Gill Walton’s Art Days 2017

Dates for Autumn and Winter  2017

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Please get in touch if you have any queries or would like private tuition. The days all begin at 10.30am and finish at 4.30pm and most have a delicious lunch included.

You can book and pay online by clicking on the event title.

Portrait Painting in Watercolour

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A full day to get to grips with a challenging subject in a difficult medium, but you will be guided at every stage.

Beginning with a few warm up sketches and exercises in proportions of the face and proper application of the paint, you will finish the day with a completed watercolour portrait.

Bring your own watercolour paints, brushes and watercolour paper (must be minimum A3 size but preferably bigger).

Lunch is provided, let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.


Beginners Guide to Drawing and Painting

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An introduction to drawing and painting for the absolute beginner. No experience necessary. You will be shown simple drawing techniques in the morning followed by an introduction to watercolour painting. After your delicious home-cooked lunch you will be shown how to paint with acrylics on canvas or board.

All your materials are provided and you will be given advice throughout the day on the best medium for you and materials for you to buy if you decide you want to take it further.

This is the perfect day for you if you are contemplating having a go at art, and why wouldn’t you. There is so much research out there telling us that it makes us happier, cleverer and live longer.


Untutored Life Drawing

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A full day to work from an experienced model in our main studio full of natural light and equipped with easels and drawing boards, you only need to bring materials. There will be a very relaxed, informal atmosphere with plenty of tea and coffee at break times. The perfect environment to create a finished art work and maybe tackle a painting.

Bring a packed lunch to share.


Still Life Painting- Colour theory

cropped-2015-10-26-14-31-22-e1451475820495.jpgSaturday 28th October  £65 (early bird) – £75

A full day’s painting with comprehensive instruction on colour theory, mixing paint, use of a limited colour pallette and everything you need to know to make your paintings sing! We will produce two paintings during the day, a watercolour in the morning and acrylics in the afternoon. You will learn the need for different approaches to applying colour with different media. Suitable for beginners to intermediates.

Coffee and tea breaks and a delicious home made lunch are included. Bring your own paints (of any medium) and brushes if you have them. We have a large, fully equipped studio with easels.


Into Abstraction – mono printing, Half Day

18th November



Portrait Drawing – the basics in half a day

2nd December

Working from a model we will begin with some short poses and exercises designed to avoid the major pitfalls and techniques to get the best results when drawing a person.


 Contact Gill on 07702 811374 or email if you need any more information or guidance. No previous experience of art necessary.

All our courses and events are run from a large, light and airy teaching space, equipped with easels, drawing boards and everything you need to help make your time here enjoyable. Where lunch is provided it is a home cooked, two or three course meal, usually vegetarian and organic where possible. Let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

For Saturday courses you can get a 260 bus from Berwick upon Tweed that drops you at our gate at 10.20 and we will always make sure you get home.

There are holiday cottages on site if accommodation is required.

Berwick Education Association Courses

Gill is also delivering a series of  Portrait and Beginners Life Drawing courses in conjunction with the Berwick-upon-Tweed Educational Association

They run throughout the year in blocks of five, to book on one of the courses you must contact the BEA directly BEA bookings secretary).

Coming up is Painting in the style of the Scottish Colourists:

Four Workshops : Still Life, Landscape, Portrait and Figure Draped with Gill Walton and Prof. Maria Chester 12th ,18th and 25th July and 22nd August 2017 10 – 3.00pm This series of 4 Workshops is part of a programme of events around Scottish Colourists from the Fleming Collection, an exhibition hosted by Berwick Visual Arts at The Granary Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed 27 May – 15 October (Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. Closed Mondays). Entry to the exhibition is free. The workshops will be a series of practical art sessions, giving amateur and professional artists the opportunity to try out some of the techniques used by the Colourist artists. Each session, which can be booked separately, will focus on a different subject: Still Life, Landscape, Portrait and Figure Draped, and will include a guided tour of the exhibition. Each class is limited to 10 students.

1. Wednesday 12th July The first session will focus on Still Life and the tour will highlight a still life by George Lesley Hunter. Cost £25

2. Tuesday 18th July The second session will focus on Landscape and the tour will highlight a landscape by FCB Cadell . Weather permitting we will be working outside on the quayside next to the YHA, so come prepared! Cost £25

3. Tuesday 25th July The third session will focus on Portrait and the tour will highlight a portrait by JD Fergusson. There will be a small extra charge for the life model. Cost £30

4.Tuesday 22nd August The fourth session will focus on Figure Draped and will highlight a painting by SJ Peploe. There will be a small extra charge for the life model. Cost £30

To book on any of the colourists events please go to follow the links or email