Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Summer Workshops 2021 - the dates!


Summer workshops 2021

I am delighted to bring you this selection of workshops available over July and August. I hope you find something that interests you. All classes are fully tutored, and suitable for all levels. Please get in touch if you have any questions at all. 

Life Drawing: 22 July, 29 July,  and Fri 6 August,  6 - 8pm. Lovely, fun sessions. Cost £35 per session Includes refreshments and large paper. Please bring pencils and chalks (if using) so as not to share hand-held materials.

Botanical drawing:Tues 20 July  10.30 am - 4pm. Light lunch provided. Cost £100

Trees:Wed 21 July 10.30 am - 4pm. Pen & wash, and drawing. Light lunch provided. Cost £100

Water colour skies:Tues 27 July 10.30 - 4pm Light lunch provided. Cost £100

Comber Doorways: Wed 28th July 10am - 4pm  Not available as a Zoom class. Lunch at my house! Cost £100                                  
Mon 2 - Fri 6 August, 10am - 4.40pm (finessing at 12 on Friday),  all materials and props provided. Cost £600 (Also available on Zoom) 

Portrait drawing:Tues 17 - Fri 20 Aug 10.30 - 2.30pm (this is an intensive course, with time in between if you wish to practise!) (Also available on Zoom)  Demo videos, workshop notes provided. Cost £275.00

Art for Teachers! Dates to be confirmed - may be in the evenings, with wine. 

Art for families or groups. Why not book a lesson for friends, family or work colleagues. Bespoke classes, suitable for all levels. Get in touch! 

Classes are held in-studio and numbers are restricted to allow for social distancing. Zoom is available on most workshops upon request apart from ‘Comber Doorways’.  For booking and more info email

More workshops may be added during  the summer. One to one available.

Artworks: above, Balligan Church Pen & wash.  Top,  graphite portrait, Julie Douglas 

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Summer workshops with Julie Douglas 2021

I am delighted to share with you the selection of lovely subjects on offer this summer, both in-studio as well as on Zoom if needed. 

It’s important to note that, apart from the Life Drawing sessions, my dates are, currently, flexible.   For this reason, I have not added dates to the listings below -  if you are interested in attending a workshop, please note the duration of that subject and get in touch, giving me an idea of dates that suit you. Also if there is a workshop you would like to do but it isn’t featured below, please get in touch and ask! I will do my very best. All sessions are tutored, and if in studio, social distancing will be observed. 

Julie D, underpainting. 


LIFE DRAWING: Fully tutored sessions. Friday 18th June, THURSDAYS 22nd, 29th July,  Thursday 5th August. 6 - 8pm with refreshments. Cost £35 per session. (These sessions are in-studio only). Number are limited to allow for social distancing.


ART FOR TEACHERS! (Two days) All you teachers deserve a medal for the work you have put in over the past year, and more. This workshop is for you to recharge your own batteries and reconnect with your creative side. I will make all the decisions for you! You just need to turn up! Drawing and watercolour. 

OIL painting workshop (five days): 

A fully tutored workshop taking you through the pleasure of setting up an arrangement, drawing it and painting it, in black and white and then colour. You will complete at least two paintings as well as some colour studies during this week. 10am - 4.30 Mon - Thurs, 10am - 12.30 on Friday. Cost £600

Early stages of portrait in colour pencil, Julie D

PORTRAIT drawing workshop (three days) :   Fully tutored sessions guiding you through the proportions of the face, comparative measuring and all you need to know. This class is accompanied by a series of purpose-made videos making it perfect for Zoom as much as in-studio.  You will also receive a comprehensive e-book written by Julie which outlines all you will do in class, and much more. Cost £300. 

WATERCOLOUR skies (one full day): This workshop will give you the time and space to play with paint and get to grips with clouds and sky. 

TROUBLE SHOOTING WORKSHOPS  If you are struggling and would like a tutorial to assess your work practice and help getting to the route of a problem, please get in touch for a one to one. 

DRAWING TREES (one day)  on location, weather permitting (otherwise, in studio). 

LOCATION DRAWING  (one day)  Comber doorways and buildings. With refreshments at my house! Tues 3rd August 10am - 1pm 

BOTANICAL DRAWING (one day) - or rather, drawing of a botanical subject, using chalks and charcoals, and pen and wash. 

Student pastel drawing. (Margery) 

ART FOR TEENAGERS (two days) A creative experience in the studio fo school age students wanting to expand on their skills and work with like minded others. 

For information or if you have any questions please email 

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Drawing: A day at the Ulster Museum

With lockdown easing, I was delighted when my friend Claire asked if I fancied a trip to the Ulster Museum, in Belfast.  A MUSEUM? OUT? HOW EXCITING!!!!! So the booking was made, and on Saturday we packed out pencils and headed off. 

And...relax. We have arrived. 

There are many wonderful things about the Ulster Museum. the first is the setting. Tall trees of many varieties, and lovely gardens all around. The second wonderful thing is the cafe. Before you jump to the wrong conclusion, it's not about the food, or the refreshments, it's about the WINDOWS. Which look out to the trees. 

I love trees. 

Moleskine sketchbook, pen drawing of four girls sitting on the museum steps, using their mobile phones. 

So we settled in with the sketch books, and set to looking out. I"d brought a small sketch book, and my eyes were attracted by the four girls to the left, huddled together but not speaking, playing with their phones. A very modern sight. And unlike people-drawing in the olden days, where you had to be very quick because... well, because they MOVED, now you are fairly certain that you'll have several minutes of a stationary pose to draw without fear of any movement whatsoever. Sigh. Perhaps they will be a generation of no-neck. 

The great thing about working in pen is that you just get on with it. No rubbing out, just keep going. Very liberating. 

We spent a couple of hours in the cafe, looking out, before wandering around the building. A lovely day out. Just remember to book in advance. 

My studio is now fully open, with only distance students remaining on Zoom. For details on classed please email for info and dates.

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