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7 and 8 July 2018 ‘Going Green’ mixed media painting weekend in Derbyshire

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The Old House Studio in the Peak District

The old House Studio is set amidst beautiful open scenery in the Longdendale Valley with magnificent views over the Rhodeswood Resevour and surounding moors in the magnificent Peak District.

With farmhouse, annex and fabulous new and modern studio, this peaceful and relaxing haven is perfect for our weekend 'art retreat' weekend where you will learn lots!

Situated 3 miles from Glossop and with some of Derbyshire's best attractions being close by such as Buxton, Castleton, Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall to name but a few, The Old House Studio offers an amazing and unique place to learn new art skills.

Another wo amazing and great back to back mixed media workshops in the heart of the Peak District are planned for you for July 2018 with The Old House studio near Glossop in The Peak District.

You will learn lots of expressive skills mixing clean fresh greens combining watercolour/gouache, acrylic inks and pastel to create stunning mixed media woodland and Spring and Summer mooland paintings full of life with a really fresh look. 

Gone will be the days of muddy lifeless greens for you any more as we 'get to grip with greens' over this fabulous weekend as I teach you big brush techniques for expressive mark making and clean colour mixing. You will quickly gain confidence and control with paint, pastel and inks to create paintings filled with plenty of expression with an entirely fresh look.

With easy to follow and relaxed regular demonstrations, one to one and group tuition throughout each workshop you will learn lots to help you really develop as an artists with like minded friendly people each and every day.

Suitable for improvers and artists with some previous painting experience as well as artists who want to loosen up their style and be more free and expressive whilst having a great leaning experience together. 

Day 1. Saturday 7 July
Our first exciting mixed media day following a woodland theme focusses on plenty of multi layering and expressive mark making to give depth to a woodland glade filled with atmospheric sunlight and deep rich shade. A great day to learn how to use masking fluid too in a really contemporary way too!

Day 2. Sunday 8 July
The second mixed media day gets those big brushes really into action! Learn how to use big sweeping gestural marks with ink, pastel and watercolour/gouache with confidence. Learn too how to mix bright colour and not be afraid of it as we paint an open moorland filled with fresh greens and bright blue summer skies! In this workshop we concentrate on simple yet effective compositional elements to really help your paintings to stand out from the crowd!



The Old House Studio, woodhead Road, Torside, Glossop, Derbyshire SK13 1HU

Some limited accommodation is available for artists staying the full weekend and for distance travellers. Early booking highly recommended!


Getting there

From Glossop town centre (A57) take B6105 signposted Barnsley. Proceed approx 3 miles along this road where you will reach a sharp bend called Devil's Elbow and continue for another 500yards. The Old House Studio is situated on the left hand side 50 yards below the road. A warm welcome awaits upon your arrival! 


How to Book your workshop and the cost

The price of your workshop is a very generous £160 for the full weekend. 
Please contact Joanne or James Crook to book your place directly by calling 01457 857527 or emailing to secure your place.

Places are limited to 10 STUDENTS ONLY so early booking highly recommended!


Further information

For further information about your workshops contact:
Joanne or James direct or visit

What you will need to bring:

  • Hard and soft pastels - Rembrandt and Unison Colour highly recommended
  • Fixative (not hairspray!)
  • Large drawing board (size depending on how you like to work)
  • Masking tape and bulldog clips
  • Your own good quality reference photos (or similar) of moorland to work from. Some good quality A4 provided to work from but cannot be taken away.
  • Canson Moulin du Roy 'not 300gsm (140lb) 100% cotton watercolour paper highly recommended.
  • Gouache and/or Watercolour TUBE PAINTS (your own favourite colours). Pan paints in any watercolour box will not do!!
  • Large watercolour brushes (approximately 'size 30 round'), large Mops, Hakes and so on highly recommended
  • Large containers or palettes with wells and water pots to mix your paints
  • Permanent White Gouache is ESSENTIAL!
  • Scrap paper - A4 envelope size recommended
  • kitchen Roll
  • Acrylic inks - Various colours. Royal Talens acrylic inks highly recommended.
  • An old large 'hog' brush
  • Masking fluid
  • Don't forget your camera

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