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January 1970

Painting: Flowers and Still Life

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January 1, 1970 @ 12:00 am

Paul Riley’s artistic career began at the age of 15 when the Royal Academy accepted one of his works for their Summer Exhibition. At that time he was the youngest painter to have work exhibited at the Academy. Since graduating from Kingston Art School in 1965 Paul has had many solo and group exhibitions both in the UK and Europe, and further afield in Kuwait and Australia. Primarily an oil painter and printmaker, Paul also became fascinated by the medium…

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March 2015

£345 – £545

Painting Spring Flowers (watercolour)

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March 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - March 27, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Paul Riley watercolour Study of cherry blossom

In this classic course with Paul Riley students will have the opportunity to explore the myriad shapes and colours presented by nature both in the garden (weather permitting!) and through studio arrangements.   There will be many demonstrations to indicate the use of appropriate brushes, how to deal with differing leaf shapes, wildflowers, petal variations and composition.   Coombe and the surrounding area are filled with wonderful opportunities to paint flowers in their natural environment. The course will cover how…

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May 2015

£230 – £385

Printmaking ‘Jigsaw’ Relief Prints

May 1, 2015 - May 3, 2015
Photo of Rob Manners exhibition

  Implied Resistance (IR) working out Relief prints, collographs and emboss prints are usually made from a master template of some description; usually constructed by gluing different materials with different textures to a flat surface. This is then ‘inked up’ and put through a press to make the printed image. The way the template is made will determine the type of print that is produced. The ‘JIGSAW’ relief is really a combination of some of these different ways of making…

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Painting Watercolour Workshop

Tutor: Paul Riley
May 24, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - May 29, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

A great all-rounder course which, as the course title suggests, includes the study of flowers, life and the stunning Devon landscape and is the course equivalent of Paul’s best selling book “The Watercolour Workshop” which is now out of print (NB Paul’s new book on Flower Painting is out in summer 2015). Each day a day a different subject matter will be explored with specialist techniques and approaches explored in each.   Special attention is given to those who wish…

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September 2015

£230 – £385.00

Painting a watercolour weekend with Bettina Schroeder

September 3, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - September 6, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Bettina Schroeder watercolur The Old Boat Devon

Bettina Schroeder’s painting 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 this weekend course gives a fantastic introduction to Bettina’s approach.   It is also ideal for any of Bettina’s regular students who want to brush up on their techniques or those wanting to escape for a creative weekend outside the busy summer season. Tuition will be…

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October 2015

£230.00 – £385.00

Unlock Your Creativity with Gerry Dudgeon – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Gerry Dudgeon
October 15, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - October 18, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Gerry Dudgeon painting

This course is now SOLD OUT – however, do contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list. If you are keen on experimentation and want to experiment with different media, to draw and get to grips with colour so you can unlock your creativity, then this is an ideal course for you. Gerry’s summer courses have been full for the past few years so for 2015 we have introduced this special weekend course. It is…

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November 2015

£230 – £385.00

Drawing, discussing the process in each of us

Tutor: Laurie Steen
November 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - November 15, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Laurie Steen As I remember it home drawing 15-14

This short intense course with Laurie Steen will use the Winter Landscape as our subject and the catalyst to explore a variety of monochromatic mediums.  The course will also focus on how we find and translate inspirations in the shapes and landscape around us.  We will aim to work quickly exploring a variety of line and mark making media while focusing on the natural series of changes that come with pushing the boundaries of our own drawing methods. Thus leading…

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£25 – £43

Celebrating Autumn – a special pop up experience at Coombe

Tutor: Lauren HIll
November 22, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Yoga studio @ Coombe Farm Studios

Coombe Farm Studios hosts a unique Pop-Up experience on Sunday 22nd November including the wonderfully talented Peppered Strawberry (creative feast) and Koka Yoga (Lauren Hill) (Join us for the Feast, the Yoga or BOTH!) Autumn Yoga /// Golden Spell “The days may not be so bright and balmy, yet the quiet and melancholy that linger around them is fraught with glory. Over everything connected with autumn there lingers some golden spell, some unseen influence that penetrates the soul with its…

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£290 – £385

Printmaking Japanese Woodcuts

Tutor: Paul Riley
November 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - November 29, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Paul Riley carving woodcut

A unique three day course which demonstrates the versatility of the medium. Paul Riley is best known for his vibrant watercolours, is he also a master at oil painting, ceramics and printmaking. Wood Cuts have a very long and fascinating tradition going back to early Japanese and Christian forms of illustration and Paul has been exploring the oriental methods using watercolour printing as opposed to the more usual oil based ink method. With this method, after a preparatory drawing, the design…

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February 2016

£545

Vibrant Watercolour Flowers – real & abstract

Tutor: Paul Riley
February 14, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - February 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Paul Riley watercolour Flowers and reflection

