Friday, 27 November 2015

Draw In is BACK!! Michael John Angel and David Gray in Belfast 2016!

I am delighted to announce the summer workshops for July and August 2016.

Internationally renowned artists David Gray and  Maestro Michael John Angel will each lead a masterclass workshop in Oils, at Belfast School of Art.

Mr Angel, teaching

 Michael John Angel, known to his students as 'Maestro' is the founder and Director of the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy

David gray is an award-winning painter with a huge Youtube following. He teaches throughout America and Europe.
Magdalene,  work in progress, Michael John Angel
In order to have the best workshop possible, I invited each Master to choose what subject they would most prefer to teach. So Mr Angel is teaching painting the figure using the methods of Caravaggio, and Davd Gray is teaching Portrait Painting from a model. 

Both workshops will include demonstrations and techniques to be used each day.

Sleeping Muse, by David Gray 

For details about Mr Angel's workshop (Wed 17th - Sun 21st August 2016) please visit

For details about David Gray's workshop (Mon 25th - Sat 30th July 2016, six days), please visit

I have attended workshops with both artists, and highly recommend them as honest, knowledgable and willing to share their experience so that all attendees get the most from them. Most masterclass workshops that I have attended have had students of all levels - from those with only a small amount of experience, right up to professional artists. Without exception, everyone gains.

Some of my own students have asked why I would go to a workshop - I go because it is wonderful to have clear, uninterrupted time to devote to painting, and it is so valuable and interesting to hear each different Master's point of view. This is an enormous subject, and we'll be learning about it for ever.

Spaces are limited on these workshops, and the numbers are kept low to ensure plenty of attention. 

For info and booking email

Draw In is the title of initiatives by Julie Douglas to raise the profile of traditional drawing and painting techniques as a vehicle for improving creativity for everyone, in all walks of life. For a look back at the first Draw In, which included artists PJ Lynch, Paul Foxton, Julie Douglas and, from the grand Central Academy NY,  Colleen Barry, please visit

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