'Painting the river' 1-day plein air workshop with John Dobbs NEAC SWLA

Working by the River Thames, near Chelsea Wharf, the aim will be to paint what you see as directly as possible.

Meeting at Heatherleys, this workshop will focus on ‘plein air’ painting and drawing using the river / harbour area near Heatherley’s School of Art with its array of architectural styles and developments that characterise the area.

If the weather is not suitable for outside painting, we will work from a studio in Heatherleys.

Students will produce a series of paintings throughout the day.

About your tutor:  John Dobbs NEAC SWLA works mainly in oils, either direct from life or from drawings. He 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, 4 December 2021

10:30 – 16:00


What to bring: 

  • Whatever drawing / painting materials you are comfortable with for working outside and a number of smallish boards approximately 12 inches by 12 inches, or paper of a similar size.
  • Sketchbook(s)
  • Sketching stool and/or portable easel if you have them
  • Warm clothing, waterproofs and umbrella

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