Summer Art Workshops – at Langwathby Station Café

I run these popular workshops mainly at Langwathby Station Café in Langwathby, near Penrith. A highlight is always Janet’s glorious food which is included in the price – as is seeing the trains going by – which sometimes includes a steam engine!

Alex has over over 25 years’ experience in teaching, tutoring and delivering workshops. These day workshops deliver experienced and friendly tuition, a wealth of creative ideas, superb food, and a beautiful location right next to the Settle-Carlisle line in the “Brief Encounter” station cafe!

Each workshop is standalone – and will take you through a series of techniques, experiments and processes to inform and benefit your own work. Some workshops are for complete beginners, others are for those with more experience.

“Fabulous! I feel now I have come out of my shell thanks to Alex, who is an inspiration and an encouragement” (Workshop Attendee)


Tuesday 11th July – Creative Approach to Pastels
We will explore a variety of fresh ideas and techniques to using pastels.
Inventive and expressive methods of working in chalk pastels will be demonstrated and taught, showing you creative ways of approaching this versatile medium. Specific materials list upon booking.
(£8 extra for materials should you choose not to bring your own)

Monday 24th July – Charcoal and Watercolour
Not a usual combination – but one that results in expressive and atmospheric paintings. We will look at the work of other artists as well, and work from life in addition to from your own references. We will experiment with these materials to produce dynamic and vibrant works.
(£8 extra for materials should you choose not to bring your own)

Monday 14th August – Exploring Oil Pastels
What can you do with oil pastels? More than you think!
Oil pastels are sometimes seen as the poor cousin to chalk pastels – but they have richness and vibrancy all of their own which is quite different but equally exciting.
This workshop will guide you through not only techniques and skills – but also will introduce you to some more experimental techniques that will open up a whole new world of expression.
(£8 extra for materials should you choose not to bring your own)

Monday 4th September – Drawing Essentials
How does an artist make it look like that? I can’t get the shapes right? I’m never happy with my drawings. I can only copy, how can I draw from life?
Everyone can learn to draw. We need to be taught, and we need to practise. In this workshop Alex will guide you through her tried and tested methods that will firstly, teach you how to “see”, and secondly, teach the essential techniques and skills used in drawing.
(£5 extra for materials should you choose not to bring your own)

All the above workshops at Langwathby are £75 which includes arrival refreshments, a superb mezze lunch and afternoon tea. Places are limited – please book in advance. Your place is confirmed upon payment. Workshops elsewhere, with simple refreshments only (tea/coffee/biscuits) are £50 per head. Details will on here as they are added.
(Occasional workshops have a materials levy – this is indicated in the text.)


You can find details of Alex’s longer courses at Highham Hall, near Bassenthwaite, Cockermouth:

Autumn programme follows soon!


You can also book Alex to come and deliver her workshops at your art club or school. Booking Alex to come to your art group/school is £225 plus expenses, per day.

She has an enhanced DBS and full PLI. School workshops are usually bespoke. But please don’t hesitate to ask!


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