“Flowers and Bumbles” by Sarah Stokes



Arley Studios

School Bank,



DY12 1XG 


Dates: 24/25th July 2021 


Times: 9.30-5pm both days 


Cost: £270.00 per person, excluding accommodation 


Flowers and Bumbles Course Description

Bring expressiveness and life into your paintings by learning exciting, loose watercolour techniques, painting beautiful florals and bumble bees at Arley studios, based in the rolling hills of the Worcestershire countryside, right next to the River Severn.


Watercolour is my first love and I’d love to show you how to have fun with it by exploring the wonderful flow and luminosity offered by this exciting medium. We will be working with both real flowers and from photographs so that you are equipped to explore both types of references after the course. 


All of the materials needed on the course will be provided and will be of professional standard to ensure that you create your best work. 


The course is suitable for both beginners and improvers alike and is delivered in a warm, friendly atmosphere and at a steady pace. 


These courses have always proved very popular and often sell out, so book as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.


All day refreshments, lunch on the 24th/25th, evening meal on the 24th,  parking and free Wi-fi are all offered as standard on this package. 


Workshop Outline: 

Although much of the painting will be studio based, we will also get to explore the beautiful surroundings of the Estate’s gardens, to gather floral inspiration for our work. This will give us chance to understand colour and light, subject matter as well as to take photographs ready to paint from


  • Introduction to loose painting techniques, brush control and colour mixing, exploring the interplay between paper, paint and water. 

  • The importance of play and colour studies

  • Making decisions about composition 

  • Laying out our final piece

  • Using the techniques learnt to create a floral piece, complete with bumble bee on luxury 300lb 100% cotton paper 


About The Venue:

Arley Studios are based in the picturesque village of Arley, close to the River Severn, Arley Arboretum and the Severn Valley railway. The studios provide a light, airy space perfect for creating your artwork! Tea, coffee and refreshments on tap all day with parking on site



Although accommodation isn’t included, with luxury boutique hotels and guest houses on the Estate as well as friendly overnight hotels in the nearby town of Bewdley, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 








Food and refreshments. 

All day refreshments, lunch on the 24th/25th, evening meal on the 24th,  parking and free Wi-fi are all offered as standard on this package. 


For more information contact Sarah on 07966 292266 or info@dy3.co.uk.


Weekend Workshop 24th-25th July 2021