This course is especially designed for those with at least a little experience of working in watercolour. You will be able to go out and about to sketch, paint and photograph the buildings and landscape around Flatford Mill, coming back to the studio to turn all the information gathered from sketchbooks and prints of digital images into finished paintings – with lots of help and individual tuition along the way.

The landscape is the inspiration for many painters in watercolour. But where do you start? How do you turn the inspiration into paintings? What problems might you encounter on the way? This course provides the answers and guides you through the steps needed to produce a successful finished landscape painting.

With plenty of tips and exercises, both on location and in the studio, this course outlines the important steps in planning a successful painting. Using both field sketches and photographs as part of the ‘information gathering’ element of picture planning, Rob will show you techniques for planning a composition, and how to successfully incorporate drawing, tone, colour, washes and texture. Using this information you will be encouraged to find your own inspiration from the wealth of subject matter in these beautiful surroundings before beginning a painting. Rob will be present to help and guide you through the whole process, from inspiration to finished work.

This course is suitable for both beginners and those with more experience of watercolour. Rob will begin the course by looking at a selection of your previous work and discussing what you would like to achieve during your time.  He would definitely encourage you to bring some of your work along for him to see:  please don’t be shy – it would help him to help you!  Rob recognises that not everyone is ready to exhibit, and you need not show your work to anyone else if you don’t want to!

Tutor: Rob Dudley

Rob Dudley has lived and worked in Devon since completing his degree in Fine Art at Exeter College of Art in 1980. The landscape has always been a starting point for much of Rob’s work.  Finding the variety of landscapes in Devon particularly inspiring, he spends a great deal of time exploring the different effects of light on moorland and coastal scenes.  He records the fleeting changes of light with both sketches and photographs, which he takes back to the studio to develop into more finished works.  Rob works almost exclusively in his preferred medium of watercolour.  Although a difficult medium to master he finds its elusiveness, which can be both rewarding and frustrating, makes each painting an exciting challenge. Rob also enjoys writing and in 2018 saw the publication of his first book on watercolour; ‘Painting Rivers from Source to Sea’. He is a regular contributor to The Artist and Illustrators magazine and demonstrates to art groups in the south west of England. He also is one of the script writers for the award winning animated children’s series ‘Shaun the Sheep’ produced by Aardman Animation, home of Wallace and Gromit and shown on the BBC. His work is in private collections in the UK and abroad. Rob’s website is:

If you would like to join us for a whole week and book on to Rob and Siân’s joint course, ‘Making Watercolours Work For You’ from the 2nd – 6th August you can enjoy a 10% discount on the fees. To take advantage of this offer, please ring the centre to book - 01206 297110

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks

Before You Attend

What to Bring

Please bring along anything you already have. As well as paints, brushes, palettes etc., kitchen roll is essential! Please bring along any photographs, sketches or other reference material you would like to work from. We are happy to supply inspiration and reference material if you need some!

Please note that the Centre shop no longer stocks art materials, apart from loose sheets of Bockingford 140lb.