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Art Day with Cary Norman & Maryanne Nicholls

19th September 2023 / 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Spend the day with Cary Norman and Maryanne Nichols as they talk you through …

Drawing skills with examples shown and demonstrated – exploring a range of techniques using a variety of media including pencils, graphite, charcoal, pastels. All drawing from still life.

Colour theory with examples shown and demonstrated – colour mixing and wax resist using a variety of water based media including neo-colours, inks, water colours, gouache & acrylic paints. All painting from still life.

What is included?- All drawing & painting materials will be provided except for sketchbooks. Students are asked to bring a good quality A3 sketchbook with ideally 250gsm weight paper. We can provide these at a cost of £15 each and students may order these at point of booking and then take them home. (please email: hello@farfromthemaddingcrowd.co.uk)


Cary Norman:

Cary qualified as a typographic designer at the London College of Communication and worked running design studios for 10 years. She then moved to Suffolk and went on to complete a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and subsequently qualified as a lecturer in Art and Design at Suffolk New College, where she taught drawing, painting, history of art and 3D Design for nearly 20 years.

With Maryanne Nicholls she founded and ran DrawEast drawing courses for 10 years.

Cary makes sculptures from reclaimed copper, paints, draws and makes ceramics, regularly exhibiting her work as well as taking on private commissions.

Her work is colourful, bright and inspired by natural and familiar shapes, patterns and living forms.



Maryanne Nicholls:

Maryanne lives in Aldeburgh and works from her studio at home.

The discipline of drawing and the study of anatomy are central to her practice. Her rapid sketches inform Maryanne’s larger-scale drawings, paintings and sculptures. For those, she use layers of spontaneous mark-making to capture the movement and physicality of the subject, be it the human form or the flowers that grow in my garden.

Maryanne’s work has featured in exhibitions across the country and her former large, resin sculptures can be found in private gardens in England and abroad.

Maryanne’s ceramics can currently be seen at 8 Holland Street in London and Bath – www.8hollandstreet.com.


Coffee/tea and a light lunch and drinks are included.

Suitable for beginners and more experienced artists. Spaces are limited so please book early. The workshop will be held at Far From The Madding Crowd in the village of Leavenheath, CO6 4PU. We will be in touch nearer the time with the exact location and any further information. Tickets are non-refundable.