A Painting Holiday Course in beautiful Devon, visiting and painting beautiful landscapes/gardens. In May trees and fields in the landscape retain their spring freshness, azaleas, peonies and many shrubs in the gardens reach a peak of flowering and roses and herbaceous borders are all beginning to bloom. This is a studio and outdoor based course which introduces and practices skills which will help you to create successful paintings. We aim for at least two full days out in beautiful gardens of the area, which offer a choice of individual garden areas or more distant scenes to use as inspiration for sketching and painting. The timetable runs from Saturday evening to Friday morning, with one free afternoon for you to explore the local area. There is time to learn skills for working outdoors and composing a picture, with a gradual introduction to working from outdoor subjects. We will cover sketching, tonal values and composition, negative painting and colour mixing. Students bring their preferred choice of painting medium and receive individual advice on use of materials and painting skills; you may wish to use the opportunity to try out a new medium with a tutor to guide you.