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Inspired Painting Holidays and Painting and Mosaic Day workshops run from the studio of artist and experienced tutor Catherine Stott in Bampton on the Devon/Somerset Border in South West England. We are close to well-known West Country English gardens, and beautiful and varied Devon and Exmoor countryside.

We are close to well-known West Country English gardens, and beautiful and varied Devon and Exmoor countryside.

Inspired Residential Art courses are fully catered with comfortable friendly accommodation in the artist’s house or close by, with individual attention from a professional artist and experienced tutor as part of a very small group. Tuition in drawing, composition, painting techniques and outdoor working is included as appropriate and the small group format makes most courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced painters.

The spring and autumn programme consists of 3/4-day or weekend courses on subjects inspired by our natural surroundings. These are mainly studio based but may include outdoor work in nearby landscapes gardens or woodland. Please see individual course descriptions.

The Summer programme includes a series of Painting Weeks approximately once a month from May onwards, which include outdoor working in local gardens and beauty spots. We also offer special courses for small groups of Landscape painters with dates and content arranged to suit your group. If you have are a small group of painters (beginners or experienced) who would like to learn more about drawing and painting our beautiful Devon and Exmoor landscapes, do contact us for more details.

Mosaic Workshops run over 1 or 2 days and can be booked as day or residential courses. You can find current course dates here and more information about Catherine's mosaic work on

Painting Weeks normally run from Sunday to Friday or Saturday morning. These full time courses offer a chance to really focus on improving your painting over an extended with expert help, and include optional evening sessions or studio time on most evenings.

We normally spend at least two days out painting on location. On the longer courses we keep one afternoon and evening unscheduled for you to have a break, visit attractions in the area and sample the local restaurants.

A Painting Weeks includes all tuition, use of the studio up to 9.45pm each evening, 5 nights bed and breakfast accommodation, all evening meals apart from one unscheduled evening, lunches and refreshments all day when working in the studio and garden entry fees. Choose the six day option to include dinner bed and breakfast on Friday night. Students buy their own lunches or refreshments on the two days when we are painting outside on location.

For details of the current programme,look on our Residential courses page

Short Breaks follow a similar format, but time is more limited and we concentrate on a particular theme or subject. There is no free afternoon on these courses, and location visits depend on the subject matter and time of year. The courses start immediately after supper on the first evening with an initial session, and there will be an optional session on at least one other evening. The studio is available for use until 9.45pm each day.

The courses are all full time, but non-painting partners are welcome to share accommodation at reasonable rates, if they have other activities they wish to pursue nearby, and you can also add extra nights on to your stay. We are close to wonderful walking, cycling and fishing areas.

For details of our current programme look on our Short Residential Courses page

Day Workshops
Day workshops run all year on many aspects of painting gardens flowers and the natural world, in watercolour pastel and other media. Also from 2013, look out for our new mosaic day courses. Buffet lunch and refreshments are included on studio Day Workshops. Materials required are shown in individual course details.

Afternoon short courses generally run in autumn and spring terms and are a chance to develop painting skills with a series of shorter sessions.

Look out for more details of individual courses and course dates on the Day workshops page, or contact the artist to register an interest.

If you are a beginner, ask the artist for advice on the best course for you and materials to bring.

Art Clubs
Art Clubs can arrange a workshop day at the studio for their group by contacting the artist.

"As challenging or as easy as I felt inclined to take on... A very good balance of work and relaxation."

"One of the best holidays I've ever had"

"A real holiday - sensitive tuition, good facilities, comfortable room and excellent food"


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