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Patrick Oates – (Fine Art, Drawing, Life Drawing & Painting)

  • Painting & Drawing Programme Overview - Patrick OatesAcademically-trained Figurative Fine Artist & Sculptor from Manchester
  • Retired as Head of Oldham School of Art & Design
  • Historian and Archaeologist
  • Dedicated to the study of both early 20th century British Art and the Legacies of Ethnic & Ancient Civilisations
  • Extensively photographs arenas of World Heritage, which form the basis of many of his specialist Arts workshops

Patrick, our most experienced art Tutor, is now leading our special structured programmes for DRAWING & PAINTING – which we are offering in both of these areas:


at 3-levels (attendable individually)


Courses are appearing in our brochure and below.  The aim is to provide, for those who desire it, a structured programme for the serious development of artistic skills. Under Patrick’s guidance, in very small groups, students can expect to develop both their practice and understanding of theory to a high level.

If you are serious about properly developing your art skills, then this is a unique opportunity to do so, under the tutelage of a hugely-experienced expert, working at your own pace, free of any pressure of exams or over-formulaic course requirements. This kind of course, where technique is taught comprehensively, is very rare these days.

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“The course was great fun and I’ve gained lots of new ideas to think about! Too short!”
“Patrick is extremely knowledgeable and has the gift of imparting this in an easy and interesting manner.”
“Very good tutor. Excellently structured course.””The best course I have ever attended at Higham Hall. Excellent tutor – he was interesting to listen to, kept us working hard. I learned a lot and developed a great deal.”

“Patrick provided exceptionally good art education.”

“This was a very good course conducted in excellent surroundings. The atmosphere for group was relaxed and supportive and the teaching enlightening. It was everything I had hoped for. I have learnt such a lot.”

“Fab course – wonderful tutor – surpassed my best expectations.”

“Great course, stimulating and relaxing in equal measure.”

“Patrick Oates is one of the best tutors I have encountered. He is very friendly and most helpful.”

“A perfect course by an articulate and insightful tutor. I enjoyed every minute.”

“Informative, enjoyable, both group & individual instruction excellent.”


Upcoming Courses

August 2017


August 27th at 14:00 to 16:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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John Singer Sargent and Laura Knight took one view, Percy Wyndham Lewis and Henri Gaudier-Brzezka took another, in their depiction of figurative art in the early C20th. All had remarkable stylistic virtuosity in the emergence of the great diversity of British and European art. Their legacy remains to influence the present day. Patrick Oates (Cheshire www.highamhall.com/patrick-oates) £16 including refreshments

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August 27th at 18:30 to September 1st at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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Third part of our 3 level LIFE DRAWING & PORTRAITURE PROGRAMME, attendable individually. Embracing detail of the two preliminary workshops, a multimedia approach through the layering of media whilst looking at advanced measuring schemes and issues relating to composition. Our aims are to get equipped to exhibition standard. Includes the opportunity to draw and paint from live models. Dr Patrick Oates (Cheshire www.highamhall.com/patrick-oates) Residential: £510 Non-residential: £355 Follows Patrick's TALK & TEA.

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January 2018


Sunday January 21, 2018 at 18:30 to Friday January 26, 2018 at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom
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This 1st part* welcomes beginners, though more experienced artists will derive significant benefit too. Initially we will explore how technique in the media influences how our 'mark-making' can define the subject of Still Life through Composition & Layout and how to achieve accurate shape, elipse and volume in our 'Table Top Landscapes'! Dr. Patrick Oates (Cheshire www.highamhall.com/patrick-oates) Residential: £499 Non-residential: £344 *1st of our 3 Masterclass PEN, INK & PASTEL programme, designed to guide artists swiftly from basic to advanced…

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