Thanks for your interest in courses run by Powys in Antibes.

Group workshops are on hold now as I focus on work for up coming exhibitions.

I do welcome individuals for bespoke art play/personal development sessions though in my studio in the old town.

I am yours, materials included for 30 euros per hour!

E-mail me on to discuss possibilities.

(les cours peuvent etre en francais aussi!)


Natural Painting. Workshop in Antibes March2019

I love to use natural pigments and materials in my work. As well as being non toxic to use, utensils are easy to clean – and I feel like I am treading in the footsteps of artists and craftsmen from days of yore!
I have also, for a long time, wanted to share the secrets of how to get beautiful results from everyday materials.

So now, I have created an on-line course to do just that – and whilst preparing the necessary materials for this, have worked out how to offer the experience in a physical workshop.

I am writing to invite you to participate in this one-off experience. Because you live locally – and because you love art!

Here is the essential info:

Date: Saturday 30th March
Time: 14.00 – 17.00
Place: 16, rue des Palmiers, Antibes
Price: 45 euros (everything included)

What you will learn:
How to make rsg and home-made gesso.
How to prime a wooden panel – and how to work on one I made earlier!
How to make egg tempera and how to apply it on your support to make a work to take home.

We will be using other natural techniques to compose your piece and I will give you information on the history of these as well as the best suppliers.

Finally, I have lots of ideas and suggestions as to how you can use this workshop to inspire your own projects – and explain how to create your own natural pigments from ingredients that you would normally cook with!


Please reply, if interested, stating which date works for you. Places are limited to six. I hope to see you soon.

Nicola Powys

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TIME OUT – a grounding experience, using making and art techniques to centre ourselves.

Nicola Powys is an experienced visual artist, teacher and creative consultant. She believes in “learning by doing” and runs practical workshops for individuals and groups with the aim of consolidating and clarifying all the stuff you know you know!

What does this mean??

It means that in this competitive world, we need to be kind to ourselves sometimes. We need to stop, be, re-group and appreciate what we have achieved so far.

Nicola offers three hours of guided making, looking, seeing and creating in the beautiful surroundings of the coast in Antibes.

You will be led through simple, but stimulating tasks, starting with a gentle yoga stretch to get you focused and some basic observing and drawing techniques to help you get started thinking like an artist! Learning how to step back and visualise the bigger picture is key here. Nicola will show you how to do this in an informal and fun way.

It doesn’t matter if you have never picked up a pencil in your life – or if you are already making art, – this workshop encourages you to look at the world in a different way, and in so doing to reflect on your place in it.

It takes courage and belief in yourself to succeed in the world of art – as it does in many professions!

Experiencing how artists deal with this gives you an insight into how you might use some of their strategies in your own sphere – be it personal or professional.


Date: monday 4th June

Time: 9.00 – 12.00

Where: Antibes. Meet at 9.30 out side the car park entrance on the Pre du Pecheurs.

Practical Info: Wear loose, comfortable clothing suited to the weather on the day as we will, hopefully, be outside for the morning.

Please bring any water/coffee/snacks you may need to see you through!

Nicola will provide all materials.