Hello, my name is David Coupe . I am a self-taught artist and have been painting for about 50 years and about 15 of those teaching art. I started to paint professionally on having to take early retirement due to ill health and I've enjoyed teaching others to enjoy this wonderful hobby. I now run two hour classes, Saturday workshop once a month and painting holidays. I mainly paint these days in watercolour, but also in oils and pastel. My aim is to stop beginners to watercolour painting falling into the traps that I had to work my way through, and there were many.
I now have a busy time giving demonstrations and exhibitions, but I get most enjoyment through teaching others and seeing the enjoyment they get from it. I work from home in a purpose-built studio that I believe that's a good working atmosphere. I now spend most of my time in the studio involved in watercolour courses.



I know how difficult it is to work in large groups and not receive the attention you need, and so I limit my group sizes to a maximum of nine. This way I feel I can give more attention to each individual student, and, I think they prefer to work in small groups.No matter if the student is a beginner or a improver I still like to start from the very basics and gradually work up through colour mixing, perspective and the key measure and once we are sure everybody is up-to-date with all those subjects we can move on to the next step and on to other watercolour courses.







Given time, anybody can learn to paint...

I have painted for many years, and I have never got tired of learning the introcasies of painting and watercolours especially. I can only urge you to give it a try and I am sure you will become a fan just as I did.

New!!! life classes once a month' ..

The Due to popular demand, I am going to run a life class once a month. It will work in conjunction with the Saturday workshops that also run once a month and so the two will alternate. If you are interested in either please contact me and I will supply you with a list of dates.

Sketching days around Derbyshire

These are just single days, on a Saturday. If you are interested in taking part on these please let me have your name and address and telephone number and I will notify you of the day's. Assistance and materials can be supplied were necessary. If you are a complete beginner please let me know so I can arrange extra tuition for you.


Painting holidays

These are becoming more and more popular, if you have never tried

one please do, you will really enjoy them. We do about four painting holidays a year mostly in the northern part of England.It does not matter if you are new to painting or an improver, as much time as possible will be given to the individual and for the complete beginner all the basics of colour mixing, perspective and the use of the key measure will be given at the beginning of the holiday.

painting demos

I am also available for painting demos either at my studio or a painting demo at your location. My studio is capable of holding approximately 12 with tea and coffee making facilities available. Please contact me if either is of interest to you.





Coupe Watercolours