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Art Workshops with Kerry Newell

9.30am - 4.30pm

£80 per person (lunch not included)

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Kerry's workshops cater for all artistic abilities even if you feel you have none. Beginner or more advanced, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how much can be achieved in one day.

Date Workshop
January 22nd Watercolour Workshop
February 26th Acrylic Workshop
March 26th Pastel Workshop
April 30th Watercolour Workshop
May 28th Acrylic Workshop
June 25th Pastel Workshop

Required Materials for the day:

Recommended supplies Watercolour workshop Acrylic workshop Pastel workshop
Pencil, sharpener & eraser x x x
Board & masking tape x x x
Mixing palette x x
Two water containers x x
Watercolour/acrylic brushes x x
Fine mist spray bottle x x
Watercolour tubes or pan paints x
Acrylic paints x
Soft pastels & pastel pencils x
Watercolour or
mixed media paper
9” x 12” 140lb or more
Canvas, canvas board or
canvas pad 9” x 12”
Pastel Paper 9” x 12”
(e.g. Clairefontaine Pastelmat)

Plan for the day

  • On arrival all attendees will be given a welcome sheet introducing them to Kerry, the medium to be used and briefly covering the techniques and some arty terminology too.
  • Introduction to the day’s subject and materials; e.g. paper, paints & brushes etc. Including a brief explanation on how the medium works and advice on how to make the most of the day.
  • Best methods for preparing the painting or drawing surface.
  • Different methods for transferring a sketch.
  • Beginning the painting/drawing.
  • Covering composition, contrast, tonal values, shades, and more.
  • Understanding colour using the colour wheel for reference.
  • Watercolour & acrylic workshops include working wet on wet, wet on dry techniques, the importance of lost and found edges & negative painting.
  • During the day there will be plenty of time for questions, something that Kerry actively encourages.
  • There will also be a break for lunch, a little time to relax with your packed lunch or enjoy something in the Martin Mere restaurant.
  • Kerry usually ends the day with advise on how individuals can take their craft a step further, how best to utilise the supplies they already have, and suggestions for additional supplies.
  • Beginners are welcomed and all participants are encouraged to suggest ideas for future workshops.


“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Saturday’s workshop. I loved everything about it – the people were friendly …….. and the tuition and work were brilliant. The time just flew by as it does when you’re enjoying yourself, there was no pressure to complete or get things right the first time and I felt so relaxed! So thank you again and will hopefully be booking the next one soon!”

Karen King

“I just want to thank you for a fantastic day yesterday. I haven’t been to an art class since I left school (in 1973) and I was wondering if I would be completely out of my depth! I probably was, but it wasn’t too obvious and I found the day really helpful and it has given me renewed inspiration – so much so that I have just booked onto your February workshop! In the meantime, I will keep practising – so who knows?”

Peter Gooden

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful workshop. You are so inspiring as a teacher and a person, I learned so much and as so eager to start on another… What I really loved too was how wonderfully friendly and relaxed it was …. Thank you, I will be saving for another for sure.”

Stephie Butler