forthcoming workshops

Studio based workshops in Buxton and further afield. For info on group workshops/demos scroll to bottom section of page

Classes update

You won't be surprised to read that my weekly classes are currently suspended until further notice. I am in the process of rearranging dates for the workshops to run in 2021. Once I hear back from existing participants I will put the new dates online so bookings can resume.

I am now offering one-to-one or one-to-two classes - see below for details.

I have over 40 online videos of popular topics which you can subscribe to. All best and stay well! Sandra

Bespoke Tuition for you

Studio Classes
Individuals or couples

Bespoke tuition on a topic or issue of your choice. More than one theme can be tackled if need be. Or just come along to work in the studio with the occasional bit of 'over the shoulder' advice and encouragement.

For one person: £35 per hour
For two people: £50 per hour

Covid Safe Notes: You will need to wear a mask or visor at all times except when drinking tea/coffee. There is only one toilet and it is in my house. If you need to use the toilet you will be given your own hand towel and asked to flush with the loo seat down- apparently this is safer. Hand gel will have to be used on entering the studio and will be provided. All tables and chairs will be washed and sprayed prior to you attending. You will need to bring all your own equipment. Paper can be provided at cost price given enough advance notice. If it isn't a howling gale we will leave the studio door slightly open to keep fresh air circulating. I will stay at a 'safe' distance from you at all times!

General info about Studio Workshops

  • All studio workshops are from 10-3.30pm and take place at Sandra Orme Sky Studio and Gallery, 26 Rock Bank, Buxton. SK179JF.

  • Costs- £80 including food and materials.

  • Places limited to 7.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Accsss to the studio is via a short flight of uneven steps with handrail.

Workshop Voucher

Buy a gift for friends or family. With this voucher they can then choose which session they would like to attend at any time for a year from the date of purchase (subject to places available). £80 including most materials and lunch.

Liquid and pastels

Pastel can be turned into paint using liquefier then once dry, you can rework it with further pastel work mark-making. Its an intriguing process creating wet and dry mark-making. Explore colour mixing and create expressive and semi-abstract art work. Suitable for those that have pervious pastel experience.

Out of the darkness

Charcoal is a truly stunning medium to work with. Spend the day exploring using it with both dry and wet techniques on two different papers. Create dramatic and eye catching monochromatic art.

Turquoise Seas

A return of a very popular course. We will explore using pastels to create breaking waves with a delicate seashore. Spend the day learning how to layer pastels to show movement, light, depth and transparency.

Sunsets over the moors

Explore using and controlling vivid colours in pastel to create evocative sunset skies. We will be using specialist pastel paper so you will learn how to build layers and mix colours to wonderful effect. 

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Workshops for Art Groups

Subject matter and structure of the day designed to meet each groups particular needs. Materials provided at cost price. 

Price guidance: 

For a half day workshop (e.g. 10-12.30 or 1-3.30pm)

£160 + travel costs if over 15 miles.

£210 + travel costs if over 35 miles.

Please contact me for a quote if you are over 50 miles away from Buxton.

For a full day bespoke tuition in pastels or charcoal. (e.g. 10-4pm)

£285 + travel costs if over 15 miles. 

£350 + travel costs if over 35 miles.

Please contact me for a quote if you are over 50 miles away from Buxton.

£435 for visits to groups over 70 miles involving an overnight stay.

Clients include Unison Soft Colour Pastels, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University, Field Breaks, The Brantwood Trust Coniston Water, High Peak Community Arts, Buxton Opera House, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Derbyshire County Council, Marple Art Society, Derby Sketching Club, Stockport Art Guild, Rufford Art Society, Derby High School.

Art Group Demos

Price guidance for a two hour demonstration:

£130 within 20 miles.

£165 within 40 miles- plus travel costs

£250 within 60 miles- plus travel costs

£275+ if over 60 miles - please contact me for a quote

A two hour demonstration will give the audience an insight into how I develop a pastel work and touch on techniques, materials as well as overall considerations. Subject matter can be arranged to suit interests of the group. Usual themes include Dramatic Skies, Seascapes, etc.

Weekly art classes


The classes focus on developing general art skills- for example, using perspective, drawing from still life, proportion and composition. We then also look at particular mediums- pastels, collage pencil etc. We tend to work as a group and develop key areas that we all agree would be of interest or a challenge.

  • Drop in session.

  • 10am-12 and 1-3pm every Thursday.

  • Pay weekly or in blocks for 4 sessions.

  • £10 per session or £30 for a block of 4.

  • Tea and biscuits provided.

Places available in my afternoon class. Contact me to join.


I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot, which is a perfect combination.
I learnt lots of new techniques and have come away full of ideas on how I can use some of them in my own work
It was so good to get such comprehensive demonstrating and instruction, not to mention the really yummy lunch.
Thank you for another successful workshop. Members enjoyed it very much.
Really enjoyed the day, learnt a lot & feel inspired. 
Just to say how much I enjoyed today's workshop on seascapes.  You have an unusual and unique talent.
I enjoyed Saturday enormously and came away quite inspired!
Just a quick thanks for the course on Saturday - I found it very inspiring and the lunch was delicious!
Thank you again for a lovely and productive day.

I've learnt so very much from you today, and you have given me inspiration and new hope that I can produce a half decent picture to be proud of.
Thanks for an excellent course on Saturday. It was a very enjoyable day and I really got a lot out of it.
Just a little note to thank you for a most enjoyable and inspirational day yesterday.  It was certainly food for thought...
You certainly made me stretch and excel myself!! 

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