Due to the current situation we are aiming to re-open parts of Patchings Art centre on the 8th August – please refer to our website a bit closer to the day to see how and what we will be opening, This day is quite a special day as it will be 32 years to the day Patchings first opened.

In the meantime we are offering FREE taster classes at our new Art School Website – Friends of Patchings 


9am launch of our TALP Open exhibitions and announcement of this year’s prizewinners

9am Join Tim Fisher in his studio to paint a Pembrokeshire landscape (Part 1 )

  LIVE A Q&A with gallery owner Mark David Hatwood where Mark will be sharing his top marketing tips for artists

3pm  LIVE Paul Hopkinson starts a watercolour painting of a kestrel



9am Join Tim Fisher in his studio to paint a Pembrokeshire landscape (Part 2)

3pm  LIVE Paul Hopkinson completes his watercolour painting

Also available throughout the Festival we have a series of step-by-step demos to paint scenes from Patchings

Exclusive video demonstrations from popular contributors to the magazines

Painting and question-based competitons to enter with great prizes

A ‘Cafe’, A ‘Bandstand’

Special offers

Top tips from David Bellamy

A video demo and competition for children to join in.

Click on the button to head off to Marquee 10 on the Painters online website.


Search Press has been busy creating a programme of creativity, the content below is all available at the Search Press Facebook Page by clicking on the button below.

Times may vary slightly – Please stay tuned!




The Story of Search Press

Win £50 worth of Search press Books

Video Demo by Tanja Jung: Acrylic Paint Pouring

Video Demonstration by Vic Bearcroft: Painting a Tiger in Pastel

12:15 – 12:45
Blog by Lesley Lindley: Art Inspiration from the Isle of Skye

13.00 – 14.00
Sketching the Face of Homelessness: Demonstration using oil-base pencils and graphite with Adebanji Alade (plus Paint Along with Adebanji Competition and WIN £30 of art materials)

14:15 – 14:45
Video Demonstration by Peter Cronin: Fishguard Harbour in Watercolour

15:00 – 16:00
Video Demonstration by Matthew Palmer: A Snowy Woodland Village






Win £50 worth of Search press Books

Video Demonstration by Trevor Waugh: Roses in Watercolour

LIVE DEMONSTRATION Watercolour Painting Demonstration from Grahame Booth: Watercolour Skies (plus Paint Along with Grahame Competition

12:15 – 12:30
Video by David Bellamy: Tales of his Intrepid Travels

12:30 – 13:00
20% Off all books at www.searchpress.com, with Free P&P in the UK* use this code : PATCH20

13:00 – 14:00
Video Demonstration from Alison C. Board: Pebble Mixed Media Painting

14:00 – 14:30

Free Book Downloads from the Search Press archives www.searchpress.com/50th-anniversary

Blog by Robert Dutton: Dramatic Landscapes and New Horizons

15:00 – 16:00
Video Demonstration from Rebecca de Mendonca: Gone Fishing Pastel Tutorial


20% Off all books at www.searchpress.com, with Free P&P in the UK* use this code : PATCH20

Free Project from Painting Expressive Landscapes by Carole Robson


LIVE DEMONSTRATION by Matthew Palmer: Atmospheric Lighthouse Seascape by Moon Light in Watercolour (plus Paint Along with Matthew Competition – WIN £34.99 worth of Texture and Tree brushes)

WIN £50 worth of Search Press

12:30 – 12:45
WIN some luxurious handcream, from Seams Beauty. To enter, ‘Like’ the Search Press Facebook page  and leave a comment.

12.45 – 13.00
Give a Hurt Book a good home – all at 50% Discount at www.searchpress.com/hurt-books

13:00 – 14:00
Video Demonstration by Hashim Akib: The Old Man in Acrylics

14:00 – 14:45
Video Demonstration by Grahame Booth: Rustic Building in Staithes, North Yorkshire in Watercolour

15:00 – 16:00
Video Demonstration by Stephen Coates: Boat by the Waterside in Watercolour




WIN £50 worth of Search Press Books.

