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Paul Cezanne,  Flower Pots,  watercolor, c.1887, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

Paul Cezanne, Flower Pots, watercolor, c.1887, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

This workshop is based on drawing and painting from a still-life set in the studio. You are welcome to bring some of your own favourite objects, such as, oriental vases, jewellery boxes, shells, fruit, flowers, beautiful fabrics or scuffs if you would like too – anything what will inspire you to explore form, colour and pattern, though this is not a necessity.

  • You will produce short and long studies;
  • Focus will be on making an accurate drawing of a preferred part of a still-life and then exploration of various painting approaches, such as, sketching with a brush, wet on wet, layering, grisaille, pointillism and watercolour and ink. 
  • You will be encouraged to observe and express a personal response to the still-life set. 

The watercolour painting workshop is run by practicing artist Julia Borodina who has graduated from Omsk University, Russia. Julia has a passion for colour, dynamic brushstrokes and loose painting technique. She has an extensive teaching experience which includes working with numerous art Colleges specialising in Painting and Drawing. Julia’s work has been exhibited at The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour Annual Exhibition and at The Royal Society of Birmingham Artists. To view some of Julia’s work, please visit

During this workshop:

  • You shall start from exploring the work of famous artists, such as Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and Van Gogh
  • You will practice how to mix variety of hues, tints and shades of colour (using just blue, red, yellow and black dots) 
  • Use colour theory to combine colours, creating three-dimensional effects, volume and sense of space
  • Play with colour combinations based on simple shapes/ objects (ideas and samples will be provided)
  • Explore the power of washes as a base layer
  • Produce your own watercolour in Pointillists’ style (landscape/ still-life/ portrait)
  • Suitable for all interested, from complete beginners to those who are more experienced.

Tutor: Julia Borodina is a Russian-born fine artist, who has a passion for colour, loose painting technique and enjoys using impressionistic approaches within her work. Julia holds a BA in fine art from Omsk University, Russia and an MA in painting from The University of Wolverhampton. She has 10 years experience of designing and leading creative workshops specialising in watercolour, acrylic and oil painting. Julia's work has been exhibited at the royal institute of painters in water colours annual exhibition and at The Royal Society of Birmingham Artists.

Teaching is professional and encouraging and the workshop is suitable for beginners as well as experiences practitioners.

Saturday 4th March 2017- Time: 10am - 4pm- Cost: £55  -All levels welcome - All materials, refreshment sand buffet lunch by Bradshaws of York included - makes a perfect gift. - Plenty of one to one - 4 places available

Please email to book a place or if you have any questions - email: - office: 09104 270707 - mobile: 07851 299140