The aim of the workshop is to help you to develop artistic skills you wish to explore. It is not prescriptive and Sophia can advise and guide on many techniques. You will learn through practice and application how to appropriate methods necessary for the effects you desire.

This programme is for anyone who would like to join an informal group of enthusiastic, like-minded artists who seek advice guidance and suggestions on a variety of painting and drawing techniques including : Drawing Media, Charcoal, Ink Work, Acrylics, Dry Pastels, Oil Pastels, Watercolour and Gouache and Collage.

The course offers an optional introduction to lino cut using introductory techniques to create, make and print a variety of images from local scenery to abstract art. Also optional is an introduction to combining poetry and creative art using various poetry techniques.

Each day the group will be taken out together by mini bus to a different location where participants will be free to spend their time working however they wish using their own preferred medium. There is a wealth of painting potential around the South Hams and excursions out may include locations such as Dartmouth, Dittisham, or one of the many local beaches.

Tutor: Sophia Roddan

Sophia holds a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art. Sophia is an artist based in the South West of England whose work ranges across sculpture installations, painting, drawing and lino printing. Her practice is developed through research and a conceptual approach to developing her art. Her work has been featured in the Guardian and she was Best in Show & selected as best in South West at the Plymouth University exhibition in 2016. Sophia has run collaborative workshops with Mind (Plymouth) and Plymouth College of Art and also art workshops in association with Mind (Exeter) culminating in exhibitions at the Phoenix Art centre, Exeter.
  • A print from the Exploring Creativity with Mixed Media class
  • Artwork from the Exploring Creativity with Mixed Media class

Example Timetable


After arrival and dinner there will be an introduction to the course and group discussion.


Exploring different mediums together with experimentation of techniques to be deployed over the coming days followed by;
Group minibus trip to Start Point where we will choose a location for views of the coast, the landscape and the light house.  Optional walks available.
The day will also include a visit to Blackpool Sands.
A day taking in the colours of the coast, the sky and their interaction with the landscape.
In the evening there will be an indoor/outdoor painting or drawing session to review the work of the day and continue our art work.


Group minibus trip to Dartmouth where we will board a short ferry to Dittisham  (the ferry will be approx. 15 mins and is subject to an additional fare. Alternatively the minibus is available.  Arrangements will be made at the Monday meeting).
From the ferry we will see spectacular views of the River Dart and take photographs  for use later. We will seek to capture a photograph which can be portrayed in your medium of choice later.
From Dittisham we will see views of Greenway (the home of Agatha Christie) and can  draw and paint from this vantage.
Lunch at the Anchorstone café (optional bookings taken on Monday).
Upon return to Dartmouth there will be a further opportunity to take photographs including an optional trip to Dartmouth Castle (again by boat) or alternatively to explore perspective using the beautiful view from Bayards Cove to Kingswear.
Time permitting, in the evening there will be an indoor/outdoor painting or drawing session to review the work of the day and continue our art work.


For those that would like to simply continue with their work there will be a morning of painting and drawing at the venue.
Others can take a short walk to Slapton Village to sketch the village church, pub or cottages.
There will be an optional meeting in one of the Slapton pubs followed in the afternoon with an opportunity to continue drawing and painting and prepare for the evening exhibition.


Depart after breakfast.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

Start and Finish Times

Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on arrival day, after this time self-directed arrival information will be posted on the front door. There will be an introductory talk at 5:00pm. Supper is usually at 6:30pm. Non resident bookings should arrive just before 5:00pm. A non resident booking also includes dinner during your course as teaching does progress into the evening. Breakfast, for resident participants, will be from 8:00am. The course will end at 3pm on Friday. On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage.

What to Bring

Mixed Media collection
Please bring any colours you already use in Acrylic paint, watercolour, inks pastels etc.…
Paint Suggestions for starter palette:
Titanian white
Alizarin crimson
Primary yellow
Pthalo blue
Ultramarine blue
Raw sienna
Titanian white

Acrylic and/or watercolour brushes, both flat and round tips.
If you wish to do ink drawings
Ink Pens Dip pens and nibs
Art pens

A stay wet palette and a tear off palette, watercolour palette

Paper Canvasses & Surfaces
Watercolour paper
Acrylic paper eg Galleria or a canvas pad
Stretched canvas or canvas board
Bring also some scrap paper/card and a sketchbook

Gel Mediums and Texture Pastes
These are used for creating texture and sand effects. Bring any you wish to explore

Basic Lino print
Bring your own basic lino kit if you prefer (available on line for approximately £20). I have some materials available for use including cutters and lino. Please email me for information

Miscellaneous Items
Sketching materials, old credit card, water pot, bottled water, wipes, kitchen roll/rags & bull dog clips, masking tape, marker pens
A camera.
Easel (optional) These can be hired from the centre
Lightweight painting stool. These can be hired from the centre
Sun Cream, hat, insect repellent & windproof jacket

Any queries regarding the course or equipment - please email [email protected]

Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item