Getting back into the swing....

There were some lovely "Experimental Watercolours", inspired by dry stone walling, coming out of my class this week.....

And if anyone is interested in this free approach to this wonderful, if unpredictable, medium, I am running a one day introductory workshop on Saturday 19th October at St Olave's Church Hall in the centre of York. Only £45 for the day - including all your materials. Beginners more than welcome. There are a couple of places still available so do feel free to email me if you’d like to

Further details about the workshop can be found here: Experimental Watercolours workshop

Art holiday in Snowdonia 2019

I’m really looking forward to taking a small group of students to one of my favourite places in the UK at the end of September and there are two rooms still available if anyone would like to join us?

Below you will find a visual taster of the area we will be staying in as all photographs were taken within the local walkable area of our accommodation. The venue itself is also stunning (an architect designed converted Methodist Chapel with a definite ‘wow’ factor upon entering). Prices starts from only £350 for the 5 night stay (Monday 30th September to Saturday 5th October) and tuition is included too.

Feel free to email me if you have any specific questions or would like me to send you a link to the accommodation details.

Inspiration 2019

Our annual York Learning (Adult Education) exhibition of learners work is currently in full swing at York EXPLORE until June 2nd. Normal library opening times apply with work on display in the cafe area and around the central billboards . We had to limit work to only one piece per learner this year (due to the building work) but it is still definitely worth a visit. Here’s a preview…..

Lino printing for beginners & improvers - part 2

The latest work to come out of my most recent one day workshop. Further lino printing workshops will follow in the Autumn term - please email me if you would like to be put on my waiting list.

Or alternatively, if you are interested in joining me for an ‘experimental watercolours’ workshop on Saturday 20th July, please get in touch asap.

Lino printing for beginners & improvers

Please see below all the wonderful work which was produced by learners on my one day workshop yesterday. Next one will be Saturday 4th May.

Learn to Crochet workshop

I will be delivering a beginners one day workshop at ‘The Flax and Twine’ cafe right in the heart of York in The Shambles on Tuesday 19th March (11am to 3pm). So, if you are free and fancy a day learning a new craft please get in touch. The cost for the day will be £48 including all equipment / materials and refreshments. Lunch is available at the venue for an additional cost.


One day workshop with local Art Group

There was a rather large turn out at the last one day “Experimental Watercolour’ workshop I conducted at the start of the half term holidays, which resulted in rather a lot of creative activity!! I do hope I managed to get photographs of everyones work……

Learners work

There has been some lovely work produced by my learners this term in the two classes I run for York Learning. I’m really hoping some of the pieces will be on display during our summer exhibition ‘Inspirations 2019’ at York EXPLORE library.

Here is just a small selection:

Above: Monday morning ‘Experimental Watercolour’ class

Above: Monday afternoon ‘Develop your Confidence’ class

PolliNation is back!

If you were involved in York Learning’s PolliNation Community Art Project, you should take a trip to York city centre this month - where you will be able to spot your art work displayed alongside the 469 others created as part of this amazing project.

The exhibition runs until March 6th - in the upper corridor of City Screen, York.



City Screen, York

February 8th - March 6th 2019

'Lino printing for beginners' workshop - the results!

So, as promised, here are the final designs from yesterdays workshop all printed up - hope you all enjoyed the day. I hope to run another workshop later in the year for those who couldn’t make this one - please email me if you’d like to be put on the waiting list - and I will publish details of the date shortly.

(And apologies to those who’s images I didn’t manage to capture before you headed off!)

Lino printing workshop at Southlands

Come and join me for a one day workshop at Southlands Methodist Church on Saturday 2nd February, and have a go at creating your very own lino prints. Please see below for full course description:

Course Details:

Date: 2/2/2019

Day: Saturday

Times: 10.30am - 3.30pm

Venue: Southlands Methodist Church, 97, Bishopthorpe Road, YO23 1NX

Duration: 5 hours

Tutor: Donna Maria Taylor

Cost: £40 (including all materials)


Refreshments will be available, but please bring a packed lunch


Full Course Description:

We will start the session by looking at some examples of lino cut prints. You will then have an opportunity to experiment with mark making techniques before working on your own design for a greetings card. 

At this point you can choose to either use designs / templates provided by me as inspiration or you may decide to work more independently - drawing and/or adapting your own ideas to translate using the lino printing process. If you do already have specific ideas, you are more than welcome to bring these along on the day. 

Printed images produced in class can be used to decorate one off cards – or they can be scanned / photocopied later to produce higher numbers.


Course Outcome:

One or more original lino print designs will be produced on the day which can then be used for greetings cards.

Who should attend?

Anyone can sign up -  from beginners to those with an artistic background, but the minimum age is 18 years.


What’s next?

If there is enough interest I hope to run a short follow on course at the same venue in the Spring / Summer term. Further details will be provided on the day.


What to bring on the day:

Printing can be messy, so please wear old clothes or bring an apron to wear on the day. 

Also bring inspiration for you own design if you have something specific in mind. (But don’t worry if not, as I will have lots on hand).

Finally – don’t forget to bring a packed lunch.


How do I book?

Please contact me directly to book. A £20 deposit will be required to secure your place. Payments can be made via Bank Transfer (or cheque) and the balance can be paid in cash on the day.

07752 303946

Santa's Socks 2018

A big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to this year’s ‘Santa’s Socks’ community craft project, which was again run by York Learning. As always we had a massive response from groups new and old, as well as individuals who crafted their little socks off. Sweets, chocolates and stationery were also kindly donated by local residents which helped to fill the record number of 739 handmade socks this year! These have all now been distributed to worthwhile causes in the York area - including York Food banks, IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Service) and other homeless charities.



Impressionistic acrylics

Here’s a few examples of the impressionistic acrylic paintings that have come out of my Monday afternoon “Painting and Drawing - develop your confidence” class.

More experimental watercolours....

More experimental delights have come out of our Monday morning class at York EXPLORE library over the last couple of weeks….

Including quite a few textured pieces…..

Experimental Watercolours

My lovely learners are producing some beautiful work this half term in my Monday morning class at York EXPLORE library. Here’s just a few examples (inspired by the work of Ann Blockley and Jean Haines). More to follow - watch this space……

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