Workshops are run by resident artists and internationally renowned artists. These are held regularly at East Devon Art Academy, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LS. 


During the Summer School, which runs in July and August, workshops and short courses will be held Monday - Saturday.


There is plenty of local accommodation in Sidmouth. For a full list of hotels and guest houses, please contact us. 

New workshops are regularly arranged. If you wish to be put on our mailing list so you are alerted to new workshops, please contact us at 






Please contact us for dates. 

Life Drawing.


Tutored sessions are also held.


Drop in untutored life drawing sessions are held regularly. Please contact us for details. 

£8 for

3 hours. £15 all day. 








Sat 28th January 2017 


Jo Turner

This one day workshop offers experienced guidance and instruction for beginners or those with some calligraphy experience wishing to learn the basics of the Italic script using a broad edge nib. In anticipation of Valentine’s Day the goal will be to produce a few words on a card, elegantly written using your new skills.      Visit for more information about Jo’s work. £35.







23rd Feb 2017

Watercolour – Fast and Free.

Tutor:    John Hoar. 

 Learn how to paint in watercolour and ink and wash with this internationally well-known artist.








20th & 21st April 2017.          

Sky, Sea, Land and Life!

Expressive Acrylics.


Glyn Macey

A chance to learn from the well-known Cornish artist Glyn Macey. Glyn is renowned for his colourful, expressive landscapes in acrylics. Please see his website for examples of his work.

£120 for two days.



4th & 5th May

Plein Air Painting in Oils.                 Roger Dellar ROI

Paint landscapes in oils with this acclaimed artist. Painting will be en-situ unless weather precludes. Composition, colour mixing and paint handling will be dealt with as well as the importance of good brushwork.


£120 for two days.

13th & 14th May 2017

Sketching Techniques in Pencil, Pen and Wash.


Paul Weaver.

Sketching is the perfect way of gathering ideas for possible painting subjects, exploring compositions as well as practicing and refining your drawing skills generally. This two day workshop will focus on developing confidence in sketching from observation using pencil techniques followed by sketching in pen, ink and watercolour. Subjects will include buildings, figures and the coastal landscape.


£95 for two days




8th, 9th & 10th June

Landscapes in Watercolour.


David Bellamy.  


Paint in watercolours with this popular and well-known artist. Painting will be a mix of en-situ studies and studio work.


£160 for three days.

15th - 17th June 2017. 

Towards Abstraction - Colour Texture and Pattern.

Mixed Media.


Laura Reiter 

This three day course will be an adventure in mixed media.  From various starting points ranging from still life objects, landscape and imaginary beginnings students will be encouraged to be experimental and have fun with a variety of materials.  These will include watercolours, acrylics, pastels, collage and simple printing.

£160 for three days. Some materials provided.
Thursday 27th & Friday 28th July.

The Landscape as Power and Emotion.


James Tatum. 

This workshop is designed to show the students how to produce powerful, exciting, emotive and coherent landscape paintings.  You will learn how to use the basic tools of structure, composition, space, tone and colour in a 3 step process.

This workshop will be a mix of en plein air studies and studio work.


1st & 2nd August 2017 



Expressive Landscapes in Water-based Mixed Media.

Chris Forsey

Learn how to paint expressive land and seascapes in water-based mixed media with this well-known artist. 


£120 for two days. 



3rd & 4th August

Expressive Landscapes in Water-based Mixed Media.

Chris Forsey

Learn how to paint expressive land and seascapes in water-based mixed media with this well-known artist. 


£120 for two days.



14th & 15th August   

Favell Bevan-Arti 

Drawing for Beginners

£110 for two days. 
16th August 

Favell Bevan-Arti 


Pastels £55 

17th & 18th August          

Matt Culmer 

Oils.  £110 for two days 

23rd & 24th August

Soraya French. Mixed Media.

Painting Flowers and Beach Scenes with Figures.


A chance to learn from the well-known artist Soraya French.

Soraya is renowned for her colourful, expressive work in acrylics. She works from a wide variety of subject matter including flowers, people and landscapes.

£120 for two days.

2nd and 3rd September 

Stephie Butler ASWA.

Expressive Portraits in watercolour.

Learn how to paint portraits in watercolour full of colour with an impressionistic feel from this well-known artist.                               Stephie will share how to portray feelings and emotions in your work making it unique.


£120 for two days
5th & 6th Sept 

Catherine Osbond 


Watercolour and Mixed Media 

£40 per day. 
7th & 8th September  Catherine Osbond 

The Figure in Mixed Media.

£85 for two days. 
11th & 12th September 

Hashim Akib.

Vibrant Acrylics

A chance to learn from the well-known artist Hashim Akib. Hashim is renowned for his colourful, expressive work in acrylics. He works from a wide varity of subject matter including landscapes, people and urban landscapes. 

£120 for two days.
4th - 6th October 2017

Francesco Fontana


Details to follow.  £295     for 3 days.   

2nd Nov 2017


Jake Winkle


Details to come.  £60
9th Nov  John Hoar   



10th -12th July 2018

 Haidee-Jo Summers TBA                              


Details to come.


30th & 31st July 2018  Chris Forsey   £120


Thomas W Schaller TBA





Gareth Edwards  

  • Watercolour Techniques. A workshop looking at various artists' work, how they compose pictures, use of colour and various watercolour techniques.
  • Acrylics Workshop. Acrylics are an extremely versatile medium. Come along to discover many of the ways that acrylics can be used, from using thick impasto techniques to more delicate applications such as glazing and scumbling. Brush work, palette knife work and colour mixing also covered.  
  • Drawing for Beginners. A workshop designed for absolute beginners. You will be taken through the inital steps required to put you on the right path to developing your drawing skills. 
  • Drawing Masterclass. A chance to develop your drawing skills. We shall be looking at various approaches to drawing and will experiment with different media to achieve exciting effects. 
  • Experimental Watercolour. A lively approach to watercolour painting. A chance to explore different ways to apply paint, various masking methods, use of texture and working dark to light. An opportunity to also use different surfaces. Use of inks also incorporated.  
  • Figure Drawing. A chance to learn to draw the human figure working from a clothed model. Traditional drawing skills covered, such as measuring techniques, proportion, use of line, tone and form. 
  • Inks and Watercolour. A chance to experiment with using watercolour and inks together. Includes pen and wash. 
  • Inktense Pencils. A chance to try out Inktense pencils and blocks. A very versatile and interesting form of using inks. 
  • Life Classes. An opportunity to work from a professional life model. Traditional drawing skills taught, including various types of measuring, use of life, tone and form. An excellent way to improve your drawing skills. 
  • Mixed Media. Several workshops are available which allow you to incorporate various combinations of media. Various tutors. 
  • Pastels Workshop. Learn to use pastel in various ways, such as use of line, use of colour, blending and different surfaces. 
  • Pen and Wash. A half day workshop where you will learn various ways to use pen and wash. Use of alternative ways to apply ink line will also be covered. 
  • Portrait Drawing. Learn various traditional drawing skills working from a portrait model. Use of measuring, proportion, line and tone will be covered. 
  • Printing. Various types of print making are taught in different workshops. Choose from silk screen printing, lino, block printing and mono-printing. 
  • Sketching the Landscape. Learn various quick methods of sketching the landscape. Different drawing materials will be used such as graphite pencils, charcoal and conte. Some use of soluble pencils also covered. 
  • Watercolour for Beginners. A chance to start from the very beginning with watercolour. Use of washes, brush techniques, colour mixing and masking techniques will be taught.