february, 2019

08feb(feb 8)10:0009(feb 9)16:00Jake Attree: A Case For Place, Landscape Issues 1. 2 Day Workshop Text Excerpt (Main List page only): Join Artist Jake Attree for this 2 day workshop exploring the old River Ancholme through drawing and painting


£70 per person

Event Details

Jake Attree Workshop at Gallery Steel Rooms

2 Day Workshop Friday 8 February and Saturday 9 February 2019

Jake Atree: John Constable spent many hours by the River Stour in his native Suffolk. Paul Cezane showed a similarly close relationship with the River Arc in Provence, whilst Joan Eardley demonstrated a passionate attachment to the Clyde at Port Glasgow.

We will spend these two days exploring the Old River Ancholme at Brigg through drawing and painting. Day 1 will begin with making sketchbook drawings along the riverbank with the intention of finding a suitable subject for painting. After lunch, we will develop these ideas into a more resolved and larger drawing; I will bring sketchbooks and larger drawings to show how I approach this concept plus giving a demonstration. At the end of the day, we will sum up what we have achieved.

On Day 2, we will begin painting in oils, acrylics or watercolour; Jake will give a demonstration of both watercolours and oils. We will then paint all day, either from drawings in the studio or on site (depending on participants’ preferences and the weather!) I will be on hand to offer advice, direction and encouragement, the day concluding with a plenary session and a sense of fulfilment.

Please bring with you sketchbooks, drawing pins, erasers, pencils, graphite sticks, charcoal, compressed charcoal, watercolours (either tubes or cakes – palettes will be required if tubes), canvases or prepared hardboard/mdf panels (primed with a good quality emulsion), brushes (for watercolour/oil /acrylics), palettes, rags, white spirit and containers. You will also need good quality cartridge paper.

Gallery Steel Rooms will provide easels and drawing boards. We also have cartridge paper available to purchase, and a small range of materials which you may use, although bringing your own might be preferable.

About Jake Attree:

Born 1950 in York, the painter Jake Attree now lives in Saltaire and has a studio at Dean Clough, Halifax.

He attended a secondary modern school in York and his art education was initially at York College of Art, then Liverpool Art College, and finally at the Royal Academy of Arts, 1974-77, where he gained the Creswick Prize and Landseer Prize respectively for his landscape and figure work.

His work has been exhibited widely at solo shows across Britain, including at Cartwright Hall, Bradford, and in Holland, Germany and the USA. Jake’s work can be found in public art galleries, including at York, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, the University of Sheffield, and overseas at Dortmund.  The Nuffield Trust and ‘Paintings in Hospitals’ project has acquired his work, and it has also been bought for private collections worldwide. His work is represented in London by Messums of Cork Street, who held an exhibition of his work in 2016.

In 2016 he collaborated with the poet Robert Powell to illustrate the limited edition book, ‘A Small Box of River’, inspired by a series of walks along the Ouse and Foss rivers in York. The drawings for the book were exhibited at the Lotte Inch Gallery, and later at Salts Mill, Saltaire, during 2016.

In October 2016, describing his working method to the Yorkshire Post, after making initial sketches of a scene, Jake works in his Dean Clough studio to complete the work.  His paintings are often thickly textured with oil paint: “They start off quite thin and then if I don’t get them right to begin with I just keep putting it on.”

You can read reviews and see some images of the Artists Professional Development Day Jake delivered here in June 2018 on our news page here.

See Jake in his studio:

To book, contact us on 01652 657256 or call in to The Steel Rooms shop.

Please note, to ensure your place is secured on any of our workshops, we ask that payment is made in full at the point of booking.


Payment is non refundable unless we are able to fill your space. In the event of cancellation no less than 14 days prior to the workshop date the credit may be transferred. If Gallery Steel Rooms cancels a workshop or event you will be entitled to a full refund or to transfer payment to another workshop or event at Gallery Steel Rooms / The Steel Rooms [ subject to availability ]. If a session which has been prepaid at the discounted rate is cancelled, the discounted rate will carry over to the workshop or event of your choosing [ subject to availability ]. Please note that we require varying numbers of participants depending on the workshop and workshop provider. Therefore, if we have to cancel due to a deficit in the number of participants, we will try to give a weeks notice when cancelling workshops and events wherever possible.