Roses and Castles Painting Workshop Weekends

Roses and Castles - the folk art of the canals

As featured on ITV's Locks & Quays & BBC 2's Paul Martin's Handmade Revolution


Anne and Jane with some of their painting

Anne Luard and Jane Marshall have been operating their popular canal painting workshop weekends since 1997.

Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced painter looking for a refresher, you can be assured of a warm welcome and expert tuition.

All paints, brushes and practise boards are supplied but guests are encouraged to bring along an item such as a water can or bowl in a gloss base colour ready for decoration.


Course fees are 75.00 (25 deposit required) per person which includes lunch on both days and sundry refreshments.
Bed & Breakfast accommodation can be arranged locally if required at extra cost - please enquire for details.



  • Introduction and familiarisation over coffee and biscuits. Take a look at photos of previous courses and reference books.
  • Discussion on paints and brush types. Also talk about layout and stages of painting.
  • Practise brush strokes on boards to gain confidence before starting on main item

By the end of the first day you will have worked out a suitable layout for your item and have the leaves and bases of the roses completed. Also the background for the castle will be in place.


Painting a castle

On the second day you will finish the roses and castles - practising on the boards first . If time permits you can try lining out, graining and lettering.


The courses will be held at :-

Upcoming weekend workshops

13th 14th April 2019

15th 16th June 2019

New one day workshops!

19th May 2019

Courses run from 10am to 4pm each day

Please email for more information or to be informed when new dates are available.

Click here to visit the Day-Star web site

Day Star Theatre, The Old Stables, Bottom Lock, Audlem, Cheshire CW3 0HA



For bookings and further details please phone 01270 811330 or e-mail Jane