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Weekend Courses

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Five Day Painting Week
Sketchbook to Easel

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Testimonials

WEEKEND
COURSES

Cat runs weekend courses at the wonderful Mays Farm Studio near Wallingford, South Oxfordshire.​  All materials are included, in a working studio with easels and in the middle of glorious South Oxfordshire Countryside.

'I've been teaching courses for 15 years so I have lots of experience in bringing the artist out in you!'

Cat also runs 5 day courses in North Yorkshire with fellow artist Liz Harvey at her countryside studio - pop here for more details - but be quick, places are filling up fast!!

Do get in touch to be added to the waitlist if your preferred course is fully booked 

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2024 courses

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

Email me to go on the waitlist

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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.

Fully booked

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Or Email me to go on the waitlist

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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.

1 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.

1 place 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.

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

More about the studio here

Accommodation Options

The studio is close to Wallingford, Henley on Thames, Goring & Streatley and Reading.  There is also a Shepherds Hut on the farm.  Click here for accommodation suggestions

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.

How to book

Contact me at admin@catcroxford.com with your course selection or complete the booking form below.  You will then receive payment details.

Terms and Conditions

Book A Weekend Course

If you are booking more than 12 weeks before the course start date you can secure your place just with a £100 deposit with the balance required 6 weeks before the course start date.  Otherwise full payment is required.

Select your desired payment method and the relevant details or link will be provided by email

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR BOOKING IS NOT CONFIRMED UNTIL YOU HAVE MADE PAYMENT

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ABOUT THE VENUE

Our venue for the courses is the wonderful Mays Farm Studio.  Set in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, it is run by a collective of artists with whom I have had a long association.  They kindly allow me to use their fully equipped studio for my courses (and no one else!).  If you would like to find out more about the studio and the collective, visit their website

They will also be participating in the South Oxfordshire Artweeks If you would like to visit to see the studio and meet the artists who run it, they will be open in May, from 18th to 27th, 11am - 5pm

"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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