painting of a still life

‘Trusting Your First Instinct’ 1-day workshop with John Dobbs NEAC SWLA

Painting directly from observation and trusting first instincts, students will be encouraged to work as unselfconsciously as possible.

The morning will be taken up with fast painting or drawing on numerous boards or suitable surfaces, where you will need to get things down as quickly as possible, so no fiddling with (or dilution of) first impressions. In the afternoon, you will work on one larger canvas or surface, having more time, using the morning's exercises to carry this work forward.

About your tutor: John Dobbs NEAC SWLA trained as a Draughtsman in electrical engineering before becoming a full time artist in 2003. He was awarded the NEAC Drawing Scholarship in 2012, and was elected a member of the NEAC in 2015. He was also elected a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists in 2019, having shown with them for the past three years. He has shown with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters since 2010 and has shown with the Royal British Artists. He has also previously exhibited in The Discerning Eye and Lynn Painter Stainers Prize.


Heatherley's School of Art
75 Lots Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 ORN


£60.00 (+ booking fee) for the day

There is a 10% discount for Friends of the New English and students with an appropriate student number booking online. If you are a student you will be asked to provide your Student ID at the workshop. If you are eligible for a discount please email stating which discount you are eligible for and you will be emailed a special code to use when booking your tickets.

Dates & times

Saturday, 29 Febriary 2020

10:30 – 16:00 GMT


Students should bring: 4 or 5 small painting or drawing surfaces (canvas, card, acrylic paper, paper, pastel paper etc) and one surface as large as possible for the afternoon (preferably about A1). Paint, brushes, charcoal, chalk. General working materials.

There is a materials shop on site if required.

There are tea and coffee making facilities on site and cafes nearby - but you might want to bring a packed lunch.

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