Brambles Art Retreat
Be inspired, love to paint.
Brambles, Sprytown, Lifton, Devon, PL16 0AY
Tel: 01566784359 email: janet@bramblesartretreat.com

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Come and paint with us in 2016 in our 13th year of business.
Enjoy painting break at great locations in the UK and abroad.

News!!!! In 2016 we are taking a break from hosting course at our home in Devon.
We are hosting courses out and about in beautiful locations in the UK and abroad.
With our experience and expertise you can enjoy our courses in great locations.

We were recently featured as one of the top ten retreats on the Guardian travel website!!!

"Newest location!" The Mill House - Yorkshire. 2nd - 9th September 2016

On the edge of the North York Moors. Sixteen miles north of York.
A dramatic building as a base, with a swimming pool, all set in pretty grounds.
Very well situated for dramatic moorland landscape, the beautiful city of York and much more.
More info on our Yorkshire page.

Painting in Paris - March 16th - March 20th 2016.

Take the opportunity on this " 4 day city break" to sketch and paint in the iconic city of Paris.
A four night pre Easter break staying at a central Paris hotel. Travel by *Eurostar from London.
All media, two tutors - more info on our Paris page.


We will be returning to Venice in April 2016.

After such a great trip in March 2015 we are hooked and want to paint
the beautiful sights of Venice again. Seven days in the heart of Venice,
accommodation at Hotel Anastasia, only minutes walk from St Marks Square.
A painting vista at every turn.
More info on our Venice page.


One room left"
Another exciting new location in Cornwall - Prussia Cove.

Staying in a group of cottages on a private estate, with access to local beaches,
and the rugged coastline. Close to St Michaels mount, Penzance, St Ives and more.
More info on our Prussia Cove page.


"Sorry we are already full - The Isle of Skye!"

A very exciting new location for July 2016
is at Elgol on the Isle of Skye!!
With stunning views of Rhum, a perfect place to paint.
More info on our Skye page.
Photo by Sarah Broun

"One room left! Kassiopi - Corfu"
One of our favourite painting holidays on the Greek island of Corfu.
24th September - 8th October, a late summer painting getaway.
Whether seacapes, beautiful buildings, wild flower meadows or stunning hill sides,
Corfu has it all.
More info on our Corfu page.


The Magical colours of Morocco!

16th October - 25th October, painting in Marrakech and Essaouira.
join us on our fourth trip to Morocco. Soak up the colours, smell the spices.
Experience the culture and lifestyle of Morocco. Stay in the walled Medina.
More info on our Moroccan page.


The ethos and history of Brambles.
"Our ambition was to set up a retreat for those who love to paint."

Peter Davies and Janet Brady started Brambles Art Retreat 12 years ago.

They found a beautiful cottage deep in the Devonshire countryside, hidden away in the tiny
hamlet of Sprytown. Inspired to paint by the beautiful surroundings and relaxed pace, they
opened an Art Retreat. A place to unwind in an idyllic setting where you can indulge your

After establishing a strong base in Devon, they confidently hosted courses in several other
countries. They have an eye for finding characterful accommodation, anything from a rambling
17th century French Chateaux, set in several acres of ancient gardens, to an Indian homestead
perched on the side of a mountain in the Himalayas.Luxury accommodation close to the hub of interest.
Their trips immerse you in the culture of the country, exploring cultural events and historic
monuments. Painting and sketching in beautiful locations, exploring the character of the country
and capturing it on canvas and paper.
With Brambles you can learn to draw and paint, anything from the fundamentals to more challenging
aspects of life drawing and abstract painting.

The advantage of two tutors.
Janet's first love was Watercolour, her speciality dramatic landscapes in rich deep colours
achieved by using only transparent paints. Having developed her own semi-abstract work inpired by
Dartmoor she also teaches acrylic using a palette knife.

Peter teaches oil and acrylic courses, and particularly enjoys painting still life. He also
paints nudes in oil. He teaches all areas of drawing and enjoys pen and wash with watersoluable
graphite and is highly skilled with charcoal.
Their courses allow you can try out more experimental painting using mixed media, recycled materials,
anything goes.

They offer a broad spectrum of art courses in a wide range of media, and often two courses run along
side each other so you can try different media during the course.
With two tutors and small classes there's plenty of 'one to one' tuition and demos.

Guest comment - August 2015
"I did so enjoy the painting holiday, the tuition, your wonderful hospitality, the great company and the
relaxed atmosphere which all added up to one of the best holidays I've had for a long time.
Thank you both so much."Janet from Derby.

Acrylic painting by tutor Peter Daives Acrylic painting by tutor Janet Brady Oil painting by Peter Daives

Take time to smell the roses.

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