Watercolour Workshop Reviews

Here’s a selection of the recent reviews of the Watercolour Workshops. If you’d like to add your testimonial then simply add your comment at the bottom of this page in the Leave a Reply box.

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  1. The two day Beginners course is a real eye opener. Packed with information, but Sarah made you feel it was totally achievable… and I was surprised by my own work as a result! Two fun packed days with several things to show for them. The brush techniques were particularly enlightening, so was the concept of wet in wet (lovely), and of perspective including the use of shading. Now booked on two more courses which can’t come soon enough!

  2. I’ve just spent 4 wonderful days with Sarah on the absolute beginners course. Sarah is a marvellous teacher, encouraging, warm and funny. I’ve come back wanting to practice and improve and cannot wait to attend another course. If you’ve ever considered painting or especially if you’ve ever had a bad experience of painting at school come to see Sarah and she’ll restore your faith that you can paint. One of the best courses I’ve ever done. THANK YOU.

  3. Life is unpredictable: in a “the day before you came” kind-of-a-way.
    On my own pin-board timeline, is a new pin with the label, Sunday September 8th, 2019.
    That’s the day I met Sarah Bell and started her 4-day Watercolours for Absolute Beginners Workshop.
    I learnt a HUGE amount of technical know-how on watercolours over the four days and I think, now, I would have a fair idea of how to approach many compositions. RESULT!
    But that’s not why there’s a pin on my timeline.
    There’s a pin on my timeline because Sarah Bell has affected a permanent change in how I see my world. Being able to paint it, is WONDERFUL.
    Seeing it in 3D, technicolour with all the nuances, is a GIFT.
    She feels it all, so I felt it all and you will feel it all, too.

  4. I have just spent three lovely days participating in Sarah’s “Shoreline Treasures” workshop and have returned home full of inspiration. Sarah makes you feel so welcome and brings out the best in everyone with her friendly tuition and encouragement.

  5. I have just spent a wonderful 3 days in Penzance on the Shoreline Treasures workshop with the lovely Sarah Bell. I learnt so much from Sarah’s brilliant demonstrations & guidance. It was a pleasure to spend time with a small group of likeminded people & I can’t wait to attend another workshop soon. Thanks Sarah !

  6. I spent a day with Sarah on a one to one course. It was relaxed, fun and very productive. I actually produced some decent art! I really enjoyed the day and I also learnt a lot. Will definitely be attending other courses

  7. Thank you for an excellent 2 days last Thursday and Friday. I learnt an awful lot, not least that for 9+ years I had never actually painted a true “water” colour painting! I cannot wait to start! The colour chart will be immensely helpful and save me from lugging quite a large bag to and fro each week. Also, the tip about “Vector images” is great and I’ve already had a look.

  8. Just completed Sarah’s Absolute Beginners plus one course, and cant emphasise enough how wonderful it was. Sarah is an amazing artist and also an inspiring, patient tutor. I feel privileged that she takes the time to pass on her watercolour skills. We were in a small group of 7 which enabled us to benefit from one to one attention whenever we needed it, and Sarah’s beautiful studio is inspiring in itself. Highly recommend Sarah’s courses, and can’t wait to book another one myself. Icing on the cake was popping down to Baker Tom’s for lunch! Thank you Sarah.

  9. Thankyou Sarah for a most enjoyable 2 day Watercolour for Absolute Beginners Course (12/8 and 13/8 2019. ) It was given to me as a surprise birthday present from a group of friends. I believe a lot of research had gone into finding the best course for me and they certainly came up trumps . It was exactly as described – it was fun but I learnt a lot and can’t wait to practice . You are an excellent teacher , thankyou for your patience and good humour .Sharon Curling

  10. I did the two day workshop Watercolour for absolute beginners and it was excellent. Sarah is very knowledgeable and super fun, making those two days an absolute pleasure. I was always a bit scared of watercolour because of how difficult it can be, but now that is gone. Would definitely recommend it.

  11. So thrilled to have had the opportunity to learn with Sarah. She is an absolute breath of fresh air and fabulous teacher, who is friendly, fun and great at explaining and demonstrating ways to work with a variety of media. Having just completed the 3-day Treasures of the shoreline, I can’t wait to get to work on developing the great array of skills that she taught me.

  12. I’ve just completed Sarah’s “Shoreline Treasures” 3 day course in Penzance – I found it inspirational as well as helpful to develop both confidence and improved skills in several creative techniques. I really enjoyed her coaching approach and sparkling personality.

  13. I attended Sarah’s watercolour workshop for absolute beginners – 3 day. Had a great time with a lovely group and learned loads from Sarah who is encouraging and friendly. I came away with a variety of techniques I know I can use on my own and some small watercolours that I would be proud to show friends and family – already have in fact. We worked hard but it was relaxing and a great way to forget about work and other stuff. Can’t believe how many beautiful colours I can now make from the three we worked with.

  14. What a lovely lovely experience with Sarah!
    I imagined that I knew a little about using water colours but was proved SO wrong….it was such a revelation. I learnt so much.
    Sarah makes the whole experience so enjoyable….her enthusiasm is infectious…..
    So much so that I’m hoping to make a return visit !

  15. I’ve just completed the three day absolute beginners course with Sarah in her Penzance Studio. I could write an essay on how life changing this has been for me! I was given the course as a birthday gift and was quietly horrified at the thought! From being terrified of painting to having tears of joy when I completed my first watercolor leaf it’s been amazing. Sarah, with her enthusiasm and patient teaching has fed my soul and now I see colours and opportunities to paint everywhere I look. I truly never believed I would love painting and not only will I be going on a lot more of her courses but encourage everyone to give it a try, the whole experience is marvelous.

  16. I have just returned from taking Sara’s 3 day workshop for beginners. I really loved it!! The atmosphere she created for us to learn was quite something. I learned so much!! – fell in love with watercolour. I seem to see more colour in things around me. I hope that makes it’s way into my paintings!

  17. I’ve just done a 3 day beginners watercolour course with Sarah. Well, what can I say?! Amazing in every way. Sarah is not only an exceptional artist in her own right but a phenomenal teacher as well. Passionate, clear, thorough methods, knows how to build confidence, detailed and intuitive knowledge of her subject including history of art and so much more. Meeting Sarah is a true find and I really hope I’ll be back.

  18. Booking myself a place on the absolute beginners’ watercolour class was a spur-of-the-moment decision, and I can honestly say that it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made. If my friends and family could leave reviews here as well, they would similarly attest to the wonderful three days that I’ve spent in Sarah’s Penzance studio. Sarah is not only an amazing artist in her own right, who is able to capture the fullest colours of life in its most intrinsic forms, but she is also a wonderful teacher, who is overflowing in both passion and knowledge for her subject. At every turn, we were all amazed by how much we were able to learn, from colour-mixing to brush techniques, and there was plenty of laughter along the way as well with some delightful people. Sarah has a real gift, and she has given each of us the ability not only to start painting with watercolours, but also to appreciate the lives we lead in all its riches.

  19. Absolute beginners watercolour 3 day course. Sarah is an experienced and talented artist and a truly inspirational tutor. I am an absolute beginner and was concerned that I would be out of my depth. Sarah was clear and designed the activities well so that they you could learn by doing. I was completely absorbed and quite amazed by what I produced. I would thoroughly recommend her courses and will definitely be trying another myself.

  20. I had such a great experience on the watercolours for absolute beginners course this week. Sarah is an amazing teacher with lots of great tips- I am quite amazed at what I managed to produce! It’s a fantastic way to start painting and I can’t wait to practice more. Thanks for all the enthusiasm and patience Sarah! I will definitely be coming on another course in the future

  21. Just attended Sarah’s 3 day watercolour course for absolute beginners and it was fab! Sarah is so lovely and kind and knowledgeable- a truly excellent teacher! Went from not knowing how to hold a paintbrush to producing a beautiful landscape at the end. 10/10!!

  22. Have just completed Sarah’s 3 day intensive absolute beginners watercolour course in Penzance. Prior to attending, I was a little apprehensive as I hadn’t touched a brush since school and I felt very much outside my comfort zone. However, Sarah’s warm and engaging manner soon made me feel at ease. Sarah’s descriptive explanations on the various processes were clear and I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I was with a lovely, friendly group and that also made such a difference too. I’ll be looking out to see if Sarah will do a course in teaching how to draw. Thank you Sarah, I found this good for the soul as well as good fun.

  23. I’m just back from two days of Botanicals and what an absolute treat! This was my third visit to Sarah who is a fabulous teacher. She is inspiring in her demonstrations and encouraging and patient with her students. Sarah creates a relaxed and friendly environment that seems to bring the best out of everyone, whatever their level or experience. Go on – treat yourself … you won’t regret it.

  24. So enjoyed the intensive 1 day watercolour workshop. Sarah creates a relaxed & comfortable environment . We had fun & learned so much in just one day. I was amazed at what I produced having never touched watercolours before !! I’m already booked for a 4 day intensive course in September.

  25. This was the fourth workshop run by Sarah that I had been to. They never disappoint and I always come away feeling buoyant. I know exactly what to take with me on holiday now and am sure this inspirational day will be a great help. Thank you again, Sarah.

  26. If you want something to bring inspiration and colour into your life, then Sarah’s Watercolour for Absolute Beginners course is the place to go!
    Sarah is passionate about painting and teaching and she guides you into creating fabulous paintings (sometimes surprising yourself!) with patience, clarity and humour.
    Thank you Sarah for two wonderful, enlightening and fun days and for your encouragement and dedication.
    I would love to come back for more!

  27. What a lovely workshop … how could it be action and information-packed and relaxing at the same time ?
    Perfect blend .
    Learnt some essential color mixing skills and technique to plan a painting in correct sequence .
    Lovely group of fellow students and beautiful light-filled studio to keep the smiles coming all day…. would have loved to stay for the Inktense workshop as well … but life got in the way !!

  28. I attended Sarah’s Watercolour for Absolute Beginners course last week and if you want something to inspire you and to bring some colour into your life, one of Sarah’s workshops is the place to go! (or several if you can!)
    She is passionate about about painting and teaching and extremely gifted at passing on her knowledge, experience and love for watercolours with skill, clarity and humour.
    Thank you Sarah for your patience, encouragement and dedication – I would love to come again!

  29. Last week I spent two wonderful days on Sarah’s ‘Absolute Beginners Watercolour Workshop’ in Devon. Having felt a bit nervous when I arrived, my worries very soon disappeared as Sarah was so warm, welcoming and a really inspiring and encouraging teacher. I soon relaxed and enjoyed everything we did immensely. I learned lots of basic skills and information which was invaluable but I never thought I would be able to produce a number of paintings which I’m really proud of! (Much room to improve of course but all in time….) I now feel much more confident about ‘having a go’ at watercolour painting. I know that painting will have an important place in my life in improving and maintaining my feelings of wellbeing.
    Thank you SO much Sarah for’ giving your all’ to provide an amazing two days of learning and enjoyment. Fantastic value for money, I’d say. I can’t wait to save up my pennies and to attend my next workshop!

  30. Not having done any painting for 20 years I was a bit nervous about the two day workshops. I needn’t have worried as Sarah and my fellow students were very friendly and the atmosphere relaxed. We learn’t basic watercolour techniques and how to mix loads of colours with just 3 primary colours. I found it very interesting and informative am now enthused to get painting again. I would definitely like to go on more of Sarah’s courses.

  31. Sarah unlocked and enabled my inner artist! Exactly the right balance for a beginners’ course. Thanks!

  32. I didn’t know what to expect and had performance anxiety! Sarah helped with that and, in the end, I was impressed with my performance. Sorry, tongue in cheek a bit there, but anything that I produced in the two days was down to Sarah’s teaching. It’s patently obvious how much Sarah loves watercolour and her love is infectious. I’ve set my kitchen timer and practiced!

  33. My second two day course with Sarah and again a lovely relaxed couple of days. Sarah explains things so well and is humorous and approachable. The colour mixing theory and practicals have given me confidence to paint with only three basic colours in my palette, just sad I bought all the colours under the sun when I started 😬 Good company and great results. I won’t be my last visit.

  34. Hi Sarah
    Fabulous course thanks… learnt a lot and feel so much more enthusiastic and confident about my artistic abilities.
    You are a gifted teacher easy to listen to and someone who can explain techniques and tips easily and succinctly…. and all with a great smile and a sense of humour.
    I really enjoyed meeting you and the lovely group who assemble with me to glean your wisdom… thanks again.
    One thing you did not explain though….. at the start of the course you asked us to fold up two pieces of kitchen towel and put it under our drawing board…. you still retain the answer to that mystery…. hopefully not forever.!!!
    Good luck Sarah and I hope I shall attend another of your courses in the future or visit your gallery.

  35. Just completed a two day course on watercolour skills for absolute beginners and couldn’t recommend it more highly. I have done a couple of courses elsewhere and dabbled a bit but never felt very confident with the basics. This course has really helped me to feel much more confident and knowledgeable about the materials and techniques I can use. It was a relaxed and friendly two days and Sarah is a vibrant, warm and encouraging teacher. Thank you Sarah. I hope to come along on future courses!

