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. Please see our accommodation page. For a full list of hotels and guest houses, please contact us. 



En plein air workshops benefit from our beautiful coastline, just three minutes' walk from the studio. 



Studio-based workshops are held in our light and spacious studio. The space is well equipped with studio easels, drawing boards etc. 




Below is our current list of forthcoming 2021 workshops at EDAA.

Please contact us if you would like further details or to book. 

If a workshop is marked as full, it is always worth contacting us in case a place becomes available last minute. 


Numbers in workshops will be limited to 10 participants per workshop to allow for social distancing. 

Life sessions will be limited to six participants.                                   At present materials will not be provided.                                              Please bring your own paints, paper, boards, brushes, water pots and palettes etc. These can be purchased at the art shop opposite us. South West Art Materials.

Easles and drawing boards will still be provided. Extra hygiene will be in place. Tables will be 2m apart.

For those who are unsure about working in a group we have three separate studio spaces. These need to be booked in advance.

For further details of our health and safety measures, please contact us. 








Chris Forsey RI.                                18th to 20th March 2021.

Expressive Mixed Media Landscapes.                                          A chance to learn from this well-known artist. Create expressive landscapes in water-based media on this three-day workshop.  


One place left. 


James Tatum SWAc.                            10th & 11th April 2021.                        The Landscape as Power and Emotion. 

This workshop is designed to show students how to use a 3-step process to produce more powerful, exciting and coherent landscape paintings.  Learn how to use the basic tools of structure, composition, space, tone and colour.  £120.


Catherine Osbond.                      22nd & 23rd April 2021.  Beginners Seascape painting in Acrylics.

A two day workshop designed for beginners and those who wish to develop their skills.

Composition, palette knife work, brush work, various ways to use acrylics and some colour mixing will be covered.

£120 for two days. 


Stephie Butler ASWA.        Wildlife Portraits in Watercolour and Liquid Charcoal.                                6th & 7th May 2021.  

Learn how to paint animal portraits in watercolour and liquid charcoal full of colour with an impressionistic feel from this well-known artist. £170.        


Stephie Butler ASWA.                              Portraits in Watercolour and Liquid Charcoal.   

8th & 9th May 2021 

                                                    Learn how to paint portraits in watercolour and liquid charcoal with an impressionistic feel from this well-known artist. Stephie will share how to portray feelings and emotions in your work making it unique. £170.


Catherine Osbond.                  Expressive Portraits.                  Dates TBA. 

Learn how to create accurate and expressive portraits. Either children or adults. Designed for those with some experience who which to develop their skills. Students to work in the media of their choice. Demonstrations will be in acrylic and oils.   

£120 for two days. Includes model fees. 



Catherine Osbond.                        Mixed Media.                              Dates TBA.                                   An exciting three-day workshop where you will have a chance to experiment with a wide range of materials. Creating interesting surfaces, different paint applications, use of various combinations of materials will be covered. Composition, use of tone, colour and texture will be covered. An expressive and experimental approach to land and seascape painting. £120 for three days. 



Catherine Osbond                              Dates TBA                                         Life Drawing and Painting in Mixed Media.                                    An exciting two-day workshop using a combination of a traditional and contemporary approach to life drawing and painting. Creating different paint surfaces and an experimental approach using mixed media will be the focus of this workshop. £120 for two days. Includes life model costs. 

Steve Hall.                Watercolour Landscapes.    15th to 17th June 2021.

Learn from this popular and well-known watercolour artist. With a mixture of demonstrations, en plein air and studio work, Steve will guide you through the completion of two paintings per day.   £180 for three days.


Jenny Aitken.                                        29th & 30th June 2021.

Seascapes in Acrylic and Oil.             Jenny aims to provide thoroughly informative teaching, with the overriding goal of people enjoying themselves! She wants people to feel encouraged, enabled and challenged by the courses she runs. The workshop will include tonal work, colour work, brushwork and plenty of practical teaching tips and explanation throughout.

