Watercolour Break 11th – 15th March 2024 Paul Talbot-Greaves, Paul Matthews & Marilyn Allis

Three popular watercolour artists, Paul Talbot-Greaves, Paul Matthews & Marilyn Allis. One fantastic venue in a beautiful seafront hotel in Bournemouth. A unique holiday with a touch of luxury whilst learning 3 different watercolour skills . In amazing studios overlooking the sea. A delicious full English or continental buffet style breakfast daily, a superb 3 course evening meal.  Special dietary needs catered for. Workshops are accompanied with Coffee and tea morning and afternoon.  The studios stay open until 10pm each evening should you wish spend extra time painting, or you can relax in the hotels bar. Wifi is free and so is parking. Inspirational coastline, multicoloured beach huts, pier, gardens, shopping and the Russell Cotes museum on the doorstep.

Paul Matthews

Paul paints contemporary wildlife paintings, where the subject takes centre stage and the mood is set by light and shade. References are collected from life by sketching and photographing in the field both at home and abroad. Recently Paul traveled to the Okavango Delta in North Botswana and has previously visited Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania. The wildlife of Dorset has moved to the fore in recent years, especially due to travel restrictions but also being freed up for viewing more wildlife locally.

Paul’s work attracted wide acclaim in the summer of 2012, when he was a finalist in the David Shepherd Foundation’s competition for Wildlife Artist of the Year. His picture, ‘The Passenger’, selected ahead of thousands of entries from all over the world received ‘Public’s choice award’ at The Mall Galleries, London.

Almost simultaneously Paul was in the final of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year competition, receiving runner up in the Frozen Planet section with his polar bear portrait. This was the fourth year Paul was short-listed for the final of the BBC competition since it’s inception in 2008.

Pauls workshop plan

Initially the subject is drawn, I go over proportion, scaling and aligning features. Then I will talk through working on base tones, each stage started with a demonstration of process. Followed by putting down the final colours and talking about backgrounds (if applicable).

Paul Talbot-Greaves

Paul Talbot-Greaves is a professional artist and an Associate of the British Watercolor Society and a Professional Associate of the Society for All Artists.

Marilyn Allis

Overall winner of the SAA’s Artist of the year in 1999 was the beginning of Marilyn’s art career. She shortly afterwards had a painting accepted in the RI exhibition in the Mall Galleries. She appeared on Chanel 4’s Watercolour challenge, more recently appearing as the guest artist in Fraser & Friends, a splash of colour and SAA live workshops. She has written 3 books People are scary (really), Animals on the Loose & Painting Dorset in Watercolour. She regularly writes articles for the Paint magazine. Her extensive travels around the world teaching on cruise ships inspire her which she brings to her workshops & demonstrations. She is a loose impressionistic painter capturing light & movement in her work

Marilyn will take you through a few warm ups to get the feel of loose painting. Ecouraging you to loosen up and be free.

This is a very unique painting break. Each day you will take part in the workshop with a different tutor learning from their experience and talk through tuition and watching their demonstrations. You will go away with a whole wealth of experience and pampered stay in Bournemouth’s luxury Marsham Court Hotel.

The cost of this break is £1098

The cost will be £1198 if deposit paid after 1st October 2023

Which includes all tuition demonstrations, 4 nights accommodation. Breakfast, Evening meal with 3 courses & coffees. Tea & Coffees mid morning & afternoon.

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Secure a place & your discount with a £200 deposit today. Payment in full is not due until 8 weeks before the holiday.


Cheques made payable to M Allis and sent to: The Studio, Lower Courtyard, Rogershill Farm, Briantspuddle, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7HJ BAC’s payment details Marilyn Allis account 293 330 68 sort code 30 99 12 if a BAC’s payment is made email me to tell me.

There is a £200 non refundable deposit per a person upon making your booking.

Single room occupancy surcharge is £80

Sea View surcharge £120

Sea View with balcony £160

Non-Painting partners welcome, at a cost of £460

This is a dog friendly hotel please ask, a supplement is charged at £120, please request this ASAP as the room will needed to allocated and they are limited.

Upon receiving your deposit you will be emailed a booking form, please return ASAP as I can pass onto the Hotel any special requirements. Full payment must be made by the 30th January 2024.

Please make sure you have holiday insurance cover