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Drawing and Painting the Cornish Coast



I’m really looking forward to helping you explore a wide variety of different painting approaches on this exciting three-day workshop!

During our sessions, we will make the most of the North Cornish Coast for inspiration, making notes and sketches in your art journals and sketchbooks whilst drawing and painting en plein air.          

You'll be immersed in nature, inspired by the beauty of your surroundings, the ideal location to explore and experiment with ink, charcoal, pastel and paint.

The converted barn at Newmills provides a light, airy studio space perfect for fine-tuning your sketches and creating your artwork! We will look at other artists who take their inspiration from the sea and use your sketchbooks and journals as a guide to developing your own work.

Days One

On our first day together, after you’ve had a relaxed breakfast at your chosen accommodation, we’ll meet at Newmills around 10am for intros and coffee, then travel a short distance to our chosen location, which won’t be more than ten minutes away. At midday we will have a picnic lunch, then we can either go back to the studio at Newmills or continue drawing and painting on the beach. Our painting day will end around 4pm. 

Day Two

Similar, depending on the wishes of the group.

Day Three

Our third and last day will largely be spent in the studio at Newmills. In the evening I would like to take you out for a 2-course dinner to celebrate your time here with us at Newmills.


Most materials will be supplied free of charge; watercolour paper, drawing and pastel paper, brushes, ink, coloured pencils, charcoal, watercolours, palettes, water pots and kitchen roll but please feel free to bring your favourites.

You will need to bring: Sketchbooks (size is up to you but if only bringing one I would recommend an A4. I use several different sizes from A5), pencils, rubbers, favourite brushes, water spray, water bottle (for drinking), hand sanitiser/wipes, apron or old shirt, camera, sunscreen. Pastels, acrylics or oils if wished, boards and canvas. If possible please also bring a large bag to carry materials.

*Please bring old clothes to paint in and some waterproofs and warm clothes in case of bad weather. Sturdy shoes such as trainers for some walking on coast paths and beach. Bring a hat as it does sometimes get really sunny and something to sit on, lightweight seat if you have one else a rolled up fleece or picnic blanket would be ideal.


Cost £250 to include all tuition, 3 lunches, 1 evening meal out and all materials listed (please advice of any dietary requirements at time of booking).

To book your place please pay a non refundable deposit of £40. The final balance will be due 20th June 2022


Newmills is ideally located, surrounded by countryside and woodland with dramatic coastal views complemented by beautiful rolling landscapes.

Address: Newmills Farm, Newmills, Poundstock, Bude, Cornwall, EX23 0DY

How to find us: At Treskinnick Cross on the Atlantic Highway A39, turn off at sign to Rebel Cinema. Newmills is on the right before bridge at bottom of the hill. Please park on drive.


Potential Accomodation

A place to stay Although accommodation is not included, there are plenty of places to stay in and around Poundstock. So that you can choose your own accommodation according to taste and budget, I have listed some recommendations below (or you may live locally and wish to travel home). Toppesfield House is the closest to Newmills, the others can be found in the nearby town of Bude or surrounding villages.

Please be advised that places get booked up very quickly, so it is advisable to book early

NB. you are responsible for contracting directly with the accommodation provider and when doing so (and when booking transport) you should make arrangements for cancellation whether by me or by you and you should consider appropriate insurance.


Toppesfield House luxury B&B at Poundstock 


Beach House. Laid-back B&B, sat on Widemouth Bay with private access to one & a half miles of golden sands


Atlantic House hotel (excellent sea food restaurant attached called seafever)


The Beach at Bude 3 star hotel


Widemouth Manor Nr Bude


Coombe Barton at Crackington Haven


Premier Inn Bude


Sea Jade Guest House Bude B&B 7 ensuite rooms


Widemouth Bay holiday village


Kennacott Court holiday cottages (and 4 star hotel I think) swimming pool, golf club

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