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Studios & daily structure The light and airy painting studio is well equipped with easels, boards, watercolour pans etc. The painting courses are held in the studio, or, if the weather is fine, on location in the stunning Devon countryside by the beautiful river Dart, on Dartmoor National Park or out to the coast. Each course has a specific materials list, which each student is asked to bring with them, these details are listed alongside each course. For watercolour painters we have Saunders Waterford paper stocked in the studio which you can buy at ÂŁ5.00 a sheet if you would rather not carry it with you - likewise for small lightweight stools.

Residents arrive for each course between 5-7pm the afternoon/ evening before the course begins i.e. Sunday for 5 day courses and Thursday for long weekends. Each tutor works slightly differently, however as a general schedule each day begins with breakfast, which is served from 8.30am. At 9.30am the course starts in the studio with your tutor or by driving out to locations when the weather is suitable. Lunch is served at 1.00pm each day either at Coombe or a packed lunch on location. From 2.00-4.00pm the tutor takes a break, students can also take a break or continue to work in the studio. The tutor will then re-join the group from 4.00pm to give demonstrations or critique. Dinner is served each evening at 8.00pm In additon to the painting studio we have a small print workshop and pottery which are used for regular classes throughout the year. To book complete eclosed form/call 01803 722 352/ e. lara&

Accommodation We have on site accommodation which provides a wonderful residential atmosphere for all the courses. The accommodation has single, double and twin bedded rooms. Participants are not required to share rooms unless they wish to do so, however, bathroom facilities are shared with 2 showers 2 baths & 4 toilets shared between a maximum of 14 people. When courses are full the bathrooms and toilets are normally busy on the first morning, however routines soon establish with facilities proving ample for everyone. All bed linen, towels and dressing gowns are provided.

“This is the 4th year I’ve been here now but the enjoyment doesn’t diminish, it’s so relaxing and tranquil. I love it! JOHN

The living room has an open fire, plenty of art books, magazines, wireless internet access, TV & DVD and a long dining table for meal times. The shared bathrooms are situated on the same floor as the bedrooms within short distance from each bedroom. Food is an important part of life at Coombe with many vegetables grown in our vegetable garden and fresh eggs laid by the chickens. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & coffee throughout the course are all provided within the residential course fee. To book complete enclosed form/call 01803 722 352/ e. lara&

Course information PAINTING WITH BETTINA Watercolour, BETTINA SCHROEDER July 21st-27th & August 18-24th 2013 (both 6 days) Bettina’s painting courses are suitable for all, from absolute beginners to accomplished painters. They are designed to help you to make the most of your abilities and to find a personal approach. The emphasis is on how to capture the initial excitement on first spotting a subject, without getting too bogged down in technicalities. Tuition will be in watercolour mainly but you can work in other media if you would prefer. Daily demonstrations (in the studio or on location) are tailored to the particular needs of the students and to help you to get started. The tuition will also deal with general painting problems such as basic perspective, choice of colour, composition, shadows and many other tricks of the trade. Above all, Bettina’s courses aim to enhance the pleasure of painting whilst improving your skills.

Particular attention is given to wet-in-wet technique as well as some of the ground rules for beginners. Groups are kept small so you can visibly advance within the course duration irrespective of your ability. For complete beginners Bettina teaches a simple, easy to follow a step-by-step approach. Tuition is typically arranged in day sessions lasting from 10am until 4pm, so there is time To relax before dinner and explore the locality. Timings may change slightly from day to day depending on the weather and excursions. If you are keen paint in the early morning, late afternoon or into the night, as with all courses at Coombe, you are welcome to use the studio, gardens and courtyard at any time during the course.Bettina is a huge advocate for painting outside in the landscape, this course, along with Paul Riley’s Stream to Sea course, is therefore an ideal opportunity to discover the heavenly river Dart, to explore scenic coasts, and to capture lush green Devon fields and hedgerows. During evening meals Bettina is also available for discussions about particular painting problems when you can be assured of individual attention and lively discussion! MATERIALS LIST FOR BETTINA’S COURSES. A selection of good watercolour paints or oil paints turpentine and linseed oil. Watercolour paper and lightweight board or canvas/daler board and raggs. Sketching paper and pencils. A selection of watercolour brushes including, if possible, a large sable synthetic No 16 and a chisel top 1/2" wide brush or your usual selection of oil painting brushes. Masking tape. Water bottle, small jar / cup. Lightweight portable easel and stool if required [if travelling from abroad you can borrow these] We suggest you also include some sturdy outdoor shoes and waterproof jacket. To book complete enclosed form/call 01803 722 352/ e. lara&

