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Painting Course with Frances Watts

24th September 2022

We are delighted to welcome En Plein Air artist Frances Watts to Fursdon this September, where she'll be running a day course for both budding and established artists who enjoy painting landscape from real life.

A Somerset-based artist and graduate of Byam Shaw, Frances is an accomplished plein air painter who works in and around the west country. Her work is characterised by bold brushwork and colours and strong composition and is increasingly sought-after. For any tentative artists out there keen to become a bit braver with colour and more confident using oil paint, this is a wonderful opportunity - and with special access to some of Devon's most beautiful views here at Fursdon!


The course will take place on Saturday 24th September, and costs £95 per person. There are 12 places available, and the day will run as follows:

9.45am - Arrival at Fursdon. Directions can be found here. Parking is clearly marked. Please make your way to The Coach Hall.

10am - Introduction with tea, coffee etc.

10.30-11am - Demonstration by Franny.

11am - 1pm - Colour Study and First Painting

1pm-2pm - Lunch at The Coach Hall

2-4 - Larger Painting

4-5 - Tea, coffee etc for those who want it!


(Please note that Fran can provide any painting materials that you are missing - just let us know what you need when you book)

Sun hat
Sun cream
Sturdy shoes
Warm jumper
Jam jar for dilutant
Paint dilutant (recommended: zest-it)
Paintbrushes various sizes (recommended: classic filbert size 4-6-8-10)
Rags/kitchen roll
Primed boards (small boards recommended for the initial studies)
Portable easel if you have one
Oil paints - standard colours
To view more of Fran's beautiful work such as this stunning piece, which featured in her recent exhibition 'While I Stand and Look', please check her out on instagram @franceswattsartist or via the gallery Heart of the Tribe. You can read an interview with her here. 
To sign up for the course, please contact Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let us know if you have any questions or special dietary requirements or if you are missing any painting materials (ready primed boards etc). Total beginners are very welcome!