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Welcome to Sable Studio Gallery

Painting Classes, Painting Holidays and Painting Retreats

I set up Sable Studio Gallery 20 years ago but have had my gallery space at Moira Furnace Museum for around 15 years. Such a beautiful location by the canal my unit is located in the courtyard with several other businesses including a pottery studio and café. There is free parking on site, wheelchair access, toilets, woodland walks, boat rides, ice creams, picnic areas and so much more locally to see and do. In my studio space I run regular watercolour painting classes and workshops and I also offer painting holidays and art retreats both here in the UK and in the South of France. From my gallery I also sell paintings, cards, prints, soft furnishings, jewellery and giftware.

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 Professional artist & author

Jo Allsopp

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  • I am a fully qualified art tutor and began working in Adult Education over 20 years ago for Leicestershire County Council. When a unit became available to rent by the canal, I decided this was just too much of a great opportunity to miss and so began running my own classes from my gallery space. The business has gone from strength to strength and I have lots of regular students who attend my weekly drawing and painting classes as well as attendees to the weekend workshops which I offer most Saturdays. I also offer painting breaks both here in the UK and in the South of France which are hugely popular.

  • In 2019 I was chosen to appear on BBC One on the new art TV series 'Home is where the art is' with presenter Nick Knowles which was a fabulous experience. This then led to me pushing my art further afield and striking up a working relationship with the SAA. I have my own watercolour book out now and available to buy from sites including Search Press and Amazon. Loving art of a different kind, I am a black belt and have previously held world champion title in Tae Kwon-Do at hand power - have been British Champion breaking boards and held many more titles from this martial art and Judo

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Loose and Lively Animals in watercolour, inks and mixed Media

Available with all good stockists, Amazon, Search Press & here in my online shop

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Jo Allsopp appeared on BBC One
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with Nick Knowles

