Painting from Nature

Foxhole Community Garden, Totnes

Who is this course for?

This will be an inspiring and gentle end to the term, an opportunity to try out painting directly from nature.

We will be based at Foxhole Community Garden in Dartington – details of the venue are here:

Suitable for all levels of ability, so long as you are willing to have a go. Recommended paint is watercolour for this course, but if you are experienced with another medium and prefer to use it that will be fine also but bear in mind we will be away from the studio and won’t have easels.

Course content

We will make painted studies directly from plants and the garden. The emphasis will be on looking and responding with the paint rather than making a laboured painting. We will do lots of drawing directly with a brush, mark making and simple warm up exercises. We will create a supportive, encouraging and curious approach to this way of working. You will create lots of experimental studies and perhaps a finished picture if you prefer.

If you are new to painting there will be some preliminary help with colour mixing and paint handling, then you will be supported to dive in and have a go.

Support and feedback

Lots of 1 to 1 support and feedback and encouragement from the tutor and group participants.

Additional costs and requirements

You will need to bring your own materials.

Suggested materials are:

● A travel small set of watercolour pans or some tubes and a plastic palette

● Soft brushes, a chinese brush or “mop” would be ideal but bring what you have

● A jam jar for water

● Some sheets of kitchen roll or tissues

● A pad of watercolour paper

Try to travel light, even one tube of paint, a brush and pad will be fine.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

No – but the tutor may suggest you look at certain painters in between sessions to enrich your learning.

About the tutor

Suzy Fasht has been teaching drawing and painting for Learn Devon for the last eight years and is fully qualified to teach in the Lifelong Learning sector. She trained in Fine Art to post-graduate level and continues her own painting practise from her studio at Seale Hayne.

Further information about Suzy at

Start date06 July 2018
End date20 July 2018
Start time10:00
End time12:00
Concessions not available