Painting Courses

My courses are thoughtfully planned to provide professional tuition in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. They are designed to meet the needs of all who are interested in painting regardless of ability and to offer a wide range of choice with regard to availability, location, duration and cost.

As always, I will be endeavouring to get across those ideas that I consider essential to a successful painting and, at the same time, provide an experience that is both enjoyable and entertaining.

Please note that weekly courses at my home, Leigh Grove Barn, have proved so popular that I have decided not to include them in the brochure or on this webpage as they are often fully booked in advance. If you would like to join a group please contact me and I will add your name to the waiting list.

steve hall watercolour courses

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Sat Mar 27th – Wed Mar 31st

East Anglia Landscapes in Pastel

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East Anglia Landscapes in Pastel
I am delighted to introduce my first ever pastel course at Dedham Hall.
This four day course is aimed at showing you how to capture landscapes with a direct and free approach in this exciting medium. We will be studio based and will work from photographic reference or sketches.
I will do a number of demonstrations and course members will paint at least one pastel painting each day – most likely two.

To book this course please apply direct to:-
Dedham Hall, Brook Street, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6AD. Tel: 01206 323027
Email: sarton@dedhamhall.demon.co.uk Website: www.dedhamhall.co.uk
Dates:
Saturday March 27th – Wednesday March 31st (Saturday lunch - Wednesday breakfast).
Course Fee: £675 (Inclusive of tuition, all demonstrations, breakfast & dinner with en-suite accom & lunch on arrival).
Prices are for single rooms - double rooms are £625 per person. Non-residential £425

Sat May 1st – Sat May 8th

Spring at Dedham Hall (Watercolour)

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Spring at Dedham Hall (Watercolour)
I am delighted that, once again, I have been invited to tutor at Dedham Hall, which is situated in the heart of Constable Country, just two miles from Flatford Mill. This is the second of the four courses that I will be doing here this year. Parts of the building date from the 15th century and the studio is a beautiful timber framed barn adjacent to the main building.
During the week we will paint at such delightful locations as Pin Mill, the banks of the River Stour, historic Lavenham, Long Melford and Heybridge Basin.
I will demonstrate at the start of the morning session and then, under careful guidance, course members will complete two location or studio pictures during the remainder of each day.

To book this course please apply direct to:-
Dedham Hall, Brook Street, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6AD. Tel: 01206 323027
Email: sarton@dedhamhall.demon.co.uk Website: www.dedhamhall.co.uk
Dates:
Saturday May 1st – Saturday May 8th (Saturday tea - Saturday breakfast).
Course Fee: £935 (Inclusive of tuition, all demonstrations, breakfast & dinner with en-suite accom & tea on arrival).
Prices are for single rooms - double rooms are £835 per person. Non-residential £440

Tues June 15th – Thur June 17th

Sidmouth (Watercolour)

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Sidmouth (Watercolour)
This course offers all that is good about the traditional English seaside resort- fresh air, sea, sand and gently rolling waves, all beautifully set against the backdrop of the Jurassic Coast red cliffs.
After a short tutorial in the studio (400 yards from the sea front) we will be out and about painting the cliffs, beach and streets of this delightful corner of Devon.
I will demonstrate at the start of the morning session and then, under careful guidance, course members will complete two location or studio pictures during the remainder of each day.

To book this course please apply direct to:-
East Devon Art Academy, Old Fore Street,
Sidmouth, Devon. EX10 8LS
Telephone: 01395 516284
Email: info@eastdevonart.co.uk
Dates:
Tuesday June 15th – Thursday June 17th
Course Fee: £180 (Inclusive of tuition and demonstrations).