  36. I had a wonderful time with Sarah’s Plus Two watercolour workshop on 4th and 5th of May. She made it look so easy, but her teaching method was so fantastic with every brush stroke. Sarah works so calmly and is happy all the time. I have been doing watercolours for over 2 years but going back to the basic mixing of colours was an eye opener. This course is a must for everyone to learn, even if you are one of those “I know everything,” types! Take my word, you will learn a lot. Thank you very much Sarah.

  37. What a wonderful weekend in Penzance on Watercolour plus 2. Sarah is a really enthusiastic teacher who passes on her tips and idea in an easy to follow manner. It was worth it just for what i learned about colours and mixing them. I’ll certainly be looking to see what other courses are available in the future.

  38. I have just attended Sarah’s beginners plus 2 workshop and loved every minute. We learnt how to mix tertiary colors and how to do various kinds of washes and glazes. All very inspiring and I can’t wait to try out the new techniques I’ve learnt at home. Sarah is an excellent teacher and I love her loose free style and fresh beautiful colors and she makes painting a joy. Thank you Sarah!

  39. Have just enjoyed the two day Watercolour plus two course in Penzance. What a brilliant time. Sarah has a gift for passing on her knowledge to her students, whatever their age! I have learnt so much and can’t wait to start applying it

  40. Sarah’s recent Shoreline Treasures three day course was a gem. Starting with close observation and reflection on the beach, we moved through a variety of guided exercises and compositions in the studio, with Sarah’s constant support and encouragement. She demonstrated a range of techniques and approaches that were enlightening and enjoyable and seemed to improve everyone’s practice.

    The best things about the course? Her lovely light filled studio, the array of available resources (I had no idea there were so many kinds of seaweed!) but most of all Sarah’s warmth, enthusiasm and encouragement.

  41. Wow, what an inspirational experience Sarah’s ‘Shoreline Treasures’ course is! Sarah, ebullient as ever, at home on the Cornish seafront, connecting us with our senses and drawing creativity from us. Drawing with our eyes closed, elevating doodles to artwork, seeing beauty in the mundane. Back at her fabulous studio sketching, shading and then painting – first in monocolour, then with yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber and ultramarine – and with gorgeous results. Thank you for reconnecting me with what I can achieve!

  42. Shoreline treasures course 19-21 March 2019.
    It was the first time Sarah had run this particular course, and I would say it is ideal for absolute beginners, rather than for people who have used watercolours for some time. It was good spending time on the beach, looking, collecting, drawing and taking bits and pieces back to the studio afterwards. Sarah’s studio is lovely and is not very far from the beach, and there are many other interesting places to see, draw and paint in the evenings, when the course has finished for the day. Sarah is very friendly, encouraging, and creates a relaxed atmosphere in which people feel confident to experiment. I would suggest that watercolour paper is used for painting from the start, however, rather than printer paper, as I think it is important, even for beginners, to have good materials in order to achieve their best results.

  43. Sarah’s Shoreline Treasures is a great multi-ability course. You’ll collect your own materials and experiment with a range of media and approaches in a friendly and inspiring atmosphere. Great for those taking their first steps into sketching or watercolour but more experienced artists will also find plenty to explore. It’s a lovely venue and you’ll get plenty of personal advice. Give it a go!

  44. The Creative Art Workshop 23rd & 24th January was packed full of ideas and techniques all of which inspired me to do more. Sarah is a skilful and inspirational teacher who always brings out the best in her students. I shall continue to explore the wonderful world of Art. Thankyou Sarah for all your encouragement.

  45. What a fantastic teacher!
    The beginners sketching course in Teigngrace on 22nd Jan. was just what I needed to give me the confidence to put pencil to paper. Thank you Sarah.
    I only wish it had been a 2 day course.

  46. Ive recently enjoyed a two day workshop with Sarah .

    It was wonderful to have some creative ‘me’ time with like minded students .

    I don’t know how Sarah does it – but it was calming , fun and very encouraging all at the same time.

    What an oustanding teacher !

    I found the whole experience inspirational and would highly recommend!!

  47. This is my second course with Sarah and I can honestly say, I thoroughly enjoyed each one. Sarah has a wonderful way of making everyone feel special; her guidance and encouragement only leaves you wanting to keep on sketching or painting long after the courses have finished. I am very thankful to have been able to participate her workshops and really feel that I have discovered another side to myself. I recommend Sarah Bell’s courses to anyone who wants to journey along a creative path.

  48. Sketching workshop.
    What can I say ? Sarah is an amazing teacher, very professional and puts you at ease as soon as you walk in the door. I have not done sketching since the year dot, and Sarah was able to inspire me to have a go. I have been to several other workshops in the last 2 years, and this is the first time I feel I had a good teacher and took home new skills, and yes I have done some more at home. I have signed up for another workshop with Sarah as she so inspired me. You will come away feeling more confident in your abilities, and have fun with the group as well. Cant wait for the next course.

  49. Well, what a good beginning to January 2019. Sarah Bell’s sketch course for beginners. My husband, daughter and me attended the one day course at Teigngrace with a group of other students . Every step of the day was planned to eventually having us create subjects which would have been a mystery the day before. It was challenging and demanding but in the most positive way. Sarah has a unique blend of fun and huge knowledge but is also there to guide you to the best of your ability. Even if you make a mess of it, she is encouraging. You can ask what you want and she will immediately give you her full attention. The perfect teacher!

  50. Just had my first attempt at watercolour with Sarah. The two day workshop enhanced my love of the medium. Her attention to detail and ways of teaching with humour and humility gives her pupils great confidence and belief that they can achieve as well as give warmth to their soul.
    My Uncle was an Art lecturer in watercolour. His parents were blind. My Uncle fortunately had the gift of sight. The classes have opened up my eyes to the wonderful world of watercolour that I never thought I’d enter, but thanks to Sarah Bell and the encouragement of my children, and especially my partner Helen, I will enjoy this art form for many years to come.

  51. Very inspirational which has made me determined to continue and experiment with watercolours . I have invested in art materials and feel very excited about continuing to practice and hopefully continuing to improve . Thank you Sarah .

  52. Hi Sarah,

    It was such a wonderful experience spending two days at your watercolour workshop in Teigngrace last weekend. I’ve always loved watercolour and the workshop enhanced that love, and your teaching has given me belief in my ability..
    I was talking to Helen, my partner, about my feelings during the drive home on Sunday. This was my perfect Christmas present from her. I was thinking of an analogy to convey my feelings. I told her that my Uncle was an Art lecturer. Both his parents were blind. Fortunately, he had the gift of sight to paint watercolour. I told Helen, metaphorically, that I felt like someone who had been blind all my life and miraculously could see again. That’s the impact Helen has achieved by firstly buying the present, and secondly by your inspirational teaching.
    I now look forward to the future of the wonders of watercolour.

    Thank you!

  53. It’s one thing to be a great artist (which Sarah is) and quite another to be a great teacher of art – which Sarah is. I’ve tried to pick up watercolours from books and DVD – but I learned more in two days on the WCB2 course than any amount of books etc would. Sarah is a smiley, open and generous person who can demonstrate and encourage you in your art journey. It’s simple things like the amount of liquid you use, or keeping it simple by mixing from primary colours that she builds your confidence. A marvellous two days and but I have to go now and practice my colour wheel!

  54. I’ve just attended a Beginners plus two workshop where I found Sarah’s instruction faultless. In such a short time I learnt such a lot about colour mixing and glazing. I’d done a bit of watercolour painting before, and just muddled through. In the short space of a couple of days I learnt much about the techniques of painting, how to avoid muddy colours for a start and how, with a very limited pallet of three colours you could achieve a great variety of colours including brown and shades of grey; colours that had eluded me previously. Atmosphere great and content excellent; if in doubt, go for it!

  55. Just returned from a two day Beginners Watercolours plus 2 and feeling really motivated! Such a rewarding couple of days – Sarah inspires confidence with her warmth, humour, enthusiasm and positivity! She creates a lovely atmosphere in which to put into practice the skills she imparts. Friendly people and a creative feel to the whole two days which motivates you to try new approaches and new techniques. I’ve definitely learned a lot and can’t wait to try all the new ideas out!! Thank you!! Would definitely recommend this course to others!

  56. Just got home after attending Sarah’s Beginners Plus Two workshop, my first ever painting workshop. It was a wonderful weekend and although I was quite nervous about my painting ability at the start of day 1, Sarah made it all fun as well as informative. I was quite pleased with my pictures and am definitely inspired to do some more painting. I have my list of materials and will be off to buy them asap. I will also look forward to attending another of Sarah’s workshops. Thank you so much Sarah for giving me the confidence I needed to start my new hobby.

  57. An excellent overview of watercolour painting for beginners from a talented and patient teacher. We learnt different techniques and then put them into practice with great guidance and support – and mostly surprised ourselves with the results. The start of a new hobby and I know where to go for my next dose of inspiration in the future. A very relaxing and therapeutic experience all round – thank you Sarah!

  58. Another wonderful couple of days – this time Absolute Beginners plus two. I’ve learnt lots and have gained in confidence enough to branch out and have a go with my own ideas. Thanks to Sarah for making the time fly past with a thoroughly supportive and relaxing atmosphere. Can’t wait for the next course…. I wonder what it will be…..

  59. This was the third time I had been on one of Sarah’s workshops and was Beginners Plus Two. As always it was full of great instruction, useful tips plus lots of fun. Sarah creates a lovely atmosphere which allows people to relax into the workshop and enjoy. It’s totally non-judgemental and allows people to achieve what they want to.

  60. I primarily wanted to learn how to enhance my drawings of people and pets with the use of watercolour, but learnt so much more. Thanks to Sarah and her infinite patience, knowledge and relaxed way of explaining, demonstrating and helping us, I managed to learn lots of the basics. We were given a very useful aid-mémoire of recommended basic materials and techniques. I discovered how magical painting in watercolours can be even with my small amount of skill.
    We were a small group and soon got to know each other. It was very therapeutic, satisfying, confidence boosting and such fun!

  61. I just wish I had done Sarah’s Absolute beginners course before any dabbling in watercolour. The basic skills of the medium are so important and Sarah teaches them with such deep knowledge and enthusiasm.
    I can’t recommend this course highly enough and look forward signing up for another one of Sarah’s courses in the future.

  62. I attended Sarah’s 2 day “Absolute beginners watercolour course” in Teigngrace.
    I had a wonderful time. The tuition was clear and did not assume prior knowledge. We all produced high quality pieces of work and gained an excellent knowledge of the basic watercolour techniques. I have already signed my husband up for the course next year and hope to do others myself. I would recommend this.

  63. I had such a wonderful time on Sarah’s Watercolour Course; About Colour in Devon on 24/25th September. I was very apprehensive – a genuinely complete beginner with two more experienced friends – but I was immediately captivated by Sarah’s passion for her subject and her brilliant and skilful tutoring which includes very clear explanations and spell-binding demonstrations. She makes it all great fun and encourages all participants to relax and enjoy themselves. I learned a huge a mount and hope to repeat the experience some time next year. I have no hesitation in recommending these inspirational and thoroughly enjoyable courses.

  64. Thank you Sarah for yet another inspirational workshop (Watercolours +2 at Teigngrace), to which I brought my 11 year old granddaughter – it was her birthday present! We both went home with lovely paintings and the enthusiasm to keep painting using some of our newly acquired techniques. You helped us both throughout the 2 days thoughtfully and gently, at no time did we feel under pressure. I am already looking forward to seeing you on another of your workshops, hopefully in Penzance this time.

  65. What can I say! I had the most enjoyable 2 days on the Absolute Beginners course for watercolour. I discovered a different side to myself and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who fancies exploring their creative side.
    Sarah was the most wonderful teacher. A beautiful lady both inside and out and someone who showed great patience and encouragement. She went to such lengths to make sure each and every one of us had that personal experience with lots of praise along the way. I have every intention of doing another course with Sarah and can’t wait! Thank you so much for a fantastic time.

  66. Another lovely weekend course with Sarah. So relaxed, friendly and so well presented. I feel confident to experiment at home. If you are thinking and wondering whether to sign up then don’t hesitate. I am already looking forward to the next and sad that Sarah is cutting back on her Devon courses…..

  67. I have just completed the 2 day Watercolours plus 2 in Teigngrace. I attended the watercolour course ( after not painting since school!)early in the year which I so enjoyed that I booked on the sketching/ drawing and botanicals courses.
    Every course has been so good due to Sarah’s friendly,enthusiastic and supportive teaching manner.
    Sarah inspires you to want to learn more.In every class you learn about colour,form,light,scale and contrast and Sarah gives you lots of tips.
    Every group has been lovely and fun.
    Thankyou Sarah

  68. Sarah teaches in a very relaxed atmosphere with small class sizes which make it easy to follow and participate. The two day beginners course is great value for money (and we shopped around quite a bit to find a great looking course for a reasonable price). I became more confident with the two basic techniques we learnt (wet on wet and glazing) and have been trying to put in some practice since. I would definitely recommend this course.

