The Academy

Welcome to East Devon Art Academy                                         Old Fore Street, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8LS

We are an art school based in the coastal town of Sidmouth.                               We provide weekly classes suitable for absolute beginners through to experienced painters.                                                                                               In addition we host one to five day workshops in a wide range of media for artists of all abilities. These are taught by top nationally and internationally renowned visiting artists. Please see our Workshops page for an up to date listing.   Please see our Tutors Page for more information about our tutors.                                                                                                                                            In the summer months we run a Summer School over several weeks. 


WORKSHOPS HAVE STARTED AGAIN.                                                                        For details please see our workshops page. 




Beginners classes will start back in November. 

Young Students classes will start back in 2021.

Life Sessions will start up again in 2021.  



Class and workshop sizes will be reduced to a maximum of ten participants. Some classes will have  a maximum of six participants.  

Extra health and safety measures are in place. 


We have three separate studio spaces where students can work away from others if they wish. These need to be booked. 

Please let us know when booking a workshop if you would like a separate studio space. 



  • Weekly classes are held in Sidmouth.
  • Workshops are held at our large dedicated art studio in Sidmouth, a coastal location in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Top well-known visiting artists and tutors regular host workshops for us. Please see the Tutors page or Tutor's websites for examples of their work. 
  • Please see the Workshops Page for dates and details. 
  • Our aim is to develop each student's individual artistic potential.
  • Flexible courses to cater for individual needs.
  • Professional tuition is given in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
  • Experienced and professional residential tutors. Please see the Tutors page for examples of their work. 
  • Personalised gift vouchers are available.                                                                                                                                                                      Please contact us at                                    or on                                                                                              01395 516284





East Devon Art Academy hosts its classes and workshops in its spacious, light studio based in the heart of Sidmouth, just a few minutes' walk from spectacular coastline. This is a dedicated studio which is well equipped for all types of drawing and painting. We have several experienced residential tutors plus well-known visiting artists and tutors. Exhibitions are held during the summer. 


Catherine Osbond. 'Best Buddies'.


We shall be holding an exhibition of work achieved by students during this isolation period. We are organising this in conjunction with South West Art. 

The exhibition will be held at East Devon Art Academy and South West Art, both in 

Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LS. 




The physical exhibition will be held at East Devon Art Academy and also South West Art Materials from           5th to 8th November 2020.                                             Times 10am to 4pm each day.



10am to 5pm each day. Closed Sundays. 


Visitors since 30/10/2012