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Beginners and improvers oil painting weekends

Why not come along and try your hand at oil painting or perhaps you already paint in oils and would like to move on to the next level.

Our expert tutors will guide you through all the materails you need and demonstrate and teach the techniques required to get the best results and enjoyment out of this wonderful medium.  Using the safest possible modern materials you will learn traditional and contemporary oil painting techniques.

Set in a beautiful rural location with only fields surrounding the studio there is parking 200 yards away from the studio, however because of this we are sorry that the venue is not suitable for disabled access.  Away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in a dedicated art studio in rural Lincolnshire set in it's own grounds.  Designed and fully equipped with professional workstations for each student.

Weekend breaks will commence on friday evenings and week courses will begin on Sunday evenings with a cheese and wine evening to to outline the weekend in a relaxed enviroment and to get to know each other a little before begining the next morning (although if this is inconvenient it can be missed).  Gathering together at 9:30 for coffee with free refreshments availble throughout the day we will begin activities at 10:00 o'clock until 12:00 when we will enjoy a llight lunch and resume at 13:00.  We will then begin packing up after 15:00 although the studio will be open for you to carry on should you wish.

Class numbers are kept to a maximum of eight to ensure quality tuition from a professional artist who has studied the techniques used by the old masters and has been commisioned and awarded mutilpe times by the Arts Council England, and exhibited nationally with positive press reviews.  So you can rest assured of the breadth of knowledge and skill.  This gives you an incredibly high tutor to student ratio to ensure the highest quality of experience. 

Upon booking we will send you a prefered venue list of where to stay for different budgets so you can rest assured that that you will enjoy the most comfortable experience.

The courses are always very welcoming, relaxed and friendly with people leaving having learnt new skills and made new friends, we look forward to seeing you there.

Some participant reviews;

"Ernie Butler, artist, is an excellent tutor and mentor in the field of painting in the old masters techniques. His work is exceptional and he will take you on a journey back to the days where beauty meets simplicity."

"Beautiful surroundings to paint and relax for a couple of days. The host, Ernie is very hospitable and patient which makes one feel at ease. His work is very inspiring and he encourages you to be free in your expression."

More about the tutor - Ernie Butler

Ernie Butler is an artist and art tutor who paints in oils and draws in pencil, charcoal and ink.  He exhibits nationally, teaches, demonstrates and has been funded by the Arts Council England, as well as others.  He trained under William Calladine who was apprenticed to the last living Dutch old master Jan Hendrik Eversen on courses specifically designed to teach the techniques used by the old masters, using the Flemish technique.  He has also extensivelly studied these techniques as well as others including specific artists such as Turner, Constable etc.  Having studied the techniques of the old masters he has incorporated these methods into his own art. His work displays a sense of light and atmosphere.  You can see examples of his work on this website.

Our remaining dates for this course are;

11th to 12th August 2018 - 2 days Beginning oil painting weekend

25th to 26th August 2018 - 2 days Improvers oil painting weekend

8th to 9th September 2018 - 2 days Beginning oil painting weekend

22nd to 23rd September 2018 - 2 days Improvers oil painting weekend

Each weekend is 190.00 per person which includes a light lunch and all materials to get you started
(does not include accomodation or transport, a prefered accomodation list will be sent out)
We look forward to seeing you there !

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