Other Workshops

Drawing with Simple Shapes

This is a fun day on the basics of drawing, inspired by those students who were stunned by Sarah’s famous “How to turn a cat’s head into a chicken” demonstration on the Painting Chickens and Ducks day. This is the way Sarah draws: boiling subject matter down to its absolute simplest shapes, refining those shapes, and then adding light and shadow. Really interesting; really enlightening. A great day for absolute beginners and all levels. This workshop will also help people planning to do the printmaking day which follows.

Printmaking: Special Occasion Cards

This is such good fun! Making prints by hand is a soothing, relaxing process: you make an original artwork and then create the means to print it by hand. There are lots of different methods, and you’ll be introduced to at least three on this workshop. To keep things workable we make small artworks which we can make into very special cards which can be sent to very special people, or even framed. Sarah has lots of materials, and design inspiration sheets, so don’t worry that you won’t have any ideas. And your friends are going to be SO impressed! You may choose your own theme to pursue: birthdays, Christmas, simple note cards or special occasions.

Paint your own Christmas Cards

Your friends and family will be delighted to receive an impressive card that you have painted yourself! In this workshop you will have a variety of exclusive designs by Sarah Bell to use as inspiration, and Sarah will be showing you the techniques you’ll need to paint them. There will be both traditional and contemporary designs to choose from, all specially formulated to look impressive with minimal effort! Feel free to bring your own ideas along too, but I think you’ll be tempted by the lovely design sheets on offer… All materials are included, as usual, as well as ten matching cards and envelopes. Feel free to bring along more cards and envelopes, too, if you’re planning to do a Christmas mailing on an industrial scale! The mini workshops last three hours (and are suitable for accompanied children above 11, too) and include hot chocolate and biscuits – price £25pp. The full day workshops go from 10am until 5pm, and feature a scrummy two course lunch. Price £65pp or save £10 per person at £110 for two – great for quality time with a friend or family member in that hectic time before Christmas!

Adults, and Parent & Child Workshops at Darts Farm

Adults and Parent & Child workshops at Darts Farm New for this year, in July: a Beginners Day for adults and two half-day workshops for parents and children. Darts Farm (retail heaven experience!) near Exeter and Topsham is a fantastic location, and we’ll be working in the stunning, light filled Estuary room with views over the river and meadows. Suitable for beginners and improvers, these workshops will be rather more relaxed affairs than the ones held at Sampsons, and your children or grandchildren will love them as much as you will. These events are being organised by Darts Farm, so please e-mail Rachel or phone her on 01392 878228 for info and bookings.

Painting Buildings

Another of Sarah’s big loves is architecture, and in this workshop we look at how to paint various aspects of buildings: tricks and techniques on how to reduce buildings down to simple forms, how to treat doorways and windows, a little bit on simple perspective, advice on painting shadows, and the colours of shadows, and how to use buildings in landscape painting to create a sense of scale. If you’ve ever wished you could do a painting of your own house, this is the course for you!

Exciting Paintings from Photos

Sarah tries to paint on location and from real life as much as possible, but when in the studio it is often necessary to use photos: but sometimes our photos aren’t that great to start off with. This workshop will teach you how to take more effective photos to use as reference; how to crop them to aid composition, how to manipulate and even invent the light and dark in your painting from a photograph to add drama; to create your own colour scheme to create atmosphere, and how to combine photos and sketches to create really interesting paintings. This will be a real power-packed workshop, and essential for anyone interested in painting.

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