Demos and workshops

I am available to give demonstrations to, and run workshops for art clubs and societies – please contact me directly to make an enquiry or a booking. My area of expertise is that of line and wash, with a strong emphasis on drawing, and using selective watercolour washes, with a distinctive end result -not your traditional watercolour painting.

I have just published a printed list of current workshops : here it is


Update: I have recently upgraded my video camera/projector set up to a HD version, after seeing just how much they improve visibility and enjoyment.

A demonstration is usually just that: a pure demonstration  in front of your members, using my camera /projection equipment and is usually 2 hours in duration, and can be any time to suit your club’s timetable.

The workshop format is usually a full day, usually from around 10 am to 4pm, with a lunch break,an initial introduction to my techniques and styles, followed by a simple exercise in drawing, handling the pen, and working with loose wet-in-wet washes, then after lunch, involves your members in recreating a subject in ‘my’ style of pen and wash with the aim of everyone going home with a finished painting 

Both are informal, relaxed and easy going, and I supply all necessary background material for your members.

Here are some comments from recent workshops:

  • ” your enthusiasm is infectious”

  • “Everyone enjoyed the demonstration, in fact one member as he was leaving said it was inspirational”

  • “thank you for making it a very interesting evening”

  • “Just wanted to say thank you for the workshop yesterday which from the feedback I have received was greatly enjoyed by the members”

  • “I do hope we can ask you back again next year.”

Based in central West Yorkshire, I can travel easily to most places: anywhere within an hour’s drive will incur no extra charge – if your location is significantly over that, we can negotiate (reasonable) travel costs.

Here are some photos from recent events,with a few examples of my demo pieces:

My demo piece form the line and wash workshop at Ilkley Studios, December 3
Hard at work during the afternoon, Calder Graphics
At the end of a successful day at Calder Graphics
Me, hard at work drawing for Huddersfield Art Society
my demo piece for Huddersfield Art Society









4 Replies to “Demos and workshops”

  1. I have formed a new small Art Group at St Pauls Church in Harrogate. I have also just joined the SAA. There are only 12 of us so far and we are all using different mediums.
    Many are still learning to sketch. I am looking for any artists interested in teaching about sketching outdoors as many of the group members don’t feel experienced enough to try this yet. I love sketching outdoors.
    Also for possible artists to give demonstrations/work shops.
    We meet on alternate Tuesday mornings for 3 hours at a time.

    If you can help and would like to give me an idea of how much you charge, please let me know.
    Jane Weilding

  2. Hi John,
    I have been given your name as a possible demonstrator at our Society, Bolton le Sands Art Group, nr Lancaster and we would very much like to book you for a line and wash demo in our new program 2017/18, the dates we have available are Feb.28th and Mar 14th 2018, we meet 2-4pm on Weds.I would appreciate it if you could maybe let me know soon as you would complete our programme which is waiting to be printed.
    Many thanks and regards
    Stephanien Sykes (sec).

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