Create vibrant, colourful flower paintings with leading watercolourist and teacher Paul Riley. This new course gives special attention to those who wish to develop their flower painting to include still life renditions and abstraction. Clear guidance will be given in colour, composition, the techniques of brushwork and how to approach abstract painting. From unusual perspectives to mixing eye-catching colours, from creating light and mood there will be clear demonstrations from Paul, time to experiment with your own painting and time…

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March 2016

£345 – £545

The Watercolour workshop

Tutor: Paul Riley
March 6, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - March 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Create vibrant, colourful watercolour paintings with leading watercolour artist, author and teacher Paul Riley. This is a great all-rounder course that deals with all the key issues of watercolour painting from tools and techniques (which brushes are great for capturing different effects? how can I effectively using masking techniques?) to mixing eye-catching colour and creating light and mood. The week will include the study of flowers, still life and capturing the stunning Devon landscape. It’s effectively the course equivalent of…

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April 2016

£345.00 – £545.00

Raku Ceramics Course with Tim Andrews- SOLD OUT

Tutor: Tim Andrews
April 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - April 22, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Tim Andrews round ceramic form

THIS COURSE IS NOW SOLD OUT – please contact us to be added to the waiting list in the event of cancellations & to receive the announcement of Tim’s next course.   As Coombe’s ceramics courses continue to flourish we are delighted to announce Tim Andrews as a new tutor for 2015. Tim is known internationally for his distinctive raku ceramics. He makes individual work-black and white with linear decoration or burnished muted coloured slips. The pieces are usually thrown,…

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May 2016

£230 – £385

Releasing your Imagination (watercolour)*3 places avail

Tutor: Paul Riley
May 12, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - May 15, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Pail Riley watercolour Danish Blue

Paul Riley leads this exciting course designed to release your imagination, so if you are interested in bringing some originality to your watercolour painting and releasing your imagination on to the page then this course is perfect for you. Although mainly aimed at watercolour painting you are welcome to use, and will be encouraged to experiment with, other media.   “The aim is to release our imagination to find alternative ways of seeing the world around us and represent it…

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October 2016

£230 – £385

Unlock Your Creativity with Gerry Dudgeon (acrylics & m/m) *SOLD OUT

Tutor: Gerry Dudgeon
October 13, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - October 16, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Gerry Dudgeon painting

This course is now SOLD OUT if you would like Gerry’s 2017 dates do email us and we can send them to you as soon as they are released, you can also be added to the waiting list for this course in the event that we receive any cancellations.     If you are keen on experimentation and want to experiment with different media, to draw and get to grips with colour so you can unlock your creativity, then this…

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£345 – £545

Painting Skies & Autumn Colour (watercolour)

Tutor: Paul Riley
October 23, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - October 28, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Pacific Night Sky watercolour by Paul Riley

Painting in the Autumn provides a rich palette of colours: deep rich reds, golds, yellows.. and incredible skies. Devon is a great place for painting both, out in the landscape beside the River Dart or on majestic Dartmoor National Park. These are explored both in the landscape (taking quick sketches and photos if the weather is bad) and in the studio by the warmth of the log burner. Although the main emphasis will be on capturing the rich colours of…

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January 2017

£230 – £445

Portrait & Life – a drawing & painting weekend

Tutor: Paul Riley
January 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - January 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

This three day portrait & life course, working with both drawing and painting, is designed to allow participants to grips with character.   It is particularly suitable for anyone that has some experience in painting and/or drawing that would like a concentrated few days focusing on portraits & life using suitable models and a variety of media.   During the weekend Paul will demonstrate and teach in pencil, charcoal, conté and watercolour, giving considerable  attention to composition with particular emphasis…

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April 2017

£345 – £640

Oil Painting Course – in depth with oils

Tutor: Paul Riley
April 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - April 7, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Paul Riley oil painting Red-and-white-roses

This five day oil painting course will enable you to get to grips with oils, it’s perfect for anyone that would like to advance in their oil painting techniques or for beginners in oils.   As with Paul’s watercolour courses guidance and demonstrations will be given in colour, composition and the techniques of brushwork, including in this course, impasto.   Paul will be demonstrating his expressive oil painting style throughout including finishing techniques (glazing) with time given to experimenting with…

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June 2017

£345 – £640.00

Being Bold with Colour (watercolour)

Tutor: Paul Riley
June 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - June 9, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Paul Riley watercolour 'White Rose and wild flowers' bold colours on Saunders Waterford

This specialist course with Paul Riley, known for his vibrant, fresh and loose watercolours – is intended to familiarise participants with all aspects of colour, so you can avoid ‘muddy’ watercolours!   Various exercises involving still life and or landscape will be indulged in for the purpose of liberating the students’ sense of colour. The course is designed to stimulate both beginners and advanced students where much of the technology of colour is explained through demonstrations and explanation.    …

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October 2017

£345.00 – £640

Painting Skies & Autumnal Colour (watercolour)

