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Our painting courses cover many different aspects of learning to paint gardens, flowers and the natural landscapes of Devon and Exmoor. We frequently use watercolour or pastel media due to their accessibility, but do not teach a specific style.

Catherine works with each student to increase their familiarity with and knowledge of the art materials and introduce and demystify subjects such as composition, scale and perspective and colour theory, to help them develop the skills to paint with confidence in a style and medium which suits them.

You receive individual tuition from a professional artist and experienced tutor as part of a very small group (limited to 6 students on residential courses), and we welcome beginners as well as those with more experience. We encourage students to use the studio for painting outside formal sessions- it is available for use all day and evening when we are not painting on location.

You can find out more about how our courses are organised and look at descriptions of individual courses here...

Tutor Catherine StottCatherine Stott is a professional artist and course tutor living in Bampton, mid-Devon, where she works from her own spacious studio at Weston House. Her interests as an artist have been reflected in many exhibitions of paintings inspired by gardens, landscapes, poetry and music in England and southern Scotland.

Catherine has taken part in outdoor art events at Crook Hall Garden and Alnwick Gardens, and in mixed arts events with poets, musicians and storytellers. She has been artist in residence at Hexham Abbey and at the Morpeth Folk Gathering, and has the R.H.S. Certificate in Horticulture.

In interpreting her subjects, Catherine paints in a variety of media and also works in mosaic. In recent years, she has run many adult art workshops indoors and outside on location, and worked with adult art club groups, schoolchildren and families.

Visit Catherine's website... | Earth Colour Mosaic...

Comments from 2012 course members:

"I found the residential format and the small group a very stimulating experience"

"The small group ensured that everyone had plenty of attention and assistance from Catherine"

"I was amazed how much I learned in just a few days"

"I was surprised and pleased with the results I was able to get with Catherine’s help. I learned a lot about the techniques involved in setting up a painting"

"I am really pleased with what I achieved and a lot of that was due to you Catherine, your patience and your ability to see what I wanted/needed to do"