Watercolour Painting in North Devon, with Lea Nixon Lea Nixon 2

16 to 22 July 2017

From Exmoor to Lynmouth there are so many outstanding views to paint!

The holiday runs from 4pm Sunday 16th July until after breakfast Saturday, 22nd July., offering a whole 5 days’ tuition, learning how to capture the beauty of the surrounding countryside and villages in wonderful watercolour.

If you haven’t painted ‘pleinair’ before and have always wanted to, then this is a good place to start.


6 nights’ bed, breakfast and evening meal and 5 days of watercolour painting:

     £770 for your own room. 
     £690 if you share. 
     £380 if you come as a non-painting partner.

For more information, or to book this painting holiday, please email Lea at nixonlea@yahoo.co.uk 
or phone: 07923 369 018

Lea will send you a complete information sheet plus booking terms and conditions, with a list of recommended materials and everything else you need to know.


The New Pastel School 2017

with Rebecca de Mendonca & Nel Whatmore, at Shorland Old Farm

All Rebecca and Nel’s courses are run with the aim of encouraging a friendly atmosphere, supportive to everyone whatever level they may be at, so please don’t worry whether you will be good enough to come on the course!  There is always a range of abilities, from those who have never picked up a pastel to those who have been on several courses.

All meals are provided, from your arrival on Thursday afternoon (after 4pm), to Monday morning breakfast.  Tuition in the studio is from 10am to 4pm each day Fri/Sat/Sun.

Pastels Inspiration from Life

Thurs 3 – Mon 7 August 2017

This course will focus on painting from life, encouraging students to experiment with using pastels in ways that they may not have tried before. There will be an emphasis on working from life but also how to use reference in a more creative way. The course will include demonstrations by both Rebecca and Nel. This course encourages students to develop their own work, with time to work as individual artists.

NEW individual tutorials – we have added this feature to the courses, which gives you the opportunity to discuss your work, one to one. An allotted time slot will be available for those that wish to have more in-depth feedback about their work, at the end of each day, between 4 and 6. It is not compulsory but an added benefit, if you wish to take advantage of it.

Prices for both residential courses (4 nights with 3 days’ painting & tuition)

Single £710.

Shared occupancy £662.

Non painting partner (sharing a room) £268

Price includes 4 nights accommodation, all meals, 3 full days tuition, and all materials

Arriving Thursday afternoon and departing Monday morning


To book either of these courses, contact Rebecca or Nel at the New Pastel School.





Saturday 14th October – Thursday 19th October 2017

*bed, breakfast and 2 course evening meal

*no tuition

*minimum number 8…maximum 11

*attendees share the rent of the studio £200 (this has its own kitchen for us to organise our own lunch)

£360 per person

Contact Bee Morrison: beemorrison1@yahoo.co.uk



Walking, writing and drawing the Land: Body as Sensing Organ

A course for those who enjoy responding with words and drawings to wild places.

Walking quietly on Exmoor we will invite the spirit of place to inspire and illuminate our creative consciousnesses. We will use a range of drawing and writing techniques to enable us to ‘tune into’ the lives of plants and trees, and to reflect their life force in our work and in ourselves. We will look at Chinese wilderness poetry to help guide us; and we will reflect upon the role of the hermit’s cell in spiritual practice and creativity. We will gather materials including the soil to incorporate into our drawings and writing. There will be time for quiet repose and tuning in at a deep level.

This residential course will include an illustrated talk by Kate on her work and methods and plenty of individual attention.

Previous course, Iona

Kate’s work has been shown in many national juried exhibitions including the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Discerning Eye, and the Royal Academy in London. She has had solo exhibitions at Newlyn Art Gallery, Dean Clough, and Millennium. She has been artist-in-residence on Iona, Shetland, Venice, London and Dorset. She has over thirty years teaching experience which gives her practice an intensity, and a lightness of touch.


The course is all-inclusive. Please bring all-weather gear, sketch books, walking poles, walking boots etc.

Price for 4 nights and 3 full days:

Previous course in the Dolomites

£ 600 sharing

£700 single occupancy room

Please email Kate here for further details: k.walters@outlook.com

Feedback from previous courses and students:

‘Thank you for one of the most memorable weekends ever. Your wisdom, generosity and kindness made it a truly enriching experience on so many levels. I am left with a feeling of anticipation as I return to my art project – hopeful that the spirit of play, exploration and discovery will continue to develop.”  M. H.

Drawing in the Dolomites – previous course

“Kate is a warm and inspiring teacher and shares her skills and experience with huge generosity. The workshop was a rich immersion into the felt body experience of the sacred island of Iona. With drumming, journeying, poetry, prose and exercises which cultivated connection to the land and sea through the senses and the body, we were guided to respond with words and paint. It helped me understand and map my creative process and I have brought home volumes of inspiration to continue working with. There was a good choice of quality materials to work with.  The venue was light, warm and spacious with beautiful views of changing skies through the large windows and the sea a short walk away.

“I loved the intensity of our packed itinerary, it was good to push through notions of tiredness in order to fully participate. ” M.W.

“I miss your company. The fun. The lightness. The hard work. The inspiration. The cobbler. The apple crumble. Andrew in the kitchen. The soup I never had!  Your ears that listened to my poetry. Your eyes that watched my drawings. Your stories. Your presence. Your work. Betsy. I miss the island. The light. The seaweed. The shells and stones. The black sheep. The views. It’s a good feeling: missing. I like it.    Thank you Kate for being my first shamanic teacher ever. And thanks for combining it with artwork and the feminine. Thanks for your good care and loving attention. You’re an excellent teacher in so many ways!”  JvO

“It was where I first saw your intriguing drawings and felt a need to understand the warmth and sensitivity you convey with your watery line and colour, so it was very good to meet you at last, and begin to learn.”

“I was able to immerse myself in your enlightening and helpful course.”

“You have introduced me to a new way of feeling about the ’body’ which is of course central to my work.”