Sonia’s courses are suitable for complete beginners and more experienced students, she aims to give confidence and build on existing skills as well as developing new ones in a relaxed and friendly environment. She gives her students permission to play and, although there is group work, she tries to tailor the week to the needs of individuals. Students of all abilities should go home with sketches, photographs and small paintings as resources for further work at home having enjoyed a fun and stimulating holiday.
This year the UK courses will, as well as the daily sketching (mainly in ink and wash), include simple mono-printing as well as working in acrylics and mixed media in the studio sessions. The holidays abroad will concentrate more on sketching and a slightly bigger proportion of sightseeing. Sonia is also available by email for help before and after the course.
Sonia Hawes lives in beautiful North Wales where she enjoys the landscape, wildlife and coastal painting. She belongs to a regular Life drawing group and is a member of the North Wales Urban Sketchers. She has sketched around the world in Europe, Africa, China, India, South America, the Arctic and Antarctica and is a great advocate of Plein Air work. She runs classes and workshops privately and for local authorities and other agencies including art societies and loves sharing her passion for painting and drawing.
You can also follow Sonia on her facebook page