Workshops

Workshops last between one day and five days, providing an opportunity to intensively develop your chosen area. All workshops are fully tutored and run as a series of exercises so you understand what you are doing, and feel in control. Each day is designed very carefully in such a way that you can remember it and put it into practice at home. All artist-quality materials are provided. Classes are small, so you will get plenty of attention. Suitable for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced. 

The Big Drawing Workshop

This is perfect if you haven’t drawn for a long time, or if your painting is suffering and you need to Regroup. Big Drawing Days are the beginning of the rest of your creative life. A series of exercises that Julie has designed and redesigns, helping you to learn to draw what you really SEE (as opposed to what you think you see!).

These classes are very popular, and will make you view your own drawing as well as the whole notion of drawing, in a whole new way. Great fun, enlightening, not to be missed! Suitable for all levels of ability - even if you can draw already, there's always room to grow and develop. Media includes pencil, charcoal, pastels, coloured pencil and water soluble pencils. 

Oil painting

These workshops are suitable for learners at all levels. This course guides you through this lovely medium slowly but steadily, so you understand exactly what you're doing, using clear simple exercises. Observational study (working from life, not from photographs), beginning with a drawing study, then moving on to paint - understanding tonal values, colour and mixing.

Portrait drawing

Learn to Look, how to understand the form of the face and put the information down on paper. Many people would love to draw portraits but are afraid to try. I will show you that the face is just the same as any subject. Very enjoyable. Suitable for all levels.

Life Drawing

Again, these are TUTORED sessions, so if you are a beginner you will be guided how to approach drawing the human
form. Half day and full day sessions. 

Water Colour

These classes include a little bit of drawing to get everyone warmed up and ready. The water colour courses vary in their subject matter -   still life, landscapes, skies and washes, wetter water colours, botanical subjects and tips and techniques. There is really something for all levels here. 

Intensive Portfolio Courses

My portfolio courses are well known for their intensity, the work ethic, the long hours, but most importantly, the incredible work produced by the students by the end of it. I have high expectations, and begin by teaching students how to draw better than ever before, to try new media, project development, sketch book working, how to think creatively, to dare themselves, to work HARD, to achieve. This is a great way for students to get the feel of art college, and if they love this course, they'll know they'll love college. Suitable for students applying for any creative discipline, including Architecture.

Location Workshops

Drawing on Location is a wonderful experience, and sets you up to confi- dently draw by yourself on holiday or in any location. Fully tutored. Various locations including the Ulster Museum. I have created a new workshop in collaboration with the Titanic Quarter, a one-day Drawing Trail to include drawing in the S.S.Nomadic, The Pump House and The Drawing Office. 

Unless otherwise stated, all classes and workshops are in Belfast. 

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