Pett Level beach with drift wood at low tide, the setting of this painting course

Painting at Pett Level

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2024, 10am till 4pm

Blackwall Farmhouse studio and Pett Level, East Sussex

The striking coastal location of Pett Level has been an inspiration of many artists including John Everett Millais and in more recent times Fred Cuming RA. It has also been the location for many films and has beautiful coastal scenes including the 8000-year-old fossilised forest which can be seen at low tide as well as spectacular in land views from the beach.

Together with tutor Nick Archer participants will be painting and drawing directly from observation at Pett Level, which is a 20-minute drive from Blackwall Farmhouse studio, collecting reference material through drawing and using this to create art works back at the studio. The amount of time spent on the beach will be dependent on weather.

The groups are small and are tailored to all abilities from complete beginners to those with more experience.

Location and accommodation

The course will be based just outside of Rye in the beautiful Wealden countryside, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Accommodation can be provided at the nearby Flackley Ash hotel on the nights of Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June. There is a choice of a standard or superior room and the hotel facilities such as the pool and spa are available for use. Breakfast to the value of £20 will be provided at the hotel and lunch provided at the studio.

Costs

Prices include lunches and the use of provided materials, such as easels, drawing boards, palettes.

£275 excluding accommodation but includes lunches.
£526 including standard room accommodation & breakfast at the Flackley Ash in Rye.
£618 including superior room accommodation & breakfast at the Flackley Ash in Rye.

Please contact Nick Archer by email if you have any questions and please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book.

The program will run as follows:

Friday

6pm meet and greet at the Flackley Ash (if accommodation is selected)

Saturday

10am Meet at Flackley Ash and drive to Pett Level (transport can be provided). The tide will be low. Find and set up workstations on the beach.

1pm Return to Blackwall Farmhouse studio Lunch (provided)

1.45pm Set up workstations in the studio and start the final painting

3.45pm Tea/Coffee and group discussion of the day’s work

Sunday

10am Meet at the studio (transport can be provided). Work on larger pieces to create artwork based on the material collected from the beach.

11.30am Tea/Coffee

11.45am Short presentation about relevant artists

12pm Continue with artwork in the studio

1pm Lunch (provided)

1.45pm Complete artwork in the studio

3.45pm Tea/Coffee and group discussion of weekend’s work

Materials and Equipment

We provide you with equipment such as easels, drawing boards, palettes.

Materials to bring

  • Paints and canvas

A full list of materials to bring will be issued before the workshop.

Parking

Please note, when you arrive, we kindly as you to park in the drive at the house (Blackwall Farmhouse). There should be enough parking for everyone if you park closely.

Please contact tutor Nick Archer by email if you have any questions and please let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book.