Education within the Society

The Society of Equestrian Artists aims to encourage its members at all levels to continue to develop their talent, by providing the opportunities for mutual support and criticism and access to expert tuition.

Leading painters and sculptors from the Society, and invited professionals, provide tuition at workshops dealing with different aspects of painting, sketching or sculpting from the live horse. For those that cannot attend workshops the Society’s bi-annual newsletter provides informative articles on aspects of the practice and theory of art. Both general art topics and more specific matters such as equine anatomy are covered.

Workshops not only provide a great opportunity to learn but also offer a sociable way to meet other like-minded artists and experience a variety of interesting venues. Sometimes privileged access to otherwise difficult to visit locations can be obtained.

Workshops 2019
We’re making the 40th anniversary of our society a year to remember with some fantastic workshops in the planning pipeline.
2019 includes a new residential workshop in beautiful North Yorkshire, so keep an eye on the website and your SEA emails. Details for the two residential and the drawing course are available on the website. All enquiries to Debbie Dunbar the Administrator, 

SEA workshops

SEA workshops provide valuable instruction and social benefits.

March 17th Winter Workshop Stafford – click here
Theme: Preparing to Draw Horses From Life Tutor: Alison Wilson SEA (author of ‘Drawing and Painting Horses’, Crowood Press)
A structured indoor workshop for artists, including beginners, who either are not accustomed to work from life, or who wish to brush up on the skills involved. The workshop will begin with a basic introduction to measured drawing with specific reference to working from horses, including proportion, foreshortening, and general advice about working from live horses. The rest of the day will consist of specific directed practical work with individual support from the tutor. We will be using a life-size model of a horse. Easels and drawing boards will be provided. The fee will be £40 to include break-time refreshments, and a light lunch. For more information, contact Alison at 

April 13th – 10am Drawing from the Masters. AGM day
Newmarket Palace House See AGM advert for further details

May 4th – 5th Woburn Stud Two Day Workshop
Keith Hart Bloodstock Park Farm Cottages, Park Street, Woburn, Milton Keynes MK17 9PG
Further details will be published on the website early in the New Year.

Porlock Residential Week May 31st – June 7th
Details on the website. Book soon as places are limited.

New Forest With Barry Peckham HSEA RSMA tbc

Midlands Area tbc

Surrey A Two Day Workshop
To take place courtesy of Jennifer Bain who has the most beautiful competition horses and ponies. Date to be confirmed. Accommodation
available locally.

Suffolk Two Day Workshop August with James P Power SEA tbc
August/September

Two One Day Workshops North Yorkshire Held over the same weekend. One day will be spent with New Beginnings, who provide a safe and secure environment where former racehorses can adjust and be re-trained for their second career following racing. They are based at Bishop Wilton near York. The other workshop is based at Ripley near Harrogate and is an hour’s drive away. In contrast, on this second day we will paint heavy horses, Clydesdales owned and bred by Kate Smith. Plenty of accommodation is to be found in both areas. Dates and fees to be confirmed.

Middleham Residential Workshop. September 23rd – 27th
‘NEW FOR 2019!!
We are delighted to announce that in September 2019 – Monday 23rd to Friday 27th – the SEA will be holding a brand new
‘plein air’ painting workshop in the North of the country at the prestigious Kingsley Park Racing Stables, Middleham, Yorkshire. Record breaking trainer Mark Johnston and his wife Deidre will host us at their excellent venue where we will paint Deidre’s hunters and show horses. Kingsley Park has its own extensive Gallops and is close to the Middleham High and Low Moor Training facilities. Middleham, famous for its 12th century castle which was home to Richard III, has a colourful history, a thriving horse-racing community (more than 15 training yards based in and around the village) all set amidst the breathtaking scenery of Wensleydale. Accommodation (to be booked via Debbie Dunbar ) is available at The Yorkshire Dales House which is situated in the centre of Middleham. http://yorkshiredaleshouse.co.uk/ More details, pricing and booking form will be circulated by email and available on the website, in due course. Please be aware that room sharing will be necessary. Rooms are generously sized.