Watercolour 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 watercolour 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 watercolour 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 May 2nd – Sat May 9th

Spring at Dedham Hall

Course Details

Spring at Dedham Hall
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 first of the three 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 2nd – Saturday May 9th (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.

Mon May 18th – Fri May 22nd

Georgian Bath and the Cotswolds

Course Details

Georgian Bath and the Cotswolds
This course takes in the splendour of the Georgian World Heritage City of Bath, 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 Bath, Biddestone and Lacock.
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:-
Steve Hall, Leigh Grove Barn, Leigh Grove, Bradford on Avon, BA15 2RF
Telephone: 01225 868086
Email: info@stevehallartist.co.uk
Website: www.stevehallartist.co.uk
Dates:
Monday May 18th – Friday May 22nd (Monday dinner – Friday afternoon)
Course Fee: £825 (inclusive of tuition, all demonstrations, full board with en-suite accommodation and a light lunch each day and coach transfer to Bath painting locations. Non painting partners £550. Non-residential £400.

Sun June 7th – ThuRS June 11th

Watercolour Somerset

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Watercolour Somerset
This course is based at the Swan hotel in the heart of Wells (www.swanhotelwells.co.uk), and provides an opportunity to paint some delightful scenery in and around this cathedral city, including the Bishop’s Palace as well as some of the surrounding villages. Your course will commence on Monday evening with dinner and finish on Friday afternoon.
I will demonstrate at the start of each morning and then, under careful guidance, course members will complete two location pictures during the remainder of each day. In the event of bad weather, we will have the use of a studio room at the hotel.

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 June 7th – Thursday June 11th (Sunday dinner – Friday afternoon)
Course Fee: £825 (inclusive of tuition, all demonstrations,and full board with en-suite accommodation).
Prices are for single rooms – double room accommodation is £750 per person (£535 for non-painting partners).

Tues June 23rd – Thurs June 25th

Sidmouth

Course Details

Sidmouth
This new 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 23rd – Thursday June 25th
Course Fee: £160 (Inclusive of tuition and demonstrations).

Tues July 14th – Thurs July 16th

James Fletcher-Watson’s Cotswolds

Course Details

James Fletcher-Watson’s Cotswolds
This is the first of three 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 July 14th – Thursday July 16th
Course Fee: £190 (inclusive of demonstrations and tuition). Please note that this course is sure to be oversubscribed so early booking is advised.

Sat Aug 15th – Sat Aug 22nd

Summer at Dedham Hall

Course Details

Summer at Dedham Hall
This is the second 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 15th– Saturday August 22nd (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 13th – Fri Sept 18th

North Norfolk

Course Details

North Norfolk
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 13th - Friday September 18th (Sunday dinner – Friday Breakfast)
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.

Fri Oct 9th & Sat oct 10th

James Fletcher-Watson’s Windrush

Course Details

James Fletcher-Watson’s Windrush
This will be the second time this year that I visit Windrush House. These two single day 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 in the village of Windrush.
I will demonstrate at the start of the morning session, followed by painting out of doors, or working in the studio if the weather is bad.

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 9th
Saturday October 10th
Course Fee: £85 (inclusive of demonstration and tuition, buffet lunch and coffee, tea and refreshments). Please note that these two days are sure to be over subscribed so early booking is advised.

Sat Oct 17th – Wed Oct 21st

East Anglia Landscapes in Acrylic

Course Details

East Anglia Landscapes in Acrylic
For this course, I return to Dedham Hall for a third 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 17th – Wednesday October 21st (Saturday tea – Wednesday afternoon).
Course Fee: £675 (Inclusive of all demonstrations and tuition, breakfast, lunch and dinner with en-suite accommodation and tea on arrival).
Prices are for single rooms - double rooms are £625 per person.
Non-residential £415 per person.