  69. I had a wonderful couple of days learning from Sarah on “watercolours for absolute beginners” at Teigngrace. Sarah created a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where no one felt self conscious about having a go… great course filled with fun, laughter and colour.

  70. Like many people I had wanted to paint with watercolours for a very long time but felt nervous to put brush to paper. If you feel this way too, don’t hesitate, sign up for the Watercolours for Absolute Beginners course. I attended the Teigngrace course for 2 days last weekend and only regret not finding it sooner. Sarah gives step by step tuition demonstrating techniques that you can then take away and practice to develop further, Who would have thought you could do so much with just 3 basic colours and one brush! I’m looking to see which of Sarah’s other workshop I can do next.

  71. So … off we went to Sarah’s beginners watercolor workshop in Teigngrace. I was being treated by my daughter and to spend time with her, both of us totally unprepared for the amazing time we were going to have. Sarah Bell is bright, articulate and full of endless patience. I knew straight away she would be a very good teacher and she was! Each stage of this journey was interesting, fun and at times wonderful as she made us create art that we really didn’t think we could achieve. One of my paintings I put on Facebook and someone wanted to buy it! All materials are provided, so no worry about getting the wrong products. Sarah Bell is an amazing artist and in view of this we have signed up to her sketching day on the 22nd January 2019 and we can’t wait, even my husband is going to give it a go!

  72. I attended Sarah’s Boat Sketching workshop in Penzance. I enjoyed every minute of it, especially going out to the harbor to sketch boats. Sarah’s enthusiasm and personality were inspirational. The atmosphere was relaxed and happy making the task of sketching boats seem less daunting. I thoroughly recommend Sarah’s workshops.

    • I have just attended Sarah’s Watercolor workshop for absolute beginners even though I have done quite a lot of painting on my own before…and I wasn’t disappointed. I learnt to mix vibrant fresh colors, and techniques like wet on wet and glazing and layering and making lovely brushstrokes all of which I am keen to practice. The workshop was extremely well prepared and a lovely group of people and excellent teaching. I would definitely like to do more of Sarah’s workshops in future.

  73. Just attended my third watercolour plus sketching workshop with Sarah in Penzance. As usual I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Sarah’s vibrant and approachable personality contributes to a very easy going and at times humorous but educational experience!
    I felt no pressure to ‘get it right ‘ and was encouraged to truly express my creativity.
    Thank you for your wonderful enthusiasm Sarah, I’m looking forward to attending another workshop soon.
    Linda Reed

  74. I have just completed two days at Teigngrace. The first day was drawing for absolute beginners, learning how to use shade etc, the second how to paint modern botanicals in watercolours.
    Although I like to sketch, I have never been able to add depth to my drawings, and adding colour has always scared me a bit.
    Not any more!
    Despite feeling unwell Sarah gave her all into making the two days a wonderful experience.
    Cant wait for the next one!
    Thanks Sarah

  75. I have just attended two one day courses with Sarah, Drawing for beginners and Water Colour Botanicals. I was very nervous as I don’t have an artistic bone in my body. However I had a wonderful couple of days. Sarah was very relaxed and reassuring and gave me the support I needed. Now I am on my way to the local Art and Craft shop to buy the few bits of equipment which we used on the courses and – here I go with my new hobby. Thanks Sarah.

  76. My husband gave me a one day one-to-one Sketching for beginners, course., with Sarah. It was the most amazing day. I learnt so much. Sarah has a knack of putting you at ease (I was apprehensive, wondering if I would be absolutely useless!) We went to four different places in Penzance. One had a view of St Michaels Mount, two completely different parks to sketch trees and plants and the harbour to sketch boats. Sarah explained that when I look I must “see”. In other words, look at the shadow, the shapes and the sizes of the objects. Also practice sketching for 5 minutes a day and hopefully I will improve. Sarah gave many more tips, which you will hear if you are able to go to one of her courses. I cannot recommend Sarah’s courses enough.

    • Thanks Sarah for such a great 2,day workshop on sketching and painting boats for beginners. I was very nervous about attending not having picked up a pencil for 30 years! You made it very comfortable for me to give it a go, and broke the process down to a level that was easy to work with. I have been inspired to draw anything, and now go everywhere with my postcard sketch book! You are one lovely talented lady. Thank you. I will be back!

  77. Attending Sarah’s two day Beginner’s Watercolour class was the highlight of my month holiday in England.
    Sarah’s warm and enthusiastic manner coupled with knowing how to present Watercolour skills and techniques was thoughtful and professional. Over the two days Sarah taught in a progressive way how to achieve the new skill with proficiency. She demonstred, allowed time for experimentation, reviewed, gave individual feedback before moving on to the next technique. The handout Sarah prepared was a great follow up to the class time. Sarah attracts like minded people and the group I was in were so friendly and warm. We all had such fun and came away with pieces of art we can be proud of. I will be looking for Sarah’s 2019 classes when I come to England next year.
    Thank you ever so much Sarah and all the best in your new studio in Penzance.

  78. I travelled from Essex to attend your 2 day Watercolours for Complete Beginners and I am so glad that I did! I also came on my own – completely out of my comfort zone – but what a great pleasure it was to be taught by you and what a lovely group of people were on your course. I can’t believe how much we learnt and the beautiful pictures we produced. You certainly do put your ‘all’ into these courses. Your dad must have been a wonderful inspiration to you and you in turn calmly inspired us. Your music also helped to calm or motivate us ????. I shall definitely be joining you again – perhaps in your new studio in Penzance. The overnight sleeper sounded quite romantic. I will try my best to paint daily. Just got to learn to draw next!

  79. I have just attended the Watercolours for Absolute Beginners workshop with Sarah. What a delight! Sarah is a brilliant teacher who made me feel completely at ease and able to ask questions. At the start I was an absolute beginner but now I feel confident enough about the techniques which I have learnt to have a go on my own. In fact, I’m walking around looking at trees and skies and planning paintings! The two days flew by because I really enjoyed learning in such a relaxed environment. I am so pleased with the pictures which I produced and will be booking another workshop in the future. Highly recommended!

  80. Have just returned from Sarah’s 2-day Watercolour Course for Absolute Beginners, which was great fun. Sarah is a teacher who naturally inspires confidence and her enthusiasm for her subject is so infectious. Much is covered during the 2 days, supported by Sarah’s clear guidance and her own detailed handouts. This course is extremely good value for anyone just starting out in watercolour who needs a guiding hand. For anyone tempted to try, I would say “Have a Go!”. You will learn so much and have a great time too.

  81. Sarah Bell is a lovely lady. One to watch, listen to and learn from. I loved the absolute beginners course and am thrilled with my first paintings. I am already looking forward to the next course.

  82. I feel inspired and amazed at the end of the two day absolute beginners watercolour course. Sarah has been able to teach me some skills I did not know I had in a gentle and informative way that I know I will not forget. My family and friends are so impressed by my ‘works’ and I have a great sense of achievement. Thank you Sarah

  83. Debbie and I had a great time on the 14th & 15th of June.
    This was the first time I had been on any art course and I was a little sceptical to be honest but the 2 day Watercolour for Absolute Beginners course flew bye. We both learnt so much in such a short time. We loved it and we will be back in the future. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. Thank you
    Mick & Debbie.

  84. Last week I did an immersion course with Sarah in Teigngrace – 3 courses in one week was pretty good going but water colour fatigue did not set in – far from it! Sarah is a great teacher and got us all enthused and painting, yes painting on Day 1. Working through colour mixing I was amazed by the kaleidoscope of shades we all produced from just the three primary colours, no muddy horror shows! We learnt techniques including wet-in-wet, how to produce realistic marks using the same paintbrush then straight in to painting landscapes, flowers, chickens and fruits you name it. Sarah demonstrates and explains with great clarity and also supplies notes and all the equipment necessary to get started, so what are you waiting for?!

  85. I am so glad I signed up for Sarah’s Absolute Beginners Watercolour Course. Sarah went over the basics from how to hold a paint brush and mix paints to creating simple yet beautiful watercolour paintings. What’s more she did this in a friendly and informative way instilling in us a confidence and enthusiasm to create our own paintings. Sarah is a great teacher and I would recommend her beginners classes to anyone who wants to paint watercolours but simply does not know how.

  86. 18th June 2018

    I attended Sarah’s Absolute Beginners One course last week and feel inspired to begin practising everything I learnt.
    It was a small class of seven. All very friendly and relaxed.
    Sarah has a wonderful personality and a natural ability to share her enthusiasm and knowledge.
    Watercolour can be an abyss of technique and mystic as the number of books, DVDs, and instruction both on line and courses testify to. Sarah’s class taught the basics of a select few techniques which one then tried oneself, in class, with her to help and with advice always on hand. This meant I could learn enough to paint on my own and practice but not so much that I might became overwhelmed and be put off. I came away with memories of how and what that will stick.

  87. Two day Sketching
    So here we went again. As always Sarah is fun, welcoming and inspiring, never judgemental. I have completed three water colour corses but felt sketching would help complete the circle!!
    It was a great two days. The group were so much fun and I think we managed to push Sarah to the edge of her sanity!! But she coped amazingly.
    I have a sketch book now that I take everywhere and have drawn some Wellington boots that actually look like…. Wellington boots. Amazing.
    Thank you as always Sarah and I look forward to when the group may meet again when you have regrouped.
    I can not recommend highly enough going on one of Sarah’s courses for fun, enjoyment and useful tips and learning.

  88. Loved the Sketching for Absolute Beginners course! Some of group weren’t absolute beginners, so I was a bit worried about being out of my depth, but Sarah is an excellent and supportive tutor and she made the course relevant for everyone. It was a really good balance of theory, demonstration and practical hands-on work. I learned so much in 2 days, and had great fun doing it with a lovely group of people. Thank you!

    • Hi Penny,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the Sketching Workshop. You’re right: there were a few people who signed up for the course who had been on some of my watercolour courses before, but importantly they hadn’t done sketching before: in their own perception they were Absolute Beginners too.
      Almost everyone who comes to my workshops for the first time feels a bit apprehensive about how capable everyone else will be , and worries that they might not be “Good Enough”, but hopefully you saw that the way I teach and the materials I prepare for my students are genuinely for Absolute Beginners, but that the classes are small enough, and my teaching skills are such that I can accommodate many different levels in a class if required.
      I’m really pleased that you thought the workshop was a good balance between theory, demonstration and practical work: I put my heart and soul into my workshops to make them the best they can possibly be for my students. It’s my vocation!
      Thanks again, Penny.

  89. What a great workshop! I attended the Watercolour for Absolute Beginners, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Sarah is an inspirational teacher and drew out the best in all of us. I was delighted with the pictures I’d produced, having attempted watercolours several times. I now feel confident to branch out on my own and can’t wait to attend my next course. Thanks Sarah, you were fab????

  90. Beginners Plus One Watercolour. Teigngrace 15th and 16th June 2018
    I followed the Sketching Course with the Watercolour Course to give me a chance to understand how to mix colours and achieve both delicate and strong colours, how to use watercolours as a medium, especially the wet in wet technique which originally drew me to using these paints.
    Sarah’s teaching gave me the answers to these questions and taught me a few golden rules to take away so I too can achieve the effects I have always wanted but have never quite achieved.
    It was a great two days with again a lovely group of people, well prepared, well taught, lively, well paced and SO informative. Again I have come away with the knowledge and the enthusiasm to continue painting. This is the first course I have been on ( and I have been on many) which has sent me packing with so much enthusiasm and energy. Highly recommended and I shall be back again and again!

  91. June 12/13th 2018 Teigngrace Sketching for Absolute Beginners.
    Brilliant 2 days in a charming community hall in a beautiful area of Devon with a lovely group of people. Sarah is a excellent tutor, well prepared, inclusive, lively, humorous and so very keen (could be driven!! ) to support you in your acquisition of skills so you can take your drawing/painting further. We covered so many aspects of sketching: form, light, contrast, simple perspective and scale, how to construct basic shapes,how to actually LOOK at a subject and UNDERSTAND its form, equipment, best paper, line and wash …..
    I came away thrilled to have received so much useful information but, more than that, inspired to get on with developing my own sketchbook. Thanks so much, Sarah, for a great course.

  92. I really enjoyed the Absolute Beginners Watercolour workshop in Teigngrace. I can’t believe how much I’ve learnt! I’ve done classes before, but this was so much more enjoyable and informative. Sarah is a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and patient teacher, and was always giving us little extra tips along the way. The other students were lovely too, and I had a great weekend. Thank you Sarah!

  93. Having just spent 3 days with Sarah on a 1-2-1 study, I can only conclude that Sarah is absolutely fantastic in all aspects of helping aspiring artists. Her artistic talent is obvious, but her ability to teach and pass subtle skills onto you are unique and if taken on board will really make you a better artist. Composition, studies, tone, colour mixing, wet in wet, glazing, sketching, materials: all these things Sarah demonstrates, works with you on and helps you develop the key elements that any artist, at most levels, need to know or refresh upon. In addition Sarah is the most patient and helpful teacher you could ever wish for. Money, time, distance and effort has been rewarded several fold from my time in Cornwall. Sarah, many many thanks.

