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WEEKEND
COURSES

I run weekend courses at a wonderful art studio at a farm near Wallingford, South Oxfordshire.  All courses for this year are fully booked but timetable is now out for 2024! 

2023

11-12 November Treescapes (Autumn) in Acrylic FULLY BOOKED

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2024 - GOING QUICKLY!!!

March 9/10 Spring Treescapes in Acrylic      2024

Suitable for all levels, following me step by step, we all paint a Spring tree scene on the first day.  We will learn acrylic painting techniques, brushwork, how to paint foliage and textured bark, develop tricks to create a light filled composition of exciting colours and contrasts.  On the second day you paint from your own photo inspiration or from my source material, guided by me, considering mood, colour and composition.

1 place left

£275

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July 20/21 Seascapes in Acrylic           2024

Suitable for beginners and improvers. A creative look at mark making, layering and colour with the sea as our inspiration. We work with three different acrylic techniques on the Saturday, painting a variety of seascapes. The second day we assess what you enjoyed the most and plan your composition accordingly. You can either work from your own photos or select from one of my specially chosen images.

Fully booked

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£275

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July 27/28 Expressive Portraits Oil/Acrylic      2024

We explore planes of the face and large shapes to describe dimension and personality through a series of charcoal sketches.  The emphasis is on proportion, understanding of values and the 'big' shapes.  In the afternoon we start our portrait in Oil or Acrylic using simple tones, exploring colour temperature and loose creative mark making.  On the Sunday we continue with our painting, finding detail and developing a style.  Suitable for all levels, particularly those who have been on my previous Portrait Course.

Places all booked

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£275

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August 3/4 Expressive Portraits Oil/Acrylic      2024

We explore planes of the face and large shapes to describe dimension and personality through a series of charcoal sketches.  The emphasis is on proportion, understanding of values and the 'big' shapes.  In the afternoon we start our portrait in Oil or Acrylic using simple tones, exploring colour temperature and loose creative mark making.  On the Sunday we continue with our painting, finding detail and developing a style.  Suitable for all levels, particularly those who have been on my previous Portrait Course.

6 places left

£275

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August 10/11 It Begins with Colour, Acrylics     2024

Ever wondered about the secrets of colour mixing?  How to balance colour in compositions?  Would you like to develop a colour shorthand for your art? This is the course for you! We use landscapes as our inspiration we explore colour combinations, creating expressive compositions.  We start by looking at colour mixing theory, properties of colour and schemes, then develop those palettes into engaging landscape paintings.  You also get a colour book to record your mixes and combos to help you continue your exploration at home.

5 places left

£275

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October 19/20 Autumn Treescapes in Acrylic   2024

Suitable for all levels, following me step by step, we all paint a light filled Autumn composition on the first day.  We will learn acrylic painting techniques, brushwork, how to paint foliage and textured bark, develop tricks to create a painting of exciting colours and contrasts.  On the second day, you can paint from your own photo inspiration or from my source material, guided by me,  considering mood, colour and composition.

7 places left

£275

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WHAT TO EXPECT

All materials will be provided, including canvas, brushes and paint.  You will be painting in working art studio with your own easel and table.  

Timing

Saturday starts at 10.00am, and finishes at 4.00pm,

Sunday starts at 9.30am and finishes at 3.00pm

Lunch

Please bring your own lunch (microwave available).  There will be snacks and hot drinks.

What to bring

I will provide all your painting materials, so you only need consider:

  • Wear clothes that you don't mind getting covered in paint!  

  • Whilst snacks are available, I would advise that you bring lunch, you are welcome to pop them in the fridge

  • If you want to work from your own photos, bring a couple so that we can find the best composition

Where

Mays Barn, Mays Farm, Oakley Farm, Wallingford, OX10 6QF

How to get there Map

It is very easy to find with sat nav.  From a4074 Crowmarsh roundabout, take the turning to Henley/ Nettlebed, After just over 2 miles as the road bends to the right, take the right hand turn signposted Mays Farm.  Follow the tree-lined road until you reach farm buildings on your right, turn in by the great tree, and the studio is on your left. You can park behind or in front of the building, walk around to find the entrance.

Price

£275

How to book

Contact me at admin@catcroxford.com with your course selection or click the button under each course! 

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"Thanks Cat, and thanks for a terrific weekend. You work so hard, and work us hard too – which was exactly what I wanted; to be pushed to go further. I learned such a lot from you because you are an excellent teacher, particularly your ability to talk clearly as you demonstrate what you’re doing. Thanks for all your input and encouragement – and the fun!"

"I'd just like to say again how much fun you made the course and such a brilliant teacher, I still can't believe how much I achieved in such a short space of time"

"Thank you so much Cat for sharing some of the insights that you have gained in such an informed , encouraging and sensitive way - I am inspired to take more steps"

"You are an inspiring teacher and gave me the confidence to pick up a paint brush and apply paint to a canvas (a first for me!)"

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