Courses and Workshops 2021

Owing to the restrictions imposed by Covid19, many courses and demonstrations in 2020, as well as 2 painting holidays had to be cancelled or postponed. Here's hoping that 2021 will see "normal service being resumed" so we can once again enjoy drawing and painting together. Each one of my venues, however, will continue to take every possible  precaution to safeguard everyone's health and well being. Updated March 2021


FLATFORD MILL,  East Bergholt, Suffolk  Flatford was made famous by the celebrated artsist, John Constable whose father owned the Mill. Constable's painting of "The Hay Wain" depicts the mill pool and Willy Lotts House, where guests often stay. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this rural idyll, comfortable accommodation, cooked breakfasts and homely food.

DEDHAM HALL, Dedham, Suffolk. Owned and run by Wendy and Jim Sarton, Dedham Hall is set in the heart of this pictureque village and offers a warm welcome with spacious en suite rooms with TVs and tea & coffee making facilitiles, log fires, full English breakfasts and wonderful 3 course evening meals. 

ART in ALDEBURGH  Lesley and Barry delight in offering their "bijou" studio or (since Covid) in the more spacious nearby Church Hall. Delicious lunches are in a local restaurant or made to order in "take home" boxes (according to Covid restrictions!) We are always assured of Lesley's delicious home made cake with our afternoon tea! Accommodation is available in local hotels and B&Bs. DATES YET TO BE ADVISED

WATERSHED STUDIO One can aways rely on the warm welcome and friendly ambience at Watershed studio; as well as the spacious studio, we aways look forward to Allison's generous home-made 2 course hot lunches and her delicious cakes. Accommodation is available locally in B&Bs.

Saturday 22 - Saturday 29

PAINTING HOLIDAY to Hotel Leone, Montelparo, Italy

Please see the Painting Holidays page for full details or follow the link
Email: Tel:+39 366 5749 169



Friday 4pm - Sunday 4pm
JULY 16 - 18

PASTEL PERFECTION  Soft Pastels & Pastel Pencils

Soft pastels and pastel pencils are a vibrant and inspiring medium, ideal for capturing the colours and texture of the landscape and buildings at Flatford Mill, the subtle hues and shadows in a portrait or the texture of an animal’s fur.

Carole’s informative and enthusiastic demonstrations will guide you through a range of exercises to develop and extend your skills using this versatile and forgiving painting medium. You can choose to paint a portrait of a human or animal, a landscape or any other subject, under Carole's helpfulguidance. Suitable for all abilities.



Tuesday - Saturday


ALPHA PAINTING HOLIDAY to EXMOOR, North Devon                                 4 days paintings in glorious Devon, suitable for all abiliites

Please see the Painting Holidays page for full details or follow the link


Monday 4pm - Friday 4pm
OCTOBER 25 -29

PORTRAIT WEEK Own choice of medium - watercolours, acrylics, soft pastels or oils.
Suitable for all abilities.

The first day consists of step by step exercises working from photographs; we will learn how to assess proportions and achieve a likeness by studying form and the features, pose, composition and colour mixing.

For the rest of the week we work from models, each session starting with several short warm-up sketches, followed by a longer study. Carole is a most sympathetic and encouraging tutor who has been teaching Portraits courses at Flatford for 20 years.

At the end of each day we have a group appraisal, and most evenings after supper Carole will do a portrait demonstration in either watercolours, soft pastels, pastel pencils or acrylics.

Friday 4pm - Sunday 4pm

OCTOBER 29 - 31

Drawing & Painting ANIMALS & PETS Watercolour, pastel, acrylics or oils.
Suitable for all abilites

When drawing an animal, it is just as important to capture the character and likeness character, particularly if what we are portraying is a much loved pet. In this course, suitable for all abilities, we will cover structure and pose, painting texture, pattern and form as well as depicting the features accurately and achieving a likeness. 

