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Workshops 2018

Learn watercolour Landscape Painting with Geoff Kersey at Alison House Hotel, at Cromford near Matlock, in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales. These new, themed, One Day and Two Day Workshops for 2018 follow the same pattern as previous workshops, where you paint along with me in stages, creating a complete painting, that hopefully you will be proud to hang on your wall. The price includes refreshments on arrival, morning tea/coffee, a buffet lunch, and afternoon tea/coffee. They all commence at 9.30am concluding at approximately 4.30pm and the fully inclusive price is 82 per day.


Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th April.
Looking down to Rowsley in in winter. Two Day Workshop.
This is an excellent subject for capturing that feeling of distance. I particularly like the simple - shadow on snow - washes and suggestions of hedgerows miles away over the fields. This is contrasted with the gradually more detailed rendering of the buildings in the middle distance and foreground; the whole scene framed by  winter trees. Price 164. Deposit 50.

Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th May. 
Beck Holes, Yorkshire. Two Day Workshop
I came across this tiny little hamlet on a walk from Goathland to Grosmont several years ago. I have painted it in different seasons, but much prefer this one, with the warm colours of the sunlit stone and pan-tile roofs. I particularly like the way the whitewashed cottage and red phone box lead the eye over the bridge and involve the viewer in the scene. 
Price 164. Deposit 50.

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Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th June.
Looking down to Keswick.  Two day workshop.

A great "L shaped" composition, framing a glimpse of Keswick town, with Derwentwater and the snow-capped hills in the distance.
Something to really get our teeth into.
Price 164. Deposit 50.

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Thursday 17th May
Thornham Creek, Norfolk.  One Day Workshop.
In this composition I have chosen to reduce the sky to a narrow strip, with just a glimpse of a boat house adding to the misty, indistinct quality of the background. Much more detail has then been added to the foreground, complimented by the loosely rendered reflections in the mud.
Price 82. Deposit 25.


 Thursday 28th June. Bridge at Cauldwells Mill.  One day workshop.
An old Derbyshire bridge, over a little brook surrounded by a tangle of trees. This is a great subject for learning how to sort out the confusion and simplify the subject. Price 82. Deposit 25.

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th September.
A coastal scene with boats. Two Day Workshop.
One of my favourite landscape subjects, and with two days to work on it, we can make sure we take enough time to achieve a convincing result.
Price 156. Deposit 50.


Wednesday 3rd October.  Wharf sheds, Cromford Canal in winter. One day workshop
It almost makes me shiver again looking at this scene, as it was a really cold winter's day. A great subject though, with the slight pink glow in the soft winter sky, the soft, unresolved grey shapes of the background trees, and the reflections in the icy cold water. Lots to do in a day, so it might be quite a challenge. Price 82. Deposit 25.

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Tuesday 2nd October.  Footpath at Tarn Hows in Autumn.  One day workshop.
An excellent subject for us to capture the beauty of this season. I particularly wanted to include a scene where we are looking into the light (Contre Jour). This can be quite challenging, but exciting when you get it right. Apologies for the lens flare in the photo (see attached), but we will work round that. It is also an excellent subject for learning how to sort out the masses of foliage etc. 
Price 82. Deposit 25.

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How to book
Click here to download a printable booking form.The completed form should be sent to G Kersey, 4 Nether Way, Darley Dale, Derbyshire, DE4 2TS. Tel 07974 819 379

If you would like more information you can call or Email me at One day workshop bookings will require a 25 non-refundable deposit, two day workshops 50.  Cheque payable to Geoff Kersey Ltd.  Balance due on the day. On receipt of the booking I will send out a confirmation followed by further details, including a location map and recommended list of materials.  There is accommodation available at Alison House, call 01629 822211, or visit 

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