“Julian Le Bas is an excellent and stimulating tutor, and very encouraging of our efforts to paint the beautiful landscape from the gardens of the Griffin Inn, Fletching. The group was supportive and the two course lunch was very pleasant, with a good choice of menus. Sadly though, the weather was grim and it poured with rain from lunchtime to the end of the class, and there was insufficient shelter to cover us, so we were unable to continue painting, and our canvases and art materials were sodden by end of day (and so were we). Julian did a brilliant demonstration as we huddled under an awning but really the class should have been postponed to a later date as the weather forecast had clearly predicted heavy rain. Some people had travelled a long distance to attend the class and only had half a day's painting. Perhaps a credit could be given to everyone as recompense for a disappointing experience which could be put towards another class with Julian, who did his best to make the most of a very wet day! However, I would certainly recommend Julian for his teaching and immense knowledge and experience, and hope he offers another master class in the autumn.”
“The tutor was good, helpful and I learnt a few things, however, due to a forecast of heavy rain the workshop should have been cancelled. There was a little shelter but would not have accommodated us all to paint. The start of the workshop was delayed by half an hour as we were waiting for two people which was disappointing and I feel the demo could have been done then whilst we waited as it was dry and decent weather but infact this didn't take place until nearly the end when it was chucking it down with rain. The lunch was very good at the pub and the setting was lovely. The critique at the end was useful.”
“The only reason for the average score rather than very good was the size of the venue. We felt very squashed and this made it most difficult to tackle the larger format as there wasn't room to swing a cat let alone step back to check the progress of the painting.
Everything else was great. The tutor was helpful and facilitated my learning and Jenny was very solicitous and available to help. The venue was central and easy to get to.”
“I thought the tutor would concentrate on portraiture, the course was advertised as a portraiture course. But it was really a life painting class, with lovely clothed models and Atul coming round, gently making suggestions. There was no crit at the end and altogether I was really disappointed. I learned nothing new. I felt I had wasted my money.”