Teaching Courses

I run teaching courses in my purpose-built straw bale studio
(click here to see a photo).

Classes are small and friendly and aimed at all levels of ability for people who want to find out more about wildlife painting and illustration.

Places are limited to 6 for each session so early booking is essential.

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Please click the headings below for details.

There are 4 courses available: Introduction to Wildlife Painting and Illustration; Botanical Painting and Illustration; Expressive Wildlife Painting with Acrylics; Sketching Landscapes.

Each is residential and fees include the course, accommodation and catering.


Introduction to Wildlife Painting and Illustration

Sketching on locationThe course will consist of two days' instruction and various drawing and painting techniques will be demonstrated and discussed with particular emphasis on those most suitable for field observation.

Students will be encouraged to approach the subject with open eyes and "draw what they see not what they think they see."

Beginners are most welcome as this is a relaxed and enjoyable two days designed to bring out the best of your artistic potential.

Please bring basic sketching and painting materials along with plenty of enthusiasm!

Click here to download the 2020 booking form.

Course Timetable

The course will begin with an illustrated talk describing the history and development of wildlife painting with examples of many styles and media. This will be followed by a studio drawing session and field sketching in the afternoon.

Day two will build on this with "one on one" advice and instruction and the challenges of drawing living moving animals will be discussed – along with some solutions!

MARCH 2020   SEPTEMBER 2020   OCTOBER 2020  
Sat 21st - Sun 22nd 10am - 4pm Sat 19th - Sun 20th 10am - 4pm Sat 17th - Sun 18th 10am - 4pm

Botanical Painting and Illustration

Sketching on locationLearn the techniques of painting and drawing flowers and other botanical subjects. Some basic botany and details of flower structure will also be taught.

This is a two day course with an emphasis on studio work although we will spend some time in the field gathering specimens to draw from.

Various watercolour techniques for botanical subjects will be demonstrated so students can leave the course with at least a couple of finished pieces to frame and hang at home.

All levels of ability are welcome. Please bring watercolours, good quality watercolour brushes, hot press paper and pencils.


APRIL 2020
Sat 4th - Sun 5th 10am - 4pm


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Expressive Wildlife Painting with Acrylics

Sketching on locationBreathe life into your painting with acrylics. Learn new ways of depicting birds and other wildlife in a vibrant and lively manner by building up your picture using areas of bold flat colour giving an impression of the subject without fussing over fine detail.

Tutor Brin Edwards has developed a distinctive painting style which will be demonstrated on the course. The two days of studio work will gently challenge you to work in a different way and help you loosen up your own approach to painting and make bold creative gestures.

Please bring artists quality acrylic paints, at least three short flat brushes (sizes 4,6 and 10 are ideal) and a couple of canvases or boards A4/A3 size.

If you are looking for something new to shake up your painting then this is the course for you!

JULY 2020
Sat 25th - Sun 26th 10am - 4pm

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Sketching Landscapes

Sketching on location

Learn all about drawing landscapes in the field and fill a sketchbook in a weekend.

Field sketching is an important discipline for any artist whether as a means of gathering information or finished paintings or an end in itself. This two day course is an opportunity to spend time in beautiful countryside looking for landscapes to discover through sketching. My studio near the Suffolk/Essex border is within easy reach of rolling fields, woods, rivers lakes and farm buildings

After an initial studio demonstration of the basics of composition we will head off into the field on foot so please bring stout footwear and waterproofs.

On arrival you’ll be handed an empty sketchbook - the rest is up to you!

JULY 2020
Sat 4th - Sun 5th 10am - 4pm

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The price of the course is £175.00 per person for the two days and includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

Booking will be accepted on a first come first served basis and student numbers will normally be limited to a maximum of six per class.

Please book by completing a printed copy of the downloadable 2020 booking form and returning it to us with a cheque for the appropriate amount.

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Please note that all payments should made by cheque and that we don't currently accept debit or credits cards. However, you can reserve places by phone or email although we do request that payment be made within 14 days of making the reservation. Unfortunately, because places are limited, if payment is not received within 14 days the reservation will be cancelled.

For further details please contact me at:




Landline: 01787 211162
Mobile: 07972 484974


Maple Cottage, 59 Barracks Road, Assington, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 5LP