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Guest Tutors - A little bit about.....

Maggie Brown ( Resident Artist)

Maggie has always worked in an artistic capacity ever since achieving a BA in Textile Design at Winchester School of Art in 1979. After many years in design, the applied arts and qualifying as a teacher in 1992, a move with her family to Wales some years ago, has led her to combine and expand her love and passion for art and nature.

Maggie won the People's Choice Award at the Fishguard Art Society Open art competition 2015

View Maggie's work in the gallery page. Maggie's Gallery  At:

For course fees,see our prices page.



Enjoy a peaceful week of art, luxury en-suite accommodation and fine dining at La Borie Grande in the heart of rural France. Be inspired by stunning views over sunflower fields to the famous medieval village of Cordes-sur-Ciel, the Cathedral town of Albi, the Gaillac Vineyards, traditional markets and the unspoilt bastide villages of the Tarn. 



David Tress

A truely inspirational tutor in mixed media and acrylics. His courses cover all aspects of representational landscape painting, and particularly, how a personal, expressive 'gut response' painting, can be underpinned with keen observation, drawing and painting skills.

David Tress Course:

£150.00 deposit required 

16th - 19th February 2017. 3 day course (3 day tuition) FULLY BOOKED

16th - 19th November 2017, 3 day course (3 day tuition)


Full board single occ £660.00
full board sharing £595.00
non painting partner £220.00
Non residential painter £400.00

Itinerary; 3 nights with 3 days tuition . Residential guests may arrive after 4.00pm on the start date. Course is limited to 9 students, so early booking is recomended. For further details and availability please contact us.


Lesley Crawley 

One day: Print making course

Lesley Crawley course:

30th April 2016 fully booked

12th November 2016 

Drypoint is an exciting method of intaglio printmaking, referred to as ‘dry’ because it is an etching process where no acids are used, your chosen image being drawn directly onto the surface of a plate. This plate can be of copper or aluminium but in this workshop we’ll be using a lightweight perspex alternative. These thin plates are easy to scratch into with sharp tools, either by drawing directly, or using their transparency to trace and draw from sketchbook or photographs.
We’ll use sharp tools to scratch into the surface and create line based images. The use of sandpaper and other tools will then create tone and depth. We’ll explore the technique of chine colle to add colour. The workshop will provide you with two plates to scratch into enabling you to print small editions on quality paper during the workshop.
This technique lends itself to loose drawing and expressive mark making and is perfect for anyone wishing to extend their drawing practice into printmaking.

Prices: one day course. £75.00 per person all materials included:quality printing paper, 2 x 7x5" plates and printing ink plus scrummy Lunch