Classes & Workshops

Penny Wilton’s Painting Courses in the Poole and Purbeck Area, 2018


The outdoor venues are subject to the weather. Penny will often be there at 10-10.30 am until mid afternoon.

There is no charge for this, come and paint together.

The courses at Holt run from 10 – 4pm £26, but the life drawing is 9.30 – 1 £22 and on 7th July we will have life in the morning and portrait painting and drawing in the afternoon 1.30 – 3.30 £15.

Saturday 28th April Backgrounds and lettering at Holt 10 – 4pm £26.
Sun May 6th Shell Bay.
Sat May 12th Life Holt 9.30am – 1pm £22.
Thurs May 24th Holt 10am – 4pm £26.
Wed May 30th Upton country Park.
Mon June 11th Kingston Lacy.
Thurs June 28th Holt 10am – 4pm £26.
Sat June 30th Wareham Quay.
Sat July 7th 9.30 – 1pm Holt – Life £22, 1.30 – 3.30 Portrait drawing 1.30 – 3.30.
Sat July 14th – Sculpture by the lakes entry £10 email Penny to book your place.
Thurs July 26th Holt 10am – 4pm £26.
Mon July 30th Moreton church.
Sat August 18th Whitecliff.
Thurs Aug 23rd Holt 10am – 4pm £26.
Wed Aug 29th Holme Gardens – entry fee £3.
Sat Sept 8th Silk Painting Holt 10am – 4pm £30 to include materials.
Sunday Sept 9th – 11am sketching at Wimborne St Giles, tea at the village hall.

Mon Sept 10th COURSES START.

Sat Sept 15th Life Holt 9.30 – 1pm £22

Please email Penny if you wish to attend any of these days anyone can come. Tel Penny’s mobile for out door venues to find her! 07967 582723. Home tel 01202 744389 before going.

Payment up front for the courses will secure your place.


Various dates. Bring your own materials: bring newspaper, waterpots etc.

Mondays 1 – 3.30pm Stoborough Village Hall – April 9th, 16th,23rd and 30th
4 weeks £40.

Wednesdays 2 – 4pm St Joseph’s, Branksome – April 11th, 18th, 25th and May 2nd
4 weeks £40

Fridays 9.30 – 11.30 Parkstone Yacht Club, Pearce Avenue. – April 13th,20th, 27th and May 4th
4 weeks £40.

Fridays 1.30 – 3.30 Tesco’s Fleetsbridge dates as above 4 weeks £32

Pay by 1st April 2018 to secure your place.  Download booking form here. pdf

Holt Village Hall – Life Drawing Classes 2018 – Tutored

Saturday 17th March, 2 – 5.30pm.
12th May, 9.30 – 1pm.
7th July, 9.30 – 1pm. Cost £22.
7th July, 1.30 – 3.30pm. Portrait Drawing and Painting. Cost £15.
15th September, 9.30 – 1pm.

  • Paper and charcoal supplied, lots of quick drawing, then longer poses
  • Coffee break in the middle
  • Limited numbers – book now


Application form for life drawing 2018 at Holt with Penny Wilton


Location of Holt Village Hall

Dates for all Holt Workshops 2018

The days at Holt on a Thursday, once a month, are from 10 – 4pm and cost £26 this year. Bring a packed lunch or go to the pub next door, tea and coffee available.

Some dates are different craft sessions this year and also we have Life drawing, a 4 hour session for £22 to include paper and charcoal.

January 18th
February 10th – Silk painting and craft session Approx £5 for silk and paints extra.
February 22nd
March 15th
March 17th – 9.30–1.30 – taking photos of still life and painting it – £22. Life drawing 2–5.30pm Sophie – £22 – paper and charcoal supplied.
April 6th – Visit Etches Dinosaurs at Kimmeridge, drawing and tuition £16. 2 – 4pm.
April 19th
April 28th Therapeutic painting and drawing.
May 12th – Life drawing 9.30am – 1pm Paul – £22.
May 24th
June 28th
July 7th – Life drawing. 9.30 – 1pm – Sophie. Cost £22.
July 7th – Portrait drawing and painting. 1.30 – 3.30pm. Cost £15.
July 26th
August 23rd
September 8th – Silk painting and craft session. £30 to include materials or £26 without.
September 15th – Life drawing 9.30am – 1pm Sophie – £22.
September 27th
October 13th – Making sketchbooks, some paper to buy, a list will be given.
October 25th
November 22nd
December 20th

PLEASE EMAIL to book your place.

