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To join the annual Observation to Abstraction series in my Headington (Oxford) studio, you book a set of three intensive workshops, a month apart, with homework in between to consolidate learning. There are two terms: three autumn workshops and another three after Christmas between January and March.

Now in its tenth year, Observation to Abstraction addresses a different subject each year. Each year, each of the six workshops offers a different approach to the main theme, for eight different groups (max. five people).

Observation to Abstraction is not just about watercolour, though that is the main teaching medium. It's not just about still life, though that is the main studio subject over the winter months. 

Over time, the course articulates many fundamental elements of painting and drawing, traditional and contemporary, which are applicable to any medium and subject. It helps many painters take their work to the next level, wherever they're starting from.

To hear when bookings open for the 2018-19 course, please join the mailing list and tick the box for Headington classes.

Taster days: you can sometimes do one workshop (of the three) as a single taster day, if there's a spare seat left somewhere. Taster days are only available from September onwards for Term 1 and from January onwards for Term 2. Contact me if interested.

Workshops run 10am to 4pm in a private studio in Headington, Oxford with all materials, equipment and refreshments included, and easy parking right outside.

The course is most suitable for painters of all levels, from beginners to experienced, who are open to experimenting widely with new approaches, and who enjoy working in between sessions, knowing that it takes practice to make progress and develop a voice. The course isn't suitable for people who want to copy photographs, a tutor's demonstration or the style of another artist, or who are uninterested in the conenctions between drawing (in the widest sense) and painting.

Observation to Abstraction offers:

  • Workshop-style classes, and opportunity to focus on your painting in like-minded company, away from everyday distractions.
  • Professional artist-tutor encouraging you in observational work, loosening up, experimentation, abstraction and developing your own style. 
  • All materials are included in every class, so you don't have to remember what to bring.
  • All levels are welcome, from beginners and rusty returners to experienced painters.
  • A mixture of imaginative exercises, and more independent work.
  • Constructive feedback and dialogue, tailored to your aims and experience.
  • Input about working through the highs and lows of developing a coherent body of work.
  • Tutor with over eighteen years' teaching experience, including as Visiting Lecturer in Life Drawing at Winchester School of Art in 2011.