This is what previous participants have said about my pastel painting workshops:
"Dave’s generosity in sharing his gift for creating masterpieces was exceptional. I came away with skills, inspiration and a thorough understanding of process. What a life enhancing experience!" (Jen)
"Dave's whole day pastel course was a amazing experience. From arrival to leaving i was captivated and fully engaged by Dave’s knowledge and expertise. i am a novice, having not done anything for 30 plus years. I had never used pastels. I left the day motivated to continue, fully informed about what and what not to use. The lunch was delicious and a sociable way to meet new people. The setting is divine, the house and grounds make a welcome retreat from the world. I would recommend this course if you want to experience something new, revisit old skills, or just have a lovey day of relaxation, motivation and tranquility" (Yvonne)
"I really enjoyed the day and particularly the opportunity to view and discuss your work, the techniques you use and to try them for myself using some fabulous quality pastels. The venue and hospitality were excellent and location stunning and the atmosphere friendly and relaxed. I would recommend this workshop for anyone wanting a top quality experience and hope to attend another soon" (Amanda)
"The workshop was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. We couldnt have had a more idyllic setting or been treated any more warmly by Dave and his wife. Daves patience, kindness and generosity were boundless and he ensured we all had a most fantastic experience. A top class day in every way, thanks again" (Caoimhe)
"The recipe for a great workshop; a friendly enthusiastic teacher, quality materials in a beautiful setting and a tasty lunch oh and some cookies too. I have used pastels before but didn’t feel confident using them. Dave gave us all, novices and more advanced the time, space and tips to create great pieces. We all went away feeling we had achieved something positive. The day was relaxed, informative with everything you needed to create your artwork. The materials were the best quality both pastels and paper, Dave was very generous with all materials provided. Our individual tables were set with 3 boxes of different pastels, a table easel and desk light ready for us to create. Dave gave us his own resource materials to paint our own images. He was always on hand to offer advice of how to improve and encouraged ones less confident in their work with positive words of advice. The house itself is a beautiful building with all Dave's Art surrounding you to inspire you. The lunch was tasty and a good opportunity to talk to the other participants. Everyone went away from the day with big smiles and compliments for Dave, and their own pastel painting. Definitely worth going along to one of his workshops, novice or not. A great way to spend a day and lots to take with you to carry on at home. Thank you Dave." (Jackie)
I can't thank you enough (and your wife) for the amazing day I had on Sunday.
I was inspired to restart my art. I rearranged the kitchen and brought my easel out from the garage. Everyone I've shown my drawing to has been complimentary.
Your house is amazing. The lunch was so beautifully presented was a shame to break in to it.
I thought that the day was structured really well. My kids commented on how different that was for me to work quickly but I recognised that this is good for me. It was very encouraging that we followed your instruction, I learnt so much.
I wish you well in your new venture and have no hesitation in recommending your course." (Karen)