Category Archives: Tuition

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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Demonstration evening – 13th April 2017

Demonstrating painting techniques.

On Thursday 13th April I’m holding another of my popular demo evenings and there’s still a couple of places left. To celebrate Easter, this session is a very seasonal spring lambs in acrylics.  The evening starts at 6.30pm sharp and finishes around 9pm.  Price is £15.00. Refreshments and nibbles will be served.  Spaces are very limited so book now if you want to join us.  Hope to see you there!

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Art classes for 2017

I have a few spaces left for my regular Tuesday and Wednesday art classes.  Spaces are very limited so, if interested, you will need to book asap!

Dates and times are:

Tuesday afternoon – 1.30-3.30pm [2 spaces available]

Wednesday morning – 10.30am-12.30pm [Fully booked]

Wednesday afternoon – 2.00-4.00pm [1 space available]

Wednesday evening – 6.45-8.45pm [1 space available]



Please email me at took reserve your space.

My classes are aimed at all levels and all abilities using any media, from those who have never painted or drawn to those who wish to add to their creative knowledge. I have been teaching and demonstrating painting for over 22 years and I really enjoying showing others what I have learned.

The glasses are £12 each and booked in blocks of 10 lessons at a time (£120 per term payable in advance) and we have between 4 and 5 rolling terms each year.

The classes are small and friendly with no more than 8-10 people a session. I supply table easels, boards and refreshments. You need to bring your own materials and I am happy to help and advise on the right choice of materials so that you do not spend unwisely.

 Students at the art class.

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Demonstration Evening – Painting animal eyes

Animal eyes painting during the demonstration evening

My regular monthly painting demonstrations, held at the gallery in Marine Walk Street, are very popular and always fully booked.  This month’s demo was focussed on painting eyes, an area of animal painting that can be very tricky.  Capturing the expression in the eyes is vital to bring life and narrative to any animal painting.

Overall, I managed to paint four different animal eyes in the two-and-a-half hours of the session.  I began with painting a cheetah’s eye, first when the animal was in shadow and then in light, to show how light impacts on colour and tone (top right and top centre).  I then moved on to a hare’s eye (top right).  As a prey animal, it’s eye is located to the side of the head so that it can have a wider field of vision.  This means that colour and tone are subtly different to that of a predator which influences how you capture it’s character.   I finished off with a vixen and caught her expression of hopeful intent as she looked up towards a flock of birds coming into feed.

The evening was great fun with a very lively atmosphere, much discussion amongst the participants and many questions for me! The feedback from those who attended was positive and many said that they  found the evening very helpful.  The consensus was that the evening had improved the participants’ confidence in painting the eye and many took photos of the finished eyes as an aide memoire.

It was a very successful evening and I’m looking forward to the next one on Thursday 13th April.  Then I’ll be painting spring lamb using acrylics.  There are still a couple of places available so visit my website to book your place.  Hope to see you there!


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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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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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New Monthly Demonstration evenings at my gallery in Hythe


Monthly Art Demonstrations

On every second Thursday of each month I conduct a demonstration evening in my gallery in Hythe for up to 10 persons. Artists and or their partners are all welcome to attend spaces are limited so popping along to my online shop and buying your space early is recommended to save disappointment.

The cost of the evening is only £15.00 per person. We commence at 6.30 pm sharp and after a short break for coffee and nibbles we end the evening around 9pm. Free parking can be found at the end of Marine Walk Street located in Prospect Road. My gallery address is 7-9 Marine Walk Street, Hythe, Kent CT21 5NW

Each month I demonstrate a different subject and in a different medium, so it is worth checking out my online demonstrations page to see which ones you really fancy seeing.

Oils, Acrylics and Pastels, boats, birds and landscapes. Watercolour , pencil and Charcoal as still life, Seascapes and Elephants, to name only some of the demonstrations that I am offering. So there are many to choose from and enjoy.

So click on my link here and check out the evenings on offer. DEMONSTRATIONS

The last five demonstrations have been fun to do and be apart of, well attended and well enjoyed by all those who can along.

The latest demonstration on drawing is coming up fast on the 16th June 2016. It is filling fast so please check out availability.

June 16th Demo



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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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