Carole is an experienced animal painter, having completed many portrait commissions in watercolours, pastels, pastel pencils and acrylics, some of which will be on display. On Saturday we will run through various exercises to master techniques and on Sunday you will be able to work on your chosen subject in watercolours, pastels, acylics or oils. 

Please bring suitable photographic reference or work from one of Carole's paintings or photographs. 

On Saturday evening afyter supper, Carole will do a demonstration.



Wednesday 4pm - Weds 10am 


PORTRAITURE  Painting and Drawing Portraits from life
Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced artist, this course will help kick start or improve your ability to paint portraits. Carole is most sympathetic and encouraging,  tutoring both on a group and individual basis. Throughout the week she will demonstrate where appropriate. 
Our first day is spent working through several exercises to improve observational skills learn to place the features accurately, capture form, likeness and study pose, composition and much more.
Each subsequent day we work from models, starting with several short "warm up" poses before spending the rest of the session on a longer study. The choice of medium is up to you - watercolours, pastels, acrylics or oils. At the end of each day we have a group appraisal to pick up on any problems encountered during the day, with a low-key exhibition on Sunday evening. 
Not only is this a most enjoyable and rewarding week in the studio, but Dedham Hall provides excellent accommodation and delicious food! 

Please contact Wendy and Jim Sarton


Friday 4pm - Sunday 4pm

NOVEMBER 19 - 21


TREES, SKIES & WATER, in ACRYLICS  suitable for those new to Acrylics

Acrylics are probably the most versatile painting medium, suitable for the complete beginner. They can be applied in thin washes like watercolours, brushed on straight from the tube, or used thickly with a palette knife; gels and textured mediums can also be added for dramatic effects. Carole will guide you through step by step exercises painting a selection of landscape subjects to enable you to get the most out of this exciting and forgiving medium.

On Saturday Carole will guide you through a series of step-by-step exercises to learn brush techniques, colour mixing and painting effects, whilst on Sunday you will be able to work on your own choice of subject, either from your own reference material, from Carole's "library" of photos, or by copying one of Carole's paintings. On saturday evening after supper, Carole will do a demonstration.

You may wish to also come to the follow-on weekend course, ACRYLICS ADVENTURE December 3-5 - see below

Tuesday 10am -
Wednesday 10am - 4pm

NOVEMBER 23 & 24

Do you have a set of Water Soluble Pencils but don’t know how to use them? Then these two one-day courses will help you discover the wide range of wonderful effects you can achieve using this extremely versatile medium. Combining the familiarity of a pencil with the magic of watercolours, Water Soluble Pencils are a more controllable medium for the beginner whilst offering exciting possibilities in the hands of the more experienced artist. Both courses are suitable for all abilities.

Tuesday 23        LANDSCAPES 
Following Carole's step-by-step demonstrations, we cover a range of techniques including wet in wet, layering, splattering and mark making as well as colour blending and brush techniques. In the afternoon you can work on your own choice of subject or copy one of Carole's paintings. 

To start the day, Carole will demonstrate human facial proportions, how to get a likeness, and colour mixing and application for flesh tones. She will also show you how to paint fur, and tackle highlights, shadows and backgrounds 

If you prefer, you can choose to do landscapes or portraits on both days.

Contact Allison



FrIday 4pm  - Sunday 4pm


This course, will cover techniques to enable you to get the most out of this, the most versatile of painting mediums. As well as using gels and mediums designed to add texture or change the finish of the paint, we will look at how to use glazing layers, palette knife effects, collage, and learn how to stretch a canvas. 

On Saturday we will do a series of exercises practicing the techniques listed above and there will also be a diagnostic session where you can analyse and/or rework your existing paintings. Carole will give a demonstration on Saturday evening after supper and on Sunday you can work on your own choice of subject which could be a landscape, still life or portrait etc. 

Please bring several previous paintings and reference to work from, and any gels and mediums, metallic or interference acylics you may have.