Tues June 29th – Thur July 1st

James Fletcher-Watson’s Cotswolds (Watercolour)

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James Fletcher-Watson’s Cotswolds (Watercolour)
This is the first of four visits to Windrush House, the former home of James Fletcher-Watson. These courses are a must for all those who have been inspired by the work of James, who is regarded by many as one of England’s greatest pure watercolour painters.
These courses will provide a unique opportunity to visit Windrush House and to follow in James’s footsteps as we paint at some of his favourite locations.
This first course lasts for 3 days and, on this occasion, we will meet each day at Windrush House at 9.30am before setting off to paint in a nearby village. Lunch will be found at a suitable pub and we will return at 4.00pm for homemade tea at Windrush House. I will demonstrate at the start of the morning session and then, under careful guidance, course members will complete two pictures during the remainder of the day. In the event of bad weather we will have the use of the Windrush House studio or the village hall as a backup facility. A local B&B accommodation list will be provided at the time of booking and the group will meet each night at a local pub for supper.

To book this course please apply direct to:-
Windrush House, Windrush, Nr. Burford, OX18 4TU
Telephone: 01451 844425
Email: j.neil299@btinternet.com
Dates:
Tuesday June 29th – Thursday July 1st
Course Fee: £190 (inclusive of demonstrations, tuition and two buffet lunches).

Sat Aug 21st – Sat Aug 28th

Summer at Dedham Hall (Watercolour)

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Summer at Dedham Hall (Watercolour)
This is the third week that I will be tutoring at Dedham Hall this year. Dedham Hall is situated in the heart of Constable Country, just two miles from Flatford Mill. Parts of the building date from the 15th century and the studio is a beautiful timber framed barn adjacent to the main building.
During the week we will paint at such delightful locations as Pin Mill, the banks of the River Stour, historic Lavenham and Heybridge Basin.
I will demonstrate at the start of the morning session and then, under careful guidance, course members will complete two location or studio pictures during the remainder of each day.

To book this course please apply direct to:-
Dedham Hall, Brook Street, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6AD
Telephone: 01206 323027
Email: sarton@dedhamhall.demon.co.uk
Website: www.dedhamhall.co.uk
Dates:
Saturday August 21st– Saturday August 28th (Saturday tea - Saturday breakfast)Course fee: £935 (Inclusive of all demonstrations and tuition, breakfast and dinner with en-suite accommodation and tea on arrival).
Prices are for single rooms - double rooms are £835 per person. Non-residential £440 per person.

Sun Sept 5th – Thur Sept 9th

Cotswold Villages (Watercolour)

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Cotswold Villages (Watercolour)
This course takes in the splendour of Bradford on Avon and the picturesque villages of the southern Cotswolds and presents an opportunity to paint architecture in the landscape.
You will be based at the Leigh Park Hotel, an elegant Georgian country house hotel set in its own grounds on the outskirts of Bradford on Avon (www. leighparkhotel.co.uk). You will paint on location in such places as Castle Combe, Biddestone, Lacock and Bradford on Avon.
I will demonstrate at the start of each morning session and then, under careful guidance, course members will complete two location pictures during the remainder of each day.

To book this course please apply direct to:-
Alpha Painting Holidays, Office 6, Town Hall, 86 Watling Street East, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 6BS
Telephone: 01934 733877
Email: joinus@alphapaintingholidays.com
Website: www.alphapaintingholidays.com
Dates:
Sunday September 5th – Thursday September 9th
(Sunday dinner – Thursday afternoon)
Course Fee: £795 (inclusive of tuition, all demonstrations and full board with en-suite accommodation)
Prices are for single rooms – double room accommodation is £725 per person (£535 for non-painting partners)

Sun Sept 19th – Fri Sept 24th

North Norfolk (Watercolour)

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North Norfolk (Watercolour)
I am delighted to be returning to Norfolk to paint. Big Sky Art offer a range of painting courses in association with their excellent accommodation and studio at Burnham Market.
All the great watercolour painters have worked here including Edward Seago and Edward Wesson. There is something special about this part of the coastline with its desolate beaches, big skys and beautiful churches.
On this course your painting locations will be selected from such iconic locations as Thornham, Brancaster Staithe, Burnham Overy and Wells next the Sea.
I will demonstrate at the start of the morning session and then, under careful guidance, course members will complete two location or studio pictures during the remainder of each day.

