Bettina has been teaching at Coombe for many years as well as courses she runs herself in Scotland and abroad. Her relaxed courses are suitable for all, from absolute beginners to accomplished painters. They are designed to help you to make the most of your abilities and to find a personal approach and her tuition will be mainly in watercolour, which enables you to experiment and work freely but other media are also welcome. Daily watercolour demonstrations (in the studio or on location) are tailored to what you want to capture or express in your work. The tuition will also deal with general painting problems such as basic perspective, choice of colour, composition, shadows and many other tricks of the trade with particular attention given to wet-in-wet technique. For beginners, Bettina teaches a simple, easy to follow ‘step by step’ approach, so you can visibly advance within the course duration irrespective of your ability. Above all, Bettina’s courses aim to enhance the pleasure of painting whilst gaining and/or improving your skills.Tuition is typically arranged in day sessions lasting from 10am until 4pm, so there is time for you to relax before dinner with a good book, great company and optional trips to the pub.Timings may change slightly from day to day depending on the weather and excursions. If you are keen paint in the early morning, late afternoon or into the night, as with all courses at Coombe, you are welcome to use the studio, gardens and courtyard at any time during the course.
MATERIALS LIST FOR THIS COURSE
Please bring the following items with you for your painting holiday.
A selection of good watercolour paints or oil paints, turpentine and linseed oil, Watercolour paper and lightweight board or for oil painters canvas/daler, a board and raggs, sketching paper and pencils, your usual selection of brushes (NB if possible, you can include larger ‘Chinese Squirrel Mops’ (Nos. 6/8), simple flat brushes 1/4″ and 1/2″wide and one larger flat goat hair brush, if in doubt bring whatever you have already or contact us with any questions you may have), Masking tape, Water bottle, small jar / cup, a lightweight portable easel and stool and we also suggest you include some sturdy outdoor shoes and shower proof jacket.
NB if you are travelling by train or plane and would like to borrow some of the bulkier items i.e. watercolour pans, the lightweight stool or easel, you can borrow these items from Coombe during your holiday.