Tutor: Paul Riley
October 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - October 27, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Painting in the Autumn provides a rich palette of colours: deep rich reds, golds, yellows.. and incredible skies. Devon is a great place for painting both, out in the landscape beside the River Dart or on majestic Dartmoor National Park. These are explored both in the landscape (taking quick sketches and photos if the weather is bad) and in the studio by the warmth of the log burner. Although the main emphasis will be on capturing the rich colours of…

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November 2017

£230 – £445

Printmaking Japanese Woodcuts

Tutor: Paul Riley
November 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - November 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Paul Riley carving woodcut

A unique three day printmaking course which demonstrates the versatility of the medium.   Paul Riley is best known for his vibrant watercolours, is he also a master at oil painitng, ceramics and printmaking. Wood Cuts have a very long and fascinating tradition going back to early Japanese and Christian forms of illustration and Paul has been exploring the oriental methods using watercolour printing as opposed to the more usual oil based ink method.     With this printmaking method, after…

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£230 – £445

Ceramics For the Garden 2017 – 1 place available

Tutor: Laurel Keeley
November 2, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - November 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Laurel Keeley large coil pot

We have just had a place cancelled on this course (Monday 30th) so 1 place is now available – get in quick!. Laurel works with coloured slips and drawn line in stoneware and porcelain clays, with glazes and oxides applied, often enhanced with Gold Lustre. The slab bowls, plates and pots are vehicles for figurative designs of fish and fields, rivers, canals and glimpses of the world through windows. More recently she has been working with images of gardens and…

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£270 – £445

Ceramics For the Garden – 2nd course – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Laurel Keeley
November 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - November 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Laurel Keeley large coil pot

This course is also now SOLD OUT, please do email Lara to join the waiting list and/or to receive details of the next courses as soon as they are released. Internationally recognised ceramicist Laurel Keeley works with coloured slips and drawn line in stoneware and porcelain clays, with glazes and oxides applied, often enhanced with Gold Lustre. The slab bowls, plates and pots are vehicles for figurative designs of fish and fields, rivers, canals and glimpses of the world through…

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December 2017

£96

Goddess Gathering – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Lauren HIll
December 2, 2017 @ 11:00 am - December 3, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Goddess Yoga @ Coombe Farm Studios

  Goddesses gather under the illumination of the Super Moon, we will move together through the wisdom of the body. The yoga will be magic. The food will be medicine. All set with Sankalpa (intention); of Earth, Fire and Sky. Practices will be of different flows, of stillness and space, and grounding deep into this earth. Midwinter rhythms and rituals. All levels oh so very welcome. SCHEDULE Saturday 2nd December 11:00   Goddess hello 12:30   Juicy lunch 13:00   Yoga practice 15:00   Earth ritual 17:00   Yoga practice…

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January 2018

£270 – £445

Light & Whites in Watercolour

Tutor: Paul Riley
January 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - January 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
watercolour by Paul Riley of cherry blossom

This course offers an excellent opportunity to bring in the light and banish the darkness of winter by learning new brushwork techniques, allowing your work to become looser with a freshness and vibrancy associated with Paul’s painting. Watercolour is an excellent medium with which to explore the properties of whites in watercolour, from “negative” painting to masking techniques, which will be demonstrated and explored. Light, also explains the mysteries regarding how form is revealed by differing light conditions. These can…

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February 2018

£395 – £640

Drawing, painting & printmaking – using natural & found pigments & materials – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Kate Marshall
February 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - February 23, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

This course is now SOLD OUT, don’t hesitate to contact us to join the waiting list for any last minute cancellations and to be informed when the next course with Kate is available. We are thrilled to announce this new combined drawing/painting/printmaking course using natural pigments led by Kate Marshall – an inspiring course to kick-start your year. If you want to get back into being creative, or if you are new to drawing/painting/printmaking, its a fantastic hands-on approach and…

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March 2018

£395 – £640

Watercolour painting – The Watercolour Workshop with Paul Riley – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Paul Riley
March 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - March 30, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

This course is now SOLD OUT, Paul’s next course is his oil painting weekender 3-6th May or the next watercolour one is pen, ink & watercolour flowers 4-8th June. course will help enable you to create vibrant, colourful watercolour paintings by working on a series of different techniques, taught and demonstrated throughout the week by leading watercolour artist, author and teacher Paul Riley. This is a great five day workshop because it deals with all the key issues of watercolour…

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April 2018

£330 – £525

Powerful Pastels – a mixed media approach with Sarah Bee – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Sarah Bee
April 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - April 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Haytor quarrylowres by Sarah Bee

THIS COURSE IS NOW SOLD OUT do contact us to join the waiting list and to receive advance information about Sarah’s future courses. We are delighted to now regularly offer a pastels tutor to our stable of professional artists who share their skills and knowledge with you, enabling you to advance your work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Sarah Bee moved from working as a graphic designer into makeup and body painting for the film, photography and advertising industries. Later…

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£570 – £720

The Art of Attention – Ceramics, Drawing & Yoga – SOLD OUT

April 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - April 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Lauren Hill teaching yoga shavasana at Coombe Farm Studios

This course has now SOLD OUT if you’d like to join the waiting list please do get in touch. We are pleased to be launching a new course at Coombe – the Art of Attention – combining three of our loves: pottery, drawing and yoga. This special week will make space for the three practices, which in turn will guide and inform one another. Led by tutors who are experts in their fields, Laurel Keeley (Ceramics), Laurie Steen RWA (Drawing)…

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May 2018

£270 – £445

Oil Painting – weekender with Paul Riley

Tutor: Paul Riley
May 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - May 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Paul Riley Painting Studio Oils

A lovely weekend course to get to enjoy oil painting tutored by Paul Riley. The course is perfect for anyone that would like to advance in their oil painting techniques and for beginners in oils. As with Paul’s watercolour courses guidance and demonstrations will be given in colour, composition and the techniques of brushwork, including in this course, impasto.  Paul will be demonstrating his expressive oil painting style throughout including finishing techniques (glazing) with time given to experimenting with your…

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£395.00 – £670

Pottery Course – Raku with Tim Andrews – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Tim Andrews
May 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - May 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

This fantastic course with Tim Andrews is now SOLD OUT – do email us to join the waiting list and/or to receive information about Tim’s next course. Coombe’s pottery courses are hugely popular, with a focused group of no more than 7 participants, enabling you to get quality tuition whatever your level of experience. We are delighted that master potter Tim Andrews joins us again in 2018. Tim is known internationally for his distinctive raku pottery and for his book…

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£345 – £640

Drawing with Laurie Steen – Ignite your intuition

Tutor: Laurie Steen
May 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - May 25, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

Let your drawing medium guide your creativity…our objective for the week will be to draw without inhibition;  with conviction, and to push the boundaries of our own practice; leaving the course with an idea of how to begin.   By using the power of play, we will focus on finding and nurturing each persons own unique line and mark making ability. Through discussion, testing and play, with a variety of drawing mediums (ink, charcoal, graphite..) and surfaces, and using both…

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June 2018

£395 – £640

Pen, Ink & Watercolour – Flowers in Gardens with Paul Riley – 1 none resident place available

Tutor: Paul Riley
June 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - June 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

There’s just one non resident place left on this course. To see accommodation recommendations in the area see ‘accommodation’ section of this site, or, if you’d like a residential place do email us to join our waiting list. Flowers provide a great opportunity to explore a range of drawing and painting techniques. The variations in form and colour are endlessly fascinating and this course will provide you with the opportunity to explore drawing techniques in pen and wash as well…

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£395 – £640

Pottery -Thrown & Handbuilt with Laurel Keeley – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Laurel Keeley
June 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - June 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Laurel Keeley thrown flared bowl with gold fish detail

This course is now SOLD OUT – Laurel is teaching two courses in November 2018 so get in quick on those or email us to join the waiting list for this course. Our hugely popular pottery courses focus on smaller groups (max 7) so you can get expert tuition that suits you, whatever your skill level. We introduced Laurel Keeley as a ceramics tutor at Coombe over five years ago. Since then her courses have gone from strength to strength,…

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£331 – £525

Powerful Pastels – a mixed media approach with Sarah Bee – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Sarah Bee
June 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - June 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Haytor quarrylowres by Sarah Bee

This course with Sarah Bee at Coombe is now sold out. Do email us to join the waiting list and/or to receive the 2019 dates as soon as they become available. We are delighted to now regularly offer a pastels tutor to our stable of professional artists who share their skills and knowledge with you, enabling you to advance your work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Sarah Bee moved from working as a graphic designer into makeup and body…

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July 2018

£395 – £640

Drawing & painting for Beginners & Improvers – With Francine Lawrence & Susi Hoyle – 2 places left

Tutor:
July 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - July 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

This inspiring and enjoyable drawing & painting course for beginners and improvers is for people who have always wanted to draw and paint but just don’t know where to start or want to develop their work. If you are familiar with the ‘fear of the blank page’, have the feeling that ‘I can’t draw’, or you want to expand your skills, this course is suitable for you. Francine Lawrence and Susi Hoyle have taught over 2000 people to draw and…

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£395.00 – £640

Acrylic & Mixed Media – Unlock your creativity with Gerry Dudgeon – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Gerry Dudgeon
July 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - July 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Gerry Dudgeon painting

This course is now SOLD OUT, please do join Gerry’s course in August or October or email us to join the waiting list for this one! If you are keen on experimentation and want to experiment with different media, to draw and get to grips with colour, this is an ideal course for you. Gerry has taught throughout his professional painting career most recently one day master classes from his studio in Dorset. As a regular exhibitor at Coombe Gallery…

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£395 – £640

Watercolour – From Stream to Sea, Waterscapes by the Dart – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Paul Riley
July 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - July 20, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

This watercolour painting course with Paul Riley makes the most of the stunning area around Coombe. From our stream to the River Dart in Dittisham and out to sea at Blackpool sands. Paul adores painting waterscapes and the accompanying skyscapes that go hand-in-hand. Attention is also given to the rendering of boats and their elusive perspective. This course offers a great opportunity for you to get to grips with both as well as the chance to explore the stunning River…

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£395.00 – £640

Watercolour – Abstract Landscapes – 2 places available

Tutor: Paul Riley
July 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - August 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Abstract river watercolour by Paul Riley

This course is designed to explore the process of abstracting from the figurative world of nature and to careful editing and composition to leave space for your watercolours to ‘breathe’. The landscape tradition in watercolour has been long established. The methods and techniques are familiar to beginners and advanced alike. This course proposes a refreshing new way of tackling the much loved English and even International landscape. An exciting and adventurous new method of looking involves abstraction. To abstract, needs…

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August 2018

£395 – £640.00

Acrylics & Mixed Media – Unlock your creativity with Gerry Dudgeon -SOLD OUT

Tutor: Gerry Dudgeon
August 5, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - August 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

If you are keen on experimentation and want to experiment with different media, to draw and get to grips with colour to unlock your creativity, then this is an ideal course for you. Gerry has taught throughout his professional painting career most recently one day master classes from his studio in Dorset. As a regular exhibitor at Coombe Gallery since 1995 we are delighted to build on those one-day courses by offering this intensive residential course at Coombe which has…

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£410 – £670.00

Painting Holiday with Bettina Schroeder – SOLD OUT

August 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - August 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Bettina Schroeder watercolur The Old Boat Devon

Sorry this course is now sold out but we have 1 non resident place left in September so do join us then!.  Bettina’s painting 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. 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…

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September 2018

£410 – £670.00

Painting Holiday with Bettina Schroeder – SOLD OUT

September 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Bettina Schroeder watercolur The Old Boat Devon

Bettina’s painting 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. 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…

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£395.00 – £640

Watercolour – the Magic of Watercolour Flowers – 2 places left

Tutor: Paul Riley
September 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - September 28, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Paul Riley 'The Magic of Watercolour Flowers' book cover

Following a series of bestselling books on watercolour painting including “Flower Painting“, “Intimate Landscapes” and “The Watercolour Workshop“, Paul Riley publishes a new book & instructional DVD in 2015. The title of the book is The Magic of Watercolour Flowers and this is the accompanying course to the title. During the five days Paul will take students through the processes of painting watercolour flowers including brush techniques, colour mixing, the use of different paper, and the exciting aspects of composition.…

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October 2018

£270 – £445

Acrylics & Mixed Media – Unlock Your Creativity with Gerry Dudgeon – 2 Places available

Tutor: Gerry Dudgeon
October 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - October 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

If you are keen on experimentation and want to experiment with different media, to draw and get to grips with colour so you can unlock your creativity, then this is an ideal course for you. This weekender course is a great opportunity for returning students to revisit specific techniques with Gerry or for anyone new to his teaching to have a taster course at a less busy time of year (NB Gerry teaches 5 day courses at Coombe in July…

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£395 – £640

Watercolour & Mixed Media – Releasing your Imagination

Tutor: Paul Riley
October 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - October 26, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Pail Riley watercolour Danish Blue

Paul Riley leads this exciting course designed to release your imagination, so if you are interested in bringing some originality to your watercolour painting and release your imagination onto the page, this course is perfect for you. Although mainly aimed at watercolour painting you are welcome to use, and will be encouraged to experiment with, other media.   “The aim is to release our imagination to find alternative ways of seeing the world around us and represent it in a…

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November 2018

£270 – £445

Pottery with Laurel Keeley – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Laurel Keeley
November 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - November 4, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Laurel Keeley large coil pot

This course is now sold out – do contact us to join the waiting list or to receive advance notice when courses are released. This is a lovely weekend intensive pottery residential with the internationally recognised potter Laurel Keeley. Laurel works with coloured slips and drawn line in stoneware and porcelain clays, with glazes and oxides applied, often enhanced with Gold Lustre. The slab bowls, plates and pots are vehicles for figurative designs of fish and fields, rivers, canals and…

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£230 – £445

Drawing Weekend with Laurie Steen RWA – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Laurie Steen
November 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - November 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Laurie Steen As I remember it home drawing 15-14

Sorry this course is now sold out – but Laurie is back teaching in May and Nov 2019! This short intense course with Laurie Steen will use the Winter Landscape as our subject and the catalyst to explore a variety of monochromatic mediums.  The course will also focus on how we find and translate inspirations in the shapes and landscape around us.  We will aim to work quickly exploring a variety of line and mark making media while focusing on…

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£270 – £445

Ceramics for the Garden with Laurel Keeley – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Laurel Keeley
November 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - November 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Laurel Keeley large coil pot

This course is now SOLD OUT – do email us to join the waiting list and to get advance emails about courses as soon as they are confirmed. This is a lovely weekend intensive pottery residential with the internationally recognised potter Laurel Keeley. Laurel works with coloured slips and drawn line in stoneware and porcelain clays, with glazes and oxides applied, often enhanced with Gold Lustre. The slab bowls, plates and pots are vehicles for figurative designs of fish and…

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December 2018

£120

Moon Kingdom – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Lauren HIll
December 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - December 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

  Gather under the illumination of the New Moon, we will move together through the wisdom of the body. The yoga will be magic. The food will be medicine. All set with Sankalpa (intention); of Earth, Fire and Sky. Practices will be of different flows, of stillness and space, and grounding deep into this earth. Midwinter rhythms and rituals. All levels oh so very welcome. SCHEDULE Saturday 8th Dec 11:00  Arrival & nest  12:00  Welcome to the kingdom & yoga 13:00  Lunch…

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January 2019

£160

Working From the Land – SOLD OUT

January 22 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

An 8 week painting, drawing & printmaking course working form the Land including making and using natural pigments. This course will run on Tuesdays from 1.30-5.30pm and costs include all materials and tuition. During the 8 weeks you will explore a range of painting, drawing and printmaking techniques and making inks and paints from the natural world, including brewing your own oak gall ink, making pigments from river stones, figure drawing from the landscape, painted monotypes, linocutting, drypoint and more.…

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£280 – £455

Pottery with Laurel Keeley – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Laurel Keeley
January 24 @ 5:00 pm - January 27 @ 2:00 pm

This is a lovely weekend intensive pottery residential with the internationally recognised potter Laurel Keeley. Laurel works with coloured slips and drawn line in stoneware and porcelain clays, with glazes and oxides applied, often enhanced with Gold Lustre. The slab bowls, plates and pots are vehicles for figurative designs of fish and fields, rivers, canals and glimpses of the world through windows. More recently she has been working with images of gardens and landscape, her method informed by painting. Having…

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February 2019

£395 – £650

Painting bright vibrant watercolours

Tutor: Paul Riley
February 10 @ 5:00 pm - February 15 @ 2:00 pm

Paul Riley is a renowned watercolorist and our lead tutor. He has sold bestselling books on watercolour including ‘Watercolour Flowers’ ‘Intimate Landscapes’, ‘The Watercolour Workshop’ and most recently ‘The Magic of Watercolours Flowers’. He is known for his vibrant, fresh and loose approach so this course, at a time of year when we want to banish the darkness and start to look forward to spring, will help you to paint with brighter, cleaner, bolder colours, so you can avoid the…

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£395 – £650

Drawing, painting & printmaking – using natural & found pigments *1 PLACE LEFT

Tutor: Kate Marshall
February 17 @ 5:00 pm - February 22 @ 2:00 pm

An excellent, inspirational course, I feel we were blessed with a special tutor in Kate, who lives with such a passionate creative presence –  I remain thirsting for more – It was also wonderful to be nourished and enriched by Tanya’s food which has been influencing and encouraging my nutrition during the past week..long may it continue! Participant Feb 2018 We launched this new combined drawing/painting/printmaking course last year, it sold out and it was a firm success, so we’re…

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March 2019

£395 – £650

Pottery with Chris Taylor – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Chris Taylor
March 10 @ 5:00 pm - March 15 @ 2:00 pm

THROWING, HAND-BUILDING & EXPLORING SURFACE TEXTURE     We are thrilled to introduce this new ceramics course with Chris Taylor. Chris’s work is highly collectable and very different in style and form to our other regular tutors Tim Andrews & Laurel Keeley. As with our other courses you will have the chance to throw at the wheel as well as hand-build freestyle or using moulds and is open to participants of all experiences from beginner to professional. Chris will also…

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£580 – £730

The Art of Attention – Ceramics, Drawing & Yoga – 2 places left

March 31 @ 5:00 pm - April 5 @ 2:00 pm

We launched this course last year and it was a sell-out and worked so well we are delighted to run it again in 2019. This unique course, The Art of Attention – combines three of our loves: pottery, drawing and yoga. This special week will make space for the three practices, which in turn will guide and inform one another. Led by tutors who are experts in their fields, Laurel Keeley (Ceramics), Laurie Steen RWA (Drawing) and Lauren Hill (Yoga)…

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April 2019

£395 – £650

Watercolour painting – The Magic of Watercolour Flowers

Tutor: Paul Riley
April 14 @ 5:00 pm - April 19 @ 2:00 pm
Paul Riley 'The Magic of Watercolour Flowers' book cover

Following a series of bestselling books on watercolour painting including “Flower Painting“, “Intimate Landscapes” and “The Watercolour Workshop“, Paul Riley published a new book & instructional DVD in 2015. The title of the book is The Magic of Watercolour Flowers and this is the classic and popular accompanying course to the title. During the five days Paul will take participants through the processes of painting watercolour flowers including brush techniques, colour mixing, the use of different paper, and the exciting…

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£460 – £555

Powerful Pastels – a mixed media approach with Sarah Bee – 4 places left

Tutor: Sarah Bee
April 21 @ 5:00 pm - April 26 @ 11:00 am

We are delighted to now regularly offer a pastels tutor to our stable of professional artists who share their skills and knowledge with you, enabling you to advance your work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Sarah’s work has always been informed by nature. “I am constantly inspired by the visual commotion of the landscape, and in my paintings, I strive to capture this interplay of light, atmosphere and texture. The combined effect is sometimes subtle, sometimes dramatic – and…

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May 2019

£280 – £455

Pottery with Laurel Keeley – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Laurel Keeley
May 2 @ 5:00 pm - May 5 @ 4:00 pm

This is a lovely weekend intensive pottery residential with the internationally recognised potter Laurel Keeley. Laurel works with coloured slips and drawn line in stoneware and porcelain clays, with glazes and oxides applied, often enhanced with Gold Lustre. The slab bowls, plates and pots are vehicles for figurative designs of fish and fields, rivers, canals and glimpses of the world through windows. More recently she has been working with images of gardens and landscape, her method informed by painting. Having…

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How Trees Talk – Private View & Exhibition

Tutor: N/A
May 3 @ 6:00 pm - May 24 @ 6:00 pm

PRIVATE VIEW: FRIDAY 3rd May 2019 6.00-8.00pm ALL WELCOME    How Trees Talk is an exhibition showcasing the outcome of a recent residency at Coombe Farm Studios, by Josephine Birch, Genevieve Irwin, Bobbye Fermie and Christabel Forbes. The four artists met whilst studying at The Royal Drawing School and share an interest in landscape and memory. Through their project ‘How Trees Talk’ the artists have devised ways to enable the public to engage with the natural world and particularly, the…

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£535 – £680

Pottery with Tim Andrews (RAKU) – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Tim Andrews
May 12 @ 5:00 pm - May 17 @ 2:00 pm

This course is now sold out, please contact us to joint waiting list and for future course information. Coombe’s pottery courses are hugely popular, with a focused group of no more than 7 participants, enabling you to get quality tuition whatever your level of experience. We are delighted that master potter Tim Andrews joins us again in 2019. Tim is known internationally for his distinctive raku pottery and for his book ‘Raku‘* a comprehensive overview of raku, covering the history,…

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£395 – £650

Drawing with Laurie Steen – Ignite your intuition

Tutor: Laurie Steen
May 19 @ 5:00 pm - May 24 @ 2:00 pm

Let your drawing medium guide your creativity…our objective for the week will be to draw without inhibition;  with conviction, and to push the boundaries of our own practice; leaving the course with an idea of how to begin.   By using the power of play, we will focus on finding and nurturing each persons own unique line and mark making ability. Through discussion, testing and play, with a variety of drawing mediums (ink, charcoal, graphite..) and surfaces, and using both…

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June 2019

£395 – £650

Watercolour painting – The Way of the Brush

Tutor: Paul Riley
June 2 @ 5:00 pm - June 7 @ 2:00 pm

Understanding your tools and their uses will release the potential of your creative mind, for you will paint with greater freedom if you are at ease with your the means of getting colour onto your paper.  This new watercolour course with Coombe’s lead tutor Paul Riley, has been developed following growing interest in Paul’s extensive use of multiple brushes in each painting. If you want to feel liberated in your watercolour painting, free from using pencil or other medium, to…

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£395 – £650

Pottery Thrown & Handbuilt with Laurel Keeley – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Laurel Keeley
June 9 @ 5:00 pm - June 14 @ 2:00 pm
Laurel Keeley thrown flared bowl with gold fish detail

Sorry this course is now SOLD OUT there are places on Laurels courses in Jan & May! Our hugely popular pottery courses focus on smaller groups (max 8) so you can get expert tuition that suits you, whatever your skill level. We introduced Laurel Keeley as a ceramics tutor at Coombe over five years ago. Since then her courses have gone from strength to strength, selling out each year. This week-long course focuses on throwing and handbuilding & what you…

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£285 – £555

Powerful Pastels – a mixed media approach – 2 places available

Tutor: Sarah Bee
June 16 @ 5:00 pm - June 21 @ 10:00 am

This is the second course in 2019 with Sarah Bee. We are delighted that she returns and that we can regularly offer a pastels tutor to our stable of professional artists. All our artists share their skills and knowledge with you, enabling you to advance your work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Sarah’s work has always been informed by nature. I am constantly inspired by the visual commotion of the landscape, and in my paintings, I strive to capture…

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£395 – £650

Drawing & painting for Beginners & Improvers

June 30 @ 5:00 pm - July 5 @ 2:00 pm

We launched this course last year and it was hugely popular and a great success so we’re thrilled to invite Susi and Francine back in 2019. This inspiring and enjoyable drawing & painting course for beginners and improvers is for people who have always wanted to draw and paint but just don’t know where to start or want to develop their work. If you are familiar with the ‘fear of the blank page’, have the feeling that ‘I can’t draw’,…

