Watercolour Artist Workshop Midlands

1 and 2 Day Studio Workshops

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Only 4 places per course!

Course materials, refreshments and 2 course lunch included

All workshops are held in Vivienne’s studio.

For directions to the studio please click on the link Directions.docx

To reserve a place and check availability please use the following contact details.

T: 01530 412132

M: 07969196567


Each course is tailored to your needs, whether you are a beginner or someone with more experience. Vivienne paints alongside you enabling you to see how she develops her painting. She advises, encourages and demonstrates throughout the course. Her aim is that you have an enjoyable, worthwhile experience and leave inspired with helpful tips and new techniques.

Last updated – 14 January 2019

Pleased note, I am not offering workshops for the first half of this year, but hope to from September. If you would like an update on the situation please sign up to my newsletter on the Home page.

1 Day Workshops

£40 deposit* 

*non refundable unless class is cancelled

All workshops will be based around a floral still life incorporating  props from the studio. All materials and lunch are provided and included in the course fee. You only need to bring a brush. Vivienne uses a Rosemary & Co Kolinsky Sable series 33 size 10 and usually has these available for sale at approx. £30.

2 Day Workshops


£50 deposit* 

*non refundable unless class is cancelled


  • Accommodation

    I can strongly recommend the following –

    Measham House Farm approx. 2 miles away –  T: 01530 270465

    Smithy Studio in Ashby de la Zouch and approx. 1 mile away – T: 01530 560166

    The Clockmaker’s House in Ashby de la Zouch and approx. 1mile away –

    T: 01530 417974

    Ashby Wells House – self catering accommodation, sleeps 5, dogs welcome. Within walking distance from Willesley Gardens.

    There is also a Premier Inn at J13 of A42 and a Best Western at J11, both within a few miles from the studio.

    For other local accommodation visit 


They say……….

Thank you so much for my two wonderful days it did what I needed and that was to hang loose and enjoy the bright colours The company was grate,plenty of laughter and your encouragement worked its magic. Thank you Stewart for the  delicious lunches a real treat.Hope to come again next year. – Jean Barnett June 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed your painting course. Dave was gratifyingly impressed by my lilies! He was also very pleased with my subtle hint about White Nights and headed speedily towards the computer.

I feel really inspired after my two days with you. Thank you so much for your patience as well as your enthusiasm, which definitely rubs off.

Please thank Stewart for delicious food and regular refreshments. Our lunch break was most enjoyable. – Ann Faul December 2014

Just a note to thank you very much for an inspiring couple of days and a lovely environment in which to relax and paint.  Thank you also for your guidance and valuable suggestions.  – Gill Schofield September 2014

Thank you Vivienne for the wonderful two-day workshop I have just had with you.  Everything about it was amazing.  I came away newly inspired and invigorated.   Your live-in chef was an unexpected bonus.  – Tessa Franks June 2014

Your studio provides a lovely environment and atmosphere and the small group with your individual attention was so beneficial and supportive.

Not to forget and thanks also to Stewart for the delicious lunches.

Altogether a delightful learning experience.  – Jean Simpson 2014

Thank you very much for a really enjoyable and positive learning experience.  It was so good to have two whole days to focus on painting and your tuition and work were inspirational. Lots of tips I will put into regular practice and I did like your phased approach to composition which I hope will get me over the ‘painter’s block’ I have often felt when faced with a blank page. As a result of your workshop, I feel ready now to start creating paintings on paper rather than in my head!  I have not had a lot of time in recent years to do more than very  quick loose sketches. My botanical illustration course has helped me to slow down and look at detail but, more significantly, you have shown me how to try to portray the essence of colour, form and life that has always made me interested in painting flowers.

Please also pass on my thanks to your able assistant Stewart for the continuous refreshments and super lunches! – Valmai Bowden

Thank you so much for a lovely informative day’s course yesterday.  We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (sorry if Jen an I tended to giggle a bit too much!), but it really was such a great day.  You made us feel so welcome, a lovely lunch too and the art course was excellent.

 As I’d mentioned, the ‘lost and found’ was not something with which I am very familiar and so your course has really helped me attempt that style. I’m not sure that I will ever be able to get away from the detail that I like to include in my own pictures, but it has certainlly helped me on the road of trying to achieve another style and so lovely to work in those glorious colours of the anemonies.  I shall attempt more flowers in this style now. – Angela Kingham, Bedfordshire

Thank you so much for the two wonderful days – I feel as though I have been on holiday!!!!!!!

 You both made us feel so welcome and I enjoyed the whole experience – painting, sharing your table, learning and laughing, but particularly the chocolatey ginger biscuits! – Jenny, Market Harborough Leics.

The painting has just been delivered and looks every bit as lovely as I thought it would! Thank you so much!

We both also really like the frame and thick mount. We shall hang it in the hall where we will be able to see and admire it every day (and wonder why we can’t paint like that!!). – Sheena, N. Ireland

.….thank you for 2 lovely days, I learned a lot …coupled with the bonus of very enjoyable lunches cooked by a masterchef!! – Elaine, Long Eaton

What a lovely time I had on Tuesday and Wednesday – many thanks to you for two really interesting days and to Stewart for the lovely food. – Elaine, Melton Mowbray