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Learn painting skills from award winning Lake District artist


Catherine Macdiarmid is a highly successful portrait painter. Spend the day with Catherine at Cowshed Creative and learn some of the skills required to create successful portraits in oil paint. Equipment, different painting brushes/tools and what colour to have on your palette will all be covered. Be prepared to challenge yourself and broaden your approaches to portrait painting. You will be given expert group and one to one instruction and advice in a friendly supportive environment.


Catherine MacDiarmid is a local award winning artist who has exhibited widely. She also has extensive teaching experience and inspired many of her students. Recent awards include The Cass Art Prize at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 2022 and the Alec Morrison Award for outstanding watercolour in the 2020 RBSA Prize Exhibition. Catherine was recently commissioned to write four articles for The Artist Magazine demonstrating some different techniques of her portraits and life drawing. She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 and 2019. As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is collected internationally. Catherine works from her home-based studio in Kendal.

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