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Upcoming Events

  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Loose & Lively Speedy
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Loose & Lively Speedy
    Sat, 01 Jun
    Moira
    01 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    01 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Paint this gorgeous little mouse name Speedy. He appears in my book 'Loose & Lively Animals in watercolour, inks and mixed media' and is named after a pet I had as a child. Click here for more information or book in the shop area to reserve a space.
  • Complete Beginners 5 week Drawing Course
    Complete Beginners 5 week Drawing Course
    Tue, 04 Jun
    Sable Studio Gallery
    04 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 02 Jul 2024, 14:00
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    04 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 02 Jul 2024, 14:00
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    A fantastic opportunity to learn how to draw with graphite, charcoal, coloured pencils and pastels. All materials are supplied for the duration of the course which starts on Tuesday fourth of June until the 2nd of July book now in the shop area.
  • Pen & Wash Painting Workshop
    Pen & Wash Painting Workshop
    Sat, 08 Jun
    Sable Studio Gallery
    08 Jun 2024, 10:30 – 12:30
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    08 Jun 2024, 10:30 – 12:30
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Paint this gorgeous hair using pen and wash all materials are supplied as well as tea, coffee and cake. Book now in the shop area by purchasing your deposit.
  • Pen & Wash Painting Workshop
    Pen & Wash Painting Workshop
    Sat, 08 Jun
    Sable Studio Gallery
    08 Jun 2024, 13:30 – 15:30
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    08 Jun 2024, 13:30 – 15:30
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Come and paint this beautiful piggy using pen and wash. All materials are supplied as well as tea, coffee and cake book now in the shop area.
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Inky Parrot
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Inky Parrot
    Sat, 15 Jun
    Moira
    15 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    15 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Paint this gorgeous inky parrot, step by step using watercolours and Inks. Click for more information or book now in the shop by purchasing a 50% deposit.
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Inky Badger
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Inky Badger
    Sat, 29 Jun
    Moira
    29 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    29 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    This is the badger from my book 'Loose and Lively Animals in watercolours, inks & mixed media'. Paint him step by step with detailed instruction and lots of demonstrations. Click for more information or book now in the shop area.
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Saint Mark's, Venice  20th July
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Saint Mark's, Venice  20th July
    Sat, 20 Jul
    Moira
    20 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    20 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Fantastic painting day full of demonstrations, click here for more detailed information or book in the shop area here online
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Paint your pet
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Paint your pet
    Sat, 27 Jul
    Moira
    27 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    27 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Get a true likeness of your own pet using watercolour and inks under the watchful eye of your tutor Jo who will demonstrate lots of useful techniques throughout the day
  • Mini Resin Workshop taster session
    Mini Resin Workshop taster session
    Sat, 03 Aug
    sable studio gallery
    03 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 15:30
    sable studio gallery , Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    03 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 15:30
    sable studio gallery , Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    You can opt for the morning or afternoon learning this fabulous craft - choose from jewellery, coaster, trinket tray or paperweight. Click for more information or book now in the shop area.
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Bumble Bee on Flower
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Bumble Bee on Flower
    Sat, 10 Aug
    Sable Studio Gallery
    10 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    10 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Paint this loose bee on a flower using watercolour and a little mixed media
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Spanish Dancer
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Spanish Dancer
    Sat, 31 Aug
    Sable Studio Gallery
    31 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    31 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Paint this stunning dancer using watercolour and inks - for more details click below or visit the shop area. Starts at 10am until 3pm
  • 3 Day En Plein Air Painting Retreat
    3 Day En Plein Air Painting Retreat
    Fri, 20 Sept
    Moira
    20 Sept 2024, 10:00 – 22 Sept 2024, 16:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    20 Sept 2024, 10:00 – 22 Sept 2024, 16:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Fantastic opportunity to paint for 3 whole days outdoors under the careful guidance of professional artist Jo Allsopp. 3 separate local beauty spots and lots of demonstrations. Please click below for more information or visit the shop area.
  • Painting trip French Riviera 6-11th May 2025
    Painting trip French Riviera 6-11th May 2025
    Tue, 06 May
    Nice
    06 May 2025, 19:00 – 11 May 2025, 23:00
    Nice, 19 Rue Costes et Bellonte, 06200 Nice, France
    06 May 2025, 19:00 – 11 May 2025, 23:00
    Nice, 19 Rue Costes et Bellonte, 06200 Nice, France
    This will be our 5th trip - 5 nights and 4 painting and sight seeing days in the stunning South of France. Limited spaces available
  • Birds, Butterflies & Bees Mosaic Making
    Birds, Butterflies & Bees Mosaic Making
    Sat, 25 May
    Sable Studio Gallery
    25 May 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    25 May 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Make a stepping stone on this full day option - other items are available including a garden sphere, fox, hare or two smaller items. All materials are supplied - book now in the shop area here online
  • Birds, Butterflies & Bees Mosaic Making
    Birds, Butterflies & Bees Mosaic Making
    Sat, 25 May
    Sable Studio Gallery
    25 May 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    25 May 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Sable Studio Gallery, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Make some gorgeous mosaic art to be proud of on either the half or full day options. Book in the shop area
  • Painting Holiday in the French Riviera 7th - 12th May 2024
    Painting Holiday in the French Riviera 7th - 12th May 2024
    Tue, 07 May
    Nice
    07 May 2024, 15:00 – 12 May 2024, 11:00
    Nice, Nice, France
    07 May 2024, 15:00 – 12 May 2024, 11:00
    Nice, Nice, France
     A fanta A fantastic opportunity to join us on what will be our fourth visit to the South of France where we will paint various scenes/topics which may include; boats, harbour, buildings, seascapes, landscape, flowers at various exciting locations including Monte Carlo, the port area and old town.
  • Painting & Prosecco Experience - Loose & Lively Tiger
    Painting & Prosecco Experience - Loose & Lively Tiger
    Sat, 20 Apr
    Moira
    20 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    20 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Paint my front cover image of my book 'Loose and Lively Animals in watercolour, ink & mixed media' where I take you through step by step on how to paint this stunning tiger. Click for more information or book now in the shop area.
  • Complete Beginners Watercolour Workshop 13th April
    Complete Beginners Watercolour Workshop 13th April
    Sat, 13 Apr
    Moira
    13 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    13 Apr 2024, 10:00 – 15:00
    Moira, Unit 3 Furnace Ln, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6AT, UK
    Designed for the complete beginner, you will learn all the basics to get you started on this exciting journey... materials, colour mixing, washes and many techniques. Lots of mini demonstrations including how to stretch your watercolour paper. Materials are supplied, book now in the shop area.
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Opening Hours

Come Visit

Tues - Sat: 10am - 3pm

Please always ring me before setting out as I often travel to other venues to demonstrate to art groups and organisations around the country so would not wish for you to have wasted a journey. I also offer painting holdi

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Please view more of my work in the Gallery section

By Jo Allsopp

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Contacts and Links

Please find herewith my address and some useful links to my social media accounts and my Etsy shop where you will also find more beautiful products

Unit 3 Furnace Lane, Moira
Derbyshire, DE12 6AT
United Kingdom

01283 224332/07714 700686

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