  94. A great two days covering all the basics with water colours. Beautiful setting, great company and a thoughtful instructive teacher – perfect. Can’t wait for the next session

  95. I’v just spent 3 fabulous days in Truro doing 2 workshops with the lovely Sarah Bell. I stayed at The Old Vicarage in St Clement, Cornwall, and the course was held there as well. It was a beautiful boutique hotel run by Marilyn and John who were wonderful hosts and the lunches provided by Marilyn were absolutely gorgeous.

    The first was a “2-day Absolute Beginners” course held over the weekend, followed by the “Botanicals” course on the Monday. The whole experience was amazing – I have tried to do watercolours over the years in my own way but it was so good to be shown how to do it properly. I was amazed to learn that all colours can be achieved by just mixing and blend 3 colours! Sarah was so patient, helpful and inspirational and so much fun as well – we all had a whale of a time! She is a brilliant artist and teacher and is so good at making you feel at ease. She gives clear, concise instructions and demonstrates each task beforehand which is so very helpful. I left there feeling so happy with what I had achieved and I felt quite proud of myself – that’s all thanks to Sarah. I will definitely be going to her workshops in Devon – roll on the next one! Thanks you so much Sarah for a wonderful experience x

  96. My partner and I recently had the pleasure of attending absolute beginners watercolour. It was a gift for my 30th and something really different that I’d never have had the courage to book myself – but I am so glad that we did it. We’re hooked! Sarah is both kind and patient with a brilliant warm personality that just made it so easy to switch off, relax and indulge in a new skill.

    We will definitely be attending another workshop and would recommend it to anyone!

  97. Where to begin? Simply put, we had the most idyllic two days under the fantastic guidance of Sarah on the ‘Absolute Beginners Watercolour’ course. Having never done anything remotely close to watercolour before, it was simply wonderful to be taught the basics, from colour mixing to techniques, and then produce several lovely pictures. It was true escapism and I feel like we have begun a new, relaxing hobby that we’re keen to continue practicing. Thank you so much for making us feel so welcome and at ease and for being a brilliant teacher.

  98. A few weeks have passed since the sketchbook workshop in St Clement’s and it jumps regularly into mind like a hazy beautiful dream. But it wasn’t a dream – it was a hard working couple of days, alongside lovely people, during which I learnt so many new techniques and ideas and had fun. All under Sarah’s ever watchful, positive and endlessly encouraging eye. Thanks, Sarah, for your ability to convey knowledge and enthusiasm, and always make it fun.

  99. A brilliant two days on the Absolute Beginners course. Could not believe what we all achieved in such a short time. I learnt so much which I am going to use in future – Sarah made everyone feel welcome, at ease and special!

    • I have just had the most fabulous weekend on the Watercolours for absolute beginners. I really loved the thought of painting, especially with Watercolours but never could get what was in my head to be transferred onto paper. Sarah has given me the creative ability to put paintbrush to paper. With simple techniques and a relaxed atmosphere this course was an absolute (excuse the pun) delight. Sarah’s breezy, calm and fun style of teaching was a joy. It was the most relaxing weekend, I have already booked for another class. Thank you Sarah

  100. The absolute beginners workshop was just what I had been searching for – an understanding of how watercolours behaved, how to mix them and how to use a brush. I have dabbled in the past, but never felt as confident as I do now. Sarah is a born communicator and the course was excellently structured. I leant an enormous amount and others did too. Also, it was a relaxed, fun couple of days – what more could you ask for?!

    • Thank you for a lovely two days. I really enjoyed the workshop and found it built well on the other one I did, beginners plus 1, even though I did them in the wrong order! Thank you also for your warm and encouraging spirit and desire to share your joy in watercolour painting with other people.

  101. I attended the Absolute Beginners 2-day course last weekend and it was an absolutely enjoyable experience. Located in a nice setting,with good company, Sarah is a fun and pleasant tutor and artist. Her calm but exiciting character could encourage anyone to uncover the talent which might be unknown to them. I truly believe this is a start of my journey to Watercolours which will go on much further. I would like to return for other advanced workshops once I practice and improve my skills and would certainly recommend the workshops and Sarah to anyone. Thank you Sarah, and my colleagues literally commented that I look more charming and sexy when I returned to work on Monday, to which I responded that it was all down to a beautiful lady and colours 🙂

  102. Art School for Beginners, a lovely 2 days. I was really quite apprehensive as I did not know what to expect, but everything we did was demonstrated and taught in Sarah’s easy flowing manner. The amount we were taught was incredible, and we all produced art work we were pleased with. Not watercolour this time, but lots of help with drawing and it was fun using charcoal and pastels that I had not used before. Feel inspired to do more. Sarah’s courses are great for building confidence to try things at home, and her creativity and enthusiasm rub off on you. Go on a workshop and you can’t wait to do more.

  103. Another great weekend with Sarah! (Beginners+1 Course 24/25 March). Good company, great venue and views, tasty lunches and, oh yes, the painting instruction was really good value. Now saving my pennies to learn how to paint water and boats!

  104. I’ve had a wonderful time in St Clements on a Beginners Plus One workshop. Sarah was such an inspirational teacher with demonstrations that simplified subjects making them achievable and fun to paint. I learnt techniques for colour mixing creating beautiful vibrant and earthy tones and how to get a variety of effects with brush strokes. Plenty of tips and motivation to enthuse using watercolours. Thank you.

  105. Both Steve and I had a fantastic weekend on the 2 day Watercolours for Beginners course – I have been inspired and the greeting cards my friends and family are receiving are proving to be a source of comment – I will get better as time goes on but the course has given me the confidence to ‘strike out’ a little. I find myself getting the paints out one or two evenings a week and get so absorbed the hours fly by. Still trying to get the consistency of the paint and the colouring spot on but couldn’t have done this without the course and the brilliant tutoring and confidence building Sarah gives everyone on the course. A great way to learn and will definitely be coming back for more. Thanks Sarah Pauline Broomhead

  106. I’ve just done Sarah’s Art School for Absolute Beginners’, aka Bootcamp.. As always, I’ve come away from the two days buzzing with enthusiasm and ideas. Thank you so much, Sarah. X’

  107. I was very fortunate to be offered an Art Boot Camp with Sarah as a present from my lovely husband. My experience was nothing short of transformative…

    Since a very young age I’ve enjoyed art and drawing, but then grew increasingly intimidated by it. Thus, as a young adult, I turned away from this very special mode of expression and relaxation.

    Taking part in the workshop completely changed this. Sarah’s expert and caring guidance allowed me to make drawings even my ‘critical self’ was proud of. The experience was so enjoyable and entrancing, I felt refreshed and uplifted as a result. I now try to integrate drawing, playing with colours, and noticing light and shadows as a daily practice… The effect is much like that of mindful awareness and meditation… I can’t wait for my next opportunity to study with Sarah!

  108. So I have just completed the improvers course. Who would have thought it, me, an improver. Anyway, it was as fun and informative as ever and I came away with some really nice water colours if I say so myself.
    Thank you as always Sarah for your knowledge, skills, sense of humour and unbounding energy to be able to make me look st my painting in such a different light.
    On to sketching next Is there no end…… no just the start.

  109. I thoroughly enjoyed the Watercolour Course For Absolute Beginners at the weekend. I cannot believe how much we learnt in two days. The course was well structured, excellently delivered, with a lot of fun and encouragement. The venue is second to none, beautifully comfortable with delicious lunches. I shall definitely sign on for more.

  110. The Beginners Watercolours course is outstanding. Sarah Bell is a fantastic teacher and the 2 day course was hugely beneficial Having no experiences in watercolours, I left after two days of sheer now with a whole host of paintings – wet-on-dry and wet-in-wet – and fired up to do more. Sarah taught the basic techniques in a warm, friendly and enthusiastic manner. She gave excellent demonstrations and provided all the necessary materials. I would strongly recommend this course to any novice or for people with some basic knowledge.

  111. Sarah was welcoming, warm and organised. The two days were well structured from beginning to end and inspired much creativity. The time rushed by and was over far too soon!

  112. Last week I was privileged to spend a day with Sarah having 1 to 1 tuition. My Mum had arranged it as a Christmas present for me. I am very much a beginner, but Sarah made me feel welcome, confident and inspired. She gave constructive criticism of my watercolours and advised how to make them better. Her attitude to her students is outstanding.I learnt so much in the time I spent with Sarah, the day was focused on what I wanted. Sarah drew many examples and helped me plan several watercolours to try at home. Then I chose a picture of a Sea Eagle that I wanted to paint, and Sarah taught, instructed, illustrated and reassured and I came away with the largest and best watercolour I had ever done. The day flew by (pardon the pun). Sarah is such a lovely friendly person as well as being very talented with art and teaching. She was focused on helping me get the most out of my day. I would love to spend further time with Sarah. So I know what to ask for, for my birthday.

  113. Another fantastic 2 days with Sarah on the watercolours for improvers course. Sarah is so encouraging and inspiring, it makes me want to try and paint anything and everything. Sarah has so much knowledge but keeps everything simple when teaching and everyone learns so much. Sarah fizzes with enthusiasm throughout the whole course which creates a very upbeat atmosphere. The courses are far removed from stuffy art classes. Thank you Sarah.

  114. Absolute Beginners Course 17th and 18th February 18.
    I was extremely apprehensive about booking this course because of a lack of drawing skills. It soon became evident that I needn’t have worried. All the pieces of work we produced were completed with brush strokes and paint technique.
    The class was relaxed, informative and very enjoyable. As a beginner I was amazed at what I was able to achieve in two days and with just a small amount of equipment that will not cost the earth to purchase.
    I now feel confident, thanks to Sarah to put what I have learned into practice and carry on improving.

  115. Thanks for a wonderful and informative 2 days spent at the ‘improvers’ watercolour class at Teigngrace. I have been feeling like I’m not progressing with my watercolour painting until I attended this 2 day workshop. It was fantastic!! Great demonstrations, and opportunity to try new techniques when painting landscapes. I learnt so much and regained much of my loss of confidence. More than that, it was fun and enlightening and good to be with a lovely group of like minded students and a wonderful artist and teacher, Sarah. I look forward to attending more of your workshops very soon. Best wishes

  116. I had so much fun doing the Absolute Beginners course and I can’t wait to learn more. Sarah is so positive and passionate about art and I can’t recommend her highly enough! I’m off to practice…..

  117. Beginners +2 course. What a great workshop- another wonderful 2 days with Sarah playing with washes and glazes, and feeling more confident again about mixing my own colours, too.
    Very privileged to be part of her newest course and with a great bunch of fellow painters: looking forward to the next time we are all together playing with paints again!
    Thanks Sarah,

  118. I’ve just been on the Beginners+2 and, as always, I’ve come away inspired. Sarah builds on our previous experience and moves us on. Plenty to practise at home. Can’t wait for the next workshop! A huge thank you, Sarah.

  119. Spent two days last week having more “Me Time” with Sarah. This time: Beginners Plus 2 which really gets into techniques. Exhausted but one very happy wannabe artist here now. As always Sarah’s classes are inspirational, motivating and really educational. A good teacher in any subject is essential and Sarah is one of the best . If I were an Ofsted inspector last week I would have given her an outstanding ????

  120. We attended Sarah’s Absolute Beginners course in January 2018 with some trepidation, never having attempted anything artistic since leaving school over 50 years ago!
    We need not have worried. Sarah has a warm and encouraging manner, and the exercises she chose were well designed to introduce the fundamentals of watercolour, in an interesting way, and were well within our capabilities.
    By the end of the course, to our astonishment, we had produced six “works of art” which we did not rush to disown! We certainly hope to follow this inspirational introduction with another of Sarah’s courses. The other attendees seemed to feel the same and the atmosphere throughout was cheerful and friendly.

  121. I have recently been teaching myself to draw via books and Youtube and I wanted to start to add some colour to my drawings.

    So once again I returned to books and Youtube which is a great start but I was not progressing as far as when I learnt to draw so I decided to attend Sarah’s workshop for Plus One Beginners and I am so pleased I did.

    I learnt so much in the two days I was with Sarah, it was like all of a sudden a light came on and I understood where I was going wrong and how I could progress.

    My watercolour has improved ten fold in such a short time. The workshop was very friendly, and you can tell Sarah has a passion for art and teaching.

    I was so impressed that I have booked another workshop with Sarah in April and I will be talking to her about doing some one to one lessons.

  122. The beginners + 1 course was incredibly inspiring and motivating and has definitely made me lose my fear of picking up a brush and getting the paint onto the paper…..simple! But the secret is having a great teacher; Sarah is certainly that.

  123. I went to the class a novice and felt little nervous. I should not have been worried. Sarah laid my fears to rest, and I enjoyed learning about the different watercolour styles and techniques. Sarah is so enthusiastic and encouraging that you can’t fail to feel good about your work. Each of the group worked at a different pace and we ended at slightly different stages, however this didn’t matter as my class mates were so positive.

