Join well known Somerset artist Alison Jacobs for an enjoyable artistic week combining outdoor walking and sketching with studio time to explore technique and develop your work. Whatever your existing skill level you’ll be welcome on this course to stimulate your creativity and hone your artistic practice
This course centres upon using the great outdoors for inspiration – Halsway Manor is set in the Quantock Hills area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), with views to Exmoor and the Jurassic coast at Watchet close by – so pack your walking boots and outdoor clothing for all weather conditions, along with sketch books, pencils, watercolours and any other art materials you wish to use.
Who’s is it For?
All artistic abilities are welcome. Whether you are new to art and creativity or experienced and needing some additional inspiration and encouragement. This course will meet you at your own level.
The nature of the course assumes a basic level of physical fitness; we’ll be walking and spending time outdoors, and local walks on the Quantocks can include steep climbs and descents. That said, we will tailor the walks to the abilities of the group – it’s about getting into the wild outdoors for inspiration, it’s not a walking holiday! – so just let us know in advance if you have concerns about the distances you can comfortably walk.
Alison Jacobs is an artist from Somerset who lives and works in the countryside exploring the rural landscape and environment which influences her. She is also a popular and engaging teacher, with a creative and supportive approach that focuses upon helping each individual student develop their talents.
Alison first became known as a photorealistic painter of farm animals. The animals were painted on canvas removed from the landscape to echo our own disassociation from food production and working animals.
Alison continues to focus re-engaging with the countryside and the geography of her landscape which interests her greatly. She likes to work outdoors enjoying the challenge of painting away from the comforts of her new studio in Washford. She is an avid sketchbook and iPad Artist and loves to share her passion for Art in her workshops.
As well as creating her own works Alison helped build, set up and run Watchet’s Contains Art as a volunteer Director and studio holder where she worked in a shipping container on the East Quay of Watchet for 3 years. She has also been working on a project to document and celebrate the recently closed Wansbrough Paper Mill.
Alison is a member of Somerset Art Week and Gallery4Art. She has exhibited her work throughout the South West and in London and has paintings in Private Collections around the world.