Busy summer ahead – workshops, exhibitions and explorations

 The following workshops are on offer over the next few months. For more details, go to What’s On:

May 20 Monday  – Exploring Landscape in Mixed Media

Langwathby Station Cafe


June 6th Thursday Beginners Pastels

All materials provided.

Eycott Nature Reserve with Cumbria Wildlife Trust

£40 donation/returnable deposit

July 1st – Exploring Landscape in Mixed Media (repeat of May 20th – extra date!)

Langwathby Station Cafe – £75

July 29th – Starting a Creative Sketchbook,

Langwathby Station Cafe – £75

August 5th – Beginners Watercolour

Gosling Sike, near Carlisle, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, £50 (+ £10 materials – or bring your own).

Langwathby Station Cafe will be doing a pop up cafe.

August 6th – Drawing for Mindfulness in Nature

Merz Barn, Cylinders Estate, Langdale, Ambleside LA22 9JB


August 18-19 – From Walk to Wall (taking an idea from inspiration to completion)

Merz Barn


You can book any of theses workshops here https://alexjakobwhitworth.co.uk/book

 Foundations in Art 2019

Students on the inaugural Foundations in Art course 2019 have just completed Module 3 of 8.  Students are working very hard and say they are enjoying the challenge of being formally taught the elements of painting and drawing. We make sure that there is plenty of working from life as well as studying perspective, the use of line, tone and texture, in addition to learning how to successfully construct your drawing/painting from the very start.

Module 3 looked at Colour – temperature, the colour wheel, different palettes, plus how we see colour, how to understand mixing and how to use it. 

The theory and practice that we have covered in Modules 1-3 will be put into practice for painting “en plein air” for Module 4 in June.

Foundations in Art 2020

We are ready to take bookings for Foundations in Art 2020 (click the link) https://wp.me/aaJ9jF-kN . Please get in touch for further details.

First module is Feb 6-8 inclusive. To be held at Studio Morland.

All “weekends” run from Thursday to Saturday inclusive

Module 1: 6-8 Feb – Drawing

Module 2: 26-28 March – Dry Media

Module 3: 7-9 May – Colour Me Acrylic

Module 4: 25-27 June – En Plein Air

Module 5: 30 July-1 August – Colour (Watercolour)

Module 6: 24-26 Sept – Life Drawing

Module 7: 12-14 Nov – Mixed Media

Module 8: 7-9 Jan 2021 – Finding your own Voice

Higham Hall.

I will be teaching on the following courses this year:

May 28-31 – Drawing and Painting Horses

June 24-28 – Painting with Alex 

August 10 – 16 – Summer School. 

December 8-12 – Paint alongside Alex

I always enjoy the challenge of helping students find their way and hopefully learning new skills to help them in their own art journeys.

Artists at Merz

With Prism Arts

A group of artists with Prism Arts, will be taking over Merz Barn this August!

We will be getting involved with the peaceful and beautiful surroundings that is Merz Barn in a wide variety of ways. Full details are about to be launched but my own involvement will be as follows:

  •  August 6th: One day workshop – Drawing in Nature for Mindfulness £65. All levels.
  • August 18/19th: Two day workshop – From Walk to Wall (sparking creativity and inspiration) £130
  • August 21/22nd: Residency – I will be staying at Merz for two days, thinking about the themes of refugees and having to make a home in a place, that isn’t home. I will be working with natural found materials.
  • All of August: I will be exhibiting at Merz: paintings, sculptures and site specific installations. Do come and visit!

JourneyWoman project 


Work is currently at Upfront until end of May. Thereafter I will be having a solo exhibition at Bowlees Visitor Centre for month of June.

Advance notice: I have been lucky enough to have been accepted into the wonderful Green Door Artists, and there will be an Open Studio event in September. Watch this space!

The JourneyWoman film [you can watch it here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TSw7Vf924xE]was shown at the Culture, Health and Well-Being conference 2019 in Gateshead last month. An inspiring two days, whose key messages seemed to be:

  • The arts truly assist for a positive mental health 
  • There is much inspiring work out there
  • Artists must be paid, the work must be funded  

Last year saw me singing in caves with my good friend and wonderful musician Barbara Gilbertson [https://www.barbaragilbertson.co.uk/]; we hope to repeat that sometime this Spring. I am also travelling further down the music route by studying for my Music Grade 5 Theory, in order to have a go at Grade 7 singing! To be a learner is always a really good experience – it assists my teaching, and also makes me look afresh at the way I might approach my own creative work. Having that “block” of not understanding something, but wanting to “please teacher”, is quite a Thing. Having to break through the veil of fear of failing. 

Without it, we don’t see through to the open spaces of possibility.

More cave singing is planned, as is some more tiny artworks and postcards. The singing is inspiring it’s own set of artworks, which I will be showing in 2020. I will also be placing some of these as RAK (Random Act is Kindness) cards around Appleby-in-Westmorland and the secondary school there. The Y12 are doing lots of RAKs to generate awareness of Mental Health week.

I re-learnt paper-making last month at the Linden Print Studio with the lovely Vega Brennan, and came away with my official artistic licence…I can highly recommend Vegas print-making workshops 🙂

I think that’s it! Enjoy this lovely weather!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *