4 – 11 July 2019

About the course

Sometimes  a  painting, although beautifully executed in every other way, can look rather flat and Anne Kerr Broken Gateuninteresting. Choosing the right colour combinations and using counterchange (light against dark and dark against light) may be all you need to put things right. This course, focusing on watercolour and/or soft pastels, will give you tips and exercises for  planning your painting to maximise colour and contrast. You will then use this knowledge when painting your own chosen topics.

Anne has always believed that everyone can draw and paint and her courses are popular because they are relaxed and fun. She believes that the way we interpret our surroundings is very individual and she encourages her students to paint in their own style. It does not matter if you are a total beginner or a more experienced artist, you can work at your own pace. Shorland has a very large, fully equipped studio, so inclement weather is never a problem.

The holiday runs from 4pm on Thursday  4 July to 10am, after breakfast, Thursday 11 July, with 6 day’s tuition and 7 nights’ accommodation. 

Anne KerrAbout the tutor

Anne Kerr grew up in the beautiful county of Cornwall and has always had a love of the countryside. She has been a teacher of adults for over 30 years.  She writes articles for Leisure Painter magazine and has been the guest judge for various art exhibitions.

Anne is a popular tutor and demonstrator.  she has held exhibitions in the UK, Spain, Australia and the United States. Her paintings are in many private collections.

Suggested materials

For watercolours –

  • A selection of good quality watercolour paints including a warm and a cool version of the primary colours – red, yellow and blue – plus two earth colours (e.g. scarlet lake, permanent rose, raw sienna, lemon yellow, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, burnt sienna, burnt umber)
  • Watercolour paper (Anne uses Saunders Waterford 140lb 300 gsm. NOT or rough surface)
  • Watercolour palette with plenty of mixing space (small white plastic trays are excellent)
  • Kitchen paper and an apron or old shirt to protect your clothes
  • Bulldog clips or masking tape
  • A bag to carry painting materials if we go outside to work
  • The studio has some easels and drawing boards you can borrow, if you are unable to bring your own
  • Camera

For Pastels –

  • A good selection of soft pastels (not oil pastels)
  • Black charcoal pencil or black Conté crayon
  • Pastel pencils if you have them but Anne’s will be available to borrow
  • Pastel paper – any of the following: Canson Mi-Teintes,Canson Mi-Teintes TOUCH (this is the sanded version) , Fisher 400, or Clairefontaine Pastelmat (neutral colours are best; please don’t choose white or green)
  • Bulldog clips or masking tape
  • Two pieces of stiff card to make a folder to carry your pictures home


For sketching

  • Sketch book (ring binding is easier)
  • Graphite pencils (selection from 2B – 8B)
  • soft rubber
  • Any sketching pen with permanent (waterproof) black ink

Materials for sale during the course

  • Saunders Waterford watercolour paper pads (14lb 300 gsm NOT, quarter imperial) – ONLY A FEW LEFT

To find out more about Anne and her work, visit her website at www.annekerrartstudio.com. Contact her directly if you have any questions about the painting side of the holiday. Email:annekerrartstudio@outlook.com

Comments from some of Anne Kerr’s previous students

“We keep going back because it is such fun and we try new things.” LW
“I have been on many painting holidays but I have to say this is one of the best.” RK
“We really learned a lot!  You are a born teacher!” BR & AR
“I never thought I could paint a good picture – I am now getting commissions and it’s all down to you!” JH

All inclusive holiday prices:

£895 resident – single room

£811 resident – sharing a room

£555 non-painting partner – sharing a room

Price includes accommodation; breakfast with cooked option, lunch and 2-course dinner with coffee after; tuition; use of studio, with tea and coffee available all day.

Painting materials not included.

To check availability, request a booking form, or for more details, email  enquiries@shorlandoldfarm.co.uk, or call Sandy on 01598 763505.