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Workshop/Course, Fri 26 Jun 2020, £75

Breaking the Rules -Landscapes with Roy Simmon 'Qu

Breaking the Rules -Landscapes with Roy Simmon 'Qu

Breaking the Rules -Landscapes with Roy Simmons 'Quirky Workshop at Greystoke


Breaking the 'Rules of Painting' with Roy Simmons ... Beginners and intermediates.

This one day course is for anyone who wants to discover their own natural way of painting. We will be using acrylics.
I tend to paint in a very intuitive way, and believe that with guidance you can learn to 'let go' of the limiting beliefs that prevent your own way of painting coming through. If you are completely new to painting – Great! You have the advantage of the 'beginners mind' without trying! If you do paint already, be prepared to adopt that beginners mind to liberate your own style. Forget any 'rules' you may have picked up even without realising. Some rules to break:

'Start by painting the background' ~ 'Carefully draw your subject' ~ 'Only use the best materials' ~ 'Work from a sketch' ~ 'Paint slowly' ~ 'Don't try to paint until you can draw accurately'

We will start with a 'loosening up' painting, this will introduce my way of working. On this course each student will produce at least two paintings (but that is not a rule)!
All materials and instruction provided, you will take home a mounted painting at the end of the day

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 26 Jun 2020 10:00 to 16:00
The Greystoke Craft Garden & Barns hosts over 120 arts, crafts and heritage workshops between March and December each year. On occasions, we may have rooms available to hire for other workshop and course providers, running in parallel to our annual Quirky Workshops programme. For further details re: room hire etc please enquire at We started as Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden, serving passing C2C cyclists since 2005. We have now closed to the general public. Our grateful thanks for your support over the years.


£75 including fresh coffees, a tasty 2 course Aga lunch 2 course lunch & a home made cream tea to close.


  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
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We have a ground floor toilet but not wide enough for wheelchair access.


Greystoke Craft Garden ,
Greystoke, Penrith,
CA11 0UT


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Map reference: NY 439312  Lat: 54.67273 Long: -2.87142

Greystoke Craft Garden (formerly Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden) is situated just 300yd north of the village green on the edge of the lovely village of Greystoke. The village nestles happily on the fringes of the Lake District National Park, 5 miles west of Penrith and the Eden Valley and 5 miles north of Ullswater. We have only limited parking and ask workshops attendees to enjoy the 300yd flat walking from the free village car park, alongside the racehorses and past the Castle walls. We will send maps etc on booking confirmation. We have 2 parking spaces reserved for those unable to walk this distance, please let us know. Drop off of students or materials is fine.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Penrith station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas steps and no ramp


  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

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