If you would like to take any of the sessions listed below, please contact Alison, stating the title, date and price. Please be aware that as usual, your immediate payment secures your place as they cannot be reserved, you will be advised of how to proceed when you get in touch with us.


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Date: Sunday 12th - Saturday 18th August
Time: 10:00 onwards
Price: £350.00

For 2018, the Summer School has a new look. No longer divided into two weeks, this year will see a longer, single course exclusively for ten people only. Taking inspiration from the Dorset countryside, working both on location and in the studio, the provisional itinerary will be:

Sunday 12th, 14.00: Meet as a group at Downend Farm Studio for a cream tea at the studio and to relax together before the week ahead.

Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th, 10.00 each day: Meet at the studio to gather materials and to chat about the week’s locations.

You will then be transported to a selection of locations in Dorset, designed to inspire your creativity. We will sketch, paint and photograph en plein air, enjoy a snack picnic (supplied by Downend Farm Studio) before returning to the studio early afternoon each day.

Thursday 16th and Friday 17th, 10.00: At the studio Alison will share all of her latest and traditional techniques with you to help you interpret your location work into a finished piece or pieces. Each day will finish at approximately 14.30.

Saturday 18th, 10.00: Meet at the studio for a round up of the week and stay for a barbeque lunch, weather permitting.

If you are travelling to us for this course, we are more than happy to help you with your accommodation reqirements and can transport you to and from any local train stations or local airports. We would never leave you stranded! Please see the FAQ brochure for our accommodation partners.




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BEES, BUGS & BUTTERFLIES - Illustration & Lettering
Date: Fri, Nov 16th 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Price: £65.00

Illuminated letters, bookplates or name plates are all perfect gifts for the festive season. This workshop will see each person go home with a finished illustration and a professional scan of their work put on to disk for digital use.

All materials are included, refreshments are provided, please bring a packed lunch.

The Friday sessions are designed for the individual to experiment with a medium that they may not have experienced before or have limited knowledge of.