Getting started in Art

I  run courses and classes  with tutoring for  complete beginners  to those who would like to progress further.



SEPTEMBER 22nd and 23rd 2018Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm  No experience necessary. All equipment and materials provided.

Description of the Course

This course is designed to give you a firm foundation in watercolour technique with sound theory and plenty of practice. You’ll also be shown how to exploit the medium’s magical qualities. 

Main learnings

The course runs over 2 days. Each day session is 5 working hours long and includes a demo from your experienced tutor followed by students practising what has been taught. We’ll look at the materials and equipment, palette of colours and names of the different pigments. Your tutor will explain the mixing of colours and tonal values and illustrate the key elements for a compelling composition. You will be shown the 4 key stages that create a successful watercolour painting. A live demonstration painting will incorporate all of the above points. You will practise all of these elements, building your knowledge, confidence and technique in a step-by-step manner.


You will produce at least two paintings working from a variety of reference sources supplied by your tutor.

What do you need?

You should bring any paints, brushes and paper you may already use. Your tutor will supply a recommended, detailed list in advance of the course. Otherwise brushes, paint, palette and paper are supplied. Your tutor can supply a recommended starter pack of 4 brushes and palette should you wish to purchase your own during the course.

Course Cost £160.00  Email to book your place. 


OCTOBER 20th and 21st  2018 - Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm 

 Learn the four key stages for successful watercolour results – the Compositional Drawing, the Wash, Wet-in-Wet and Dry Brush. I’ll demonstrate many techniques - how to achieve tonal depth, paint figures in landscape and how to create Lost and Found edges. Students will produce a minimum of 2 complete paintings, achieved with patient guidance to build your confidence. Pre and Post Course notes provided. Professional 300gsm watercolour paper provided and essential materials and equipment supplied.

Course Cost £160.00  Email to book your place. 

"George's teaching style is relaxed, friendly, engrossing and informative far beyond expectations. When demonstrating how to design, execute and complete a painting using this complicated medium (watercolour) George is first class. I would recommend George without hesitation" Dominic Bertelli

"Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend of learning. I now observe every sky and tree in a new way! I was very nervous about  the course as a complete beginner, but your teaching style and patience made me relax at once ." Margie Bonnet


Thursday afternoons 2pm - 4.30pm September 20th, 27th, October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, November 1st, 8th

This is your chance to find what inspires you. You will experiment with different subject matter and different media. I'll give a presentation on each subject and medium, giving advice and guidance throughout so you can take home a painting you're proud of. 

September 20th and 27th: We'll look at different Drawing techniques and complete a portrait over 2 weeks

October 4th and 11th: Discovering Oils. Paint a subject of your choice over 2 weeks - From Animals to Abstract - you choose.

October 18th and 25th: Watercolour Flowers. Achieve impact and vibrancy in colour and tone

November 1st and 8th: Painting snow. 2 weeks to capture the mood of winter.

 Course of 8 sessions - £200. Individual sessions £30.00  
 Email to book your place. 

"George is an inspirational tutor - homing in on strengths and weaknesses and encouraging the development of individual styles. As well as a synopsis of the Old Masters/renowned artists  relevant to the medium/style being explored , he demonstrates the various techniques needed before setting the class off on their own project. George ensures that everyone receives appropriate coaching and his classes are always a positive and enjoyable experience." Sue Hope


Thursday Evenings 7pm – 9.30pm. October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Throughout October only I'll be running a weekly session where we can study the human figure, drawing both male and female models from life in pencil, charcoal and pastels. I'll give guidance in anatomy and proportion but importantly helping you to find rhythm in your lines.

“George’s substantive skills and passion for art are undeniable. His relaxed manner along with quiet words of encouragement ensure that students feel supported and open to new challenges. Although modest, George shares his talent through frequent demonstrations. I have certainly benefited from this active teaching style and now feel confident in trying new techniques. George’s lessons facilitate an inclusive and relaxing atmosphere promoting mutual respect, shared reflection and a sense of fun!”Jo Cook

£15 per session on the evening.
Please note - a minimum of 8 students are required for the class to take place.
Email to book your place. 

George Boyter is a local professional artist. He hails originally from the fishing village of Pittenweem in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. He studied Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, before an award-winning career as a creative director in advertising in London.
George is a member of Bucks Art Society and concentrates on watercolour landscapes, portraits, life drawing and oils.

“I think it’s important that sessions are fun and supportive. We’ll have lots to talk about, from art appreciation, favourite artists and paintings to addressing your goals, successes and disasters. I’ll be giving group demos and individual guidance. I’ll be your mentor to help you find and develop what you find inspiring in art. You’ll be encouraged every step of the way.”

Courses are held at:

Sydenham is a couple of miles from Chinnor. It’s a picturesque hamlet with thatched houses, a distinctive church and a friendly local pub, The Crown.
The Old School Hall is a restored brick and flint building next to the church situated in the centre of Sydenham. It has ample parking outside and a light, spacious interior giving students plenty of room. Tea, coffee and biscuits.











Email to book your place.
Or call 07715 749205
You can also enquire online by using the form right