Workshops & Courses

Dates for 2018


18th & 19th - Tindall’s - Colchester


These beautiful insects are delightful to capture on paper using coloured pencils. Working from a photograph you will be shown how to choose the right colours and then use the right methods to create the beauty and texture of your chosen butterfly. Bring a picture of your own if you want but some will be provided.


2nd - Tindalls, Colchester

4’ x 4” Landscapes using Coloured Pencils & Fine Pens

Another chance for you to create a small picture of your choice using coloured pencils and fine ink pens.  You will need a picture of a favourite bit of landscape or you can pick from photographs provided by the tutor.  The most interesting pictures have water, hills, old buildings and trees.  At the end of the day you will have a picture to be proud of.

9th & 10th - Art & Craft Days at The Butterfly Studios, Terling

Drawing and colouring Birds & Feathers or Furry Creatures  – Two day workshop.

Come and learn how to draw birds and feathers using coloured pencils with award-winning coloured pencil artist Janie Pirie. Janie will show you how to colour birds to make them look amazingly realistic without the need to try and draw every feather. You may wish to try your hand at just one beautiful feather – Janie will show you how to make it look totally believable.

If you prefer to learn how to tackle drawing furry or hairy creatures to make them look realistic then Janie will also be showing students how to make eyes look bright and fur or hair to look amazingly real and touchable.

12 - 14th - Flatford Mill, Dedham

Drawing and Colouring Portraits from Photographs

Using coloured pencils this course is for students who wish to draw a portrait from a photograph. It could be a grandchild, a partner, or just a face you find interesting and inspiring. Janie will show you how to copy your photo and colour it to bring it to life on your paper. She will show you how to create skin tones of all shades, how to make eyes sparkle and how to tackle drawing hair. She will also show you how to achieve fine details like eyebrows, eyelashes and blemishes. Your subject can be old or young – as long as you find it interesting. Bring a good quality photograph and ensure your subject is large enough for you to see all the details. An A4 size or larger is best. Crop your photo if necessary as you don’t want to waste the paper with loads of background.


16th – 18th Cambridge University Botanic Gardens

Illustrating Birds

Drawing and colouring birds is easier than you think because you don’t have to draw every feather to make them look realistic. Your tutor will show you how to approach these complex creatures and make a drawing that will come to life on your paper using coloured pencils. Janie has created some stunning pieces of work over the past few years and her knowledge will be shared with group demonstrations and individual tuition throughout. For this course a high-quality photograph will be required. If you haven’t one of your own then look through the bird magazines to find something you like. The artists’ challenge is to copy the photograph and make it look ‘alive’ and three-dimensional by observing light and shade in detail.

19th  - Cambridge University Botanic Gardens


This workshop is a chance for anyone wanting to step into the wonderful world of botanical illustration using coloured pencils. Watercolour has proved quite ‘scary’ to many budding artists but the coloured pencil is a more controllable medium and lends itself perfectly to botanical illustration. Janie Pirie, your tutor, has been awarded two RHS Gold Medals for her illustrations using CPs and will share all her secrets with you. Leaves will be the subject for this one-day course but they can be green leaves or autumn leaves, whatever you prefer.

Faber-Castell Polychcromos:

278 Chrome Oxide Green

174 Chrome Green Opaque

167 Permanent Green Olive

168 Earth Green Yellowish

170 May Green

172 Earth Green

205 Cadmium Yellow Lemon

103 Ivory

105 Light Cadmium Yellow

194 Red-Violet

169 Caput Mortuum


911   Olive Green

1005  Limepeel

938   White

1078  Black Cherry

1095  Black Raspberry

996   Black Grape

24th – Tindalls, Colchester

Colouring Moths with Coloured Pencils

Moths are so much more beautiful than we give them credit for.  Yes, butterflies tend to be more colourful and flamboyant, but there are some truly lovely moths that deserve the artists’ attention.  Working from a photograph you will be shown how to capture the textures and details of moths with delicate touches of coloured pencils. Photographs will be provided but please bring your own if you have a favourite.


8th - Tindall’s, Colchester

Creating Realistic Raindrops using Coloured Pencils

So many people stand in awe at beautiful pieces of art that show raindrops that really look like water.  They’re not as difficult to draw and colour as you think.  This workshop will show you how to make yours look real on various surfaces including leaves, petals, cloth, paper etc.

27th - Tindall’s - Colchester

Drawing and colouring Pebbles

We crunch across them every time we visit a beach but taking a really good look at them reveals some amazing colours, shapes and textures, from very shiny to dull and rough.  This workshop will give you the opportunity to gather together a small group of pebbles and colour them to make them look realistic and three-dimensional.

Dates for 2019 - watch this space - there are many others to be confirmed.

Flatford Mill, Dedham

15th - 19th April - Botanical Illustration

23rd - 25th October - Portraits from Photographs

Private one-to-one or group tuition

If you would like private tuition at any time throughout the year in the UK please email Janie at
Demonstrations/Tuition to Groups and Art Clubs

The exact title/choice of topic can be discussed.  
£175.00 for a full day (10.00am - 4.00pm)
£100.00 for a half-day or evening. (3 hours)
Travel is charged at 45p per mile.

For bookings and further information please phone 01473 311970 or email