Mountain Kingdom

Spend four days with artist Julia Cassels on Zoom as she revisits the foothills of the Annapurnas where she used to live and work. The name... Read more

VIRTUAL Nepal £140pp
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01 Feb - 04 Feb 2022

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Watercolour; villages, temples and tigers

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Julia Cassels

Join artist tutor Julia Cassels on Zoom painting in the mountain kingdom of Nepal

Spend four days with artist Julia Cassels on Zoom as she revisits the foothills of the Annapurnas where she used to live and work.

The name Annapurna comes from the Sanskrit meaning giver of food and nourishment, and the steep-sided slopes of this mountain range are filled with rice terraces cascading down to the gushing Modi Kola river below.  Swaying swing bridges cross the rivers and valleys and connect remote villages scattered along the hillsides.  These quiet villages are lined with cobbled stone streets and old stone houses with intricately carved wooden windows.  Trains of mules in colourful pom-pom head-dresses carry paniers of food and supplies along narrow trails.  Stupas and mountain passes are adorned with strings of fluttering prayer flags and in the distance lies a jagged horizon of high white capped mountains, the most significant of which is the sacred mountain of Machapuchare (“Fish Tail”).

Nepal has a lot to offer and its also a great destination for wildlife lovers.  In the flat milky light of the Terai, the low flat plateau bordering India, there are the pristine National parks of Chitwan and Bardia. Here Elephant safaris lead you through tall adrenalin grasses to spy the elusive tiger!

On this virtual Art Safari, Julia’s painting subjects will include the Monkey temple in Kathmandu decorated with vibrant prayer flags – observing the contrast of moving and still images between the flags dancing in the wind compared to those at the dome of the temple.  On Day 2 she will move onto the Annapurna region where we can study distance, depth and aerial perspective with the village houses and snow-capped mountains.  Finally on Day 4 we visit the Terai and tigers and look at colour palettes and how to paint this majestic creature against his jungle background.


All sessions start at 2pm GMT

Day 1: Meet Julia and the Art Safari team on Zoom for three hours of art demonstration and tuition time.

Julia will include a slide talk about some of the people who have painted in the region and show you examples of her own work from Nepal.

You will have the option to paint from a variety of images to suit your taste from a library of photos you will receive as part of the course package.

You have time in between sessions to complete your work and submit images of your paintings for feedback on our private Facebook group or by email.

Day 2: We meet again the following afternoon to tackle a second painting through the same process.

Day 3: The third day is free for you to paint all day.

Day 4: We hold a slightly shorter final meeting (around 2hrs) to review and share your work and insights from the course.

The workshop will be recorded so you will be able to watch the video online afterwards.


  • A laptop, Macbook, PC, iPad or tablet
  • An assortment of paint brushes, suitable for your medium in different shapes and sizes

Julia will work in watercolour but you may use any medium – she often works with Winsor Lemon, Indian Yellow, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Pthalo Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine, & Vandyke Brown. This course isn’t specifically about colour, so just use colours you are familiar with and those you already have.  You are welcome to work in oils or pastel.

  • Watercolour paper, canvas or canvas boards, up to A2 size or 16 x 20” you will need at least 4.
  • Cartridge paper, up to A2 size or 16 x 20” you will need at least 10.
  • Sketchbook/notebook and pen (there’s LOTS of ideas and stuff to write down!)
  • Pencils and brushes (Julia tends to use a B or 2B mechanical pencil, and for brushes – sable rounds No.8 & 16, and a hake or large brush or sponge to wet the paper)
  • Kitchen towel
  • Easel/table easel or other means of holding your canvas/paper at an angle (watercolour) / vertically (oil)
  • Paint palette
  • Masking fluid
  • Jars for water or solvent (if you use it)


Day 114:00 GMT: 3hr Live Zoom - including art lectures and art demonstration
Day 214:00 GMT: 3hr Live Zoom - including feedback critique, art lecture and art demonstration
Day 3Time to develop your painting
Day 414:00 GMT: 2-3hr Live Zoom - including feedback critique and chat
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This virtual Nepal painting tour costs £140pp


The joining point for your French tour is wherever you have internet and feel ready and comfortable to paint.


All online Zoom tuition, copious resource material, ideas and email contact.


Art materials, internet access, personal expenses.

Enquire now on 01394 382235 or [email protected]