This course is aimed at both beginners and more experienced painters. Subjects will be suggested both in the studio and, weather permitting, on location with tuition provided through a mixture of demonstrations and exercises according to your needs. Topics covered include: materials, planning, composition, masking and washes.This course is aimed at both beginners and more experienced painters who feel in need of fresh inspiration to make more progress, from botanical to landscape, seascape to portrait.

Everyone can expect to get fresh ideas on how to see, plan and apply watercolour. Tuition will be through a mixture of demonstrations, exercises and, where possible, one to one guidance according to your needs, and will include plenty of practical work. The aim of the demonstrations will to be to show how the unique and elusive properties of watercolour, transparency and freshness, can be achieved. Subjects will be suggested both on location on the South Devon coast and in the studio, according to the weather. Amongst topics covered will be: choice of materials, information gathering, planning and composition, mark making, colours, washes, and masking. The emphasis will be on painting fresh, lively watercolours using the most direct methods possible.

Tutor: Siân Dudley

Siân Dudley is a largely self-taught watercolourist with a fascination for the way the medium has a life of its own, making its own contribution to the finished work. The depth and clarity of colour, textural marks, spontaneous expression and fineness of detail that are possible in watercolour have inspired an experimental approach, allowing her to explore a range of styles, from the 'tight' representation of botanical illustration to much freer, almost abstract paintings. Siân always begins with a close direct observation of her subject, using a combination of sketching and photographs as reference for paintings that are completed in the studio. In botanical subjects Siân's inspiration comes from the effect of light through petals and leaves, and a sense of colour and pattern. In her portraits she aims to capture something of the character of the person, as well as a good likeness. Her other work reflects her interest in paintings with a strong sense of narrative, and an element of participation by the viewer. In 2018 Siân saw her first book on watercolour 'Painting Flowers : a Creative Approach' published by Crowood Press Whatever she is painting, Siân hopes that her paintings provide an uplifting experience to the observer. Siân and Rob's website is: www.moortoseaarts.co.uk

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 latest book written with wife, Siân, is Painting Trees was published August 2019. His work is in private collections in the UK and abroad. Take a few moments to view his work (and that of his wife Siân) at: www.moortoseaarts.co.uk

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 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! I bring a limited amount of basic equipment that may suffice to fill gaps. 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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