Both of the summer schools encourage the individual to work on location and in the studio. Depending on the weather, you will usually start the week outside (which Alison will guide you through) sketching and taking photographs. In the middle of the week you will be in the studio experimenting with techniques, working towards the end of the week to produce a final piece or pieces.
Light snacks will be available and special diets catered for.
Watercolour Summer School: The River Stour August 7th - 11th, 10.00 - 14.30
Exploring the river bank at a location near the studio, we will concentrate on traditional techniques with a contemporary twist. Beginners to location painting are very welcome!
Downend Farm Studio is situated in the beautiful Dorset landscape and surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with views towards Hod and Hambledon Hills. The studio is self contained, purpose-built and fully equipped with the following amenities:
- Spacious workspace with plenty of natural light
- Kitchen area with drinks facilities
- Ample parking
- Level access
- A basic materials kit for each student supplied at each session
- Enclosed garden
- Easy to find location
Class and workshop Information:
Refreshments are provided in all of Alison’s classes and workshops. Here at Downend Farm Studio we believe in decent coffee, tea in a teapot and proper biscuits. If you are coming for the day, we suggest you bring a packed lunch which can be kept in our fridge if it needs to remain cool.
Small class sizes ensure you will get personal attention while enjoying the comaraderie of a group. Alison is passionate about encouragement through experimentation, with a light-hearted approach.
Sign up for any classes or workshops and you will also receive:
- Advice from Alison C. Board outside of lesson time.
- Access to a wide range of royalty free images during your time at Downend Farm Studio, via paper copies and exclusive Internet links.
- A supportive and encouraging environment to improve your hobby.
- An opportunity to join in social events and open studio days.
Alison recommends two B&B’s, although there are plenty in the area to choose from and can be suggested by calling the local Tourist Information Centre on 01258 454770.
Peveril House Bed & Breakfast: http://www.dorset-bed-and-breakfast.co.uk
St. Leonards Farmhouse: www.stleonardsbandb-blandford.co.uk
There is also a well equipped park on the farm adjacent to Downend Farm:
Bushes Farm Caravan Park: www.bushesfarmcaravanpark.co.uk
What do I bring?
Alison and Downend Farm Studio supply a comprehensivselection of materials for each class member to use everytime they come to a session. This saves you carrying bags of equipment and not knowing what to expect. There are small amounts of equipment we anticipate you would like to bring yourselves such as paints and paper, because they will be personal to each individual, but each class/workshop has an equipment list which you can download from Alison’s website: http://www.alisoncboard-fineart.co.uk/section827294.html
At the studio you will find:
Drawing board (lightweight approx 17x13 inches)
Drawing board rest
Pencil/graphite stick/mechanical pencil
Plastic eraser & putty eraser
Ruler – plastic and/or safety
Flexible water pot
Watercolour brushes (Sable/synthetic mix round size 12, medium nylon sizes 6 or 8, 10 and a rigger)
Small plastic palette
Sketching pens, both water soluble and waterproof
Bindex/Gesso/Modelling Paste/Sand/Watercolour Ground/Acrylic