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Art Courses

At his Shropshire home, near Ellesmere, Leo runs Art Days. These are aimed at students of all levels on a one-to-one or one-to-two basis.
Each session is tailored to meet the needs of the individual student and
all areas can be explored: drawing, painting, watercolour, oils, acrylics etc.

Charges are £30 (£25 if two students) per hour or 10 hourly sessions £250 (£200 if two students)

For further information and terms, please contact Leo via the 'Contact Us' page.


Precision Drawing Course:

'Many thanks for a fabulous workshop. I really enjoyed it and while I cannot say that drawing is my new passion, I am at least slightly keener than I was. I know I really need the skills. It is a great exercise for improving hand-eye coordination. I must keep working at it.' Clive Wilson.

Chinese Painting:

'Leo Donaghy teaches with knowledge, skill and patience, a sense of humour, is realistic and caring. He is remarkably capable and demonstrates the sensitivity and connection with nature and objects that the Chinese love.' Margo Jolly

'As ever, I thoroughly enjoyed your course. You always put so much into it, all working solidly from beginning to end but great fun too.' Janet Falcon.

Autumn 2018 Courses at the Willow Gallery:

Oil Painting with Leo Donaghy

Thursday 27th September, 4th, 11th & 18th October.
10am to 1.30pm
Cost £85 – Book Your Place Now

Using a sketch book and photographs is a great way to record and, later, inform a painting. However, transforming those ideas can be a challenge. Scaling the drawings up and successfully translating colour are just two of the things to consider. This course is designed to bring these drawing and studies to life.
Materials List:
Oil Paints or Water-based oils. A selection of brushes (flat and round). Oder-less spirit, palette, palette knife, rags, two small canvases and an A5 sketchbook.

Chinese Brush Painting with Leo Donaghy

Wednesdays: 26th September, 3rd 10th & 17thOctober
10am to 1.30pm
Cost £85 – Book Your Place Now

The Song Dynasty 960-1279 founded by Emperor Taizu is a period of great flowering of the arts in China. Looking at some of the most famous and recognisable artists of this time, we will explore their composition, style and colour. Using Chinese paints and inks, the course aims to reproduce as closely as possible some of these fine works on Xian and parchment paper.
Materials List:
Chinese Brushes (Available on the day), Chinese Paints, Chinese Inks, One roll of Lightweight Wallpaper – All other materials included.

Courses at the Willow Gallery should be booked directly with the Gallery.
Telephone: 01691 657 575

There is a direct link to the Gallery's Website on the LINKS page.


Courses at the Willow Gallery must now be paid for in full at the time of booking.
If you have to cancel, refunds will be given if your place can be filled.

WESTHOPE COLLEGE - near Craven Arms:

Leo will be teaching a one-day beginners course in Chinese Brush Painting at the College on Tuesday October 9th (all equipment provided)
If you are interested in this course please contact the college directly on: 01584 861 293 Email: