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January 2020

£270 – £455

Pottery with Laurel Keeley – 3 places left

Tutor: Laurel Keeley
January 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - January 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

We start the year at Coombe with this 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…

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February 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour Painting – Light & Whites in Watercolour with Paul Riley

Tutor: Paul Riley
February 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - February 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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…

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£395 – £640

Drawing, painting & printmaking – using natural & found pigments

Tutor: Kate Marshall
February 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - February 21, 2020 @ 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 Feedback    If you want to get back into being creative, or if you are new to drawing/painting/printmaking, its a fantastic hands-on…

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£395 – £640

Drawing with Laurie Steen – Ignite your intuition

Tutor: Laurie Steen
February 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - February 28, 2020 @ 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 wet…

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March 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour painting – The Magic of Watercolour Flowers

Tutor: Paul Riley
March 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - March 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

  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…

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£395 – £640

Ceramics with Chris Taylor – SOLD OUT

Tutor: Chris Taylor
March 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - April 3, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This course is now SOLD OUT however cancellations can happen so please do contact us to join the waiting list. Last year we introduced this new ceramics course with Chris Taylor and it was a huge success, not least of all because Chris has a unique set of techniques to share, including screen printing surface decoration onto your pots. Chris’s work is highly collectable and very different in style and form to our other regular tutors Tim Andrews & Laurel…

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April 2020

£395 – £640

Printmaking – Mezzotint with Sarah Gillespie

April 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - April 10, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

  We launched this new Mezzotint course in 2019, despite being a very unique course, where you really spend time and attention slowing down to create each plate, it was a huge success so we’re thrilled to be offering it again in 2020. 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…

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£330 – £550

Powerful Pastels – a mixed media approach with Sarah Bee

Tutor: Sarah Bee
April 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - April 24, 2020 @ 10:00 am

We are delighted that Sarah Bee 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 has a huge amount of knowledge and skill and a fantastic process that results in powerful paintings. Her work has always been informed by nature. “I am constantly inspired by the visual commotion of the landscape,…

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£270 – £455

Ceramics with Laurel Keeley

Tutor: Laurel Keeley
April 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - May 3, 2020 @ 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.…

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May 2020

£660

Ceramics with Tim Andrews (RAKU) -SOLD OUT

Tutor: Tim Andrews
May 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - May 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

THIS COURSE IS SOLD OUT we will shortly release a second date (weekend) in Nov 2020. Coombe’s pottery courses are hugely popular, with a focused group of no more than 8 participants, enabling you to get quality tuition whatever your level of experience. We are delighted that master potter Tim Andrews joins us again in 2020. Tim is known internationally for his distinctive raku pottery and for his book ‘Raku‘* a comprehensive overview of raku, covering the history, clay types…

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£395 – £640

Ceramics with Laurel Keeley

Tutor: Laurel Keeley
May 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - June 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

 This course is the expanded five day version of our pottery courses with Laurel (she teaches weekend courses in Jan, May and November). 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 8 years ago. Since then her courses have gone from strength to strength, selling out each year. This week-long course focuses on…

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June 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour Painting Flowers in Gardens & Still Life with Paul Riley

Tutor: Paul Riley
June 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - June 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Flowers provide a great opportunity to explore a range of painting techniques. The variations in form and colour are endlessly fascinating and this course will provide you with the opportunity to explore those techniques including getting to grips with a range of brushes and brushwork. Paul Riley, who leads this course, is well known for his love of flowers and his ability to capture them in fresh, clean and vibrant colour. He has written a number of bestselling books on…

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£330 – £550

Powerful Pastels – a mixed media approach with Sarah Bee

Tutor: Sarah Bee
June 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - June 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am

This is our second course in 2020 with Sarah Bee and we are delighted that she’s returning again this year 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 has a huge amount of knowledge and skill and a fantastic process that results in powerful paintings. Her work has always been…

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£395 – £640

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

Tutor:
June 28, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - July 3, 2020 @ 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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July 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour Painting Waterscapes by the Dart with Paul Riley

Tutor: Paul Riley
July 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - July 17, 2020 @ 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 – £640

Painting – A Bold Approach with Tessa Pearson

Tutor: Tessa Pearson
July 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - July 24, 2020 @ 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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August 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour Painting – Abstract Landscapes with Paul Riley

Tutor: Paul Riley
August 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - August 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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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£395 – £640

Acrylic & Mixed Media – Unlock your creativity with Gerry Dudgeon

Tutor: Gerry Dudgeon
August 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - August 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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 the mid 90s we are delighted to build on those one-day courses by offering his intensive residential courses at Coombe, which have been sell outs…

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£395 – £660

Watercolour Painting with Bettina Schroeder

August 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - August 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am

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…

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September 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour painting – The Way of the Brush

Tutor: Paul Riley
September 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - September 18, 2020 @ 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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October 2020

£270 – £455

Acrylic & Mixed Media – Unlock Your Creativity with Gerry Dudgeon

Tutor: Gerry Dudgeon
October 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - October 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This 3 day course is dedicated to those participants who have already taken part in Gerry’s courses and/or are at an intermediate or more experienced level of painting and want to push their skills and advance their work (NB for those that haven’t attended Gerry’s courses or those that consider themselves at an earlier stage of skill level, he runs at five day course open to all here at Coombe in August) . If you are keen on experimentation and want…

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£395 – £640

Watercolour Painting Autumn Colour & Skies

Tutor: Paul Riley
October 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - October 23, 2020 @ 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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£270 – £455

Drawing Weekend with Laurie Steen RWA

Tutor: Laurie Steen
October 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - November 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

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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November 2020

£270 – £455

Drawing & Painting Figures using natural & found pigments.

Tutor: Kate Marshall
November 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - November 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Drawing & Painting Figures from the Landscape, using natural & found pigments, is a new and unique course focusing on painting and drawing figures and working with natural pigments.  Gathering your own and using some of Kate’s collection of materials, you will explore ways to make art out of the physical world around you. Learn how to mix and bind pigments to make inks and paints. Experiment with alternative ways of mark making. Finding oak galls and brewing oak gall ink…

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£270 – £455

Ceramics with Laurel Keeley

Tutor: Laurel Keeley
November 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - November 15, 2020 @ 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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