Brambles Art Retreat

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Brambles Retreat Ethos

Tutors Peter Davies and Janet Brady have been teaching painting for over 20 years. We teach all the core skills for your medium of choice, but we like to focus our teaching in a way to benefits each individual creative journey.  Painters can work and develop their favourite medium or maybe try another.

“We focus our teaching to benefit your individual journey”


We like to stretch and challenge each painter, assessing their strengths and weaknesses and begin by putting into action a flexible plan for their time at Brambles. 

“step by step you gain confidence and flourish”

Based in the beautiful county of Devon there are plenty of locations to choose from. We like to work in our garden studio and sit out in our rambling garden too. There are several locations in our tiny hamlet of Sprytown, and many more in the wider Devon landscape.

Based in the beautiful county of Devon there are plenty of locations to choose from. We like to work in our garden studio and sit out in our rambling garden too. There are several locations in our tiny hamlet of Sprytown, and many more in the wider Devon landscape.

“I arrived here wanting to enjoy a little time off my hectic life.”

I leave full of new knowledge and love of painting, having experienced the warmth of Janet and Peter in this beautiful corner of the UK. I promise to be back and spread the word to people who believe they have enjoyed everything in life. They haven’t! Thank you, J & P, my beloved friends : )

Thanassis P - From Athens - June 2023 Brambles

“Gill and I have had such a rewarding five days “

learning so much. Your welcome has been superb, such comfort and wonderful meals and company. Many many thanks to you both & of course Jupiter and Baloo

Wendy M - Dec 2023 Brambles

Courses in Devon

We have been hosting residential courses at our home in beautiful Devon since 2003. Enjoy a painting break and getaway from the hustle and bustle of a busy life, relax, retreat and totally emerse yourself in art.

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Art Academy Cornwall

Take it up a level and enjoy a week on a beautiful estate in Cornwall.  Calamansac is a stuning luxury location, our secret hideaway, Its not too far from Brambles and close to Falmouth. This location affords us the luxury of access to many iconic sites in Cornwall and to paint in amazing light in the south west.

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Art Academies Worldwide

Since 2005 we have hosted painting holidays at beautiful location all over the world. We partner with companies that have in-depth local knowledge, tailoring our trips to suit our needs. Japan, India, France m Italy,  Spain, and Morocco are just some of places we’ve enjoyed visiting.

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-In 2020 we all experienced a pandemic, the face to face teaching world stopped. Peter and Janet learnt to film and edit videos, we created a set of skectchbooking tutorials.

The birth of Sketchaway.

Sketchaway - Online Tuition

Sketchaway was launched Jan 2021 – enjoy learning to create beautiful sketchbooks from the comfort of your own home.  By using pen and watercolour washes you can create beautiful sketchbooks. Its a fabulous hobby for holiday journaling and an absorbing pastime recording life and fantasy in a small book.

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Day workshops and Demos

Local groups often ask us to lecture on painting, drawing and sketching. We spend a day with them teaching any of the following media: Oil,  Watercolour, Acrylic and Sketchbooking.

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The golden touch 1-1 learning

Continue your learning with a monthly programme of study. Online tuition and written reviews. Develop your skill, focus your talent, improve your style. An in-depth learning experience planning and reviewing projects.

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Peter Davies & Janet Brady

Artists and Teachers – Watercolour, Oil, Acrylic, Charcoal, Drawing & Mixed Media.

“We have been teaching at Brambles Art Retreat for over 20 years.”

We host courses in Devon we welcome you into our home. Our 17th Century cottage is a place to relax, forget your busy lives for a few days and immerse yourself in a creative, nurtuing space.

Enjoy Janets delicious food around the kitchen table, relaxing chatter meeting new faces and making new friends.

Take a well earned stroll with Peter and Jupiter to stretch your legs after a fruitful day at the easel.

“Draw what you see not what you think you see”

Brambles Blog

New dates for Tuscany.

New dates for Tuscany.

9th - 15th October We are pleased to announce new dates for our fabulous painting holiday in Tuscany. Join us at Ancora del Chianti a beautiful Italian homestead, our base for 6 nights. Inspiration is the rolling countryside the olive groves and vineyards surrounding...

Beautiful snowdrops!

Beautiful snowdrops!

Here we are heading towards the end of February and the tail end of snowdrops in the hedge are still inspiring and beautiful. Two pages in my sketchbook, I’ve written about the different species and the common names that are given. It’s been a fun thing to do!

Is sketching my obsession?

Is sketching my obsession?

Interesting question ……… I do love recording things in a sketchbook, I love it more when it’s full and you go to it sometime later and see what i drew, and read what i wrote. I like to take a sketchbook with me on holiday, but I have learnt to reduce the size of my...

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