Jan runs on-going art courses throughout the year based at her studios at Leath Barn, West Somerton (click to view map). The classes specialise in the painting of flowers, gardens, plants, fruit and landscapes, and demonstrations are given of all the different techniques of watercolour art, designed to suit both beginners and improvers.

The one-day and three-day courses held at Leath Barn run from 10:00am to 4:00pm (see below for list of dates). The sessions are very relaxed but a lot of work is completed over the three days. For those who wish to refresh their skills, or for complete beginners, these courses will show all the basic techniques for painting beautiful flowers and gardens in watercolour or pen, ink and wash. Demonstrations and individual tuition will inspire you to develop your own style and enable everyone to go home with paintings to be proud of.


Lunch is taken together at Leath Barn. Materials can be purchased from Jan or from any good art shop. Jan can also mount pictures ready for framing if required. If you would like accommodation, a holiday cottage which adjoins the studio is available during off-peak times from £25 per person per night (including cleaning, laundry, electricity, etc.).
See the Leath Barn page for further details.

Details, dates and prices 2017-18

Three day course dates:


Water colour & mixed media classes each Monday from 10:00-3:00
Water colour & mixed media classes on the 1st Friday of each month 10:00-4:00
‘Paint-in’ - painting subjects of your choice with my tuition 10-4.00 once a month
Bookings available for Corfu painting holidays  May and September 2017/18
VERY GOOD ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE in cottage adjoining studio or neighbouring B&B


Day courses run from 10:00-4:00
Weekly classes (Mondays) 10:00-3:00
Weekly classes £15 per day + donation for beverages (bring a packed lunch)

Three day course - £140.00 beginners welcome
Improvers' monthly classes - £37.00
Card Making Days - £40.00 beginners welcome
Paint-ins for improvers - £37

All day classes run from 10:00-4:00
Weekly classes (Mondays) run from 10:00-3:00 

Course fees all include a substantial lunch, tea, coffee, etc. 
Art materials available for purchase.
Excellent accommodation at Leath Barn available from just £25 per person per night.

Weekly Watercolour Art Courses

Held at Leath Barn, West Somerton
Mondays 10:00-3:00 (numbers limited to ten per course)

Other subjects to be covered will include painting white flowers; corners of gardens; landscapes; painting from photos; vignettes

We will also work on the value of space, balance, composition, colour mixing, using complimentary and harmonious colours, light and dark (capturing light)

These classes are designed to encourage students to attempt new techniques using various mediums, explore different avenues and work on weak areas – or just paint for enjoyment!

We will also create a book of techniques and will cover two each month - and I hope these will feature in your paintings.

Cost £15 per week

Watercolour and Mixed Media 'Paint-Ins' for Improvers

These days are for improvers who wish to paint something specific.  As my classes are structured, there is no time for students to paint exactly what they wish and to use techniques and media of their choice. 

I will be giving tuition, individual attention and demonstrations where possible. Please bring your subjects. I also have photos from which to paint.  Also it will be possible to paint outside weather permitting.

Cost: £37/day

Held on a Friday each month*, 10.00-4.00 Including lunch and beverages.
(*except where stated)

Fridays: Oct 27th; Nov 24th & Dec 8th  

Fridays: Jan 19th; Feb 9th; Mar 23rd; April 27th; May 25th; June 29th; July 20th; Aug 17th; Sept 28th; Oct 27th (Wed); Nov 23rd; Dec 7th