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Nov. 2018 Mixed Media workshops ‘Flowing waters’ and ‘big Skies and Textures’ on the Wirral

Final places now remaining!

The Sandpiper studio

The Sandpiper Studio is set in a peaceful countryside location at Foxes Farm and Riding School on the Wirral Peninsular and a great place for our inspirational workshops. The Wirral estuary is just a stones throw away - the perfect place to relax and unwind for anyone staying over.

Sandpiper Studio is the dedicated studio of professional artist Julie McLean BA (Hons) who has also been teaching adults in a variety of drawing and painting media for more than 15 years. 

The large, bright studio provides the ideal space for painting with friends in a relaxed and informal atmosphere - no wonder it is so popular! The workshops (14 students maximum) ensure individual learning needs will be met on this wonderful painting weekend and everyone is made to feel very welcome and at home straight away so you can relax and unwind into a great painting experience.

Julie McLean (your host) and myself (as tutor) have planned two great back to back mixed media painting workshops for you in November 2018 at the Sandpiper Studio in South Wirral to really get you creatively inspired!

Using watercolour, gouache, pastel and acrylic ink in each workshop you will explore techniques with mixed media to create 2 great paintings with very different themes but both will be filled with plenty of expression.

Day 1 'Flowing Waters' Friday 9 November 2018
If you have ever wanted to paint water reflections 'properly, nows your chance! This mixed media workshop will take you through the exciting multiple layered painting stages from initial concept to conclusion to create a wonderful, vibrant and expressive painting of a river scene filled with shimmering reflections  with a semi-abstract painting approach.

Day 2 'Big Skies and Foreground Textures' Saturday  10 November 2018
A flexible 'open subject' workshop - following the 'Big Sky and Foreground Textures' theme though! Combining mixed media together for your chosen subject, learn how to create very different eye catching creative expressive marks filled with expression. Create contrasts between a richly textured foreground with the more open 'free space' of a dramatic sky to create a painting filled with light, space, colour, texture and so much more!.

In each workshop you will leanr how to use big brush techniques with a bold approach, how to control large washes of colour in multiple layers of colour - all the while enjoying the creative freedom with all the marks you create.

With regular demonstrations, one to one and group tuition throughout each day you will learn lots of different contemporary art techniques to help you really develop as artists.

Both workshops are suitable for improvers and artists with some painting experience as well as artists who want to loosen up their style and be more free and expressive. 

Important: your own 'Flowing Waters' and 'Big Skies and Foreground Textures' reference to work from (photos, sketches and so on) are highly recommended to bring with you as those provided on the day cannot be taken away.


The Sandpiper Studio is located at Foxes Farm and Riding School in Ledsham on The Wirral Peninsular and is easily accessible from the M53 or A540 Chester High Road. 

Only 10 minutes by car from Chester or Heswall with the nearest railway station is Hooton not far away, Sandpiper Studio is really easy to get to.

The studio and all facilities are on one level and there is plenty of parking directly outside. 

Further information

For students travelling long distances and in need of local accommodation, a wide range of hotels, guest houses and travel lodges can be found within a few minutes’ drive from the studio. 

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Maximum number of students per workshop is 14 to ensure quality tuition for everyone throughout each and every day

How to Book your workshops

Each workshop is £75. You may book them both toghether or as separate days.

Telephone Julie 07788 412 480 or Email to book.

A deposit of £20 is required for each workshop when booking if preferred with the balance due at least 6 weeks prior to the date of the workshop. 

Lunch and all refreshments are included. Please advise us of any particular dietary requirements with Julie when booking.

For further information about your workshops contact

Julie McLean, The Sandpiper Studio, Foxes Farm, Badgers Rake Lane, Ledsham, South Wirral CH66 8PF

Tel 07788 412 480


What will be provided:

  • A wonderful buffet lunch together with tea, coffee and biscuits are available throughout the day on both workshops
  • Some mountain and moorland photographic reference to be used on the day only to work from. Your own brought with you are therefore highly recommended

What you will need to bring:

  • Fixative (not hairspray!).
  • Any water soluble inks to include acrylic inks for both workshops.
  • Large watercolour brushes such as Mops, Flats, Hakes and so on.
  • 300gsm (140lb) watercolour paper. 100% cotton/rag content papers highly recommended.
  • Large drawing board.
  • An easel of your choice.
  • Masking tape, bulldog clips to attach your paper to your board.
  • Cellophane or similar to cover your finished painting to protect your painting to take home.
  • White ceramic plates (3 or 4) on which to mix your paints with several old jam jars for clean water mixing or similar.
  • Watercolour, gouache (your own favourite colours) to include Permanent White gouache as tube paints - essential!
  • Your own good quality reference photos of a river with reflective overhanging trees and another 'Big sky, foreground textures' themed image to work from. Your own A4 print outs highly recommended.
  • Don't forget your camera and notebook.

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