  124. Attended the 2 day Absolute Beginners course at Teignbridge. Greatly enjoyed the introduction to watercolouring and now enthused to progress! Sarah prepares meticulously, is a great instructor and has a delightful sense of humour. Follow-on course booked. Highly recommended!

  125. I took the Absolute Beginner’s course followed immediately by the Beginner’s +1 and the amount of information I received was just what I needed. I wanted the basics 1, 2, and 3 and this is exactly what I got. I feel so much more confident now because I know where my starting point is. Both courses gave just the right amount of instruction and hands on painting. Four days well spent. Thank you Sarah.

  126. What a glorious couple of days learning to mix the most vibrant of colours and using them in stunning techniques. I used to think of watercolours as pale and delicate – not any more! And Sarah’s explanations of both how and why you do things in a certain way are brilliant. An inspirational teacher who so obviously adores her subject. And the follow up day of Xmas card making was fun and made things so simple. All in beautiful St Clements. Thanks, Sarah, and fellow students, for a fun time that opened so many doors.

  127. Spent a wonderful two days mixing luscious colours ,and painting with a lovely group.
    Saw painting opportunities all the way home ,and its a long drive!!
    Thank you Sarah for your generous and infectious inspiration.Looking forward to more xx

  128. The 2 days at St Clements in Truro – fabulous location – with Sarah was so much fun. Her enthusiasm, warmth and encouragement overcomes any concerns one might have about watercolour. As a beginner I learnt so much. Sarah explains and demonstrates thoroughly and throughout gives individual attention to support you. We worked with 3 colours that provided the miriade of “juicy” colours needed. That in itself is an enlightenment.
    She is a lovely lady; a great teacher and artist.

  129. A very enjoyable and instructive two day workshop in a lovely setting. I have learnt loads and am looking forward to getting my paints out and playing with the possibilities. Really well run by Sarah whose experience , expertise and enthusiasm shone through. Thank you

  130. If you have any sort of painting aspirations then attending a workshop with Sarah is something you should definitely consider doing, not if but when.
    Her skill at painting and teaching, her enthusiasm for the subject and empathy with students all magically combine to make this a workshop you will not want to end.
    I learnt so much and can’t wait for the next one
    Thanks Sarah

  131. This was my first ever step into the world of artistry and I couldn’t have chosen a better guide, instructor, encourager than Sarah. Such a talented and generous teacher and a warm, enthusiastic woman! The last 2 days have felt like time out of time and I’ve got some actual paintings that I’m proud enough to show to others and that make me feel confident enough to try at home. I had never picked up a paintbrush before yesterday other than to decorate the house and came with a feeling of trepidation. Really didn’t need to worry Sarah is lovely and the workshop is well paced, relaxing and really enjoyable. Thank you very much Sarah x

  132. Just done a one day Christmas card workshop.
    The day was full of encouragement, knowledge, tips and great ideas in a relaxing environment – everything you would need to produce something a bit different.

    Thanks Sarah, I will be back

  133. Thanks Sarah, another super weekend. I have just attended the follow on watercolours workshop and I am amazed with the paintings I produced. Sarah has endless patience and is an excellent teacher making everything simple. The style of teaching is easy to follow, so everyone produces works they are pleased with, which is confidence building and so inspirational. I can not wait to get my paints out at home and practice to see if I can get the same results I had in class. Absolutely brilliant, looking forward to the next time.

  134. Spent another lovely day with Sarah yesterday and just as enjoyable as ever. This time making Christmas cards. As always a hugely pleasurable and educational day. All fired up for making more cards for nearest and dearest thanks to this one day course. And of course I have booked for another course in the New Year., this will definitely help ward off any winter blues. A very talented lady bothas an artist and teacher.

  135. I really enjoyed my two day “Full Works” intro to Watercolours. Sarah made everyone feel comfortable and at ease and it was a lovely environment to learn in. Sarah demonstrated, encouraged, praised, suggested improvements and was lovely to spend time with. The painting activities were fun and made good use of the ‘loose and juicy’ technique Sarah teaches and the lovely rich colours we mixed. My friends and family have been impressed with my colour charts and the range of colours mixed from the initial 3 let alone any paintings done. Thanks Sarah!

  136. If you’ve been swithering about whether to book a course with Sarah – just do it! After a 2 day beginners course I came away full of inspiration and knowledge. Sarah is a wonderful teacher – she does lots of demonstrating and guides you through all the basics of watercolour painting, so that you feel confident that you can actually paint … with paints … on proper paper … with a brush … and know what you’re doing! Her course is very well structured and planned – there’s loads of information without it being overwhelming and you come away with notes about everything to remind you.
    If you want something that helps you to leave the stresses of everyday life behind you, relax and learn a wonderfully creative skill that will soothe and excite your soul, then I can’t recommend one of Sarah’s course highly enough.

  137. Thank you Sarah for the super helpful and reinvigorating 2 day watercolour workshop in Teigngrace. Sarah does not assume anything which is perfect because she starts from the basics that no one else seems to tell you! Essentials such as how to mix your paint to the right consistency and how much to make give you firm foundations on which to build everything else in glorious watercolour.

  138. Loved the 2 day beginners course in the very pretty Edwardian schoolhouse amidst lovely fall colours all around.
    Sarah is a delightful very skilled teacher who made every moment very pleasurable and we all had lots of laughs while learning . Very casual and relaxing two days which gave us basic skills to make everyone want to carry on and
    and improve . Definitely would recommend signing up. I intend to go to further workshops????

  139. I had no skills at watercolours, but had all the equipment, before I went on the two day beginners. I may not still have the skills but Sarah made you have confidence in what you were painting that I feel like an artist. I have the confidence now to put that paint on the paper. The weekend was fun, the group was lovely and Sarah’s enthusiasm and patience added to it all. On to the improver’s course in two weeks. I can not wait

  140. “ridiculously easy” is the phrase I would use to describe how Sarah made the beginners watercolour course appear to me. I learnt such a lot. Also met a great group of people. I attended this 2 day course on 7 and 8th October of this year. Sarah brought much fun and vitality to the class, I hope to attend another of her courses in the not too distant future.

    Thank you so much Sarah.

  141. Sarah, Thank you so much for the last couple of days on the Watercolours for Beginners workshop – and for unlocking the mystery of how to convert what comes out of the tube into such a glorious and infinite array of colours

  142. Ok people, do you love to draw and paint but need some guidance?
    Stop what you’re doing right now and book one of Sarah’s workshops! Whatever level you’re at, pick the workshop to suit your needs.
    Over the years I have had the pleasure of starting on the “I know nothing” beginners to last weekend improvers! Having always loved drawing but never used watercolour Sarah has guided me over the years onto a road watercolour heaven. Having a calm and soothing influence over her group, Sarah will guide you through a secret door that leads to bright colours that jump out to greet you. Sarah teaches you easy step by step techniques and tricks that will make you want to carry on at home too. A weekend filled with fun and laughter, tea and biscuits will make you feel relaxed and very proud of what you really can do with a blank piece of white paper and ( in Sarah’s words), a juicy fully loaded brush!

  143. I attended my third course with Sarah and once again not only found it extremely imformative and enjoyable. The improvers course answered some of my issues and I now need to really put into practice what I have learnt.
    Thank you Sarah I would love to attend another course which took me onto the next stage concerning composition as my main problem when sketching in the field knowing what to concentrate on, what to leave out and how to transfer this into my painting

  144. Wow…

    What a lovely experience we had on “The Full Works” 2 day Intro to Watercolour course on the 26th & 27th Oct 2017

    It exceeded our expectations… best money we have spent in a long long time and to top it all we met a really wonderful lovely lady who is just brimming with talent and warm personality.

    So excited about what we now think we can achieve…. our aim is to hone the skills that Sarah taught us and return next year being proficient ‘mixologists’ and “loose and juicy” water-colourists!!

    Really cannot praise this experience enough… so much fun too!

    John and Fran (Housego)

  145. Thanks Sarah for a fabulous weekend at your Watercolour Improvers Workshop. This was my second art weekend with you and it was brilliant. The demonstrations were incredibly useful and you also kept a close eye on what we all did to keep us on course. It was really great that everyone chatted openly about what we struggle with/want to improve and you were able to give us such handy tips. I came home with loads of inspiration and got painting the same evening. I can’t wait for the next one!

  146. I have just had a very rewarding 2 day’s with Sarah on her Improvers course. I started with some trepidation as I wasn’t sure what sort of standard I was or what to expect. I needn’t have worried because Sarah expertly went through much needed basic techniques as well as showing us how to progress. It was intense, absorbing, inspirational and very, very worth while. Thank you to Sarah and my fellow students! I’d love to do some more courses with Sarah and meanwhile have plenty to practice and hone!

  147. Sarah, I just wanted to thank you for the fabulous workshop I attended at Teigngrace last weekend. I have learnt such a great deal and I am looking forward to using my new skills in creating some lovely pictures. I look forward to hopefully learning some more from you very soon!

  148. As an experienced amateur artist who lost his “Mojo” somewhere along the way, I approached the
    four day course with trepidation, I need not have worried. The whole experience was just great,
    an informal group of eight all keen to learn.
    Sarah was lovely, she was funny.
    , clever, patient,and diplomatic ! It was great fun and we all
    Benefited from the experience. I will certainly be coming back Sarah, if only for the delicious
    chocolate biscuits.
    Thanks so much

    Rod. 5.00 pm. 12/10/17

  149. My partner bought me the Beginners water colour course as a birthday present. Her thinking being I have spent my entire working life in engineering so precision is everything to me and this would be a way of getting away from that.
    I can’t thank Sarah enough, I was inspired and astounded at what I produced, to say I am hooked would be an understatement. I ordered my supplies on the Monday and have practised my brush techniques every evening. The supplies arrived today Wednesday and I will be starting an actual painting at the weekend.
    I will be at the follow on course next year.
    Many thanks again Sarah.

  150. My husband and I have just spent an amazing 2 days on Sarah’s Beginners Water Colour course. It didn’t just come up to our expectations, it SURPASSED IT 1000 TIMES!! Sarah is a wonderful and passionate teacher with an enthusiasm which she passes on to her students. We have already decided that we want to come on the next stage so you will be seeing us next year again. Thank you Sarah!

  151. Introduction to watercolour painting.
    WOW what an enjoyable 2 days full of colour .. So amazing the range of colours achieved by mixing just 3 colours.
    Sarah is enthusiastic and passionate teacher .
    Now feel I have the basic tools to start my watercolour painting journey. Just need 3 colours & “ juicy paint brush “ .
    Many thanks we will be back .xxx
    PS A voucher for a workshop would make a great gift .

  152. I recently treated myself to a 2 day water colour course with the very lovely Sarah Bell!
    My only disappointment was that I didn’t book the 4 day course!
    I can’t begin to say how much I enjoyed these 2 days and was most upset when it was over!
    Sarah, the Morab library and a super group of people were the recipe for the most pleasant 2 days I’ve had in a long time! And then, with the encouragement of this super talented lady, I have come away with valuable information and new techniques to enable me to pursue this wonderful new hobby of mine!!
    Thank you so much Sarah.. can’t wait for the next time!

    Ps My colour chart is now my most precious possession! X

  153. I attended a 2 day Beginners Watercolour Workshop with Sarah. The group size was small (8) and the balance between instruction, demonstration and having a go was well-thought out.
    As a complete beginner it was useful for me that Sarah started right from the basics eg how to best load the brush with paint, diluting to the right consistency etc. However she also tried to cater for individual needs for example spending time answering questions about creating light and shade in all media.
    You don’t need any prior experience, so if your confidence in your artistic ability needs boosting I would encourage you to sign up. Also makes a great gift.

    Thanks Sarah, I really enjoyed every minute.

  154. Have just spent another two wonderful days at Teigngrace, on Sarah,s Holiday Sketching.
    Like the other workshops I have been on, we had an inspirational time, learning to sketch quickly with pencil, then a pen, washing in the ink with a great little brush with it,s own water reservoir.
    We used different viewfinders which Sarah had made for everyone, and she showed us how to use them , creating a little picture from a small section of a larger one.. even though we all concentrated hard, it was such FUN. Lovely group of hopeful artists, who all finished wanting to learn lots more.
    Here,s to the next time.
    Thank you Sarah.

  155. There are not enough superlatives to describe your workshops Sarah! The two days sketching was my second workshop and all I can say is an enormous thank you for inspiring and encouraging me especially with those tricky lines and angles which tend to be my nemesis. All your extra tips and suggestions are invaluable and I certainly feel enthused to pick up my pen or pencil to do a three minute sketch every day, although it won’t be quite the same without your humorous asides to make me laugh at myself!

  156. I have just returned from a two day sketch book course in Teigngrace village hall, Newton Abbot.
    Sarah is a very talented artist and a great teacher, I learnt so much and enjoyed every minute of it. The venue was perfect, every one was so friendly, the whole experience was a real joy. Came away feeling much more confident in my approach to sketching and of course my little sketch book which I will cherish and use often. It just went far too quickly. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I am able to attend more of Sarah’s courses. Thank you so much Sarah and I look forward to receiving your update emails.