Holt Workshop Details 2018  pdf

How to find Holt Village Hall…


Spring 2018– various dates – put in your diary now.

Bring your own materials, Bring newspaper, waterpots etc.

Stoborough Village Hall

Mondays 1 – 3.30pm.  January 8th, 15th,22nd and 29th, February 5th, (12th no class half term) ,19th and 26th, March 5th 12th (19th no class – Hope Cove course 22nd – 24th), and 26th 10 weeks £100. Wednesdays 2 – 4pm.

Tesco’s Fleetsbridge

Dates as above 10 weeks £80. (course full). Pay by 1st January 2018 to secure your place.

St Joseph’s, Branksome

January 10th,17th, 24th and 31st, February 7th, (14th no class half term), 21st and 28th, March 7th, 14th, (no class 21st – Hope Cove course 22nd – 24th), 28th. 10 weeks £100.

Painting courses 2018 with Penny Wilton, Poole, Dorset.

Parkstone Yacht Club, Pearce Avenue

Fridays 9.30 – 11.30. January 12th, 19th, 26th, February 2nd, 9th, (16th No class half term), 23rd, March 2nd, 9th, 16th (23rd No class – Hope Cove course) and 30th. 10 weeks £100. ( course full) Fridays 1.30 – 3.30.

Silk Painting Techniques

Holt Village Hall, near Wimborne, Dorset

Saturday 10th February 2018 and Saturday 8th September 2018. From 10am – 4pm.

£30 per session to include materials or £26 without.

A chance to learn the skills of silk painting. You can have all materials for the course for £4 per person, or if you wish to bring your own silk and paints you can do.

Please bring a table cover and newspaper, kitchen roll, a pot for water, brushes – chinese brushes are good, pencil and notebook, ruler, scissors, apron and a packed lunch.

Penny will demonstrate the techniques to you and you will go home with many sample pieces to admire and make into cards or make into covers for books, pin cushions etc.

Silk painting techniques – more details and application form

Location of Holt Village Hall

Silk painting techniques with Penny Wilton. Holt Village Hall, Dorset. February 2018.

Taking photos of a still life then making it into a Matisse style cut outs picture

Saturday 17th March 9.30 – 1.30 £22.00 – Holt Village Hall, near Wimborne, Dorset.

Taking photos of a still life then making it into a Matisse style cut outs picture.

The day will start with instruction on how to use your camera for a good composition. Our influence will be the artist Matisse cut outs. Dufy is another option.


  • 1 x A3 or A4 sheet Watercolour paper
  • Kitchen roll
  • Newspaper
  • PVA glue, a brush for the glue, coloured paper, scissors
  • Pencil and notebook, ruler

Photographing a still life and making a painting of a still life – more details and application form

Location of Holt Village Hall

Photographing a still life and making a painting of a still life. March 2018, Holt, Dorset.

Drawing afternoon at The Etches Dinosaur Collection, Kimmeridge, Dorset

Friday 6th April 2018, 2 – 4pm. 

Meet in the car park at 1.45,pm. If you have a ticket for the exhibition if you have been before please bring it. If there are over 10 people we will get in for £6 each. Bring a friend.

Please let Penny know that you are coming and tuition will be provided, £10 per person.

Photography is allowed.

Drawing afternoon at The Etches Dinosaur Collection, Kimmeridge, Dorset – more details and application form

Etches Dinosaur Collection, Kimmeridge - drawing with Penny Wilton.

Creative painting with calligraphy

Saturday 28th April 2018, 10 – 4pm £26 plus £4 each for paper and inks or bring your own. Holt Village Hall, near Wimborne, Dorset.

Painting backgrounds and experimenting with making calligraphic marks with inks, acrylic, lollipop sticks and even a moustache comb!


  • 2 x A3 sheets Watercolour paper
  • Kitchen roll
  • Newspaper
  • Large flat brush – can be a decorators brush
  • Pencil and notebook, ruler, FW inks if you are bringing your own or any waterproof ink. A dip pen

Creative painting with calligraphy – more details and application form

Location of Holt Village Hall

Creative painting with calligraphy class, April 2018, Holt, Dorset.