22nd - 26th July

1 week course



(Monday to Friday)

Morning: 10:00am - 12.30pm

Afternoon: 1.30pm - 4.00pm


All classes are held at Bowland Atelier

Places limited to 5 students - early booking is advised


Over one week students learn the fundamental skills of drawing and painting from life, via demonstrations from the tutor and practical exercises.  Cassandra and John teach the four key principles of drawing and painting: proportion, line & volume, chiaroscuro and colour. Students start with line exercises in charcoal on brown packing paper, building towards longer shaded drawing on white paper. As the week progresses they will be introduced to oil painting starting with imprimatura and moving onto a limited palette. All work is either from the cast or still life set-ups.


Using step-by-step exercises you will learn, in the same atelier tradition as 19th Century painters, how to observe and paint from life in oils. Students will receive clear, step-by-step instruction with plenty of individual critique.  You will finish the course with a greater knowledge of how to draw and paint, which you can then take away and use to inform your own artistic process.


The course is suited to all levels and abilities, and each class member will be taught to his or her individual level. The classes are informative and informal, and whilst the teaching is professional and the students will learn a lot, it is not an intimidating experience.  The content is structured over 10 sessions. Each session is 2.5 hours. For the start of the course each student will need to buy a box of willow charcoal and a hand cloth (e.g. cotton dish cloth or chamois) for erasing.  In addition, you will need to buy a small set of oil paints, brushes, palette and canvas boards.  We can give you advice and recommendations on what you will need.  Please note, lunch is not included.  There is a splendid restaurant and coffee shop on sight, catering to all tastes.

Course fee is £350 per student.  Maximum class size is limited to 5 students, to ensure a good teacher/student ratio.

You may wish to join one of our summer short courses.  To find out more about our 'landscape painting en plein air' short course click here. To find out more about our 'introduction to portrait painting' short course click here.



£350* per student



 For further information and to book your place on the course

contact Cassandra Batterby or John Rotherham

Tel: 07736 540895 or email info@bowlandatelier.co.uk

*Payment in full is required at the time of booking and is non-refundable


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