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4th - 8th September 2017: 5 Days Painting on Location in Shropshire (FULLY BOOKED)


The more I travel, the more I appreciate coming home to lovely Shropshire. The painting possibilities here seem endless, and there are certain times of the year when I find myself very sad to be packing a bag and heading off somewhere else to paint or teach. This is especially true at harvest time, I love watching the industrious gathering of crops and the warm colours changing each day. So this year, I've decided to stay at home, and share some of the secrets of this 'forgotten county' with a group of up to 10 people.   

Shropshire's rolling hills, deep river valleys and medieval market towns will be the location for our 5 days of painting on location. Join us at harvest time as we explore one of England's most beautiful and best kept secrets. With it's diverse landscape and wealth of historic buildings, we will base our week around Ludlow and Church Stretton, using the lovely Westhope College as our base.

Course options

There are Residential and Non-residential options for this course. 

Non-residential: £250

Residential fee: £495

Fee includes 5 days tuition and, for residents, 5 nights B+B at Westhope College. 


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Our location

WhereWesthope College, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9JL

Former home to the Dyer family, Westhope has gradually been converted into a unique and characterful environment. Filled with beautiful handcrafts and textiles, it is an inspiring place to use as our base. We will begin and end our week at Westhope, and it will provide us with welcome refuge in case of bad weather throughout the week. 

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Residential option

For participants travelling from further afield, we can offer B+B accommodation at the college too. From Sunday 3rd Sept until Friday morning, residents will be able to enjoy staying at Westhope College and the beautiful grounds. 

Bedroom at Westhope College

Bedroom at Westhope College

Westhope, Shropshire and the beautiful areas all around

The area: We will be spoilt for choice in this part of Shropshire with so many beautiful towns and villages nearby. We are just a stone's throw from the picturesque Church Stretton with breathtaking views of Cardingmill Valley and the Long Mynd on our doorstep.

The medieval market town of Ludlow is just ten minutes away. Stunning architecture, the castle and river will provide a broad range of subjects for us, and the many cafes, restaurants and pubs will ensure that we are never short of refreshments.   

5 Day Itinerary in the Shropshire hills and towns

Each day we will gather in a different location. Arrangement for parking and travel will be made in advance so that we can easily meet up and get started in the mornings.

We will select a diverse range of locations to accommodate a breadth of styles and preferences within the group. From wide open landscapes to intimate villages, we will find something different each day, all with the lovely back-drop of Shropshire at harvest time.


Course Activities

We will begin with workshops and demonstrations of the specific techniques and approaches used when painting on location. Each day will focus on a different location and aspect of painting ‘en plein air’. We will study composition choices, the use of colour, brushwork and how to create focal areas in our work.

In case of poor weather we have arranged for the use of the classrooms at Westhope College.


A full list of required equipment will be issued upon receipt of your booking.

To book: Click here to make a booking enquiry


Please book quickly to avoid disappointment!