Blog by Vivienne Cawson – Adventures in Painting Orchids in Watercolour

Mixed Media Painting Demonstration: Tawny Owl by Alison C. Board (plus Paint Along with Alison Competition – WIN Watercolour Pad & DVD worth £36)

Blog by Wendy Jelbert, Search Press author for over 25 years – Search Press and My Artistic Journey

13:00 – 14:00
Video Demonstration by Charlie Evans: Boats on the Beach in Watercolour

14:00 – 14.30

Enjoy 50% off selected books to celebrate Search Press’s 50th Anniversary: www.searchpress.com/special-prices

14:30 – 15:30
Video Demonstration by Jane Betteridge: Golden Poppy in Watercolour and Mixed Media

15.30 – 16:00

Signed Copy Giveaways on selected titles. Please refer to Search Press’s Facebook post for details on how to win a copy.

Search Press is known world-wide for its inspirational practical art and craft book list covering a huge range of subjects and techniques. The company was founded in 1970, when Charlotte de la Bedoyere published her first book – Basket Weaving – in an attic room in Kensington.

* Offer ends 19th July 2020, orders can be placed at any time until then

Despite being in the virtual world, we are pleased Search Press are introducing for the first time at Patchings a marquee dedicated to the demonstration of craft work. We welcome this exciting addition which brings another important practical element to the event. Let’s hope this takes off and we can include the new venture as part of next year’s festival. 

Video Demonstration by Sarah Ditchfield: Floating Candles

Video Demonstration by The Woolly Felters: Needle Felted Sheep


Free Project from Debbie Shore: Making an Oil Cloth Tote Bag – CLICK HERE

Free Project from Debbie Shore: Sewing a Summer Sunglasses Case – CLICK HERE

If you have enjoyed these two free projects by Debbie Shore from her Half Yard Sewing Club, why not take advantage of the Free Monthly trial to her club, worth £5.99.

Visit www.halfyardsewingclub.com/signup and use this promo code at the checkout, PATCHINGS1, to obtain a free trial for a month.


20% Off all books at www.searchpress.com, with Free P&P in the UK* use this code : PATCH20
* Offer ends 19th July 2020, orders can be placed at any time until then

Video Demonstration by Anna Nikipirowicz: Crocheted Rainbow of Hope

Video Demonstration by Lynne Rowe: Crocheted Flexie-Hexies

Regulars will know St Cuthberts demonstrations take place within a 300 seated arena. The benefit of being virtual allows a closer look as we welcome this year’s celebrity artists. As always it is pleasure to work with St Cuthberts Mill and in doing so show the the work of such celebrated artists. Be assured all have promised to be back with us next year.

Adebanji Alade, Andrew Hucklesby

Carne Griffiths, David Bellamy

Soraya French



System3 – WOW Effects Workshop by Jenny Muncaster

Strathmore Paper & Lyra Charcoal – Drawing Animals with Charcoal Workshop by Kirsty Partridge

Aquafine Watercolour – Coastal Landscape Workshop with Charles Evans



System3 – Heavy Body Workshop with Jenny Muncaster

System3 Acrylic – Painting Trees & Reflections Workshop with Charles Evans

Graduate Oil – Sunset Tutorial with Jen Dixon


Discover Daler-Rowney Inks Workshop with Jenny Muncaster

Daler-Rowney Inks with Airbrush Tutorial with Carleen De Sozer



Strathmore Paper & Lyra Charcoal – Drawing a Portrait with Charcoal Workshop with Kirsty Partridge

Aquafine Watercolour – Buoys on the Beach & Reflections Workshop with Charles Evans

A welcome to our friends from Winsor & Newton and of course their talented artist and demonstrator Glynn Macey. Always a popular stop off for visitors, so make sure you pop in and see him today.


With the Guest Artist Marquee, we always strive to create an opportunity to meet renowned artists in an intermit and informal setting. Something which has certainly been achieved as today you are privileged to visit many of our guest artists in their studio at home. A wonderful and special opportunity.

Bruce Mulcahy, David Curtis

David Howell, Haidee-Jo Summers

Pollyanna Pickering Foundation

Robin Perko, Roger Dellar

Naturally one of the most popular parts to the event – whether actual or virtual. Take a look at the  wide range of show offers. As always use the opportunity to hear from those who make and promote art and craft the products.