  157. Fabulous two days with Sarah. Can’t praise the course enough – lovely group of people who were all very supportive. Sarah was a wonderful, patient teacher and we all produced some work to be proud of. Will certainly sign up for another course in the future.

  158. We really enjoyed our two days with Sarah. She was able to keep the whole group together and address individual needs. We learnt a lot about mixing colours and brush work. We were able to put our newly acquired skills into action by painting flowers, fruit and landscapes. All great fun. We are looking forward to attending the next course.

  159. Sarah thank you so much for a wonderful two days. I loved your teaching methods you made everything to clear and your demonstrations were amazing and it made it so easy to transfer to our own water colour painting. I was truly amazed at what I achieved all thanks to your excellent tutoring. I am so looking forward to my sketch book 2 days. I would so recommend this course to anyone who has never painted and wants to learn i travelled down from Manchester and it was very much worth the travel down. The tips you gave us all were so valuable and my Cockeral and sweet peas paintings amazed me that I could achieve such art work. I also loved that you gave me the confidence to just use my brush to draw the outline of what I was painting something I did not not have prior to the attending the beginners workshop.

  160. I attended a Beginners’ Course 19-20 August 2017 and I am not about to retire! I chose it to revise and improve my artist impression skills of building proposals because the course emphasises mastering techniques: mixing all colours from the primaries; working with different paint consistencies and brush strokes; painting wet in wet, and wet on dry; and how to do a flat wash etc. I can adapt the techniques to the kind of presentations I want to do. The teaching method is excellent. Everything is demonstrated first – in a fun way too. If you want to draw a chicken you start with a cat. You’ll have to attend a course to see how that pans out!

  161. Sarah’s Beginners Workshop was perfect for me, even though I’ve dabbled in watercolour painting for years at adult education classes. Her fresh approach , direct and simple instruction meant that all of us were able to end up with finished work of which we could be proud. The instruction was straightforward, inspiring confidence and the results never failed to please, and with a great group of people. I wish I’d come on her course years ago and will be excited to go on another.

  162. I’ve just finished my second and third workshops with Sarah. As before, I’ve come away totally enthused. The venue was great with good light and views across the river. I really appreciate having the materials supplied too.
    Sarah’s workshops are not “Here’s a picture. Get on and paint it.” Instead she guides us through the hows and whys of watercolour painting with skill, friendliness and a big dose of humour. I’ve come away with plenty of techniques and skills to practise, as well as leaflets to help me remember them.
    Sarah’s such a good teacher and now I’m planning for my next workshop with her – I want to do them all!

  163. 1 day sketching course and 2 day painting for improvers course.

    I needed to have some help to loosen up my paintings and to have more confidence to draw and paint from first hand observation rather than from photographs. The 3 days spent with Sarah in Truro were really helpful and have regenerated my enthusiasm. I gained enormously from the sketching course and feel more prepared and comfortable to select, compose and add tone and depth to my sketches. The painting course reinforced many of the basic techniques but also helped me to experience a completely different style of painting, exactly what i wanted. I had become too precise, and fiddly and produced paintings that were too photographic. Sarah’s approach will encourage me to use colour more vibrantly and to become much looser in my style. The colour mixing session was invaluable as I have now binned many of the tubes of paint that were confusing me and have decided to use a smaller range of prime colours to mix different shades. I will choose subjects more carefully and get out of the habit of trying to paint almost everything I can see, often from a landscape photograph.

    Above all, the courses were fun, and relaxed, testament to Sarah’s infectious enthusiasm, personality, patience and great skills in delivering the course in an interactive way, enabling all attendees to benefit from her knowledge, expertise and positive feedback.

    Thank you immensely .Sarah (and the other members of both courses!)

  164. I have just spent a really enjoyable three days, firstly, one day on preparing a sketch book – which was such fun – and then a two day watercolour improver course. I learned more in these three days than in have in several years of watching YouTube and experimenting at home and I wish I had come across Sarah sooner! The class atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. Sarah is a very gifted teacher – I love her pared down approach to equipment and her colour mixing technique was a revelation. We had many practical tips on composition, on taking good reference photos and demonstrations backed up with useful notes. I have come away with a huge amount to think about and feel truly inspired to put all that I have learned into practice. Highly recommended

  165. This is a great course for giving you the confidence either to start painting again or to take it up for the first time. Sarah wears her technical expertise lightly and you learn a lot without even realising it! Her skills as a teacher and her love of her subject mean she can quickly bring together very different individuals so they enjoy working as a group. After many years, I have my old enthusiasm for painting back again and look forward to learning more from Sarah at future workshops (no pressure, just pleasure!)

  166. Hi Sarah,
    Thank you for a happy and inspirational weekend I didn’t know three tubes of paint would result in such a myriad of colour and tone nor the exciting effects the paint would make. An amazing workshop. BRILLIANT. Now looking for the follow on workshop.

    Eileen Easterbrook

  167. I arrived at Sarah’s Beginner’s Workshop with no expectations – I haven’t painted since school decades ago, no natural talent detected but I loved it! Sarah’s enthusiasm and expertise combined with a small and supportive group of pupils resulted in a fabulous weekend.

    I can’t recommend it highly enough. You don’t need to have painted before to benefit from the relaxing time spent mixing colours and putting brush to paper.

  168. I was very apprehensive about doing this course. I haven’t picked up a paintbrush since being at school……..longer ago than I care to remember, It turned out to be a wonderful experience. Sarah’s patience, humour and enthusiasm are completely infectious! I arrived thinking “I can’t” and left saying ‘I can’. I learnt so much in two days and am inspired to continue to paint. Thank you, Sarah.

  169. Well, after being in two minds whether this course was right for me and doubting myself with how well or not I would do, I can say, without a doubt, this was the best course I have done. Not only was the group I was with all fabulous people who where thinking exactly the same as myself, but Sarah makes the whole two days fun; easy to learn; she’s able to explain it in simple terms, and she is very kind hearted. I am so overly happy to have done this two day course: the methods shown help you realise it’s the simplest of things that have the biggest effect. I will definitely be going to do another course with her as soon as possible! I highly recommend it to everyone! Thank you so much Sarah for your patience and help xxx

  170. Whenever has learning been this much fun? I had a wonderful 2 days, really enjoyable and yet we learned so much .It was a lovely group of ladies (wouldn’t mind going with them again) and Sarah is so much fun and very encouraging. She really knows her stuff and has the ability to impart that knowledge to us. I shall be going again.Highly recommended!

  171. Just wanted to say if you’re thinking of ‘having a go’ at watercolour painting course, this is a definite must. From the 1st mixing of primary colours, which really is worth doing, and being taught how to use one brush in several easy strokes to produce something that resembles a recognisable object…..I was thrilled! Sarah, you’ve given me the confidence to get going.
    My husband will say you’ve created a Monster! But a really happy one. Thankyou.

  172. Had a great time doing the water and reflections workshop. Sarah is enthusiastic but the pace was just right and tailored to us. The written notes were much appreciated. A variety of different ideas and techniques were packed in to two days. I can’t wait to try some of them out again and am going to have to invest in a bigger paint brush!

  173. I have just come back from the beginners watercolour course. What a wonderful two days! The group was lovely and supportive and Sarah found exactly the right balance of Tell Show and Do for us all to gain confidence. As someone who faced a blank piece of paper with fear and trepidation, Sarah’s patience and easily followed steps to producing an actual piece of art, was a revelation and I can’t wait to go again to the next step. In fact the first thing I did on my return was to book another course!

  174. The two day course “Full works intro to watercolour” on 10th/11th June 2017 was amazing! Sarah is extremely talented, experienced and inspirational. She rapidly converted nine individuals into a cohesive group willing to learn and produce the very best they could. I can’t wait for the follow up course in August.

  175. Have just come back from my second two day course with Sarah. What a wonderful two days. it was a small group in Truro in a room overlooking the cricket field as the rain lashed outside It was such fun, lots of interesting work and very absorbing. I learnt lots of techniques, lots of ways to depict reflections, looked at some wonderful art.
    Most importantly the atmosphere Sarah creates is so positive, so encouraging. I leave with a wonderful boost to my self confidence and a preparedness to go out and experiment and try and create and have more fun. Thank you

  176. My aim was to take time out from a busy life to learn how to create a beautiful splodge, that’s it.

    The reality was rather different… far beyond anything I could have hoped for. After 2 hours on Sarah’s Watercolours for Beginners course I was in a zen-like state of calm and then the magic happened. I was painting!

    With Sarah’s help, and support from my lovely fellow students I’ve found my inner artist, and can’t wait to come back for more. Thank you.

  177. Having entered the studio with much trepidation, I left two days later full of inspiration. I cannot believe how much that I learnt over the past two days, the time flew by and as an absolute beginner I was delighted to return home with a sheaf of my efforts. The group was small, friendly and not at all intimidating; in fact it was full of laughter. Sarah is a vivacious, patient and inspirational teacher. I travelled alone, all the way from London to Truro and had a wonderful relaxing two days. I love to fill my life with positive experiences and memories and this definitely ticked all the boxes. I can’t wait to return for another course and would highly recommended Sarah; she is a wonderful, positive tutor.

  178. What an inspirational two days – the landscape workshop at Teingrace Village Hall so secluded and peaceful – Sarah has a wealth of talent which she is able to give out to her students,and is so encouraging if you happen not to get it right first time. Thank you Sarah I invested in “the three colours” the next day from an art shop in Ottery St Mary and had a glorious time painting the weir. Next time I will try to get to Truro.

  179. My son and I both enjoyed the Beginners Workshop last weekend very much indeed. Sarah is the most patient and thorough teacher and provided all of us with what we need to build our own skills on a sound foundation. We now all know how to mix the colours we need, the quality of the materials we require, how to form all the brush strokes we need, using only one brush, and how to put thing right when they go wrong!

    I cannot imagine how it would be possible to better spend six hours learning about the fundamentals of painting watercolours than to enroll on this course.

  180. Just spent a very enjoyable 2 days with Sarah on one of her courses. I have been on one of her day courses before and have now booked on another. Sarah is a very talented artist who is also an excellent tutor. I wish I could have weekly lessons with her. 🙂

  181. What a talented and inspiring teacher. Sarah doesn’t put any pressure on you to achieve but you do because she is so enthusiastic. I picked up many practical and interesting tips on the two day Watercolour course and I can’t wait to get all my materials together and start painting. Sarah creates a relaxed but structured atmosphere to work in and best of all she makes it fun. Giving a time limit to paint something is such a good idea as it makes you get on with it and you have something to show at the end. I am looking forward to doing more courses. Thank you very much.

  182. After two blissful days in the company of such lovely people in a delightful old school house in Teigngrace, I am buzzing with renewed enthusiasm for watercolour paintimg. Everybody learnt new skills and was thrilled with the work we produced under Sarah’s expert guidance. Who knew that you only need 3 colours and one “big juicy ” brush full of paint to make every beautiful translucent colour you ever need? Sarah is a joy to be with, the course is well prepared and resourced and great fun.

  183. Thank you Sarah for the last 2 days. I have brushed up on knowledge I already had and learnt a ton of new things too! The atmosphere you create is one of laughter, pure enjoyment, inspirational learning and the feeling of wanting more, more, more! You are quite a lady…. ridiculously gifted but also an impressive business woman! Do you sleep at all? !!!

  184. Just returned from such an informative, enjoyable and fun two day Watercolour for Beginners workshop. I am a (poorly) self-taught painter but I learnt so much about colour mixing and brush technique. Sarah tailored her tuition as required to each participant’s different queries, and inspired me to do more. I would highly recommend this course for those with or without some previous experience .

  185. I spend a wonderful weekend with Sarah who is an extremely enthusiastic and bubbly teacher. You can’t help but enjoy yourself and leave the course feeling inspired. I learnt a lot especially about wet in wet technique which I have tried to master for many years and now feel more confident.
    Thank you for a great time. I will certainly book future courses with you.

  186. I recently attended a beginner’s watercolour course. Sarah is a wonderful teacher, warm, funny, friendly and encouraging. She is also immensely talented. I was impressed at how well organised the workshop was, and how Sarah kept us on schedule without ever making us feel rushed, as a dreadful procrastinator this was such a gift. The workshop notes will keep me on track till I book a second course. Money well spent, highly recommended.

  187. Have just enjoyed a super weekend at the intro to watercolours workshop. Sarah is brilliant and is very patient repeating instructions and very hands on if at anytime you get stuck or unsure. I had attended several courses with various tutors and was really confused, and not sure if I could paint everything. I had totally lost confidence and lost oomph to want to even get out my paints. Sarah has restored my confidence and has shown me why unexpected things happen! I can’t wait to get out all my paints again and simplify all the materials I have and get back to basics. The style of painting and teaching – loose and juicy is liberating and allows even a non artist to be expressive. Excellent, could not have been better, definitely want to go again, and learn more. 2 days is just not enough.

  188. Having attended your Full Works Watercolour workshop last week I would like to thank you so much for the inspiration and guidance!

