Category Archives: Workshops

En Plein Air Painting Day – 14th May

Painting En Plein Air

Why not join me for a day of En Plein Air painting on the 14th May? I will be painting running a one-day workshop down at Camber Sands, East Sussex and still have a few spaces available.

These workshops are suitable for both beginners and those with some experience of painting En Pein Air.  After meeting at Camber Sands at 9.45am, our day will start at 10am with a short introduction for those new to plein air. This will be followed by a one hour demonstration (feel free to ask any questions!) and then you will have a go. I shall be there with assistance, ideas and tips to guide you along the way.

We will break for lunch at 1pm. Lunch will be at a local pub (you’ll need to bring some cash as lunch is not covered in the cost of the day). At 2pm we will relocate back to the beach to continue our painting. You will be creating a new painting from scratch, putting into practice what you learnt in the morning. At the end of the day, around 4.30pm, you will have two completed paintings and have had a fun and insightful day!

Please bring all the paint and equipment you’ll need and also refreshments (if required). The workshop is mainly aimed at oil painters but I can accommodate and instruct in other painting mediums. Also, bring a cardigan/jumper, although it’s May it can get a little breezy down by the sea (in case of bad weather another date will be set). Email me or call me on 07746 887815 for more detailed information on what you need to bring.

The cost is £65 for the day. BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

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Plein Air Workshops: New Sessions for 2017


Students enjoying painting en plein air at Dungeness in 2016

As you’re all aware I love to get out of the studio and paint en plein air. It’s a fun and challenging way to paint with the whole of nature as your studio and inspiration.  Last year, my en plein air workshops proved really popular so, due to demand, I’m running a new series of workshop sessions for summer 2017.

The dates are:

Sunday 14th May – Camber Sands. BOOK NOW

Sunday 11th June – Dungeness BOOK NOW

Sunday 16th July – Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe BOOK NOW

Sunday 20th August – Rye Harbour BOOK NOW

These workshops, suitable for both beginners and those with some experience, start at 10am (meet at the venue at 9.45am) and finish around 4.30pm.  The workshops are mainly aimed at oil painters but I can accommodate and instruct in other mediums.  The day starts with a short introduction for those new to en plein air, followed by a one hour demonstration of techniques.  Then it’s over to you! I shall be there with assistance, tips and ideas to guide you along the way.

Please bring all the paint and equipment you’ll need and also refreshments (tea/coffee/cold drinks if required).  Pub lunch (1pm-2pm) is not included so please bring some cash to get cover the cost of your lunch. Also, bring a cardigan/jumper; although it’s summer we can never guarantee the English weather (in case of bad weather another date will be set). Email me or call me on 07746 887815 for more detailed information on what you need to bring.

The cost is £65 for the day. Space is very limited so book now to avoid disappointment.  See website for further details.

Hope to see you there!

Creating art en plein air, Dungeness 2016

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Sunday Painting Workshops: New Sessions for 2017

Getting advice on technique at one of the Sunday workshops

After a very successful series of workshops in 2016 and owing to demand, I’ve now arranged dates for a new series of Sunday painting workshops for 2017.

The dates are:

21st May – Painting Wild Africa – Oils and acrylics BOOK NOW

18th June – Landscape – Oils and acrylics BOOK NOW

3rd September – Big Cats – Oils and acrylics BOOK NOW

1st October – Seascape/landscape in Pastel Pencils BOOK NOW

26th November – British Birds – Oils and acrylics BOOK NOW

The day starts at 10.00am (arrive at 9.50am) and finishes around 4.30pm.  I give a one hour demonstration (with lots of ideas and tips!) to start the session and then the rest of the day is devoted to painting.  Lunch and light refreshments are included.  You will need to bring your own art materials such as paints and brushes but drawing boards and canvas paper are provided.

The workshops will be held at my light and airy studio located at Paul Apps Fine Art, 7-9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe, Kent CT21 5NW. Local paid parking is available, free parking is possible in nearby streets about a five minute walk away from the gallery.

Each day session costs £90.00 and, owing to space, numbers are very limited. See my website for further details of each session.