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July 2019

£395 – £650

Acrylic & Mixed Media – Unlock your creativity with Gerry Dudgeon – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Gerry Dudgeon
July 7 @ 5:00 pm - July 12 @ 2:00 pm

This course is now SOLD OUT but there are some places available on the same course running 28th July-2nd August. If you are keen on experimentation and want to experiment with different media, to draw and get to grips with colour to unlock your creativity, then this is an ideal course for you. Gerry has taught throughout his professional painting career most recently one day master classes from his studio in Dorset. As a regular exhibitor at Coombe Gallery since…

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£395 – £650

Watercolour Painting Waterscapes by the Dart – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Paul Riley
July 14 @ 5:00 pm - July 19 @ 2:00 pm

This watercolour painting course with Paul Riley makes the most of the stunning area around Coombe by taking participants on location painting following the water from our stream at Coombe, to the River Dart in Dittisham and out to sea at Blackpool sands. Paul adores painting waterscapes and the accompanying skyscapes that go hand-in-hand. Attention is also given to the rendering of boats and their elusive perspective. This course offers a great opportunity for you to get to grips with…

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£395 – £650

Painting – A Bold Approach – 2 places left

Tutor: Tessa Pearson
July 21 @ 5:00 pm - July 26 @ 2:00 pm

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,…

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£395 – £650

Acrylic & Mixed Media – Unlock your creativity with Gerry Dudgeon – 3 places left

Tutor: Gerry Dudgeon
July 28 @ 5:00 pm - August 2 @ 2:00 pm
Gerry Dudgeon painting

If you are keen on experimentation and want to experiment with different media, to draw and get to grips with colour, this is an ideal course for you. Gerry has taught throughout his professional painting career most recently one day master classes from his studio in Dorset. As a regular exhibitor at Coombe Gallery since 1995 we are delighted to build on those one-day courses by offering this intensive residential course at Coombe which has been a sell out each…

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August 2019

£395 – £650

Watercolour painting Abstract Landscapes

Tutor: Paul Riley
August 4 @ 5:00 pm - August 9 @ 2:00 pm
Abstract river watercolour by Paul Riley

This course is designed to explore the process of abstracting from the figurative world of nature and to careful editing and composition to leave space for your watercolours to ‘breathe’. The landscape tradition in watercolour has been long established. The methods and techniques are familiar to beginners and advanced alike. This course proposes a refreshing new way of tackling the much loved English and even International landscape. An exciting and adventurous new method of looking involves abstraction. To abstract, needs…

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September 2019

£395 – £680

Printmaking – Mezzotint with Sarah Gillespie

September 15 @ 5:00 pm - September 20 @ 2:00 pm

We are honoured to announce this new unique printmaking course at Coombe led by Sarah Gillespie. Mezzotint, otherwise known as la manière noire, is an intaglio print method perfected in the mid 17C. It is a form of tonal engraving in which the artist works from dark to light, pulling the forms of her design out of a uniquely velvety black. Sarah Gillespie’s art career started in Paris in the early 80s. When I arrived back at my father’s house…

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October 2019

£270 – £455

Acrylic & Mixed Media – Unlock Your Creativity with Gerry Dudgeon

Tutor: Gerry Dudgeon
October 10 @ 5:00 pm - October 13 @ 2:00 pm

If you are keen on experimentation and want to experiment with different media, to draw and get to grips with colour so you can unlock your creativity, then this is an ideal course for you. This weekender course is a great opportunity for returning students to revisit specific techniques with Gerry or for anyone new to his teaching to have a taster course at a less busy time of year (NB Gerry teaches 5 day courses at Coombe in July…

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£395 – £650

Watercolour painting Creating Atmosphere

Tutor: Paul Riley
October 20 @ 5:00 pm - October 25 @ 2:00 pm

Painting in the Autumn provides a rich palette of colours: deep rich reds, golds, yellows.. and incredible skies, all great for creating atmosphere in your watercolours. Devon is a great place for painting both, out in the landscape beside the River Dart or on majestic Dartmoor National Park. These are explored both in the landscape (taking quick sketches and photos if the weather is bad) and in the studio by the warmth of the log burner. Although the main emphasis…

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£280 – £455

Drawing Weekend with Laurie Steen RWA – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Laurie Steen
October 31 @ 5:00 pm - November 3 @ 2:00 pm

THIS COURSE IS NOW SOLD OUT BUT PLEASE CONTACT US TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST OR SEE LAURIE’S COURSES FOR 2020 (MARCH AND NOVEMBER) This short intense course with Laurie Steen will use the Winter Landscape as our subject and the catalyst to explore a variety of monochromatic mediums.  The course will also focus on how we find and translate inspirations in the shapes and landscape around us.  We will aim to work quickly exploring a variety of line and…

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