Each time I have come back from Coombe Farm people have seen my work and said “wow you must have had a good time”  which says as much about Coombe as it does me.  And I have sold all of the work!  So thanks to all of you and I’m very much looking forward to next year.

Keith Pattison – Coombe student

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Earth coloured paints squeezed out to demonstrate colour hues


We run residential courses year-round in painting, printmaking and ceramics. Non residential places are also availble. All our tutors are professional artists who make a living from their art, and whilst each of them have heir own style of teaching, collectively they're characterised by a passion for sharing their skills and demystifying the creative process through daily demonstrations.
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Lauren's gorgeous pear dessert at Coombe

The Experience

A Coombe course focuses on the sharing of skills and techniques so you can advance you skills significantly at whatever level you are. It's also about great food, good company, fantastic locations and a relaxed and friendly environment. Courses run year-round with each season providing its own unique atmosphere. The summer is our busier season when courses tend to be full and the warmer weather means lots of courses make use of fantastic locations nearby. The autumn and spring seasons are quieter with a focus on atmosphere, light, colour & studio/workshop based work by the warmth of the log burner
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Paul Riley 'The Magic of Watercolour Flowers' book cover
Lead tutor Paul Riley will have a new book published this summer (June) The Magic of Watercolour Flowers, an update of his bestselling books Flower Painting, Intimate Landscapes and The Watercolour Workshop. The book is a lush guide to a favorite medium and a popular topic that will delight aspiring artists. Not only does acclaimed painter Paul Riley demonstrate the basics of producing colorful, vibrant florals, he also reveals how to use special effects, collage, and textural techniques to enhance mood, create interesting compositions, and take advantage of watercolor's natural translucency. Step-by-step paintings plus tips and techniques throughout make this an accessible introduction for the beginner, and a fascinating section shows how to combine imaginative decorated still-life objects with flowers. A special course has been designed to accompany the book, launching this September by the same title. Click here to view the The Magic Of Watercolour Flowers course details.
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Lauren Hill Yoga instructor Coombe
Coombe is a rural retreat centre which grows creativity in all it's guises. For over 30 years it has run art courses and retreats and during those years we have also delighted in hosting a range of other actiity including Yoga. We now pleased to be running a regular drop in class (run by Lauren Hill in the spring and summer months and by Gemma Mallol in the Autumn & Winter) and a week-long retreat with Gemma this September.
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Pink and red roller and glass

Studio Collective

Are you an artist living near to Coombe? Are you looking for access to a pottery or printworkshop and a creative community? The Coombe Collective is a new initiative linking together professional aritsts in the area and making our workshops available to practicing artists to make work and/or explore new art forms.
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Pottery class with Laurel Keeley at Coombe Farm Studios

Studios & Gallery

Our studios are located around the central courtyard, within a few yards from our accommodation. They include a large light filled painting studio, a print workshop, a pottery and a jewellery workshop.
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