Spring has sprung – time to pick up a paintbrush and try something new…

March has arrived, bringing with it the first art group of the year.  The New Pastel School took up residence for four days, and brought with them some beautiful spring weather.

While several of our 2016 courses are already full, we do still have plenty of availability on others, so have a browse and see if there’s an art break this year that might tickle your fancy: https://www.shorlandoldfarm.co.uk/art-holidays-courses/art-holidays-courses-2016/.  Details of how to book can be found on that page.

Last minute places are still available on Bill Lupton’s Drama in Watercolour Landscapes, 21 – 24 April.  Do get in Bill Lupton 2touch if you’d like to join us on those dates.  Bill’s a Nottingham-based artist with a fun and informal presentation style that creates a relaxed environment for learning and having a go.  The course will include

  • dramatic Skies – including the use of wet-into-wet to create wonderful skies
  • how to make the best use of photographs to create more interesting images
  • trees, water and buildings in a painting


Anthony Barrow Age of InnocenceMixed Water-Based Media with Anthony Barrow

28 October –  1 November 2015

Places still available!

Anthony is predominantly a figurative painter with a prolific output, which overflows into landscape, still life and abstract painting. Chiefly commissioned-based, his vast experience and natural talent for capturing the underlying character of his sitters have led to numerous projects  He has exhibited throughout the UK and has work in private collections across Europe and the USA.

All inclusive holiday prices:

£482 resident – single room

£434 resident – sharing room

£272 Non-painting partner – sharing a room

Email: enquiries@shorlandoldfarm.co.uk, or call Mark or Sandy on 01598 763505. 

Try something different!

Penny Wilton 6Penny Wilton creative momentsPlaces still available on our Painting from Within course, with Penny Wilton, 3-6 September.

Try something different this September!  A fun course with amazing results!  Suitable for everyone, whether you’re an experienced artist or never painted before in your life.

All inclusive holiday prices:

£384 Resident single room

£349 Resident sharing

£204 Non-participating partner 

To book, email  enquiries@shorlandoldfarm.co.uk, or call Sandy on 01598 763505.

Special Offer!

Learn to paint portraits and take advantage of our special offer –  an extra night’s bed and breakfast included FREE!

Book a place on Painting People Portraits using Soft Pastels & Charcoal with Carol Kibble, 17-20 September 2015, and stay over Sunday 20 September for free!

You don’t have to be good at portraits to come on the course – you can even be a complete beginner!  Carol’s courses are relaxed and fun, and because the group sizes are small, she can tailor the teaching to meet individual needs.

(Please note: special offer does not include dinner on the extra night)

For more details about the course, click here: People Portraits with Carol Kibble

For more about Carol’s work, visit: www.carolkibble.co.uk

All inclusive holiday prices:Carol Kibble Portrait 3

£369 resident – single room
£333 resident – sharing room
£204 Non-participating partner – sharing a room


Email: enquiries@shorlandoldfarm.co.uk

Tel: 01598 763505


Colin Steed September 2014-10Come and relax on a four-day painting break, in the glorious Exmoor countryside, and paint/draw your own thing in the company of other painters.

£296 per person single room / £248 per person shared room.  Includes four nights’ accommodation, full English breakfast, and three-course dinner, plus unlimited tea/coffee/biscuits all day.

To find out more, call Sandy on 01598 763505, or email enquiries@shorlandoldfarm.co.uk.

Learn to paint animals at Shorland Old Farm

Carol Kibble 2015 4There are still places available on our Painting Animals Using Soft Pastels course, with artist Carol Kibble, 16-19 April 2015.

Email enquiries@shorlandoldfarm.co.uk, or call 01598 763505, for a booking form.

More details about the course can be found here: Carol Kibble: Animals in Pastel

£369 resident – single room

£333 resident – sharing room

£204 Non-participating partner – sharing a room

Prices include all food, accommodation and tuition for the three days.


Try something new on an autumn art break

Anthony Barrow Mixed Media There’s still time to book onto Anthony Barrow’s Mixed Media course, 27 October – 1 November.  Anthony has some fascinating techniques that give stunning results, even if you’ve never tried mixed media before.  Plenty of demonstrations and useful help and instruction from Anthony, and a lot of fun and enjoyment at the same time.  Anthony’s courses are relaxed and friendly, and there’s no need to worry about the weather because the course is studio-based.  There’s even a cosy wood burning stove in the studio!


If you’d like to try something different, do get in touch.

Art courses in April

April is lambing time in North Devon.  It’s also a great time to book onto an art break and indulge yourself in some quality painting time.

We have two art courses in April.  A limited number of places is still available on each.

Annie Monk 3Annie Monk – Acrylics & Mixed Media – Beyond the Basics

Annie will inspire you to try something different: painting from the imagination, finding inspiration,collage work, palette knife painting, and working towards abstraction.

£386 single room, £350 sharing


Carol Kibble sheepCarol Kibble – Painting Animals Using Soft Pastels

Carol will be sharing her talent for creating incredible pastel paintings of animals, of all shapes and sizes.

£341 single room, £305 sharing