Mixed Media Marquee

For the virtual festival we have listed our makers in alphabetical order. Our invitation to you is to take your time and stroll around the marquee. Seeing their work in this arrangement clearly shows the variety of products and media exhibited, whilst marvelling at the talent and expertise of those involved.  There are show offers to seek out and many give you a glimpse into their creative world. 

Do use the contact details provided to converse with exhibitors – being virtual mustn’t stop the communication.

Painting Marquee

Year after year it always amazes the extensive styles and approaches there are to the fine art on show at Patchings. If nothing else this occasion encourages time to browse and consider what is on show. As with those in Mixed Media. 

We would encourage using the contact details. There is nothing an artist enjoys more than a conversation about their work, other than of course – selling it. Many here have show offers on work as well as courses and workshops.

Jean Haines – Marquee

Hi everyone,

I am desperately missing being at Patchings this year which I believe is the best art event to attend ever! I have many magical memories of my previous visits and I’m so looking forward to next year because it’s going to be a very special event when we are all together again. So see you there! For now here is a clip from my new online art school which is called “Watercolour Inspiration”. Everyone is welcome to join especially if you met me at Patchings. I look forward to being reunited in 2021, filling the world with wonderful colour and magic again.

Join Jeans’ fabulous exciting new online art school with this very special Patchings  offer!  Visit :- 
Register as a member and use the following code to receive a 15% discount!   The offer closes on July 19th! 
Annual – ‘PATCHINGS‘ or Monthly – ‘PATCHINGS-M

The UK Coloured Pencil Society welcomes all artists who are interested in using coloured pencil, both beginners and advanced. If you wish to join the society use the discount code PATCH2020 for the special membership joining fee of £20

(valid to 31/07/20). Click here to see the full list of benefits and how to apply.

The closing date for our Annual Open Exhibition 2020 is 31st July 2020 and both members and non-members are welcome to enter. Click here for full details.

Charles Evans

Charlie Evans was born a long time ago in Yorkshire where he grew up as a country lad.

Relocating to Northumberland after his time in the RAF gave Charlie the impetus to develop a career in art, painting and teaching. Appearing regularly for Tyne Tees TV regional programmes, painting out on location, gave him plenty of practice in working under all conditions. Today, Charlie still lives in Northumberland and travels the country, and  abroad, taking his no-nonsense approach to painting to hundreds of amateur artists.

Charlie represents Daler-Rowney wherever he goes and believes they provide the best art materials available! 

Art of Watercolour Tutorial by Charles Evans

Charles Evans is demonstrating in both the Daler Rowney Marquee and the Search press Marquee, please visit their marquees for full listings.


We are sorry that circumstances prevent us being at Patching’s this year to see all our regular visitors and new visitors. As an alternative we have some short Daniel Smith Watercolour videos from Jean Haines and Michael Soloyev and some introductory videos to PanPastel for those who are unfamiliar with this medium. There’s also two PanPastel tutorials for those who already have the product, to try at home.

Stay safe and keep painting. We look forward to welcoming you back to an even bigger and better marquee in 2021!

A message from Jean Haines…

 “ Hi there, I am sure like me you are so sad that we can’t be at Patchings this year. But the good news is we will be together in 2021 and it’s going to be absolutely fantastic! I am absolutely loving using my Daniel Smith watercolours which add vibrance and excitement to every single painting session.  Here I am demonstrating my now very popular “Dancing Ladies” technique which shows you how to select colours to paint any subject. By using these exercises regularly you learn about individual pigments,  how they interact and increase your knowledge on how to work with watercolour gaining confidence constantly. You can see more inspirational films on how to paint in a loose style in my brand new online art school where I talk more about my passion for working with Daniel Smith products! 

Jean Haines – Daniel Smith Master Artist Set – Greens

15 minute Watercolor with Michael Solovyev and Daniel Smith Watercolours.

Seascape Tutorial Joanne Barby 

For full tutorial please visit

Apple Painting Tutorial Joanne Barby 

For full tutorial please visit