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Making watercolours pop!


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About the Course

Find out how to make watercolours pop by learning to paint a beautiful hare in our studios based in the rolling hills of the Worcestershire countryside, right next to the River Severn. This course is perfect for both beginners and improvers alike.

These 2 day workshops will be taught by full time, award winning wildlife artist Sarah Stokes. All art materials will be provided to ensure that the best quality supplies are being used.

About the Tutor.

Sarah has painted professionally for a number of years with her work sold through high street outlets such as Next, Amazon and Wayfair as well as in commercial galleries through out the country and onboard Cunard and P&O cruise liners such as the QE. She has a background in education and delivers a warm, lively course at a steady pace, that is suitable for both beginners and improvers alike. Her courses have always proved very popular and often sell out, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Sarah is currently artist in residence at Arley Estates and opened up some nearby artists’ studios in the tranquil village setting of Arley itself, where the course will take place. She is represented by Demontfort Fine Art with her original work for sale through Whitewall Galleries and Clarendon Fine Art Galleries.

Workshop Outline:

Obtaining the correct image to work from, with discussion as to sourcing images, copyright and making them "painter friendly"
Seeing colour
Layering techniques
Qualities and characteristics of paper and paint
Transferring images onto paper
Loose vs tight brush work
Splash work and dribble techniques
Specific colour that help your pieces pop!

The Venue.

Arley Studios are based down in the beautiful village of Arley, close to the River Severn, Arley Arboretum and the Severn Valley railway. The studios provide very light, airy spaces perfect for creating your artwork! Tea, coffee and refreshments on tap all day with parking on site.

Recommendations for accommodation can be sent out to those wishing to stay overnight.

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If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Lunch, all daytime refreshments, parking and all art materials.


Sarah Stokes at Severn Valley Art Retreat
Severn Valley Art Retreat, Arley Studios
School Bank, Arley
DY12 1XG
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  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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In-person course
- - #26081

Fabulous day with Sara. Well paced and gave one on one tuition when needed. Very inspirational and loved the tips and tricks provided. Highly recommended. Look forward to working with Sarah again.

Response from Severn Valley Art Retreat:

Thanks for the great review Liz. It was super working with you. You picked it the tips with amazing speed and I very much look forward to working with you again! 😊

In-person course
- - #25983

I knew Sarah previously and have greatly admired her work. She is such an inspiration, and I was thrilled when she launched her course.
I would definitely recommend it, you learn new techniques under the guidance of Sarah. She’s a very patient teacher and her words of encouragement will sure to help you create your masterpiece.

Response from Severn Valley Art Retreat:

Thank you Joan for the lovely review. Your career is going from strength to strength and it’s great watching you taking to a whole new level. Congratulations on all of your recent successes here and overseas and I look forward to seeing your work continue to flourish!

In-person course
- - #25981

Inspirational and motivating course, opening me up to all kinds of possibilities. Sarah had a very organised and clear approach in her teaching, but made it good fun and I think all of us achieved more than we each expected. Very happy couple of days!

Response from Severn Valley Art Retreat:

Thank you Maggi! I’m really glad you enjoyed it. It was great working with you. You helped bring life, energy and creativity to the course and the 2 pieces you created were fabulously rich in colour and vibrancy! Thank you again for the lovely feedback 😊

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