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Painting – A Bold Approach with Tessa Pearson

July 19 @ 5:00 pm - July 24 @ 2:00 pm

| £395 – £640

A bold approach to sketchbook to painting is our new course with vibrant artist Tessa Pearson. You will spend time drawing the surrounding gardens and hedgerows using a variety of mixed media including resists, pastels, watercolour, inks and crayons to create lively spontaneous sketchbook studies which we will then translate into more considered paintings in the studio, capturing the energy and characteristics of the direct observation.

Tessa studied Printed Textile design at UCA Farnham and the Royal College of Art, where she won the Courtaulds Prize and was commissioned by Liberty of London to produce a collection of printed silks. As Tessa Lambert she opened her own print studio and gallery in London and successfully sold her distinctive handpainted silks around the world. Since 2000 Tessa’s professional practise has centred on her continuing passion for colour. Her work is an intuitive response to recollections of moments in time and special places, inspired by pattern and rhythms in space, currently is focusing on watercolour painting, mixed media and printmaking,working in series to explore and revisit a theme many times.

Tessa regularly exhibits and sells her work and teaches in the UK and internationally and has always been in love with colour. She has spent her life seeing the world as a myriad of pattern and captivating images.  Marvelling at patches of brilliant yellow in a dramatic patchwork green landscape, the glimpse of a violet pot against a cobalt blue wall will thrill her. Her influences have been many, from Matisse to Hodgkin and the bold colourists of mid twenty first century painters Patrick Heron and Albert Irvin.

Tessa sees gardens as living paintings and they have been the inspiration she has returned to many times. Creating her own garden has been an influential process informing her current work. As the garden emerges each year she repeatedly immerses herself in the planting, responding to the colour, rhythms and characteristics that excite. The time spent drawing and painting these moments build a rich recollection of imagery to create large scale paintings and monoprints. Working with unpredictable water media and experimental printmaking processes, mixing direct spontaneous mark making and considered digital imagery ensures the liveliness and energy captured from direct observation.


Bring what you have in the way of watercolour paints, inks, brushes, crayons etc. but this should include at least the following:

Sketchbooks– A3 or A4 size, watercolour paper and heavy cartridge- I like Moleskin hardback watercolour, and Seawhite are also good. You will need two or more.

Loose watercolour paper, at least 300g weight. Bockingford or Saunders Waterford NOT. Minimum 5 sheets (if you don’t want to travel with paper we have Saunders Waterford at Coombe for sale at £5/sheet)

Watercolour paints (tubes are best, or squeeze tubes into your pans) including the following colours:

Lemon yellow, Green Gold, Cadmium orange, Opera rose, Vermillion, Cerulean, Cobalt blue, indigo, Burnt sienna, Sepia

Large tube Permanent White Designers Gouache – Winsor and Newton

Koh -i-Noor Anilinky watercolour ink 12 disc palette (not the round 24 set)

Brushes should include at least a flat, a rigger, a large soft mop and an Isabey size 1 squirrel mop. 

Pencils– 2B 4B 8B

Derwent sketching pencil Dark Wash

Watercolour crayons– Derwent Inktense are excellent.

Oil pastels- Inscribe are good. 

Acrylic inks– Daler Rowney Black, white,yellow, magenta, cyan 

Berol Handwriting pens (Black) and a permanent black ink pen 

Large pan palette/ 2 plastic water pots ( square deep takeaway boxes work well)plus large water carrier- empty milk container? Collection of small plastic pots( ex yogurt or humous pots for inks)

Kitchen roll, bull dog clips /rubber bands to hold sketchbooks, glue stick, masking fluid

Selection of interesting textured papers for collage, Scalpel or craft knife. 

Small folding stool (you can borrow one from Coombe if you don’t have one or are travelling by train) for working outside, and a rucksack/suitable bag to carry painting gear and sketchbooks around. 



July 19 @ 5:00 pm
July 24 @ 2:00 pm
£395 – £640
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Coombe Farm Studios
Dittisham, Devon TQ6 0JA United Kingdom
+44 (0)1803 722352


Tessa Pearson


Tessa Pearson - Residential£640.00Tuition, accommodation & food
Tessa Pearson - Non Residential£495.00Tuition & lunch
Tessa Pearson - Non participant£395.00Accommodation & food, no tuition