depending on how much or how little detail you want to include.

As in a coloured pastel painting, the focus for me is always on the highlights; these become even more important in a monochrome artwork, enhancing the grey tones.

Even if you generally prefer creating full coloured pastel paintings, you can still learn a lot about the importance of tone from an exercise like this. A fairly detailed monochrome sketch serves as the perfect foundation on which to build colour layers.

Whether you are an experienced artist or a beginner, Vic will guide you step by step through the process of using pastels on 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 a 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).

The day will begin at 10am promptly, so please try to arrive around 9:30am.

Note: We donate £50 per person to the Big Cat Sanctuary for upkeep and conservation projects.

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

 

9 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

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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 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

 

6 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

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

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