Improve your watercolour paintings and take them to the next level by finding out about a whole host of tips tricks and techniques!

Tuition will be through a mixture of demonstrations, group exercises, and individual guidance according to your prior experience. The aim of the demonstrations will be to show how the unique and elusive properties of watercolour – transparency and freshness – can be achieved. The course will include plenty of practical work. The basic technical information will also be covered, with lots of tips and techniques, and plenty of opportunities to apply them to your choice of subject.

Rob will approach each person’s needs at a highly individual level and is perfectly happy working with beginners as well as more experienced painters who feel in need of new inspiration to make more progress.

Rob’s interest in the exciting properties of watercolour lends itself to an approach that encourages students to discover when to control the medium and when to allow its freedom. Subjects will be suggested for both outdoors and in the studio, according to the weather.

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:

What's Included

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 participants 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 3:00 pm on the last day.  On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage.

What to Bring

Please bring along anything you already have. As well as paper, paints, brushes, palettes etc., kitchen roll is essential. Please bring along some or your previous work (in any medium). There is no obligation to show it to anyone else if you choose not to, but seeing it really helps me to help you to get the most from the course. Please bring along any photographs, sketches or other reference material you would like to work from.

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