Exploring Imagination in drawing & painting: 1-day online workshop with Neil Pittaway: Online

23 March 2024 
£80 (including booking fee*) for the day Online

An introduction to the fascinating world of imagination in art and practical activities as starting points to develop your own work.


In this workshop you will learn through carefully designed practical activities and expert advice from Neil Pittaway. Using his own work, he will explain how he creates successful imaginative pieces inspired by and based on a variety of subjects from landscapes and the natural world to visual histories. You can then use the practical activities to create your own imaginative piece of work.

All levels welcome: beginners, intermediate and advanced.


How the day will be structured:

This workshop will be delivered online via 3 Zoom meeting lessons. 

The day will start with an introductory lecture on imagination in drawing and painting with examples from art history and Neil's own ideas and work. The lecture will be followed by advice and guidance on starting points for the set practical. We will then reconvene just before lunch for the second zoom session to discuss your progress and how to develop your work further to a finishing point. 

The day will end with the last zoom session, an online plenary to view and discuss everyone's finished work.


Course learning materials resource materials:

This course will be supported by detailed electronic resources which will be available on Office 365 via an electronic link. 




You will need to have an internet connection and computer or i-pad and be willing to participate in the Zoom meetings.



You can use your own choice of painting and / or drawing materials to do this workshop.

For painting this could include any painting materials that you have such as watercolours and acrylics etc. for drawing it can include any drawing materials you have such as pencils, charcoal, crayons etc. 

You will need paper and or any other surface such as canvas etc, that you would like to work on depending on the media you choose to work in.



Neil Pittaway was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1973. He studied at Cheltenham School of Art from 1993-96, the University of Bradford from 1996-1998, the Royal Academy Schools, London, 1998-2001 and the University of Huddersfield, 2003-04. Neil is a Member of the New English Art Club (NEAC), the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), Associate Member of the Alpine Club, London, and an exhibiting Member of Leeds Fine Artists (LFA). His work is in public collections including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Bankside Gallery, RWS & RE Collection, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; St. Paul’s Cathedral Library, London; Guild Hall Art Library, London; The Arts Club, Dover Street, London; the D.H. Lawrence Museum and Birthplace, Nottingham; the Indian Institute of Contemporary Art, Mumbai, India; and H.M. The Queen, the Royal Collection Trust and The Collection of Heritage Malta. In Neil’s work travel, discovery, the Enlightenment, Gothic revival, satire and historical heritage, are used to create a labyrinth of visual histories.



Saturday 23rd March 2024

10:30 – 16:00



Online via Zoom