To book this course please apply direct to:-
Big Sky Arts
The White House, 5-7 Sussex Farm, Burnham Market, Norfolk, PE31 8JY
Telephone: 07785 439727
Email: hello@stayatthewhitehouse.co.uk Website: www.bigskyartcourses.com
Dates:
Sunday September 19th - Friday September 24th (Sunday dinner – Friday Afternoon)
Course Fee: £875 single room occupancy (Inclusive of all demonstrations and tuition, breakfast and dinner with en suite accommodation).
Double room: 2 artists sharing £1380, Double room: artist sharing with non painting partner £1185, Non residential £80 per day.

Sat Oct 2nd – Wed Oct 6th

East Anglia Landscapes in Acrylic

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East Anglia Landscapes in Acrylic
For this course, I return to Dedham Hall for a fourth time this year.
Following a couple of years painting in acrylic and oil, I wanted to share some of my experience with you, particularly capturing the rural scene around Dedham Hall.
This four day course is aimed at showing you how to capture landscapes with a direct and free approach. We will be studio based and will work from photographic reference or sketches.
I will do a number of demonstrations and course members will paint at least one acrylic painting each day.

To book this course please apply direct to:-
Dedham Hall, Brook Street, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6AD
Telephone: 01206 323027
Email: sarton@dedhamhall.demon.co.uk
Website: www.dedhamhall.co.uk
Dates:
Saturday October 2nd – Wednesday October 6th
(Saturday lunch – Wednesday breakfast).
Course Fee: £675 (Inclusive of all demonstrations and tuition, breakfast, lunch and dinner with en-suite accommodation and lunch on arrival).
Prices are for single rooms - double rooms are £625 per person.
Non-residential £415 per person.

Thur Oct 14th

Pastel at Windrush

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Pastel at Windrush
I am delighted to introduce my first ever pastel course at Windrush. I do hope James Fletcher-Watson will forgive me for working in this medium at his former home and the headquarters of the Pure Watercolour Society.
This will be the second time this year that I have visited Windrush House. This single day course is designed as an introduction to the exciting medium of pastel and is aimed at improvers as well as those wishing to try their hand at the medium for the first time. The course will also provide a unique opportunity to see James Fletcher-Watson’s studio, have lunch and paint some of his favourite scenes.
This is a studio based course and I will demonstrate at the start of the morning session, followed by an introduction to the medium. Course members will then have the opportunity to paint in pastel under my careful guidance for the remainder of the day.

To book this course please apply direct to:-
Windrush House, Windrush, Nr. Burford, OX18 4TU
Telephone: 01451 844425
Email: j.neil299@btinternet.com
Dates:
Thursday October 14th
Course Fee: £100 (inclusive of all materials, demonstrations and tuition, buffet lunch and coffee, tea and refreshments.

Fri Oct 15th and/or sat oct 16th

James Fletcher-Watson’s Windrush (Watercolour)

Course Details

James Fletcher-Watson’s Windrush (Watercolour)
These two single day studio based courses are a must for all who have been inspired by the work of one of England’s greatest watercolour artists - James Fletcher-Watson. They will provide a unique opportunity to visit Windrush House, his former home, where you will have the chance to see his studio, have lunch and paint some of his favourite scenes.
I will demonstrate at the start of the morning session after which course members will have the opportunity to paint under my careful guidance for the remainder of the day.

To book this course please apply direct to:-
Windrush House, Windrush, Nr. Burford, OX18 4TU
Telephone: 01451 844425
Email: j.neil299@btinternet.com
Dates:
Friday October 15th
Saturday October 16th
Course Fee: £85 (inclusive of demonstration and tuition, buffet lunch and coffee, tea and refreshments).