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


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COURSES 2016

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!!!! we are not hosting courses at our home in Devon in 2016. News!!!!
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 several great locations.




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



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Another fabulous location - Trebarwith Strand - On the North Cornwall coast.

Painting the rugged north Cornwall coastline, based at the fabulous Port William pub, Trebarwith Strand.
Dates: Nov 12th - Nov 18th 2016 - 6 nights stay, painting stunning location and amazing sunsets.
Single painter *1295.00, two painters sharing, *1100 per person, non painters *750.00.
For more info email: janet@bramblesartretreat.com
*All prices are quoted in pounds sterling.




Painting at the beautiful villa Ancona in Tuscany - 7 nights 27th August - 3rd Sept 2016 - Now Full

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All breakfasts, lunch when at the villa, wine tasting with lunch, Olive oil factory with lunch.
A day trip to Florence, six authentic Italian evening meals with wine.
Two tutors Janet Brady and Peter Davies, paint in any media, all levels and non painters welcome.
7 places as we prefer small groups. Transfers from Pisa included. Flights not included but recommended.
Prices: Two painter sharing a double or twin room 1500.00 per painter. Single occupancy painter 1650.00
and non painters 950.00.
To book or for more information email:janet@bramblesartretreat.com or call 01566784359.



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 - email for more info, or visit our Paris page.

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Now Full
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 Cornish coastline. Close to St Michaels mount, Penzance, St Ives and more.
Email for more info, or visit our Prussia Cove page.

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"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.
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Photo by Sarah Broun

"New Dates Birdforth Hall- Yorkshire. 9th - 16th 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.
Email for more info on our Yorkshire page.
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" Kassiopi - Corfu - now full!"
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.


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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.


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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
creativity.

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 . Oil painting by Peter Daives

Take time to smell the roses.

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