Exclusive Spring Portrait workshop for a whole day, specifically for working with colour, suitable for using pastel or paints.

Places are limited to only ten students.

Individual attention to each participant.

Demonstrations by Juliette Dodd in colour mixing and application throughout the day.

Fee – £35 with a £10 advance deposit

Date – Saturday 11th April , 10 am – 3 pm

Bring art materials and a packed lunch, refreshments provided.

For further information & bookings (01424) 424010 email – juliette.bythesea@virgin.net



An afternoon with Tom Baker

October 31, 2011

During the half term break from our weekly art classes, Barbara Valentine and Juliette Dodd were invited to spend the afternoon drawing quick portraits of actor Tom Baker, this was part of the fundraising day in aid of St. Michael’s Hospice ( Upper Maze Hill, St. Leonards-on-sea – www.stmichaelshospice.com/) During the afternoon hundreds of fans ( called Whovians) queued up to meet Tom for signings and photographs. Some came from as far afield as Australia and America and he spent time chatting to each one as well as meeting all the patients beforehand.

We sketched as many images as we could in the time, even though Tom was never still for a moment making our job very tricky but not impossible! After four hours non stop drawing we were exhausted, stopping when it got dark, although Tom insisted he carried on meeting the fans, he didn’t want to disappoint anyone…as we left the queue was still quite long.

Tom signed all the portraits, the Hospice kept one for their Foyer wall, one as a raffle prize, one was presented to the organizer and the rest were auctioned off for the charities funds. Barbara regularly paints quick portraits in exchange for donations to St. Michael’s Hospice at local Art shows and Fetes, she has raised thousands of pounds towards the charity over the years and well known at the many Hospice fundraising events. During the day we met lots of lovely and interesting people, Hospice volunteer James (pictured in the Hi-Viz jacket) will be modelling for Tuesdays Portrait class in the near future.

Tom Baker Raffle prize portrait

Tom Baker with portrait in progress

The lucky Raffle winner chose his prize

Juliette and Barbara drawing Tom while he meets his fans

James, Hospice volunteer


April 10, 2010

PORTRAITS IN OILS – Summer School 2010 with Juliette Dodd

At the moment I’m organising this years Summer School at Mountfield Community Arts, East Sussex UK.  Ready to begin on Tuesday 8th June 2010 for six weeks, finishing on 13th July, just before the children break up for their summer holidays.
I’m currently recruiting beautiful and exciting looking models to pose for the sessions, so far I have the sultry Aviva, ready and willing to sit , now I’m on the search for a suitable male model. I met a man yesterday who would have been perfect, wearing a Trilby and fine tweed suit with aristocratic features and a voice to match, but he refused my invitation saying ,”That’s very sweet of you but I’m far too shy.”  What a shame, not to worry I’ve still got a while yet.

This is the third year I’ve run a Summer school, an intensive course concentrating on oil painting techniques aimed mainly at beginners. I try to demystify oil painting, as many amateur artists think it’s too difficult or out of their league. It is in fact a lovely painting medium to use, with many different techniques and effects to be achieved, in my opinion it’s the easiest to use, compared to the forward planning of Watercolours and the quick drying properties of Acrylics.

This year I’ll be doing something new, for the first three weeks everyone will paint a portrait on canvas then paint one on prepared board, this will give the students an idea about textures, comparing the weave of canvas to the smoothness of board and believe me, it makes a difference!

During my classes I always do a demonstration picture first to show everyone how to start, I’ll talk through the process, what I’m looking for when I begin and how to apply paint etc. Luckily from years of experience I’m very fast and can finish a demo picture in 20 minutes max. Obviously I spend more time on my own work, but for a class that is perfect, any longer and it would take up students own painting time.

Now all I need to do is advertise and gather students, I have a few regulars but am always looking for new ones!

If you are interested in learning more please contact me on – juliette.bythesea@virgin.net

The course starts on Tuesday 8th June 2010 at 10 am -12.30 pm, then every Tuesday until 13th July at Mountfield Community Arts (directions in ‘about’ section)

All abilities welcome, oil paints, pallet, solvents and linseed oil provided, spare easels available on request, pre-coloured canvas/wood boards to purchase at £2 each or bring your own, refreshments 50p at break time. Two models each for 3 weeks in the same pose/clothes with step-by-step demonstrations and individual guidance.

Oliver Tookey modelling for my Summer School

The Tutor's work