Drawn from life – Sketching, Watercolour & Acrylic with Colin Allbrook

Course Details


Monday 20th March 2023


10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Course Description

This course will look at producing finished artwork using drawings made in your own sketchbooks. The aim is to produce work not solely based on a photograph, but using your own drawings made in front of the subject which will hopefully produce a more creative approach.

You will be outside drawing in the surrounding landscape (subject to the weather of course), collecting information to use for a final piece later in the day. Once you have gathered sufficient information, these drawings can then be used to produce a piece of finished artwork in watercolour or acrylic back in the studio.

Colin will provide demonstration on basic drawing techniques as well as how to take a sketch to a finished piece in watercolour. 1 to 1 tuition will also be available all day.

Please note:

This course will take place both outside and in the studio. In inclement weather this course will go ahead in the studio only.
It will be advisable to bring some sketches and photographic references, in case of bad weather etc.
An ability to walk a short distance is necessary and suitable clothing/footwear for outdoors is required.

Colin Allbrook is one of the most respected and renowned painters in the South-West of England. His work is regularly selected for prestigious exhibitions such as the Sunday Times Watercolour competition and the Royal Institute of Painters in Oils. He is an elected member of the Royal institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI), the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) and the Society of Equestrian Artists (SEA). He has received many awards for his work, including, in 2009, both the Turner Watercolour Award and the Rowland Hilder Award for landscape painting at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour exhibition. He has also twice won the ‘Terence Cuneo’ medal at the SEA and the ‘Excellence in Watercolour’ prize at the Royal West of England Academy four times. Selling mainly through exhibitions & galleries his paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the world. Colin has lived and worked in Umberleigh in Devon for over 30 years, where he has a studio by the River Taw, in a beautiful area which inspires so much of his work.


Course Information

Ability level

Suitable for beginners and improvers


Acrylic, Watercolour

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• Sketchbooks or drawing paper

• Drawing media eg pencils, pens, charcoal, coloured pencils, conte pencils

• A selection of watercolour paints

• Watercolour paper NOT surface (recommended as it takes the paint better than say a cartridge paper) A heavier watercolour paper should be sufficient and not require stretching but lighter papers will perform better if stretched.

• It will be advisable to bring some sketches and photographic references, in case of bad weather etc.

Provided by Cornwall School of Art if required

  • Easels
  • Drawing boards
  • Water jars
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Clips
  • Stools for sitting on outside


All art materials are available to purchase in the Truro Arts shop, 26 River Street Truro TR1 2SJ, and you will receive a 10% discount on all supplies for the course.


Colin Allbrook

As an elected member of both the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (2001) and the Royal Society of Marine Artists (2008 currently Hon Secretary), Colin exhibits with both societies each year at their annual exhibitions in the Mall Galleries, London. Elected to the Society of Equestrian Artists (1999) and the South West Academy of Fine Art (2010) he exhibits each year at the annual exhibitions in London, Nottingham and South West England. Since 1997, Colin has exhibited many times with the Royal Society of Oil Painters, the Pastel Society, the Royal Watercolour Society, the Sunday Times Watercolour exhibition, the Royal West of England Academy and the Lynn Painter-Stainers exhibition.

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Our courses usually begin at 10am and end at 4:30pm, with a half an hour lunch break at around 1pm. There will also be brief morning and afternoon breaks, with free tea and coffee available in the kitchen area. At Lunch time you can make things nice and easy by pre-ordering a freshly prepared Coach House Lunch. Alternatively, you’re very welcome to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you like.

On sunny days students and tutors are invited to enjoy breaktimes outside in the leafy courtyard or gardens surrounded by birdsong.




Monday 20th March 2023


10:00 am – 4:30 pm



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