New sketching course at Wylam

Quick and easy sketching methods

This course is aimed at anyone who has even wanted to be able to quickly capture the essence of a scene in their sketch book, wanting to know some tricks of the trade used by professional artists.

It would ideally suit anyone intending to go on one of my sketching holidays, looking to tune their skills so they feel more confident when sketching abroad.

Length of the course – 5 weeks

Tuesdays – from 2:30pm till 4:30pm

Starts 27th of February 2018

Costs  £60

Visit the courses section of the blog to book your place now.


New Year – New art class

It’s a new year, so why not start a new art course or workshop? My courses start the 8th of January. Places are still available on some of my classes, which offer art education in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Meet like minded people experiencing the joy of drawing and painting. Make new friends and work you are proud of. Check out the courses and workshop pages to find out more…..




In the last few days Antonella Rea and myself have been to Rome to check out locations, accomodation and transport links, to make sure that the Holiday in April runs smoothly. It was great to be back in Rome again, a city I love, seeing some of the many wonders it has to offer. We also had the tiresome chore of sampling the local food and drink. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. Here are some snaps from the trip.
























Holiday at Higham Hall

I had a great time at Higham Hall. Beautiful countryside, wonderful warm building with great food.

My students did some really great work in the short time were were there.  I was delighted with their progress and they seemed deservedly pleased with their work. Lovely people.  Students work:

I look forward to teaching at Higham again in the future.

New course; ‘ Modern tricks and techniques with watercolour ‘

 A practical guide to making a wide range of beautiful effects with paint and how these can be applied most successfully in your watercolours

Length of the course10 weeks

The location – Stocksfield Community Association

Starts 8th of January 2018

Refreshments – tea and coffee is included.

Level  – would suit both beginners and painters with some experience of watercolour

Time –  Mondays from 10:00 until 1pm

Paint medium – watercolour

Cost –  £180

New Course; Painting trees in watercolour

Subject – Painting trees with Watercolour

Location – Newcastle Arts Centre

Length of the course10 weeks

Starts   10th January 2018

Level  – suited to those who have some experience of watercolour painting . Not recommended for total beginners

Time –  Wednesdays  from 13:00 till 15:00  

Cost –  £136 [ includes tea and cofee provided by the Jazz cafe ]

Set Designer

I am currently set designing for a pantomime – Robin Hood at the Exchange, North Shields. These two videos show me working on a six metre section of decorative grasses that will cover a portion of the back of the stage. I painted all this this in one day !


It's Panto Time !

I painted this in one day – a 6 metre section of the scenery for Robin Hood at the Exchange, North Shields.

Posted by Jason Skill – Painting With Skill on Saturday, 28 October 2017


Panto Time (2)

More video of me painting a 6 metre section of the scenery for Robin Hood at the Exchange, North Shields.

Posted by Jason Skill – Painting With Skill on Saturday, 28 October 2017

Proposed Italian sketching/painting holiday – Spring 2018

Jason Skill (artist and art teacher) and Antonella Rea (language tutor) are intending to run an educational holiday for those interested in drawing, sketching, the arts and speaking Italian.

This holiday will take place in Rome. The mornings will be spent either sketching with our resident artist Jason Skill or attending a language course at Scudit, a well renowned school specialising in teaching Italian to adults.

In the afternoons Antonella and Jason will take both groups to discover some of the lesser known sights of the city and admire masterpieces of Italian art, with further opportunities to draw and paint and speak Italian.

We will be flying from Newcastle airport on either:

Friday 20/04/18 to Friday 27/04/18
Friday 18/05/18 to Friday 25/05/18

For all participants the Holiday includes;

Accommodation in a B&B in the central quarter of S. Giovanni (walking distance from the Basilica of St. John in Lateran)

Transfer between Rome airport and the accomodation.

Guided visits in the afternoons.

If you are part of the art group your holiday will include:

Guidance in sketching with pencil, ink and watercolour (the equipment required will be lightweight and easy to carry in a small backpack)
If you wish, the chance to learn a little Italian with the help of the language tutor

If you are part of the language group your holiday will include:

Four days Monday – Thursday morning tuition at Scudit
If you wish, the chance to learn to draw and sketch under the guidance of art tutor Jason Skill

Not included in holiday costs:

Lunch and evening meals will be enjoyed in various locations chosen especially to allow you to try traditional Roman cuisine at affordable prices.
Any public transport in and around Rome.

The weekend will be devoted to sightseeing, exploring some of the many hidden gems in and around Rome, where you can use your language skills and do a little sketching.

The following Monday to Thursday will be more focussed on the educational aspects of the holiday, but not forgetting we are in the city of la dolce vita !

COSTS;  ( Flights not included -currently costing just under £200 from Newcastle airport with Jet2 )

If you are in the art group you will pay:
£ 550 if sharing a B&B room and
£ 670 in an individual room

If you are in the language group the price will be as follows:
B&B in shared room £720
Private room in a family home £770
B&B individual room £830

Please note that these prices include the costs of the language school.

ALL participants are asked to have personal holiday insurance


Send an email to Antonella Rea ( ) to express your interest, indicating which group i.e. art or language, stating your preferred dates for the holiday and type of accommodation you would prefer.

If you would like to travel with a partner who is not intending to take part in either of the educational programmes we can agree a price.

Ideally we need to receive this information by the end of November. At this point we will know the most popular dates and Antonella and I will decide if we have sufficient numbers to proceed with the holiday.

To confirm your place, you will have to pay a non refundable £100 deposit to Antonella Rea, payable by check or bank transfer by the 15th December 2017.

We recommend you buy your flights as soon as you have paid your deposit.





November 26th at 18:30 to November 28th at 13:30

*NEW*  – Jason Skill can create highly realistic watercolour seascapes in under 5 minutes. Explore his methods, looking at key elements that hold a seascape together, so you can make quick and pleasing seascapes of your own.

Residential: £228 Non-residential: £162

This holiday is organised by Higham Hall. To learn more:  visit their website at;


Painting for a poster

My friend John Seymour has written a play for the 800th aniversary of Crook Hall, Durham. The play is called ‘The White Lady’ – performances are on the 22nd and 23rd of October 2017 performed at 6:30 in the great hall. I have created some artwork for the poster. The brief was that the play takes us through time to learn more about mystery of The White Lady.

Crook Hall is known for its abundant gardens, hence the playful garden painting.












I have then experimented as to how it light look with text….this is not the final poster