Patrons: Bill Beaumont, Mark Lawrenson & Tisha Merry Reg Charity No: 512186

New dates announced for watercolour workshops at The Mill

A talented local artist is returning to The Mill café and community hub to host a series of painting classes in support of St Catherine’s Hospice.

Edwin Williams, who lives in Farington, has volunteered his time to run a number of popular watercolour workshops upstairs at The Mill in recent years, which have helped generate vital funds for the Lostock Hall charity.

Edwin will be sharing his expertise once again during 2019, providing step-by-step demonstrations as well as one-to-one tuition on 23rd February, 29th June, and 28th September – with each session focussing on a different theme.

Edwin, a retired aerospace engineer, HR Manager and Quality Manager, has also recently donated a painting of The Mill itself to St Catherine’s.

Edwin, who often works on-board cruise ships teaching people watercolour techniques, said: “It is not my intention to inspire people to paint like myself or other artists; the most important outcome is for each learner to enjoy painting what they see, in a manner that they are comfortable with.

“I really believe that painting in watercolour inspires people to see both themselves and the world in a refreshingly new way, and I’ll endeavour to influence this wonderful feeling by encouraging individual participation, and using exercises to develop confidence and capability through experiential learning.”

February’s session is titled ‘Creating mood, drama and emotion in your paintings’; June’s class will cover ‘Painting Natural and Man-Made Materials’; and September’s workshop will focus on ‘Including people in your paintings’. They will all look at principles of colour, composition and perspective, as well as watercolour washes and techniques. Each participant will complete a painting to take home with them.

Workshops run from 10am until 4.30pm and cost £30 per person including refreshments from The Mill café, with all proceeds going towards funding the specialist palliative and end-of-life care provided by St Catherine’s at the hospice, in the community, and in people’s own homes.

To book, email themill@stcatherinespark.co.uk or call 01772 695277.