    Basic instruction on brush stroke technique was particularly useful to me as I am self-taught and out of date and know I need to practice that (especially moving from shoulder) to produce the leaf structure you showed so effortlessly! I liked your approach to handling the paint and colour and the way you noted our interests across the group and adapted the agenda to what we had expressed interest in or shortcomings in our knowledge. This is something you must have spent some time working on in preparation for the workshop. It was a very relaxed, constructive and creative environment and I would have no hesitation about coming on another of your workshops, having absorbed and practised what you have already taught us.

  189. A thoroughly enjoyable course in a relaxed and informative style. Thank you for being so supportive Sarah and helping us all move on with understanding watercolour. We all had different experiences of painting but you led us on with lots of ideas and techniques at just the right level. I learnt so much and will definitely ‘have a go’ with watercolours now. It was a lovely atmosphere and the two days just went in a flash. Thank you so much Sarah, I feel inspired.

  190. Sarah thanks for Drawing for Duffers Day.. I learned a lot, as usual and would love to have it as a 2 day course to get even more practice and more helpful tips.The session was very well prepared as usual and well resourced. Can’t wait for the art week in Truro. Please e mail me when you have the date

  191. As a complete novice, Sarah has given me the confidence to start painting. She was so patient and gave clear instruction that works!
    Off to buy the three colours, and one brush that will stand me in good stead to start producing art work for my own pleasure. Many thanks Sarah, hope to come back for a drawing class some time soon.

  192. I attended the Drawing for Duffers day on 11th April. Sarah is inspirational and facilitated me achieving what I thought wasn’t possible. It was a fantastic day during which Sarah gave lots of help and encouragement. I loved it.

  193. Sometimes, all you need is that one good tutor who really sees what you’ve been struggling with, and gives you some clear and specific pointers to make a huge difference, not only to the outcome of that particular piece of work, but to your understanding of how to proceed. Sarah has a special gift as that one good tutor – with all her experience and hard work, she keeps the whole experience exciting, fun and insightful. I feel very grateful, I learnt so much in a few short hours.

  194. Thank you Sarah for creating an amazing day when. I attended your painting from photos workshop in Teigngrace.
    As always you packed the day full of helpful information, hints and tips.
    Your enthusiasm was contagious, the setting was lovely and I left uplifted and full of painting ideas.
    Thank you so much.

  195. Had a really inspiring time at Sarah’s two day course at Teigngrace on 18-19th March 2017 : having not drawn or painted anything for two years I really learned a lot and gained confidence. Booked another course before I left and am looking forward to it immensely. Sarah had a great rapport with all the group : she was very good at demystifying the subject and her enthusiasm was infectious. I would highly recommend her courses to anyone, who like me, really wants to develop their ( in my case very rusty and basic) skills. Brilliant all round!!!

  196. Had another good workshop with Sarah at Teigngrace and came away feeling satisfied and knowing how to paint the essentials from a photograph. As usual Sarah provided everything and with her usual style gave us a lot of encouragement. With notes provided and being able to photo her demos, I’ve got a lot of useful stuff to help in the future. Thanks Sarah.

  197. Sarah thanks so much for the improving your painting in any medium course. It was really inspirational and opened my eyes to so many painting styles. I particularly liked the shade and light section and altering images to give you the painting you want, not just copying someone else’s images.Thanks for the tips at the end about photo cropping and editing on the I pad and phone. Whoever knew you could do that
    Thanks for the serious amount of time you must have spent preparing the course. It was so very professional as always. I am so looking forward to the Drawing for Duffers course as I simply can’t draw and I’m sure the tips will be invaluable. I’ve bought the book you recommended , have done 3 exercises and can understand why it’s so highly thought of. See you on the 11th April

    • It’s always a pleasure to have you on a course, Chris. Yes, you’re right: it did take an age to prepare but it was definitely all worth it. I was really buzzing seeing the results that you all produced. Looking forward to the Drawing Day!

  198. Never been to a workshop before so wasn’t sure what to expect. It was great, lovely people, mixed bunch and felt very relaxed from the beginning. Sarah was really well organised, tea and coffee on arrival! But we didn’t slack. Have been doing water colours for a few years but with no confidence and the course was to improve our water colours. We learned lots of techniques, some things like composition and shading I thought I already knew but didn’t! Thankyou Sarah, I can’t wait to put everything into practice. Irene

    • I laughed when I read that you said you learned things you thought you knew but didn’t! Even I feel like that when I’m teaching!
      It was great to meet you and help you on your art journey. Keep putting it into practise…

  199. I’ve just had 2 wonderful one on one sessions with Sarah and have been amazed at the beautiful results in such a short time. Sarah is a lovely teacher, very welcoming and warm and easy to get on with. I am a complete beginner, having never picked up a brush in my life and Sarah managed to give simple, easy to follow tips and guidelines to enable me to make some paintings to be proud of. It was great to be able to take some time out of a very hectic life to slow down and do something for myself. I found the whole experience very relaxing and therapeutic, even the mixing of the paint and blending of the colours was absorbing in itself and I ended the course feeling refreshed in myself. If you’re thinking of trying this I would advise you to just go for it – you’ll be amazed!

    • Paula,
      It was lovely spending time with you for your one-to-one tuition days at my studio. You picked it up all so quickly: I was most impressed! Hope you’ll be able to carve some time out of your busy schedule to come back and learn even more… Happy Painting!

  200. I have just spent 2 terrific and exhilarating days with Sarah, and a lovely group of people, at the Making Better Paintings workshop. We looked at colour, composition, light and shade and negative space. I loved it even though I found myself well out of my comfort zone at times. I came away with lots of information, delivered with huge enthusiasm by Sarah, lots of ideas, increased confidence and understanding that I am in charge of the painting, not the other way round! I produced a painting in style and use of colour I would never have done before….and best of all the weekend was great fun. Thank you Sarah, I will definitely be back.

    • It was an absolute pleasure to have you on the course, Jane. I don’t know who was more excited about the work you did: you or me!
      I’ll look forward to welcoming you back soon.

  201. Sarah is an inspiration and an amazing teacher, so enthusiastic and passionate about what she does. I have learned so much that I did not know, that I feel will really help me develop as an artist. I cannot recommend her enough! Can’t wait to book my next workshop! Thank you Sarah ????

    • Thankyou for your lovely comments, Helen. You are a real pleasure to teach and I’m really enjoying seeing you grow into the artist that was already there inside.

  202. I recently attended the watercolour workshop on gardens and I really enjoyed it. It was well prepared with all I needed already set up and even my name on my painting board. I was the least experienced in the group but I felt totally relaxed and Sarah was on hand to give advice when it was needed. It was amazing to see that so many colours can be made from only 3 tubes of paint! It is a joy to watch Sarah paint and I would highly recommend doing one of her workshops. The venue was lovely too.

  203. Our second watercolour workshop with Sarah, on depicting Gardens, was an unmitigated success. Held in the picturesque Devon village of Teigngrace, the village hall was an ideal classroom with a relaxed atmosphere, lots of light and space inside and a country garden to study composition and tone outside (and plenty of parking). Once again Sarah’s tutorial skills, energy and enthusiasm inspired and propelled both the more experienced and the novices to produce vibrant paintings – ours (one experienced and one novice) are proudly on display at home! Her impressive watercolour demonstrations, clarity of advice and endless good humour added great value to the day and we left tired, but happy and enlightened. We’re looking forward to our next workshop!

  204. Another wonderful workshop weekend, painting flowers and gardens. Sarah is a brilliant teacher, giving confidence and inspiration.
    I still have the sheet of colour blending from 3colours, done quite a while ago. Each workshop is such fun ,and everyone learns quickly in a lovely atmosphere.
    Look forward to the next one!

  205. I went on the two days flowers and gardens watercolour workshop and absolutely loved it! Sarah is a fantastic teacher and artist and I learned a lot of different tips and techniques. Sarah gives you a thorough hands on demonstration of how to construct a watercolour painting. Would thoroughly recommend her classes to everyone and already have my next one booked! 🙂

  206. I travelled to Devon from Birmingham to attend Sarah’s flowers and gardens workshops …and Wow was it worth it!! Three tubes of paint and a brush,and Sarah produces the most beautiful art. It amazed me how easy she made it look. If you fancy a relaxing day in a lovely friendly atmosphere I urge you to sign up for a workshop, you won’t regret it. Sarah you are a superstar ????

  207. Thank you Sarah.
    Your clever approach to palette and some innovative projects has definitely given me the step change I needed in confidence and enthusiasm for water colour.
    A relaxed and productive 3 days that I would definitely recommend as a beginner or seasoned painter.
    Great fun. Thanks


  208. A really useful and enjoyable day! From the initial colour mixing experiments to painting watercolours of crabs, flowers and landscapes, Sarah demonstrated, inspired and advised us whilst always keeping the tempo that ensured everyone gained in confidence and produced their best pieces on time. Sarah is an acclaimed artist and an excellent teacher. My wife, who has painted since childhood, got a great deal from the day; my one regret was not taking notes to complement our handouts. We certainly hope to attend a specialised workshop in due course; thank you Sarah.

  209. I visited Poldark Country to attend an Art Workshop with the delightful and wonderfully talented Sarah Bell.

    Having thoroughly enjoyed group Water Colour Workshops with Sarah earlier this year I came up with the idea of wanting to paint a picture for my son’s big 40!

    To have one to one tuition with Sarah was extra special as I lacked the confidence whether I could actually carry out the assignment I had set myself.

    Sarah’s encouragement and friendly approach meant that I came away with a painting which I was pleased which was fully mounted, framed and ready to hang on the wall.

    I also gained a huge sense of satisfaction, had fun, and who knows: created a family heirloom?!!

  210. I had the most fantastic day on the Indroduction to Watercolours day. I learnt more in the first hour than I have ever learnt. Sarah is so enthusiastic and talented and she gave me the skills and techniques to be able to produce pictures that I never thought I would ever be able to do.
    Thank you and I am already saving up to come on another course!!

  211. I really enjoyed the Watercolour Taster Day in the Old Bakery Studios in Truro on Saturday. I arrived with enthusiasm but no knowledge or skill and left with even more enthusiasm plus knowledge plus some skills to practice with. The venue is very conducive to creativity, and easily accessible by foot or by car.
    Sarah is a talented teacher and her enthusiasm shines through the well thought out and well structured day.
    Her approach ensured that a newbie like me learned easily and others in the group who had eg 17 years experience also added to their knowledge. I keep looking at my ‘Stormy’ painting and still can’t believe I actually painted it . I lok forward to attending more of Sarah’s workshops in the near future..

  212. The day whizzed by – so many tips on techniques, colours and materials! Sarah provided good quality brushes, paints and paper to work with and showed how easy it was to get started. Sarah made it clear from the start there was no need for expensive outlay! The Old Bakery was a good choice of venue and is easy to get to. Truro made a good base for the weekend with plenty of places to stay and to eat. Next time we will travel by train, as there is need for a car. Sarah is not only a fabulous artist but a great teacher. Amazing value. We wish Sarah every success with her move to Cornwall. Thank you so much x

  213. I recently attended 2 days at Sarah’s beginner Watercolour and Easy flowers workshop in Teigngrace. Colour mixing, brush technique, composition and demonstrations. Sarah is a wonderful teacher and a superb host, helping everyone to be at ease and produce something to be proud of. A very enjoyable weekend – Thank You Sarah

  214. Sarahs’ lessons are a revelation! Whether you are a beginner or more experienced you will be so glad you went. Inspirational, educational and enormous fun, thanks to lovely Sarah.

      • My son and I had 3 of the most delightful days. Sarah showed us a different side to watercolours which was much more user friendly and adaptable. Her lovely bubbly personality coupled with her professionalism and patience inspired us both to go on and do more . During the course I so wanted some of my friends to also experience what we were doing. Painting teachers of Sarah’s calibre are few and far between. I hope she will soon find her niche in and around Truro. I can truly say new students have a treat waiting for them.

  215. Another fabulous workshop with Sarah! Lovely friendly group. Such a pretty setting in Teigngrace and it was a joy to paint flowers and gardens in the tranquil setting. Thank you Sarah picked up more tips and it’s always fascinating to watch you at work. Looking forward to learning more with you in the near future

  216. I was given a beginners watercolour course with Sarah as a gift . Being someone who has never used watercolours and cannot draw I started the day with considerable trepidation . However Sarah’s relaxed , fun ,friendly and passionate approach soon helped my anxiety to reduce . Ended up having a wonderful , inspirational day which I thoroughly enjoyed . I will definitely be back for more , thank you Sarah .

  217. Dear Sarah
    Thanks so much for the first 2 days, of 3 of painting boats and water
    Who knew painting boats was even possible. Add to this the fact that we painted outside and I am flabbergasted.
    Your mastery of the medium, love of colour, especially red, and the ability to pass on this love to others is inspirational
    I can’t wait for tomorrow and the future courses I will do
    Please keep in mind a drawing for duffers day or even two
    Best wishes

  218. A fabulous Beginners Watercolour weekend in early June with Sarah. Her love of watercolour painting is matched by her ability to impart that love to total novices. A bright, bubbly tutor, full of tips and so happy to pass on her knowledge. I can’t wait to do more classes with her.

