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In this plein air workshop at Batsford Arboretum, you will be guided towards using colour as part of your considered composition by Paul Talbot-Greaves RI.

Working in acrylics or oils, you will focus on the shapes and colours of autumn or any interesting colour within the trees to make a statement painting. Looking at the use of colour theory, you will be introduced to utilising a connecting colour to tie a painting together, giving it vitality and interest.

This workshop will take place in the grounds of Batsford Arboretum, home to a unique collection of some of the world’s most beautiful and rare trees, shrubs and bamboos spread across 60 acres and famous for its outstanding autumn colour. Batsford is 20 minutes drive from Broadway.

Paul has been painting and teaching for 30 years, and he has won many awards including the Chaoshan Watercolour award at the RI Painters in Watercolours exhibition 2022.

“I draw my inspiration from historical connections using layers of colour, texture, shapes and patterns applied with energy and feeling. My main inspiration is light, and the effects created by the contrasts of shadows.”

Suitable for those with some experience.

Limited to 15 places

Tickets £95

Ticket price includes entry to the Arboretum and parking

Batsford Arboretum

Materials List


  • Brushes 
  • Palette 
  • Easel (plus some way of holding it down in case of a breeze) 
  • Apron 
  • Pochade box or painting board 

For Acrylic Painting 

  • Paints – including titanium white 
  • Matt Medium 
  • Water pots 
  • Water carrier 
  • Moppet type cleaning sponge 
  • Spray bottle 
  • Boards, canvas, canvas panel or paper 
  • Pencil & eraser 
  • Kitchen roll 

For Oil Painting 

  • Acrylic paint and a little matt medium for colouring a board, but not essential. 
  • Paints – including alkyd titanium white 
  • Brush washing can 
  • Solvent (zest it or Sansodor) 
  • Liquin original 
  • Kitchen roll or rags 
  • Baby oil (for cleaning) 
  • Palette knife 
  • Panel carrier 
  • Board or canvas/canvas panel 

Paul Talbot-Greaves RI



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