I am often asked where people can find out about my next public demonstration so this is a brief list of my future events. Many Art groups and societies welcome new guests for a small fee, please feel free to come along on the day.

Friday 16th October – Lydd Art Group – 7 – 9 pm – Introduction to Portraiture ( Charcoal & Chalk)

Thursday 12th November  – Wood Church Art Group – 10am – 12.30 – Introduction to Portraiture

Thursday 28th January ’16 – Fairlight Art Group – 2 – 4 pm – Watercolour Portraits

Saturday 9th July ’16 – East Sussex Arts Club – 2 – 4.30 pm – Pastel Portraits

Recent demonstrations of  ‘INTRODUCTION TO PASTEL PORTRAITS’ were at the Three Oaks Art Group and Arlington Art Group, I started off with a run down to get a likeness in charcoal then ways of approaching the subject with only a few selected colours. Working from my young model Alexandra, after break all the member joined in a short workshop to try their hand using my described techniques, with great results from both groups.




Carrying on the pastel theme I created the annual Hastings Old Town Carnival Queen Portrait as a public demonstration outside ( luckily the weather was lovely), gathering an interested crowd of onlookers. The framed portrait was presented by the Mayor of Hastings at the official Crowning Ceremony at the beginning of August as part of Old Town Carnival week.



INK PEN & WASH demonstration was fun at The Society of Eastbourne Artists one evening in September, calling for volunteers from the audience I managed to draw 8 quick portraits in the time. Each one showing a different approach to using this traditional but unforgiving medium. One of my pictures went horribly wrong but that was good to show everyone not to be worried about making mistakes as its something we all do!


Something unusual – ‘ A RELIEF PORTRAIT IN CLAY’ demo for the Battle & District Art Group in September. The audience were fascinated to watch how quickly the relief was begun, I worked on a pre prepared clay slab and managed to create a likeness in the time, after break the members could ask many questions while I worked on the finer details. The projected image from the camera really helped show this technique as I worked quite small and on a flat surface.


Other mediums and subjects what are suitable for a two hour demonstration are ~

ACRYLIC Portraits –  this can also be done fast, from approximately 20 minutes to an hour, with running commentary plus Q&A, so allows time for members to join in.




OIL Portraits – a two hour painting demonstration working from the model, with commentary.



WATERCOLOUR Portraits – working on a smaller scale, this medium would be better suited to Art Groups that have a camera with Projector. Demonstrations will be fast ( 15 – 20 minutes) allowing for a few different approaches to be shown plus colour mixing. Suitable for the whole group to join in.



WATERCOLOUR PENCILS – again this is a fast demonstration, lasting about 20 – 30 minutes and also allowed plenty of time for the group to join in. Works will be on a small scale so a camera & projector would be needed for optimum viewing.



PORTRAITS FOR BEGINNERS – This is a sure fire introduction for all ages and abilities showing how to get a likeness very easily. I used this approach recently with a local Scout group ( aged 7 – 13)  to help them gain their Art badges, then a few days later showed the same methods to The Weald of Kent Art Group ( aged 50 – 99) with similar results and very happy participants.




Please contact me to book a talk & demonstration for small parties, art groups and societies, clubs etc, mainly in the South East of England. Fees are dependant on medium, travel and model requirements also if it is a workshop and/or a demonstration.

Tel. (01424) 424010 – mobile – 07900 466709

email – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com


summer school 14 (31)

Tuesday morning sessions starting on 16th June to 21st July, this 6 week intensive course introduces the techniques and application of oil paints to produce two portraits. 10 am – 12.30 pm

Working from two models each sitting for 3 sessions with demonstrations in various approaches to capturing a likeness in oils.

JUNE 16, 23, 30th – Working on pre-coloured canvas and a 1930’s tableaux with female model dressed in period costume as ‘Afternoon tea with a Lady’.

JULY 7,14, 21st – Model to be confirmed

Students are encouraged to experiment, explore and develop their own unique style in a nourishing environment.

Oil paints, canvas, boards & easels can be provided on request

Fee £75 – 6 session course

Limited places, please book early – Juliette Dodd – (01424) 424010 – juliette.bythesea1@gmail.com

This year the Summer School begins on Tuesday 12th June for an intensive six weeks course, introducing students to a variety of oil painting techniques while working from the model.


Course Information

~ Step by step demonstrations by the tutor, Juliette Dodd

~ Two models each for 3 weeks

~ All abilities welcome

~ 2 1/2 hour sessions every Tuesday 10 am – 12.30

Places are limited so advance booking is recommended, ring (01424) 424010 to secure your place

The fee has been held at £75, which includes all oil paints, mixing mediums and pallets.

Students need to bring their own brushes and easels.

Art courses for 2010 – 2011

September 2, 2010

Now in it’s fourth year, Mountfield Community Arts are pleased to announce the new courses beginning on Tuesday 14th September:

PORTRAITS with Juliette Dodd  ~ Tuesday at 10 – 12.30, starting the term with ‘back to basics’ concentrating on drawing skills using pencils, conte, charcoal and pen & ink. Fee £90 for 10 week term, new students and all abilities welcome. For bookings or enquiries Tel (01424) 424010 or email – juliette.bythesea@virgin.net

WATERCOLOUR PAINTING with Barbara Valentine ~ Tuesday at 1  – 3.30 pm, all abilities welcome to learn different techniques working from seasonal still life or students own personal projects under expert guidance. Fee £78 for 10 week term. For bookings contact Barbara on (01424) 838264

MIXED-MEDIA with Barbara Valentine ~ Wednesday at 10 – 12.30, master a variety of media including acrylics, gouache, inks, pastels and oil paints. Fee £78 for 10 week term. All abilities welcome

MINIATURE PAINTING with Barbara Valentine ~ Wednesday at 1 – 3.30 pm, a specialist course aimed at students with previous painting experience. Working on Ivorine with oils or watercolour paints, specialist brushes on sale at reduced price. Fee £78 for 10 week term.

Bring your own art materials but don’t worry there is always spares if you forget plus paper for sale at cost price and easels to borrow.

Please contact the tutor to book a place, new students are welcome to a taster class before enrolling for a term. All classes are friendly and relaxed, tutors are experienced practising artists.

Tea, coffee and other refreshments are available during the break for 50p.

Many students exhibit and sell their artworks at local art society shows.

Do something different, learn something new, make friends and enjoy yourself!

The last term closed with the Portraits in Oils Summer School, sadly the final session was cancelled due to the model breaking her arm and having hospital appointments, although reference photos were taken to enable students to finish off their paintings at their leisure. This could also be a useful topic to carry on in class as working from photographs is something artists need to be able to do for various reasons. Oil paints can be as quick as watercolours to use plus there are water soluble brands on the market, especially useful for people who don’t like the smell of thinners as well as being easy to clean up after use.

Although I have been too busy this summer to finish my demonstration painting, I’ll bring it in along with the reference photo and we can carry on working with oil paints together as many students enjoyed their first experience of this medium.

Irene - stage 1

Irene - stage 2

Irene - stage 3

Irene - stage 4

Irene - stage 5


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