Painting Tutors


Artist and Tutor Rachel Toll 

Wildlife, landscape and flowers

23 - 30 APRIL   2020     

£850 -£950 / Person / 7 nights

We are delighted to welcome back watercolour Artist and Tutor, Rachel Toll, as our first guest artist in 2020. We have a fabulous itinerary awaiting, that will include painting with Rachel in the Studio or gardens around the house and being inspired by nature. We will be eating out in a  local Auberge, visiting one of the fabulous local gardens and visiting some of the listed 'Plus beaux villages de France' and much more!

'I am a self-taught artist living in rural mid Devon with my family. I have been painting with watercolours for 30 years. It is only in the last five years that I have taken up painting professionally and I get much of my inspiration from Mid Devon, the wildlife, high hedges, lanes and wildflowers. I like to paint loosely but there is usually a focal point in my work and with animals it is invariably the eye. I like to capture the essence of what I am painting. Movement is another subject I have returned to time and time again.

I have been shortlisted 3 years in a row for the David Shepherd Foundation Wildlife Artist of the year, as well as working for the Michelin starred chef Michael Caines who commissioned me to paint more than fifty pieces for his new hotel. I have exhibited in several exhibitions, but I gain the most joy from painting, I love the process of painting and when someone likes my work then that gives me a lot of pleasure.

My teaching style is very relaxed. I want to paint alongside people and let them watch my processes and hopefully show some new ways of working. We will be painting wildlife and flowers, being inspired by what is around us. I will demonstrate how I do things and let people find their own style, problem solving along the way. It should be fun and absorbing all at the same time.

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Artist and Tutor Kaye Parmenter

9 - 16 July 2020

I am an artist based in the heart of the Somerset Levels and have 18 years experience with my much loved medium, watercolour.  I am self taught and a professional member of the Society of All Artists.   I really enjoy busy days, juggling working in the studio, supplying galleries and exhibitions and also holding both my own workshops in Somerton, together with travelling further afield to art groups and clubs.


The most common comment I receive from my students, keen to develop their own watercolour techniques,  is that “I would love to loosen up with my watercolours but, when I try, I end up with a mess”.  


I can help you with this.  There seems at times to be a huge number of ways that watercolour pigment can be applied to paper and this can lead to confusion and frustration.   During the week I hope to approach a variety of subjects with different methods, all with the aim of helping you relax and enjoy this lovely yet challenging medium.  I will give lots of demonstrations, alternating with you exploring the techniques.   I’ll be there to give help and guidance along the way.  


Being resident for the week in the most beautiful of surroundings, we will draw inspiration from around us and have a fun and varied week enjoying exploring with watercolour.