Now taking bookings for the Ravenna sketching holiday

If you would like to book your place on the Ravenna sketching holiday, then go to the following link:

Details of our new holiday in Ravenna, Italy.

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

This holiday will take place in Ravenna. The mornings will be spent either sketching with our resident artist Jason Skill or attending a language course at Palazzo Malvisi, 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 less known sights of the city and admire the splendid Byzantine mosaics beautifully preserved in various churches and monuments across the city. Many of these mosaics and building are listed as World Heritage sites.

We will be flying British Airways from Newcastle International Airport to Bologna on Friday 28/09/18 and coming back on Friday 05/10/18

Full details found on the holiday section of this blog

Trip to Ravenna

Antonella Rea and I have recently taken a trip to Ravenna to check it out as a location for a sketching and italian langauage learning holiday. The weather was not great, with low temperatures and fine drizzle predominating, but we still had a great time exploring the sights and surrounding area.


The mosaics, which are the sights that Ravenna is most  famous for, are very beautiful and are enlightening about the evolution of the early christian church.


The city is quite compact, with most of the churches within walking distance of one another.


Local towns are a short train and bus journey away. They all have their own unique charm and character.


There are loads of great spots to sketch.


We will soon be announcing the dates of the Ravenna trip, which will be in the warm summer months, with costs in the coming weeks.

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…..



Your last chance to see Robin Hood the pantomime at The Exchange, North Shields. Last performance is New Years Eve. I have really enjoyed the experience of painting the scenery. Everyone has worked so hard and deserves a big thank you for all their efforts !



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.

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 !


The White Lady

‘The White Lady’ will be performed at Crook Hall on the 22nd and 23rd of October. My painting for the poster is to be hung in the hall. I recently coloured a frame to match the artwork. Looking forward to seeing it there.


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


Wylam workshop – painting bluebell woods in watercolour

Painting bluebell woods in watercolour workshop at Wylam was really well attended. They did great work and fun was had by all.