Hope to see you there!

Students painting at one of the Sunday workshops

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Art demonstrations for 2017: New dates

New dates for the fun and popular monthly art demonstration evenings for 2017 are now available  Held at the gallery at 7-9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe, Kent, Paul covers a different subject and medium every month.

March 9th – Animal eyes (oils)

April 13th – Spring lambs (acrylics)

May 11th – Swan (pastel pencils)

June 8th – Moody Dungeness (charcoal)

July 13th – Local landscape (ink and wash

August 10th – Folkestone Harbour (oils)

September 21st – Warm sunset (watercolours)

October 12th – Zebra foal (acrylics)

November 9th – Seascape (soft pastels)

December 14th – Snow scene (oils)

Cost is #15.00 per person (payable at time of booking) and includes refreshments.

Demonstration starts at 6.30pm and finishes at 9.00pm.

Space is very limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Email: to book your seat.

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Dungeness Plein Air Workshop on Sunday

This last Sunday I had five students with me for a great days plein air painting in the wilderness expanse of Dungeness on the Southeast tip of the UK in Kent.


None of my students had ever ventured outside to paint in the Plein Air manner before, but each copied very well. The wind was as it always is most evident, causing us to seek sheltered viewpoints wherever possible.


This was the first demonstration that I completed for them all, the lighthouse is an amazing landmark this is a 7″ x 16″ panel.


Then it was their turn, spreading themselves around the shingle each chose the viewpoint that most excited them.


Even if i had some walking to do over that shingle beach…… Though in June the wildflowers are out in abundance and beautify the Ness in spectacular colour. It was a treat to include and suggest their presence in our work.

All too soon it was time for lunch…. A pint and a natter in the well known Britannia P.H, located just a few feet away. Then we relocated near to where all the old net sheds are located and I made a second demo of the day shown below.

After my students had painted once more we ended the day back inside the Britannia for a drink and a wind down… They all left satisfied, tired and i hope looking forward to doing more plein air studies.



The very next Plein Air Workshop is planned upon the Romney Marshes, near to Botolphs Bridge P.H. ( See the pattern emerging?) on Sunday 17th July 2016

Spaces are available, though booking in advance is essential       BOOK NOW only £65.00 for the days tuition including two demonstrations.


Folkestone Harbour on Sunday 4th September 2016      BOOK NOW     (Details as above.)


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Join me on a Plein Air workshop on Sunday 26th June at Dungeness.


Sunday 26th June 2016

IMG_9743-5This Workshop is aimed at those who really enjoy painting outside, where their studio is nature and all its beauty. En plein air as a method of painting has been around for such a long time, but with the ease of portable painting equipment it has become even easier for us all to paint outside.

The day starts by meeting at the lay-by beside the Britannia PH on Dungeness Retreat. A short introduction for those new to plein air. I will commence with a 1 hour demonstration. then you will have ago with my assistance along the way.

A hot lunch 1pm to 2pm Lunch will be at the Britannia PH at the students cost. Please bring any and all refreshments, paints and equipment with you mainly aimed at oil painters, but I can accommodate and instruct in other mediums. Also wrap up warm, its cold standing around.

Contact me for more detailed information on what you need to bring.

After lunch we will relocate and repeat the morning with even more instruction, fun and I hope at the end of the day two painting each completed and a great insight into painting in the great out doors.

The day will start at 10am and end around 4.30pm meet at 9.45 am

The cost is £65 for the day.

In the event of bad weather a new date will be made and advised.

Buy your space now and experience a great days painting.

A plein air study from my last workshop in Dungeness.

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Up coming Plein Air workshop – Sunday 26th June 2016

This is a reminder to all of you who might be interested in joining me for the day in Dungeness on the Romney Marshes in Kent, on Sunday 26th June 2016. This will be a fun day of painting en plein air where I show you how I go about painting this lovely landscape, and I then help you individually through the same process. After a great lunch at the well known Britannia Inn on Dungeness Retreat, we shall relocate up the road and repeat the mornings seen with a different scene.

