Teaching Program, Autumn 2021
The two drawing & painting courses at the Positive Futures Hub on White Cross, Lancaster, start again on the 20th and 21st of October respectively. The five week blocks are on Wednesday evenings 7-9 and Thursday afternoons 1-3. We will cover drawing in graphite or charcoal and painting in acrylics. Everyone is welcome, what ever level you are. The cost of the five block is £45. If you are interested in joining the class do email me or text on 07947 701548.
Autumn Painting One Day Workshop
A one day workshop on Saturday 23rd October 10-3 at the Garstang Arts Centre.
The Old Grammar School, Croston Road, Garstang PR3 1EB.
We will work with acrylics to create one or more autumn landscape paintings. You will learn how to mix colours, create contrasts and explore texture. Cost £25.
For full details or to book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text
Photographs from some of the pre-lock down workshops.
Charlie the Cello
The collaborative community project with Andy Whitfield, the Millennium Choir's musical director and cellist, Maja Bugge with funding support from the Arts Council Grants for the Arts. Andy, Maja and I delivered a series of Charlie the Cello workshops in local primary schools (see the photos and some of the images made by the children below).
If you weren’t fortunate enough to see the show at Lancaster Priory or at The Gregson Centre then you can see the entire performance by visiting
My friend Andy Whitfield has recently set Lewis Carroll's poem Jaberwocky to music and he commissioned me to create the illustrations which will form the backdrop to the Millennium Choir's performs of the piece. Working in collaboration with my son Sam who animated my illustrations we created this short film in the style of a Victorian theatre performance (see below).
What the press say: Lancaster District Magazine and Lancaster Guardian
High Flying Birds Take Lancaster Artist Back to His Roots
A well-known Lancashire artist has gone back to his roots.
Graham Lowe, who works from his studio in Lancaster, trained as an illustrator. His latest body of work comprises 20 British bird paintings which are already garnering praise from gallery owners and fans alike.
A selection of the paintings can currently be seen at Gallery H, Arnside. Some have been on show this year at Arteria, Lancaster, The Artroom Gallery, Garstang, The Platform, Clitheroe, The Old Courthouse Gallery, Ambleside, and they comprised a solo show at Loveart Gallery, Nantwich, Cheshire.
“Bird art is a perennial favorite with both artists and art-lovers,” Graham said. “Birds are so diverse in shape, colouring, markings and expression. As an artist I love the challenge that each bird presents. While I’ve spent much of my artistic career painting abstract and figurative landscapes, almost exclusively of the North, recently I felt pulled back to illustration.”
He added: “I grew up in the Leicestershire countryside surrounded by birds. My grandfather was a pigeon fancier and I loved seeing them fly and helping in the pigeon loft. My dad had a large aviary full of birds for many years. He was also a keen birdwatcher.” Graham himself used to have a tawny owl.
The bird paintings are done in acrylics or gouache. The finished paintings range in size from 10 x 12″ up to 2ft x 2ft 6″ for a recent painting of an osprey.
Graham explained how he produces the paintings. “I work from my own photographs for the owls and other birds of prey. I visit bird of prey displays where I can get up close and take good quality pictures. I then use my own sketches to place the birds in a natural environment. I also bring branches and other materials into the studio to work from.”
“For the other birds I gather as many visual references as possible from photographs in books and internet images and then make drawings which develop into the paintings. To create the heron painting, for example, I used six photographs as reference for the bird and I then used my own sketch to place it in the water.”
Along with the original bird paintings a collection of high-quality, limited edition giclee prints, mounted and ready for framing will be available.
Graham grew up in a village called, appropriately enough, Ravenstone, in Leicestershire. On leaving school he trained as an illustrator in a small commercial art studio and created illustrations for books and greetings cards. He worked for some years in industry then gained a Fine Art degree. He moved to Lancaster in 1990.
Graham Lowe has exhibited in galleries throughout the North of England and his paintings have been bought by public and private collectors both in this country and abroad.
He’s also worked as a community artist – his large-scale work adorns some of the buildings in the Poulton district of Morecambe – and he has taught art for many years, including at Summer schools at Maiden Bridge Art Study Centre, Tatham, in the Forest of Bowland.
Graham launches his new independent teaching programme this winter, beginning with ‘Paint Like the Impressionists’ on Saturday 5 December at the Outrageous Ambition Hub White Cross, Lancaster, with further teaching sessions at Barton Grange, near Preston, in the New Year.
Lancashire Business View
Judith Coyle Editorial has been working with professional Lancaster artist, Graham Lowe, to publicize his exhibitions, art classes and an upcoming ‘How to Paint Birds’ workshop at RSPB
Leighton Moss, near Silverdale.
The bird workshop takes place on Saturday 27 February from 10-4pm in the Education Room, from where BBC’s Autumnwatch has been broadcast.
Judith’s PR work focuses largely on artists. She’s been the PR person for the art of iconic art nouveau Glasgow artist, Hannah Frank,(1908 – 2008) since 2003. Judith is now promoting Graham’s exceptional talent as an artist as well as his new independent teaching.
Judith said: “Graham is really branching out, running small, more bespoke art classes for people who not only want to learn a new skill but realize how meditative drawing and painting can be. Smaller classes means students receive lots of one-to-one time over the course of the day.”
Places on Graham’s 10 week drawing and painting course and his painting with acrylics courses, running at Outrageous Ambition, Lancaster, were filled within days and he recently ran a successful paint like the impressionists course at Barton Grange.
Graham, who lives in Lancaster, has taught art to adults and young people for many years, including at Summer schools at Maiden Bridge Art Study Centre, high up in the Forest of Bowland. He’s currently involved in a choir project, a book project and his work is constantly and widely exhibited in galleries across the North of England and is held in private collections in this country and abroad.