Working from Life

Since I began these workshops three years ago hundreds of artists from all over the world have expressed interest. The problem has been arranging group workshops that suit the available dates of potential participants. This has now been solved by offering tuition on a one to one basis. Participants choose their own dates, arrange their own accommodation and let me know when they would like to attend one or more sessions on a day by day basis.

Introductory studio visits are charged at a nominal US$20.00 per person.

Life classes last for up to three hours. A fee of US$125.00 for individual sessions includes sketching materials if required. Fees for two or more participants and multiple sessions quoted on request.

Working from Life

Whether capturing the model in the split-second that she stretches between one pose and the next, or the shaft of sunlight that fleetingly illuminate the landscape, Roger Burnett’s workshops offer a rare insight into his passion for working rapidly from life.  Life classes are not limited to the confines of the studio but extend through the two-and-a-half acres of secluded tropical gardens that lead down to a bolder-strewn river and bathing pool.  His sessions begin with a blow-by-blow demonstration and end with a constructive critique of students’ work. Landscape sessions include virgin rain forests, dramatic coastlines, bustling markets, grand estates, sugar mills and remote villages. 

Roger Burnett is renowned for his ability to enthuse students by sharing his lifetime involvement in the arts.  As a sculptor, his materials and working methods date back to the time of Michelangelo and as a water-colourist, his suggestive brush strokes and thunderous washes have a freedom that few others artists dare duplicate.  He has designed postage stamps for the Caribbean and his books Virgin Island Sketches and Caribbean Sketches have become regional best sellers. 

Dominica, The Nature Island of the Caribbean, is located between the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe.  The island has remained largely unscathed by 20th century urban development and it is said, that if Columbus returned, Dominica is the only island that he would instantly recognise. Roger Burnett’s studio is located in the lush Antrim Valley, a fifteen-minute drive from the island’s capital, Roseau.      

For none-painting partners, the gardens and riverside offer shady places for relaxation.   

From our Guest Book:             

 “I feel very privileged to have been part of such a   wonderful workshop”
“Absolutely marvellous, we enjoyed every part of the experience.”
“This was an amazing workshop, much more than we anticipated.”
“You have opened my eyes and mind to true beauty.”
            “You are wonderful hosts and your workshops are inspirational.”

For further information contact:            

Roger Burnett. Tel: (767) 449 2550/2255470/615 5010.  Email:

Roger Burnett's Studio

Life Class alongside the River Antrim

Roger Burnett's sculpture "The Dancing Girls" in the grounds of the studio

Roger Burnett's watercolour "Denise Reclining with Arm Outstretched"

Watercolour from Roger Burnett's book "Caribbean Sketches"

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