A creative experience for those who want to explore and go beyond the boundaries of watercolour. Many modern watercolours are not just wishy-washy, fugitive paints – they can be positively dynamic.

Using a variety of water media including watercolour, inks and mediums, you will be able to expand your existing painting skills and discover how to create expressive interpretations of the natural world.

We plan to:

  • Capture the essence of a moment rather than photographic or realistic interpretation
  • Allow the paint to ‘do its own thing’ – and watch it working it’s magic
  • Be brave and open to spontaneity and imagination
  • Try out the magic of a range of fascinating media and create exciting textures and colour combinations
  • Build contrasts for dynamic results.
  • Mix up the media and explore the capability of a variety of materials with freedom of expression


Please note we now only have non-residential places available on this course.

Tutor: Cherry Lyons

I am an experimental and mixed-media artist and thoroughly enjoy the challenge of creating new artwork in my garden studio. You can see here website here: www.cherrylyons-artist.co.uk

Please also see our other courses run by Cherry Lyons Watercolour Wizardry 15 – 19 August 2022 and Handmade Printing from Nature 19-21 August 2022. Book 2 courses by Cherry Lyons and receive a 10% discount. To get this offer please contact Slapton Ley.

What's Included

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

Before You Attend

Where to meet and at what time?

Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration by 17.00 on arrival day. The course will begin after supper.  Non residents can arrive 10/15 mins before the evening meal or for the introduction. There will be an introductory talk at 17.00. Supper is usually at 18.30. 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 on Friday at 15.00. 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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