The Joy of Watercolour – COURSE FULL

Art - Practical

Residential course

Claire DuVergier

15 August 2021 to 20 August 2021

£265 Non-residential fee, £780 Single bedroom or shared occupancy, £890 Double bedroom single occupancy

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This course is part of Dillington Discovery Summer week.

Celebrate the joy of watercolour with this week of painting in the glorious surroundings of Dillington House and Gardens.

Most of us paint in fits and starts and as a result our work doesn’t progress as quickly as we like. Each time we start we go back to the beginning again. The luxury of a weeklong course with tuition to guide you through your individual problems give time to tackle those tricky areas and really settle into a rhythm.

Work should become more fluid and expressive as the days progress and your confidence improves.

The course will be flexible in content according to individual student’s needs but you can expect advice on colours and how to avoid muddy mixes, choosing material from the wealth on offer at Dillington or from my reference material if you prefer to work in the studio. All the important technical painting gremlins such as tone, negative painting and washes will also be covered depending on students’ requirements but above all it will be a week of joyful painting with likeminded people.

The week would suit anyone who possesses a basic knowledge of watercolour or who has attended a previous beginner’s course.

Tutor information

Clare DuVergier Art was Clare’s favourite subject at school and as a very young child her paintings were exhibited in the junior section of the Royal Academy.  When she was 16 she became the last model of the Polish Expressionist Henryk Gotlib.  As a child she was fascinated by the landscape and explored tracks and woodlands, built camps in secret wildernesses and made endless collections of wild flowers, fungi and rotting wood. Having trained as an actress, Clare continued to paint and has now been painting full-time since 2000. Clare works primarily in oils and watercolour and occasionally with acrylics and mixed media.  As a landscape painter, her inspiration is the landscape itself.  Her work has been shown at a number of galleries in the South West and in Scotland.  Visit Clare’s website for further information:

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.