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Drawing in the Landscape

Monday 8 May 4pm — Friday 12 May 10am, 2023

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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Our energy costs have trebled so we are having to apply a temporary £10 fuel levy on bookings. We hope you understand as we want Halsway to keep running long into the future.

Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £400– single ensuite room
  • £365– sharing an ensuite room
  • £365– single non-ensuite room
  • £330 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £240

Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £225

Somerset artist Alison Jacobs returns to Halsway for another popular and 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, sunscreen, 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.

A reasonable level of fitness will be required as hill-walking is an integral part of the course. Even short walks may include steep ascents and descents, and rough terrain. That said, we’ll be walking at an easy pace to suit the group, and taking time to absorb our surroundings (and get our breath back!) and to sketch.

The Tutor

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 studio. She is an avid sketchbook and iPad Artist and loves to share her passion for Art in her workshops.

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 and now has a studio at East Quay. She is part of Hatch a group of artists who ran drive thru exhibitions during lockdown. She has recently had work accepted and shown at the RWA Bristol and The Princess Theatre Burnham.

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.