Workshop Florals in Oils

A 5 Day Online Workshop

17-21 February 2020

Included in membership to Sophie's Art School

5 Stages to a Floral Oil Painting

Daily Feedback and A Community Feel

A 5-Day online painting course with daily video lessons and personal support in a supportive class environment

Included in Membership to Sophie’s Art School



Every morning I will share a short video (around 15 mins) showing the progress of my painting. You can then follow along and receive daily constructive feedback on your work in a friendly and supportive class.

(Sunday: welcome, reference photos)
Monday: Setup and underpainting
Tuesday: Colour Block-in
Wednesday: Refining of big shapes
Thursday: Details
Friday: Finish



You can use any oils (or acrylics) that you have or like and any colours that you want. Use whichever canvas is your favourite. Don’t go too big as we only have 5 days; don’t go too small unless you like tiny details. Feel free to ask any questions.

Reference Photos

I will provide some reference photos for you to work from, including the one I am working from (so you can paint along if you like). Feel free to use your own reference material, or better still, set up your own floral still life.

Is it live?

The videos are pre-recorded so you don’t have to be online every morning to watch them. They are usually published around 8am (GMT). You can watch and re-watch the lessons at any time during the workshop. 


The workshop Community Studio wil be active from Monday to Friday. After that the group will stay open for one week and it will be removed on 28 February 2020.  Support will end then too. 

After the workshop ends you can watch the video lessons at any time in the Workshop Archive. 


Have fun

It’s not about existing skills, it’s about the joy of learning together! So ‘how good’ you are is totally not important.

How does a Workshop differ from a course?

A course has a curriculum and pre-made lessons. A workshop does not have a curriculum and is mostly about doing something together, at the same time, under the (hopefully) helpful guidance of me and your fellow students. It is great to see everyone’s progress pictures without feeling embarrassed about yours. Together we’ll get there!


Comments Received on Past Workshops

"Sophie's on line workshops are a really good way to learn how to develop a painting from start to finish. Daily videos take you through each stage accompanied by feedback, support and advice as your painting takes shape. It's also fun to be part of a community where you can share your work and learn from each other."

"I thought it was fabulous ! The relaxed feel to the videos and the community exchange. It was very valuable to get daily feedback and encouragement as the week progressed. Knowing that I would post my work at the end of each day made me try that bit harder. Great to watch Sophie do her painting, develop my skills and pick up some tips. The anticipation of awaiting the next day's video post was fun!"

"I felt really part of something that was helping someone (you) and mutually supportive with others, and at the same time develop new skills and confidence. I did not need to leave the house, park the car, get over group angst, I could do things like shopping/mow the lawn/as useful breaks. A week long residential art treat in my own home. Feeling enthused to keep up painting at home now."

"I enjoyed it very much. My first experience with pastels in a "real" project and the workshop provided a lot of great information (use of, variations of, purpose of different varieties, mediums, etc) that was invaluable."

Yes it was great. Liked the daily build up approach with clear instructions and the video was cool ! Good demo and could go back and watch again if need be. So good to get feedback from you at each stage. Nice to see others' progress and exchange comments."

"Loved this workshop! I liked that it was short and very focused and I could see results quickly. Your daily videos were just the right length to give good guidance and not overly long. Your comments on our posts during the week were helpful and very encouraging. They offered specific suggestions for improvement which I appreciated."

"Yes, I enjoyed the workshop immensely. Your instruction is very clear, your feedback is helpful and you answer all our questions patiently. It was nice to go through all the different stages together."

"The workshop was great. The videos were nice and short but helpful and gave a useful amount of work. It was easy to tell when to stop and wait for the next stage. Lots of people shared their work and commented which made it seem like a group project."

Absolutely loved it. I enjoy working with others and this felt like we were doing it together as a group as much as one can "virtually." But most of all I enjoy learning from someone who obviously has a great deal of knowledge and is a gentle, kind soul."

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