Using the wonderful landscape in and around FSC Slapton Ley the course will aim to give students the opportunity to work primarily on location in oil paint or using water mixable oils.

Depending on the weather, it is planned that most of the course will take place on location to Slapton Ley and the beach

Rob will share his approach to painting en plein air, from what equipment to take, how to assess and simplify the scene before you and the importance of tone.

As time is of the essence when painting on location Rob will show you the benefits of working with a limited palette, how to mix colours quickly and how to get them down on board or canvas as swiftly as possible.

With plenty of one to one tuition, short demos and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

For many the paintings or sketches created on location will be ‘finished’ and will require little if any further work, however Rob will also share how to use these studies as starting points for more considered, studio based pieces.

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:
  • An oil painting of a rocky shore by Rob Dudley
  • Oil painting of the seaside by Rob Dudley

If you would like to join us for a whole week and enjoy a 10% discount on the fees, choose to attend:

Making Watercolours Work for You: 19th - 23rd July

To take advantage of this offer, please ring the centre to book – 01548 580466

Example Timetable

By the very nature of the course the programme has to be flexible to allow for the vagaries of the British weather. However the course will start with a short talk by Rob the subject being his approach to painting en plein air.

We will meet in the studio at the start of each day, to discuss location and subject matter before heading off to the days painting site. Returning to the studio at the end of the session to review students work individually.

What's Included

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

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 1pm Monday. On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage.

What to Bring

  • Lightweight field easel or pochade box. 9An easel and chair can be hired from the centre, please book in advance.
  • A selection of brushes, palette, dipper, mediums as required and rags. A selection of oil paints, or water mixable oil paints to include: Titanium white, raw sienna, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, sap green, permanent rose and cadmium red.
  • A series of canvas panels or MDF prepared boards varying in size from 8x6, 12x8 and 12x6 inches.
  • Sketchbooks and 2B pencil.
  • A lightweight stool or chair would also prove useful.
Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item