Tuesday mornings & Thursdays afternoons

During social distancing David is taking small groups outdoors. Sometimes it will be Ruskin Park where he has produced some very fine paintings and sometimes further afield. Given the vagaries of our weather this group will be flexible but generally it will be three hours on Tuesday mornings and three hours on Thursday afternoons.

The group is managed through WhatsApp so once you have signed up to one or more sessions below we will send you a link to the WhatsApp group where you will be able to communicate with David and the other artists to coordinate travel, meeting and resources for a specific day.

If you need any equipment you can ask David, he usually has a couple of box easels in his car and he will advise you on what to buy if you intend to concentrate on landscape painting. As you may not be near the studio think about bringing a flask of tea!

David’s sessions will teach you how to paint in oils and how to accomplish finished paintings outdoors. They are particularly suitable for those who are excited by landscape and architecture whilst of course much of what is taught is universally applicable to any genre of painting.

Working with a successful and acclaimed artist brings huge benefits, David cuts right to the chase, he knows what works and where to spend the time.

You will:

  • Learn to paint in oils
  • Practice observational painting from landscape
  • Benefit from the practical experience of a celebrated artist
  • Learn to paint quickly and effectively
  • Work out doors ‘en plein air’

David Sawyer is a much celebrated landscape artist with a no-nonsense approach.

About David

David Sawyer has been working as a fine artist since he left Canterbury College of Art in the eighties. During that time he’s won many awards and gained plenty of attention. His work often includes architectural motifs which he renders seemingly effortlessly in his impressionistic style. More recently he has been teaching and students appreciate his uncomplicated and direct method and the generous way in which he shares his knowledge. As a seasoned professional he knows every angle of painting and most importantly he knows where to expend his time and energy in order to get his image.

His teaching style is gentle and patient. For beginners he will set them clear tasks with a progressive step by step approach. For the more experienced artist he will allow you to get on and then when the direction is clear discuss your work with you and support you in your objectives. It’s these quiet chats with an expert that can make all the difference.

What students say about David’s course:

David is a terrific teacher, encouraging and very helpful.  I love the way that besides supporting the group in improving their work, he paints alongside them. I found it inspirational to watch his unique and wonderful skills and technique in action. When the weather is too bad to paint en plein air, he provides excellent material to paint from in the form of real-time videos of interesting scenes and the changing weather. ” Rosemary Clark

“David is an excellent teacher: sensitive, perceptive, detailed, always ready to comment on your personal methods and results rather than expecting you to adopt his way of seeing and painting.” John Knepler

The more I paint with David the more value I get from it. Sometimes I learn from watching him and sometimes he says one or two words which drop like pebbles of wisdom into my pool of ignorance, enlightening as they go.” Recent student

Session fees

£35 per session

Registration & Payment

To book one or more session, please complete the booking process online and pay the £35 per session fee. You will then be able to book onto the session day(s) of your choice via the WhatsApp group.