A five-week interactive online course with Valda and Doug, designed to help push you to the next level in your image-making.

This course has been designed to help those of you who are comfortable with creative techniques and are looking to push forward and explore ways to develop your own voice as an artist.

Each week you will join a live, online session with your class, hosted by Valda and Doug. Running for about 90 minutes, during these sessions you will be able to talk live with them and ask questions on technique, composition and issues you are having as well as interact with your classmates.

There will be presentations from Valda and Doug on various aspects of the creative process with ideas on how to develop your own artistic voice.

Each week you will also have a private one hour session with either Valda or Doug (two hours with each over the duration of the course). We will work with you live, on screen, helping with processing or creative ideas.

We will talk about working on projects and discuss seeing beyond the obvious. We will give you suggestions of books to read that may help you on your creative journey. We will talk about fear and taking risks and how important this is if we want to advance.

We discuss how to identify subjects/themes, along with ways to give your work a purpose and focus.

To see the work of some of the artists who have done this course, click here

Although some of these clients have been making images this way for some time, much of the work on display is from people who only completed the First Steps module a couple of months earlier.

To see the feedback from some of our clients who have completed these online workshops, we invite you to click here

With Doug and Valda


Group sessions take place on Thursday 9th, 16th, 23rd June and Thursday 7th July 2022 (Note:  there is no session on Thursday 30th June 2022 ).

The timing of the group sessions is 16:00 (BST)





Five week course with all the tuition from Doug and Valda detailed in the syllabus.

PDF notes of all sessions

Video recordings of all sessions

Email support


Social media, Valda

Social media, Bailey Chinnery

Social media, Doug