WATERCOLOUR BREAK 24TH -28TH MARCH 2025 PAUL MATTHEWS, Genevieve Lavers & Podi Lawrence

Three popular Acrylic artists, Paul Matthews, Genevieve Lavers & Podi Lawrence ,One fantastic venue in a beautiful seafront hotel in Bournemouth. A unique holiday with a touch of luxury whilst learning 3 different Acrylic 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.

Very popular so limited places, book early as possible, to secure your holiday.

Paul Matthews

L Paul Matthews has painted and drawn since he was small.

In August 2011, after a successful career as a Graphic Designer, he chose a career as a full time artist painting wildlife and portraiture from his home in rural Dorset. He paints contemporary wildlife paintings, where the subject takes centre stage and the mood is set by light and shade.

L Paul Matthews’ work attracted wide acclaim when he was a finalist in the David Shepherd Foundation’s competition for Wildlife Artist of the Year. His picture, ‘The Passenger’ was selected ahead of thousands of entries from all over the world and received the ‘People’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. More recently Paul’s portrait of a chimpanzee (Self Contemplation) received “The Chester Zoo Award” at the ‘National Exhibition of Wildlife Artists’

As part of the team for TRIO Holidays, Paul will be offering an exciting workshop using watercolour, He will be exploring Nature in the Landscape. Demonstrating throughout. Planning and colour mixing. Creating a textured base for applying paint

Genevieve Lavers

Genevieve learnt the techniques for oriental brush painting from a renowned artist she met in Anhui province, China, whilst on a visit to some tea plantations in April 2017. Two years later she returned to Anhui province to spend five days having one-to-one tuition in the artist’s home.

Several years previously, Genevieve’s background as a linguist was the impetus to try learning Mandarin Chinese and she enrolled for a month at a school in Beijing to immerse herself in the language and culture. This trip fostered her interest in oriental art and tea.

Genevieve showed a strong creative streak from an early age. Her printmaking passion finally turned into a career when she bought her own intaglio press, and she has since been running printmaking workshops at her Dorset studio for over 10 years.

Current inspirations are local Dorset-inspired landscapes and the natural world combined with a continuing interest in oriental painting and composition.


Brief overview of Chinese painting and materials.

Demonstrations of orchids and bamboo using Chinese ink.

Practising the principal brush strokes.


Demonstration: wisteria.

Still life painting: flowers and teaware. Practise the brush techniques on a composition of your choosing, using the seasonal flowers and foliage on display as inspiration.

Podi Lawrence

Podi has been a full time artist and teacher for over 40-years having exhibited in London at the Mall Galleries with the SWA, UA; the Paris Salon (Bronze medal in 1994). Residency with the English National Ballet in 1994/5. In 1999 She moved to Canada and enjoyed 9 years setting up and curating a gallery in Waterloo, Ontario and also did a  residency with the Waterloo Jazz Festival and the K-W Symphony Orchestra. She then moved to Panama in 2008 where she was inspired by the shadows and produced a series of 16 oil paintings.  Returning to the UK in 2011. Podi has expertise in most painting mediums and have used watercolours mostly in sketchbooks when painting en plein air; to investigate a scene/object or light/shadows. She often added line with a pencil or pen and written notes to remind her of something she may want to include if it is taken to the next stage of oil painting. 

Workshops bring together eager learners with a wide spectrum of knowledge, standard and experience.Podi aims to inspire, inform and encourage each student to expand their own special way of producing an image in watercolours, by demonstrating various techniques  and experiment with the medium. She encourages them to keep a sketchbook using pen, ink and watercolours. And to make sketches with pencil/pen at every opportunity. It is with this knowledge that we can produce better paintings.

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.

BOOK before the 30th September 2024 & receive a Chinese painting box of materials worth over £100

The cost of this break is £969

Which includes all workshops, 4 nights’ accommodation. Breakfast, Evening meal with 3 courses & coffees. Tea & Coffees, biscuits mid-morning & afternoon.

Click Here to view a generic plan of the painting break

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Secure a place £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 person surcharge £80

Sea View surcharge £100

Non-Painting partners welcome, at a cost of £480

Non Residential place 3 days tuition £570

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 July 2023.

Please make sure you have holiday insurance