photo of a fountain in Kensington Park

'Drawing & painting in Kensington gardens' plein air half-day workshops with Daniel Shadbolt NEAC

In these 2 x plein air Wednesday afternoon workshops we will be using the gardens to make compositions from observation. Choices about viewpoint, perspective and cropping will be discussed. A supportive working atmosphere is the aim. We will begin each session grouped together, with a particular "impetus" or talk - and some sessions will end with a re-grouping. Between approximately 1:45pm and 3:45pm tutoring will then be given individually. If the weather is very bad, we will draw from the many paintings in the Wallace collection.

Meeting point: meet at the The Italian Gardens Cafe, near the fountains at the Italian gardens, north of the long water. Closest tube is Lancaster gate on the Central line.

About your tutor: Daniel Shadbolt has been a member of the New English Art Club since 2015 and has recently started helping Paul Newland with the running of the New English Education Programme. Landscape has been one of his chosen subjects for paintings alongside the portrait and still life. Also, he has some experience of painting in Kensington gardens.


Meet at The Italian Gardens Cafe
Kensington Gardens
W2 2UH


£30.00 (+ booking fee) for each of the workshops

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

Wednesday 11th and Wednesday 18th September 2019



  • Something waterproof to wear if it rains!
  • A lightweight travel stool (optional)
  • Drawing/painting things, i.e. Pencils, paper and something to lean on.
  • Alternative medium, to your choice or preference - (outdoors only) charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolour...
  • Oils, if using oils, travel light! A few colours- white, yellow, red, blue, green / lightweight travel easel/ palette, solvents, rags or kitchen towel. Palette knife. Brushes.  A working method to transport wet oil paintings...
  • Use which ever medium you wish to work with and try not to burden yourself with everything!

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