Category Archives: Tuition


To kick start your creativity in 2020, here’s some exciting new painting workshops at the fabulous J&G Innes in St Andrews to get you up and running. You may not be aware, but the popular bookstore and gift shop also has an excellent, bright studio and gallery space upstairs, and that’s where we’ll be. You’ll need to bring your art materials, but you’ll receive a 10% discount if you buy these in store Each workshop is £50, 10am-4pm with an hour for you to have your lunch (tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day). Don’t worry if you lack creative confidence – all workshops are supportive and fun with a mixture of demonstrations, instruction and positive feedback:

January 25th – Watercolour Basics – putting skills into practice

February 15th – Pastel & Coloured Pencil – combining dry materials

March 21st – Watercolour Plus – exploring different styles and adding different mediums

April 18th – Perspective & Composition – understanding the fundamentals, and applying to your own artwork.

This is hot of the press, so more details to follow. Places are limited, so book up early!


If you’re on vacation in Fife, and lucky enough to be staying in one of the three five-star properties on the superb fifty five acre Hawkswood Country Estate, no doubt you’ll have seen the wide range of facilities they offer. In addition, you can choose from a wide range of local activities, such as attending one of my art tuition opportunities – perfect for non-golfing partners, for example. Take away a wonderful painting, created in Fife – by you! Just speak with your concierge, who will be able to arrange this with you directly.

GARTMORE HOUSE retreat in November – well done to all!

A great week with students on the watercolour painting retreat at Gartmore House, Stirling last week. See photos in the Tuition Photo Gallery. Well done everyone – working from early morning until late at night. That’s dedication! Great to see everyone out sketching onboard the Lady of the Lake, Loch Katrine, in a weather window of opportunity. Once again, a big thank you to all the staff for top-level front of house hosting, support and amazing culinary delights from the kitchen!

Loch Katrine – student sketching.

HILL OF TARVIT MANSION painting retreat 13th-15th March 2020

Here’s the leaflet for my forthcoming residential retreat at the wonderful Edwardian mansion at Hill of Tarvit, Fife  managed by the National Trust for Scotland, on 13th-15th March 2020. Many thanks to Geraldine Graf, Hospitality & Events Manager for the invitation, and putting this all together. Following an evening welcome and briefing on the Friday, there will be two full days of tuition in the Great Hall, conservatory, and – weather permitting – the glorious gardens. See the leaflet for more details. Contact Hill of Tarvit Mansion for booking, and by all means get in touch with me if you would like more information about what will be covered. All materials are supplied, but by all means bring along your favourite things, if you would like to.

ITALY PAINTING RETREAT, Hotel Leone, Montelparo

Quick update – I’m recently returned from visiting the wonderful Hotel Leone, in Montelparo, Le Marche, owned and run by Madeline and Tim, and seeing all the wonderful locations we will be going to on my retreat ‘From Sketch to Success’ 20th-27th October 2020. It really will be a stunningly beautiful area in which to join the group for painting, and the service and facilities at the hotel are truly impeccable. The hotel have taken bookings already, so get in touch and you may also get a good deal on flights. While there, I also met with artist Fiona Forbes (who’s also from Fife as it happens! – now living in Wiltshire), so we’ve teamed up to advertise each of our two retreats in our own areas aswell. Below the hotel photos, you’ll see the flyer, which it would be great if you could circulate. More updates soon!

TISO Perth Outdoor Experience Evening last night

Great to meet everyone at the outdoor lifestyle event at Tiso’s flagship equipment store in Perth last night. Many thanks to Colin and Kathryn for the opportunity, and well done to all who participated making sketches from the screen images – hope they look good on your wall! You can follow up by getting involved in one of my ‘On Location’ art experiences I’m promoting as Location Art Scotland, where we’ll be drawing and painting our glorious scenery outdoors. Maybe see you at another Tiso event soon! If you fancy using the wonderful landscape of another country as your inspiration, join my upcoming art retreat in Italy ‘From Sketch to Success’ 20th-27th October 2020, where you’ll be pampered at the fabulous Hotel Leone, Montelparo. See my previous post.

Two new June workshops at Falkland estate, Fife

WORKSHOP 1: ‘Up Close & Mono’ Creative Natures. Monday 10th June 2019 10am-3pm £35 followed by optional discussion and feedback of previous work. 

In this intensive day, we’ll spend the first short while gathering inspirational natural materials such as leaves, bark, branches and feathers near to the stables to bring back to the studio for close creative study of form, texture and tone in monochrome. Building on skills learnt in previous workshops we’ll use graphite pencil, charcoal and ink to produce finished artworks and also sketches for your further development at home. There’ll be a variety of materials on hand including drawing boards and a selection of papers, but please bring your favoured things along too, if you wish. You’ll also need a packed lunch or to buy things locally. Everyone’s encouraged to use a sketchbook regularly between these Creative Natures sessions, so by all means bring yours along if you wish to discuss your work, and be given ideas for progression over a cuppa at the end of the workshop.

WORKSHOP 2: ‘Ready, Set – Sketch!’ Creative Natures. Friday 28th June 10am-12.30pm £25

A fun and lively half day session out and about for those who’ve been on a Creative Natures charcoal sketching workshop before, and others keen to give this wonderfully expressive medium a try. We can easily get stuck and feel demotivated or overwhelmed when trying to decide on how to tackle a subject, thinking ‘Where do I start? That’s why this charcoal sketching workout workshop is the ideal antidote – you’ve no time to think! Following some energising creative warm ups to get the juices flowing, we’ll be taking short walks while travelling light, producing several sketches in between, working fast and loose. All materials supplied, but if bringing your own sketchbook, size A3 is recommended.

Just get in touch, and I’ll book you in!

Art for Beginners & Improvers Block 7-update

Class 3 update at Forgan Arts Centre! First forays into colour for some of you. We’ll be having a little look at mixing colour, a bit of theory and simple applications using flowers from life and also a small marine subject. Bring what materials you have, and there will be lots of other things on hand – so not to worry if you’re still building up your selected kit! See you there!