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Painting Week


Fantastic art course with TWO artists: 
Double the experience, double the support, double the fun!

I'm am thrilled to be working with fellow artist and Tutor Liz Harvey (website) in bringing you an exciting and packed five day course in North Yorkshire.

Cat Croxford and Liz Harvey would like to invite you to join them for a fantastic art experience, immersing yourself in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, exploring, experimenting and developing your artistic practice over 5 days.


We will use Liz's glorious art studio, just outside Ripon, near Grewelthorpe, as the base for the course and take in the local countryside, which offers fabulous panoramas, wonderful wild woods and gently meandering river views. Each day will be a balance of studio time and working outside. All art materials will be provided along with a simple, hearty lunch and refreshments throughout the day. 

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During the week, you will get the opportunity to work in a range of media including oils, acrylics, charcoal, pastels and ink. We will introduce different skills, techniques and practices to enable you to find your preferences and develop your work from sketchbook to easel.  Our inspiration will be taken from the surrounding countryside, exploring a variety of landscapes, treescapes, textures and structures.


Cat and Liz are both experienced teachers and artists and will help you to develop your artistic voice and skills over the course. The course is suitable for all abilities and we will tailor content to individual needs; the group size will be kept small to enable individual support to take place.


The Course

Days run from 9.30 til 4.00.

This is our provisional course outline, the programme may vary depending on weather:

Day 1


Meet at the studio

Introductory session, making sketchbooks, preparing surfaces, exploring media


Observational and compositional studies outside in the countryside

Day 2


We spend the morning on location, experimenting with our materials and exploring composition


Working up our exploratory sketches using acrylic paint and other media back in the studio

Day 3


On location examining textures through a variety of exciting techniques


Back at the studio, experimenting with different tools and mark making

Day 4


We explore a third location developing our observational practice


Back at the studio, we start work on our fully realised artwork.  This can either be a series of small canvases, works on paper or a large canvas

Day 5


In the studio continuing with our final artwork(s)


As we finish our artwork(s) we review our successes with a mini exhibition and final critique

Dates and Booking

We are running two courses in 2024, Spring and Autumn:

Monday 13 - Friday 17 May 2024


Monday 16 - Friday 20 September 2024

2 places left

The course cost is £675 per person.  If there are more than 8 weeks before the course start date you need only pay a non-refundable deposit of £100 to secure your place.  Full payment is required 6 weeks before the course start date

What's included?

All tuition, all painting and sketching materials, daily lunch and refreshments throughout the day, transport between the studio and painting location 

Any questions drop us an email at

We look forward to teaching you!!!


Can you recommend accommodation?

Accommodation is not included but the studio is close to Ripon, Masham is just 10 minutes away and other locations nearby include Grewelthorpe, Mickley and Kirkby Malzeard.

I have mobility issues, will this be a problem?

The studio is accessed via a small step and the facilities are up a flight of stairs.  Each outdoor location will be accessed by a short walk, depending on weather it may be muddy and there may be steps. please drop us a line if you have any concerns.

I'm a beginner, is this course suitable for me?

Absolutely!  We expect all ability levels and will be working one on one when required.  We are supportive, approachable teachers with lots of experience.

What do I need to bring with me?

We will provide a list of all requirements before you come, you will need to consider outdoor clothing, studio clothing that you don't mind getting paint on.  All painting materials are supplied.

What if I need to cancel?

Refer to our Terms and Conditions for details

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