Course information Stream to Sea-waterscapes July 15th-19th 2013 (5 Days)

Watercolour, PAUL RILEY

This course with Paul will take you to some of his favourite painting locations (weather permitting!!) and one of his favourite subjects, water. “The main issue when painting water is its reflective quality.The fudamental point is that a reflection is a verticaully projected image of waht is above. If the water is absolutely still, like a mirror, then the reflection will be an exact mirror image. Alternatively if the water surface is broken by wvelets then the reflection is extended. In other words, perspective comes into play....the important thing to consider when looking at water is to try and be objective, try to analyse what is going on” .

The River Dart takes its name from a celtic word meaning ‘river where oak trees grow’ due to the banks of the lower Dart being covered in ancient woods of native oak. It is a stunning river and this course offers a great opportunity to explore it. The course structure follows the river in it’s it’s varying states, starting with the stream flowing through Coombe Farm Studios, on to the nearby creek, the harbour at the village of Dittisham and culminating at the sea at Blackpool sands close to Dartmouth. The reflective nature of water and it’s focal point in the landscape will be studied and attention will be given to the rendering of boats and their elusive perspective. “The stream adjacent to where I life flows into one of the most beautiful rivers you can imagine. It has many moods and one which suits the watercolourist’s technique is when the water is sparkling under the sun”

“Thank you Paul for such an enjoyable and informative weekend - I think I learned more about watercolour in 2 days than I have in years!”

To book complete enclosed form/call 01803 722 352/ e. lara&

Timetable 2013 JAN


Flowers & Light (watercolour)

3 days

Paul Riley

FEB 1/2 term

8-10th 18-22nd

Painting with a palette knife (acrylics) Less is more - creating space in watercolours

3 days 5 days

Mic Chambers Paul Riley



Flowers & Still life (watercolour)

5 days

Paul Riley


5-7th 12-14th 22-26th

Being Bold with Colour (watercolour) Contemporary Basketry Oils for beginners & improvers

3 days 3 days 5 days

Paul Riley Angela Holland Paul Riley


3-5th 3-5th 13-17th 27-31st

Printmaking from the river Painting every day objects in oils: for beginners Throwing & moulding bowls (ceramics) Whites in Watercolour

3 days 3 days 5 days 5 days

Kate Marshall James Stewart Jill Fanshwe Kato Paul Riley


10-14th 17-21st 24-28th

Painting Flowers in Gardens (watercolour) Gerlesborgsskolan - CLOSED COURSE Ceramics thown & handbuilt

5 days 5 days 5 days

Paul Riley Stina Wollter Laurel Keeley


8-12th 15-19th 22-27th

Unlocking creativity 5 days (acrylics + open to all media) Waterscapes: Stream to Sea (watercolour) 5 days Painting with Bettina Schroeder (watercolour) 6 days

Paul Riley Bettina Schroeder


12-16th 19-24th

People in the landscape (watercolour) 5 days Painting with Bettina Schroeder (watercolour) 6 days

Paul Riley Bettina Schroeder


6-8th 12-14th 23-27th

Painting with a palette knife (acrylics) Kiln to Table (ceramics) Flowers/Life/Landscape (watercolour)

3 days 3 days 5 days

Mic Chambers Jill Fanshawe Kato Paul Riley

OCT 1/2 term

18-20th 28-1 Nov

Contemporary Basketry Interiors in watercolour

3 days 5 days

Angela Holland Paul Riley


8-10th Ceramics for the garden 29th-1 Dec Traditional woodcuts

3 days 3 days

Laurel Keely Paul Riley

1/2 term

Gerry Dudgeon

To book complete eclosed form/call 01803 722 352/ e. lara&

Coombe Farm Studios 2013 Brochure  
Coombe Farm Studios 2013 Brochure