  219. Thank you Sarah for a wonderful painting holiday in Shaldon.

    The 4 day workshop was fun and relaxed in a beautiful studio with stunning views and great company. Sarah is a patient and inspiring teacher and I was definitely a more confident painter when I left, thanks to Sarah’s encouragement and endless good humour.

    I can’t wait to return !

  220. Relaxed, fun, creative and inspiring. Perfect atmosphere to kindle dormant enthusiasm for observation and creativity with no pressure. Sarah is lovely – and her paintings are refreshingly pure.

  221. Thank you Sarah. A great welcome and very helpful, informative tuition. I did the one-day introductory taster day and followed up with two days ‘Next Steps’. They were a birthday present and one of the best I’ve had.

  222. Sarah is an inspiring teacher reaching everyone in the group at their own level. Her enthusiasm enabled each of us to produce individual work in comfortable and supportive surroundings. It was the perfect course to send you home buzzing with excitement and the desire to paint more, I can’t recommend Sarah highly enough, she is an outstanding tutor. Thank you for a great 2 days.

  223. Thank you for a wonderful two days it was brilliant and I learned loads and was amazed how it is beginning to come together. Looking forward to the next steps in April

  224. Thank you Sarah, I’ve just spent the weekend on a two day watercolour course, not only was it blissful having some ‘me’ time, but the wonderful setting and good company made for wonderfully peaceful learning environment. Sarah has a very calming aura and waves her magic wand, allowing us all to suddenly produce art to be proud of. I would recommend her to all my friends, infact I think Sarah should be prescribed on the NHS!
    P.S Thanks also to Nigel for the very lovely lunches and endless cuppa’s.

  225. What a fun filled, fabulous 2 days on Sarah’s ‘Next Steps to Watercolour’ course. This was a gift to me for Christmas, and to have experienced such wonderful, positive feedback, support and company; that I will never forget, is just magical. I will be sending a card with one of my paintings on it to my son and daughter-in-law as I was truly pleased with it. I have been inspired, thank you Sarah, to continue my painting and have set up a spare room to use whenever I have a few minutes or hours even (already used), and look forward to attending another workshop with Sarah in the near future. (22nd February 2016)

  226. I attended Sarah’s one day Watercolour Taster Day at Sampsons Farm – I had previously tried to learn basic skills from a book. On reflection, I have to say that for a one day course, the outcomes exceeded my expectations. Sarah created a relaxed, friendly and supportive learning environment – perfect for raw beginners who might feel slightly ‘insecure’ about their artistic ability! The course was well structured and followed a natural path from basic colour mixing through to brush technique and practical exercises. To top it all, the food was excellent and coffee and biscuits were served at convenient points throughout the day. My overall assessment of the Watercolour Taster Day is “Excellent.”

  227. I went on the one day Introductory session. The ground covered in a day was amazing.
    If you are at nervous about being ‘the one who can’t paint’ or whatever….don’t be, as the day was fun and relaxing. Go to enjoy yourself — you really will.

  228. My Mum and I had a wonderful time at the recent Taster Watercolour day. The tuition, and patience with us beginners, was second to none. We have come away relaxed and inspired. Thank you Sarah. Excellent lunch also.

  229. Lesley and I have just returned from Sarah’s 2 day introduction to watercolour course. (Lesley’s Christmas present to me). We were both somewhat dubious of our ability to learn this subject, but were amazed how quickly we produced results we were proud of. With Sarah’s enthusiastic and expert tuition we were quickly into ‘sploshing’ paint onto paper. No talent for sketching required, no knowledge of perspective needed, just straight into mixing colours. The whole weekend was a lot of fun. The stay at Samsons was also very enjoyable. Thoroughly recommend this course and staying at Sampsons.

  230. For someone, like me, who didn’t really know where to start or what to do first when it comes to watercolours, Sarah’s 2-day introduction course was perfect. She showed us how we could all get going with a few simple materials, and she gave us the confidence to put brush to paper. Her enthusiasm was infectious, her own artistic skill was wonderful and, with her encouragement and tuition, we were all ‘flying’.

  231. Just spent a memorable weekend with the amazing Sarah Bell, thought I was rubbish with watercolour but with Sarah’s guidance I was able to create lovely pieces of art that I am actually very proud of. We were introduced to the basic techniques of watercolour that any aspiring artist would find invaluable. Sarah has inspired me to keep practicing and develop my skills further.
    I also stayed at Sampsons Farm B&B and could not have received a better welcome, a special mention must go to Luke who went out of his way to make our stay comfortable. The room was clean and comfortable and the breakfast was delicious. For anyone looking to discover their artistic skills, I would recommend the watercolour tuition by Sarah Bell. This was also enhanced by the lovely welcome at Sampson’s Farm B&B.

  232. I have just returned from a great weekend Beginners Course in Watercolours. Believe me – there is safety in numbers! Safety to explore a part of you that might have been previously undiscovered; safety to meet new people and safety to bring home a few pretty good paintings, produced under the expert guidance and encouragement of Sarah. I will be back in May. Thank you!

  233. Just come home from Sarah’s two day beginners water colour workshop. Thank you so much for a very informative and inspirational two days. Can’t believe how much we achieved in two days. Sarah strikes the right balance between informative, instructional, organised and creative.. No time is wasted , confidence is supported and I came away feeling that there is a whole new world waiting for me. And Sarah is such a lovely person. Thank you to Sarah and to the group who I was fortunate enough to share this course with.

  234. Had a thoroughly enjoyable day at Sarah’s watercolour pencils workshop. She is highly organised so that you get the maximum out of the time you have. Inspiring use of these pencils which were a new medium for me. Sarah is a joy to work with, being full of enthusiasm and creativity. I look forward to spending more time at her workshops.
    Many thanks Sarah.

  235. Spent another informative and fun day at Sarah’s watercolour pencil workshop learning how to get the best from what i had previously mainly only used as a crayon and found the WOW factor when used properly. Went home full of lovely ideas for christmas cards and enthusiasm to take them en plein air asap. Thankyou again Sarah.

  236. Recently attended the one day beginners workshop. Slightly apprehensive as never painted since my school days and am not at all artistic. It was really interesting and has given me a good insight into the watercolour world. Sarah is so easy to listen to and inspires you with her passion for painting.

  237. Had a lovely time on the one day watercolour pencil day yesterday. Didn’t realise watercolour pencils produced some fabulous colours and are so versatile. Fabulous day Sarah, you always make things look so easy and explain things so well! We made several Christmas cards and I am goi g to make some more, they look so cute.
    Thank you.
    Look forward to receiving your list of workshops for 2016

  238. Another thoroughly enjoyable workshop with Sarah. Having struggled with water colour pencils in the past , I now feel that I can use them with confidence . In addition I have some wonderful ideas for Christmas cards.Thank you Sarah.

  239. I can highly recommend any course at Sampsons Farm with Sarah Bell. I attended a two day beginners watercolour course with a wonderful group and enjoyed two fun filled days of learning from a fabulous tutor amid much laughter. Enjoyed the workshop so much booked again for a watercolour pencil workshop.

  240. If you’re desperate to paint and have no idea where to start, then Sarah Bell is the tutor for you, and Samson’s Farm is the idyllic location.
    Sarah is a complete delight and her enthusiasm for watercolours is infectious. Our whole group marvelled at their own new found skills with paint and brush, thanks to Sarah’s simple, yet effective techniques.
    Nigel, Luke and the rest of the Samson’s Farm team, made us feel so welcome and served up some scrumptious lunches and spoilt us with afternoon cakes. We had such a good time that we’re already planning our next course. Thank you for a great couple of days.

  241. What a fabulous two day watercolour workshop.!
    On arrival we were greeted with coffee or tea and an opportunity to introduce ourselves.
    I had done some art before but that was donkey’s years ago so felt I wanted to start at beginners level.
    We learnt such a lot from Sarah who is such a natural and talented teacher. She made it fun as well as very imformative. All got individual attention as well as a group.
    The lunch was delicious and time just flew by.
    I was fortunate enough to stay overnight at Sampsons Farm. Hospitality was second to none. I can’t wait to return!!

  242. Going to one of Sarah Bell’s watercolour classes is a revelation. Talk about enthusiasm!!
    I learned more in our two day course than in the last 10 years of trying to paint and I wish I had gone to see her when I first started.
    We learned how to mix paint and more importantly how much to mix and to do it before you start.
    This has changed my life. I was trying to bang a six inch nail in with a toffee hammer.
    Just a few basic, now with hindsight, commonsense rules and I’m off.
    Thanks a million Sarah

    • You do make me laugh, Richard! It was such a pleasure to have you along to the workshop, and that you found it so useful. Thankyou for your own enthusiasm too! Sarah

  243. Spent two fabulous days on Sarah’s two day watercolour workshop, days filled with fun, laughter and learning sooooo many new ways with watercolour, colour and brush control. Inspiring and left filled with new enthusiasm. Looking forward to a journey with watercolour pencils early in December. Thankyou very much Sarah.

  244. Thanks for your lovely comments, everyone! One of the things I love the most is to share my skills and enthusiasm for art with my students. “If you love something pass it on,” I think….

  245. Two weeks since I did the beginners Watercolour Workshop and I’m still trying to ‘come down’! I couldn’t have picked a better place to start what hopefully will be a journey into the world of Art. (Have been into photography for the past 15 years and fancied a change!) It was all magic to me and Sarah was like a magician. One brush, 3 colours and voila. Brilliant. I’m now stocked up with ‘numerous’ supplies and ready to practice, practice, practice.

    Thank you Sarah, look forward to our next meeting… after a bit more practice! x

    • What lovely comments, Kathy. Sorry it’s taken me so long to reply. Are you still doing lots of painting?
      Have a good summer,

  246. We had the most enjoyable and instructive two days learning to draw. Sarah you
    are an excellent teacher.

  247. As a total beginner with no experience of painting or drawing, but looking for a way to de stress , I have just returned from a fabulous 3 days with Sarah. Her teaching was inspirational, even I managed to produce something my family thought wasn’t too bad! As a primary head teacher I wish all my staff could have this experience. As an inspector I’d rate the teaching as outstanding. A fantastic experience, I’m already booked for the next school holiday!

  248. I came to the workshop as a total novice and had a really inspiring day, learning the basics of watercolour painting. Sarah is a wonderful teacher, making it fun as well as educational. I shall certainly persevere and hope to come to more workshops in the future.

  249. Spent an amazing day with a wonderful group of people attending “watercolours for beginners”. Under the very skilful guidance of Sarah. Who’d have thought so many colours could be made by mixing and blending just 3 colours. We were made to feel at ease straight away, having fantastic, clear instructions and some fab demos. After a day of fun and laughter and wonderful tuition I managed to produce a piece of art work that I was proud to take home ( even if the family did ask, “did you really do that?).
    Also well looked after by Nigel and his staff.
    Thank you, I will be back with friends next time.

  250. This was my first workshop in water colour for beginners, it was exactly what I needed. Sarah made it look so easy but achievable. her teaching style is comfortable, friendly and professional. Overall a very rewarding day.

  251. Wow! what a fantastic day. I Went on beginners workshop….. beginner is putting it mildly!
    Sarah made it so easy to understand the wonderful principles of watercolor painting! To my amazement I managed to complete a reasonable picture of cherry blossom!
    I shall defiantly be going again to find out more about this wonderful medium of art.
    Thank you so much Sarah, what an amazing teacher!
    Not forgetting the wonderful food from Nigel and staff….. thank you!
    Seni xx

  252. I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘watercolours for beginners’ workshop. Plenty of learning with brilliant tutoring, combined with fun and practical exercises. I was very happy with the results at the end of the day and very much enjoyed the tasty lunch and plentiful teas and coffees too! Highly recommended and looking forward to my next workshop.

  253. It was inspirational! Sarah demonstrated different techniques and made it all look so easy. She spent time with everyone, building their confidence. With each new technique there was a handout explaining all the details (useful at home). We talked of composition, form and colour with the helpful eye of our tutor, who was genuinely pleased with our attempts. I have signed up for another session.

  254. The day started in Sampsons Restaurant over morning coffee. It gave us all a chance to relax, which was very reassuring. Sarah put everyone at ease with her lovely, bubbly personality. Sarah’s instruction was very clear, and backed up with well prepared notes for everyone. In the afternoon, the full extent of Sarah’s experience and expertise became apparent. She seemed to find almost unlimited time for each of us, coming round regularly to offer help and support. There was no pressure, yet I was constantly aware that I was learning. It was very therapeutic. I’ve already booked another course.

  255. What a fantastic workshop! I attended the 2 day Watercolours for Beginners course and have been wonderfully inspired. Sarah is a brilliant tutor and explains everything so clearly. I was amazed at the pictures I produced over the two days. We were a group of seven and all got on so well, it was a lovely way to learn. Will definitely be on another course in the near future. Thanks Sarah
    (13/06/2013 12:43)

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