Jenny is renowned for her expressive seascapes, landscapes and still life.        £170 for two days.


Roger Dellar ROI.  3rd to 5th July 2021 Plein Air Painting in Oils.                         Paint landscapes in oils with this acclaimed artist. Composition, colour mixing, and paint handling will be dealt with as well as the importance of good brushwork. £195 for three days. 

One place left.

Chris Forsey RI                          21st to 23rd July 2021.

Expressive Mixed Media Landscapes.                                    A chance to learn from this well-known artist. Create expressive landscapes in water-based media on this three-day workshop.  



Soraya French.                                  Expressive Mixed Media.

17th & 18th August 2021.                 Learn from this renowned mixed media artist. Create exciting flower paintings and beach scenes with or without people, in mixed media. Some materials included. £195.


Grahame Booth.                           Watercolour Landscapes and Townscapes.                                 23rd to 26th August 2021.     Learn how to create a fresh lively watercolour by using confident bold brushstrokes to choose a main focal point while simplifying the rest of the subject. Includes Plein Air painting in and around the beautiful coastal town                                                                 of Sidmouth.

                                                               £260 for four days.




Hashim Akib. 

Positive Painting with Acrylics.

4th & 5th September 2021.


Exploring and learning painting techniques is just part of fulfilling your potential as an artist, the other is to nurture confidence and positive thinking. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of painting with acrylics including ways of improving your mindset when tackling different themes.

You will learn direct painting with large flat brushes, the stages of blocking in, defining and finishing without fussing. There will be lots of tips on using tones and colour mixing.

We will also cover various subjects, including seascapes, landscape, still life and something figurative, with plenty of short demos and one to ones to guide you.

This course will be suitable for beginners and advanced. £170. 


Please see his website for examples of his work.


 Kevin Scully.                                         A Step Away from Realism in Oils or   Acrylic.

 16th & 17th September 2021. 


On this workshop we will explore that area of painting where the image is still just recognizable without being too literal. We will create work that is both enigmatic and atmospheric by taking those first steps in resisting the temptation to paint exactly what we see in a mix of studio and en plein air work - dependent on the weather! £150 for 2 days.


Jake Winkle.

The Colours of Venice. Watercolour.                      20th October.


Learn how to paint Venice scenes with this well-known and popular artist.        £80.



Jake Winkle.

Flowers in Watercolour.                 21st October.

Learn how to paint flowers with this well-known and popular artist              £80.





Jake Winkle.

Animals in Watercolour.

22nd October. 


Learn how to paint animals with this 

well-known and popular artist.



Catherine Osbond.

Abstraction of the Human Form. Date TBA.


In this workshop we shall be looking at ways to create abstraction of figures. We shall study ways of simplifying images into a series of shapes that still suggest the form.

Some knowledge of figure drawing or painting would be useful.

Not suitable for beginners. 

Work will be from photos. 

£100 for two days. 

Hannah Twine.

Improve your Human & Animal Portraits.

Dates TBA

                                                                                         Classically trained artist Hannah 

Twine will be guiding you through

how to create sensitive and impactful portraits.  Suitable for all levels and designed to give confidence. Learn how to create realistic eyes, fur, hair & flesh tones with her 'less is more' approach and sight techniques used by the Old Masters. £180 for three days. Includes model fees.




Catherine Osbond.

Watercolour for Beginners.

Dates TBA.


Learn the fundamentals of watercolour painting in this one day workshop. 

Various washes, brush techniques, texural techniques, use of tone and colour will all be covered. 



Catherine Osbond.

Drawing for Beginners.

Dates TBA. 

Learn the basics of drawing in this two day workshop.

Composition, use of shape, line, tone and texture will all be covered. 

£100 for two days. 




We have many more exciting workshops to come in 2021.

If you would like to be notified of these, please contact us.