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Hello and welcome to my website. If you’re looking for help and advice on your painting or drawing skills then you’ve definitely come to the right place. This website is packed with information about classes, retreats, videos, blog posts and other free stuff. So whether you’re trying to loosen up your watercolours or you simply want to learn how to draw a family pet, you will find a course to help.


Over the last few years of teaching and with over 100,000 courses sold, I have had the opportunity to listen carefully to the techniques and skills that my students want to learn and have designed easy to follow, structured lessons to suit… both face to face and virtual. There is no magic involved in learning how to draw or paint. It is simply a process and with understanding, play and practice, I can take you on an incredible and fulfilling journey of discovery and creativity.

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order my new book - out now- painting birds

If you'd like to learn how to paint birds using expressive watercolour techniques then my new book can be purchased through all good retailers including Amazon, WHSmith, Waterstones, Barnes and Noble & Blackwells. 

Local musician Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin got a sneak preview of it at my studios and very kindly endorsed it with the following words.

"Inspirational and encouraging. With ease and eloquence Sarah moved me through a kaleidoscope of revelations. Introducing her style and technique punctuated with experiment and abandon. The detail, clarity and explanation make this a very exciting and special experience...encouraging and most impressive. "

Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin

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Italian Art Retreat, Puglia, Italy

My first two 2025 Italian Art Retreats have now sold out. Due to popular demand, I am really excited to announce a new autumn art retreat running from the 9th-16th October 2025.


Autumn in Puglia is a feast for the senses, with an abundance of fresh produce and seasonal dishes. October is the magical time of harvest with farmers busy picking olives, grapes and other crops. To celebrate this fact the Autumn retreat will also entail a wine tasting event at the nearby town of Manduria, the home of Primitivo wine, also known as Zinfandel in the United States. 


The  weather during this time of year is warm and pleasant making it a great place to explore without the heat of the Summer…  yet the Sea is still warm enough to swim in, for those of you visiting the pristine sands of the local beaches. 

Located in a lovingly and sympathetically restored 19th Century Masseria (traditional farmhouse) in Puglia, you will be able to immerse yourself in the culture and warmth of this beautiful part of Southern Italy. The venue is in the most incredible location, close to natural flamingo lakes, white beaches, crystal clear water, picturesque towns, villages and olive groves. You won’t fail to be inspired and to fall in love with the myriad of beautiful sights, sounds and tastes that this truly enchanting location has to offer.

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Popular workshops & retreats

Explore my most workshops at my Art Studio in Arley, Worcestershire, UK & worldwide Art Retreats...

Popular online courses

If you live further afield and can't attend my face to face classes, explore my range of online courses available with Domestika & Etchr. 


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