Due to the Covid 19 outbreak I am not currently holding any gallery workshops. I will be giving private one to one workshops when circumstances allow in 2021. If you are interested in booking or further information about my workshops please get in touch with me through my Contact Page
2021 WEEKEND WORKSHOPS – subject to Covid 19 restrictions
Skill level improvers and experienced please scroll further down for beginners
Goldfinch and Thistle – Two day watercolour workshopCreating a detailed study in Watercolour two day workshop The beautiful Goldfinch sitting on a thistle is the subject of this workshop. It is a step-by-step study of the bird and thistle in detail with the aim of eventually completing your own composition and painting. On the first day Val will guide you through the colour mixing process for the Goldfinch and how to create the pose and feather depiction. On the second day she will guide students through a painting of the thistle and give hints and tips on compositional studies for a completed painting.
Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of September 2021
9.30am – 4.30pm
£140 including lunch and refreshments
Art Retreat with Valerie Briggs
Course Date: Friday 23rd – Monday 26th September 2022
The Brown Hare – A Portrait in Watercolours or Coloured Pencils
Upon your arrival on the Friday afternoon, at around 3pm, you will be greeted by the team at Westcott Barton https://westcottbarton.co.uk/art-retreat-briggs.
The weekend will begin with a relaxed afternoon settling into the accommodation and viewing the immediate grounds whilst getting to know your tutor and fellow students.
This will be followed by a group dinner.
Breakfast will be served at 8.30am and students will then gather in the studio at around 9.30am.This workshop is studio based. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be freely available during studio sessions.
Lunch will be served at 1pm with afternoon tutorials commencing from 2-5pm, followed by a group dinner at 6.30pm.
Our courses are limited to 10 participants per retreat to ensure your tutor has the ability to provide you with personal advice and support during your time here.
Drawing and watercolour
This course includes:
– 3 nights’ accommodation
– Evening meals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
– Breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday
– Breakfast before departure on Monday at 10am.
Cost of Weekend Course
Single occupancy in secure room: £440.00 per person. Located in a shared building and amenities.
Shared twin room: £395 per person (minimum booking for two). Sharing with a friend or with another guest looking to share a room. In either case, both individuals are participating in the retreat.
Non-participating partners sharing a course participant’s room are welcome: £320 per person and includes meals. This option is subject to availability.
ONE TO ONE, SMALL BESPOKE
WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS AND THE MORE EXPERIENCED
Half day 3 hours £45 / 10am to 4pm £85 for one to one
Half day 3 hours £60 / 10am to 4pm £100 for two people
Refreshment provided but please bring your own lunch. I do have materials for sale if extra is needed and usually supply extra paper free of charge.
I do prefer that we all use masks or face shields during the workshop
Small groups (max of 8) £50 per head 10am to 4pm in the venue of your choice unfortunately I cannot accommodate more than two people in my own studio.
Please contact Valerie direct via her contact page
“Hi Valerie, Thank you for a most interesting and stimulating day, I learnt a lot and am looking forward to my next class”.
“Everyone enjoyed the class and the food“.
“I have absolutely loved the course of four workshops and enjoyed myself so much. Thank you for your kindness and huge amounts of help and encouragement. The venue, food and other students were all delightful and welcoming. A truly wonderful experience I am keen to enjoy again”.
ART SOCIETIES AND GROUPS – DAY WORKSHOPS WITH VALERIE BRIGGS FOR BEGINNERS AND IMPROVERS IN WATERCOLOUR, PENCIL AND PASTEL
Travel is included in the fee
Under 60 miles (one way) £150 – £200 per day
Over 60 miles (one way) £250 – £300 per day
TWO DAY WORKSHOPS – WEEKDAYS OR WEEKEND
Fees include travelling expenses and are negotiable
Under 60 miles (one way) £300 – £450
Over 60 miles (one way) £450 – £700
Valerie runs workshops covering various techniques in watercolour, pencil and pastel. These are tailored to suit all levels except absolute beginners. Valerie enjoys teaching beginners but prefers to hold separate workshops to cover the basics of a medium.
Because the day is usually run from 10am to 4pm the subject or technique has to be specific and Valerie recommends that only one is covered so the following subjects give you an idea of what, from experience, she feels can be comfortably achieved during the day.
Wet into wet backgrounds.
Basic fur technique, eyes, ears and noses.
Basic feather technique.
DRAWING AND PASTELS
Valerie teaches her drawing techniques in separate workshops using pencil, graphite and coloured pencils, hard, soft pastels and pastel pencils to create fur and feather details, flora and fauna and landscapes.