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You need to bring your paints as I will have limited resource in that regard ideally for Oil painters but can happily accommodate Acrylics, pastel and water colour painters as well.

time is 10am start finishing around 4-4.30pm. You need to sign in and book you place by going to my booking form on my website … Book Now

It will be heaps of fun. A second date would be found incase the weather is bad.

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New video short film from my Gallery in Hythe.


Well I’ve gone and done it now!!!



I’m proud to show off my gallery space just off the High Street in Hythe, Kent CT21 5NW. Here you can find me most days 10am to 5pm except Sunday and Monday when I am usually out painting en plein air.

If the video quality is not the greatest, please forgive my humble efforts, but George Lucas was unavailable this week to assist me ….. Sorry Mr Lucas….

If you are around in Hythe any time, please seek me out and pop in for a chat and browse.

Don’t forget that I hold weekly classes here at the gallery each Tuesday and Wednesday.

There are also regular workshops throughout the year and monthly demonstration evening each second Thursday of the month.

So  please go to my website and check out all that I can offer you, ooh ! and don’t forget to sign up for my free monthly newsletter.

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Demonstration Evenings at my Gallery in Hythe. Details, Dates and Links to Book

Every Second Thursday of every month moving forward. Each month a different medium and a different topic, so there is something to interest you all. Lots of fun, in great company surrounded by Paul’s work in the warmth of the gallery. Prompt start at 6.30pm finishing around 9.00pm. Spaces are very limited only 10 spaces each month for these very exclusive demonstrations, reserve your seat by booking early. BOOK NOW

These are the dates and topics for this year. Click on the book now to reserve and pay for your seat, and read more information.

March 17th : Pastels – Incoming Tide at Dymchurch.

April 14th : Acrylics – Boats ( A Thames Barge )

May 12th : Oils – British Garden Birds

June 16th : Pencil – Techniques and Tonality in Form

July 14th : Pastels – Trees and Parkland

August 18th : Oils – Seascape, Clouds and Aerial Perspective

September 15th:   Watercolours – Still Life in White Forms

October 13th :  Acrylics – A Baby Elephant

November 17th : Charcoal – The Language of Form 

December 15th : Oils – A Sunset or Snow Scene to Complete 2016

This is a chance to spend an evening with Paul at his Gallery in Hythe, Kent. To watch him paint and demonstrate his skills in this medium. Questions and answers will be the order of the evening as you watch this demonstration. Ideally bring a note pad and a pen, and enjoy yourself in the company of others, surrounded by many of Paul’s images.

The space and opportunity to be apart of these evening is limited to ten people only, so they are very exclusive. By all means bring your spouse , partner of a friend. ( All seats are first come first served basis only).Book Now

All seats are £15.00 to include refreshments and nibbles. Paul has many items on offer for sale in the gallery from Greetings cards, prints and originals, that might interest you.

Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. There is a 10% saving to be had when booking 6 or more evening at the same time. This will be refunded to you on the first evening.

All of these demonstration evenings at set to every second Thursday of each month throughout the year. They are held at Paul Apps Fine Art Gallery, 7 – 9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe, Kent. CT21 5NW. They start promptly at 6.30pm and end around 9.00pm. Local parking in the High street 50ft away or a small car park in Prospect Road, 100 yards away. Free after 6 pm.

Any issues please email me

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Next years workshops are being added to my website.



Paul_Apps_121015-4A little late i know, but better late than never eh?

I have been adding and uploading my new 2016 workshop schedule to my website.

This coming year I am including so much more in the way of mediums being taught.

Watercolours, oils and pastels, I will also be conducting several Plein Air painting days.

My new website will allow you to book and pay securely in just a few clicks without a worry.

at so please take a look and check again soon for latest offerings.

More will be added very soon expanding your choices. Please note that all my studio workshop from now on are being held in my smaller well lit Gallery at ;

Paul Apps Fine Art Gallery, 7 – 9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe, Kent. CT21 5NW.

So more than ever before spaces will be very limited. please do not delay in booking your space to avoid disappointment.


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