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Art Retreat


Now FULLY BOOKED - New dates for 2023 coming out in a few days
Monday 12th -  Thursday 15th September 2022
Devon, England, UK


Unlock your creativity and perfect your skills in a beautiful setting!

Join Tom for two days of painting in the beautiful and extensive grounds of Westcott Barton.

The 95 acre estate will not fail to inspire any artist. At the heart of the retreat will be learning to look at and interpret the world around us as artists; and then having fun translating this into sketches and paintings.

Tom will demonstrate in Acrylics & Watercolour but is more than happy to teach, guide & advise whatever medium you choose to bring.

We will be focusing on the 3 key principles of: Composition, Tone and Colour; with short demos from Tom to show these principles in action.


Whatever the subject one of Tom’s real love’s is looking for the light, so this will a central theme too.

Guided one on one time will be an opportunity to look at these principles in relation to your chosen medium.

The aim is to be out in the garden and grounds, however if the weather is really against us, or for those who may want it at times, there is a fantastic studio space


Upon arrival on the Monday afternoon, at around 3pm, you will be greeted by the team at Westcott Barton.

To kick the retreat off the rest of the afternoon will be spent settling in and getting to know the rest of the group and tutor; as well as short intro and demo from Tom before a group dinner.

Breakfast will be served at 8.30am and students will then gather in the studio at around 9.30am.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are freely available to help yourself to during studio sessions.

Lunch will be served at 1pm with afternoon tutorials commencing from 2-5pm, followed by a group dinner at 6.30pm.

Our courses are limited to 10 participants per retreat to ensure your tutor has the ability to provide you with personal advice and support during your time here.

Painting Media

All media very welcome; painting, sketching, line & wash - whatever you fancy.

Skill Level

All abilities from beginner to advanced are welcome.

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You will need to bring:

Students will need to bring all of their own equipment.

Tom is very happy to advise in detail on all aspects, including colour choices and what to expect, via email or over the phone.

As a general overview you will need your chosen medium and all equipment associated with it.

Depending on how you like to work, you might require some sort of standing easel, tripod or pochade box to work on. Some people like to work on their laps, especially with watercolour and sketching.

You may also want to bring a foldout stool or chair if you prefer to work sitting down.

All in all have a think about what medium/s you plan to work with and how you like to work.

Tom can be contacted to discuss and advise regarding equipment and materials via: or 07980 611 267.


This Weekend includes:

- 3 nights’ accommodation

- Evening meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

- Breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday.

- Breakfast before departure on Thursday at 10am.

Cost of Course


Single occupancy in secure room: £465.00 per person -  Located in a shared building and amenities.

Shared twin room: £420 per person (minimum booking for two) - Sharing with a friend or with another guest looking to share a room. In either case, both individuals are participating in the retreat.

Non-participating partners sharing a course participant's room are welcome: £320 per person and includes meals - This option is subject to availability

To Book, please visit the link below or contact:

T: +44(0)1271 813206
M: +44(0)7831 235 640

Westcott Barton

Middle Marwood


North Devon

EX31 4EF

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