2017 ITALY 1






Administration Office ( for booking forms and enquiries)
The New Pastel School
10 Lawn Avenue, Burley in Wharfdale, Ilkley, Yorkshire, LS29 7ET

We will be running courses in Devon, North Yorkshire and Italy in 2018, please scroll down for details of each lovely venue, and how to find them

To book on a course click here for the booking form.

Barton Lane, Challacombe, Bratton Fleming, North Devon
EX31 4UB

Shorland Old Farm, Exmoor, Devon

Shorland Old Farm is on the edge of Exmoor National Park, and is a great venue for courses. We couldn’t have  better hosts, the food is wonderful and accommodation so comfortable and convenient. With the studio just across from the farmhouse it makes for an ideal and relaxing venue for students, with no travelling, or concerns about where to dine out each evening.
All meals are provided from your arrival on the first afternoon for a welcoming Devon cream tea to the final  breakfast before departure.
Nel and Rebecca will be there to welcome you and will join you for dinner on the first and last evenings.
Tuition in the studio is from 10am to 4pm each day for 3 days.

How to Get There
Please note: if you use the postcode in your SatNav or on Google Maps for directions, do NOT follow the sat nav directions after joining the B3358. Follow the directions below.

The coordinates on Google Maps are 51.156658,  -3.895458 or +51° 9′ 23.97″, -3° 53′ 43.65″
Contact number while on the course only
07801051468 or 01598 763505.

By car
Directions from the M5
From junction 27 of the M5 motorway take the A361 towards Barnstaple. After approximately 24 miles, turn right onto the A399, towards Ilfracombe. After about 11 miles, turn right again onto the B3358, signposted to Challacombe and Simonsbath.
Follow this road for approximately 1 mile, and you will reach a crossroads. Bear right, signed to Challacombe church and Barton Town. The first drive on the right, about 50 yards down the lane, is the entrance to Shorland Old Farm.

By Public Transport
Shorland Old Farm is rurally situated.  The closest train and coach stations are at Barnstaple, ten miles away.  Taxis may be booked to bring you out to Challacombe.
There is a small, family-owned taxi company in Challacombe, Webbers Travel, and transport may be booked through them.  http://www.webberstaxi.co.uk/ or by telephone, at 01598 763467.



Cober Hill Hotel
Newlands Road, Cloughton, Scarborough YO13 0AR

Cober Hill, nr Scarborough is a venue that offers a great deal in terms of opportunities to paint outside, while staying within the grounds of this Joseph Rowntree inspired educational venue. Coupled with a spacious studio it allows flexibility whatever the weather!

Perched above the seaside town of Scarborough, Cober Hill has extensive grounds with wild meadows, sea views, garden views, landscapes and buildings, all without having to leave the grounds. We will be using their large Joseph Rowntree Convention Centre Studio where there is ample room. We have our own lounge with TV and all the bedrooms are on the ground level, each with an en suite. There are further opportunities for evening entertainment within the grounds in the form of Croquet, Boules, Clock golf, Tennis and indoor and outdoor Skittles! All activities are of course optional but it gives you an idea of the wealth of enjoyment there is to be had at Cober Hill. For those that wish to visit the surrounding countryside or may be coming with partners it is near to Scarborough Castle, Whitby Abbey, North York Moors Visitor Centre, Pickering Castle and Robin Hood’s Bay. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Cober Hill. The course will be from 10am-4pm each day

How to Get There
The village of Cloughton is about 5 miles North of Scarborough on the A171. It is easily found on google maps, and well signposted.



Bill and Lois Breckon have been running courses for some years at The Watermill and have a great reputation. This is what they say about their lovely venue…

 “For centuries artists have drawn their inspiration from the Tuscan landscape and you could find few better places to enjoy your art and improve your skills than the beautiful Watermill at Posara, set beside a river in a gentle valley.
You’ll stay in stylish bedrooms in elegant buildings around a sunlit courtyard. You’ll take leisurely breakfasts and enjoy mouth-watering evening meals at the mill (and also dine out in nearby restaurants to sample local dishes and wines).
The mills gardens, millstream and riverside walks are all yours to enjoy.”

Comments from previous students to this venue include…
“An enchanting place – I really loved it, endless delightful subjects to paint”
“From the moment I stepped into my apartment and saw and heard the river, I realised it was going to be very special”
“We’ve been on many painting holidays but this was the best ever.”

NB Rebecca only will be teaching on the 2018 course.
Rebecca’s course  will include some painting en plein air, some studio based work and trips out to beautiful locations. There is a more detailed example of a typical itinerary on their website. What Rebecca seeks to offer is a new experience of using pastels outside and to introduce the joys of exploring how inspiring another countries landscape and countryside can be. As ever the atmosphere will be relaxed with one to one help, demonstrations and lots of lovely food!

Included in the cost of your holiday at the Watermill are: tuition, accommodation (including all linen and towels), pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca or the Cinque Terre). Materials are not included, please see list of things that you will need to bring.
NB Flights to Pisa are not included.

To find out more and/or to reserve your place, please email info@watermill.net or call (UK no.) +44 20 7193 6246
Website for details www.watermil.net/ where you will find all the information you need.

High Street, Stoke Canon, Exeter EX5 4AR

We have always enjoyed running courses at Stoke Canon Jubilee Hall as there’s plenty of room and it also allows us to offer a course for those that wish to arrange their own accommodation or who live within travelling distance. There is plenty to see nearby from the beautiful city of Exeter to the south Devon coast and beautiful Exmoor and Dartmoor.

How to Get There
The Jubilee Hall in Stoke Canon is easy to find. If you look at google maps you will see that Stoke Canon is built on  a main road, the A396, with a post office on one side and a pub, The Stoke Canon Inn, on the other side of the road. To the right of the pub is a car park and the Jubilee Hall is on the right side of the car park. Parking is free all day.

Approaching form the M5, take junction 29 and go through Pinhoe, taking a left at Church Hill, as you would to visit me, but carry on to the end of the road, turn right at the T junction. Follow that road as it bends to the left and down the hill. At the bottom of the hill turn right at the T junction. Cross the river, go a little way into the village, and you will see the pub and car park on your right.

From Exeter the easiest way is to take the A377 Cowley Bridge Road, and then take the A396 to Tiverton. It goes along the river valley, then bends left to cross the river, goes a little way through the village, and you will see the pub and car park on your right.

From Tiverton take the A396 Exeter road, after 10 miles, as you go through Stoke Canon the pub and car park are on your left.

Accommodation  We suggest visiting www.visitdevon.co.uk and Tripadvisor

To book on UK courses click here to download the 2018 booking form


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