Monday, 16 September 2019

Rose Painting Workshop with Kathleen Speranza, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 9th - 13th June 2020

I am delighted to be hosting a Rose Painting Workshop by the esteemed artist Kathleen Speranza in June 2020.

Garden roses are some of the most beautiful forms of the botanical world. They have been cultivated for centuries and bear little resemblance to the stiff generic varieties that are commonly available. In this intensive workshop, painters will have an opportunity to study their complex geometry and exquisite colour subtlety. The course will include an indirect method of painting and the introduction of a specific limited palette. A brief slide lecture on the hostory of the genre will inspire us as we explore this timeless motif. Previous painting experience is encouraged. 

Kathleen Speranza is an artist with more than 30 years of painting and teaching experience. She maintains a studio in Lynn, Massachusetts where she lives, and teaches workshops around the world. Ms Speranza is also on the faculty at Rhode Island School of Design and teaches Painting and Drawing to sophomores in the Illustration Department there. You can see more of her beautiful work here:

Your host, Julie Douglas, has 25 years experience teaching drawing, painting, and illustration, and runs Belfast Academy of Realist Art (BARA), which offers termtime drawing and painting workshops, as well as year-round workshops with visiting artists, including Michael John Angel (founder of The Angel Academy of Art, Florence), David Gray, Paul Foxton and Colleen Barry. Julie is a combination of enthusiasm, Irish hospitality, and fun; she will welcome you warmly and think of everything you need before you do. If you've been looking for an arty guardian angel, you have found her!

This five-day workshop is fully tutored. The day runs from 10am - around 5pm with a break at lunch time. There are cafes and deli's nearby, and students may go out for their break or bring lunch to eat in the studio, which is large and roomy. Refreshments are provided. 

The BARA easels studio comfortably fits 16 students each with their own dedicated lighting, wall space, chair/stool, and shelves. The second studio has large tables for flat work, tracing and cutting, with space for students to eat as well as a comfy seating area ('the parlour').

Cost: £700 to include instruction, tea/coffee, and some materials. A list of materials will be sent upon booking.
Deposit of 50% is required upon booking to hold your place.

To book a place on Kathleen Speranza's workshop please email

Terms & Conditions:
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to hold your place. Full payment must be received by 1st May 2020. If booking after 1st May, full payment is due at time of booking. 
Minimum number of students is 15.

COST: £700 to include instruction, tea/coffee and some materials. A list of materials will be sent upon booking a place. 

Not included:
Accommodation, flights, transport, and all other personal costs.  Fees are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled for any reason. 
If traveling, it is recommended that you take out insurance to cover costs in the unlikely event of cancellation etc. 
If necessary, we reserve the right to replace the tutor in an emergency. 

Details of accommodation near the studio will be provided upon booking. 

For booking information and all enquiries please email 

Belfast is a vibrant city with a warm, friendly atmosphere. If you are traveling for this course, you will find lots of things in the city to enjoy in the days before or after the workshop.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

New season, new YOU!

Summer is always very busy in the studio, with week-long and two-week-long workshops allowing students the opportunity to attend a more intensive class. Great fun. In August I held a Drawing and Oils workshop, which was folowed by two weeks with Maestro M John Angel, from the Angel Academy of art, Florence, teaching methods of the Old Masters.

Maestro, M John Angel, during one of his demonstrations at BARA
September sees the new academic term, and I am taking bookings for my regular weekly classes. These will resume mid September and I have some spaces available. The times are:

Tuesday mornings (10.30 - 1pm)Wednesday 11.30 - 2pm, Wednesday evening 7.30 - 10pm Thursday 10.30 - 2.30 and Thursday evening 7.30 - 10pm. 

Lovely little oil study by student May during the oils workshop
If you have booked a place already, you do not need to contact me, your place is reserved.

I will be resuming Friday Night Life on 20th and 27th September. These sessions are one-offs but must be booked in advance. 
If you have been meaning to commit to regular classes, I encourage you to jump in and join a class. They are friendly, challenging and designed to help you improve very quickly. 

Gennie, with a little paint on herself! 
For all info please email