Join us for an Autumn term of Develop Your Painting with Sara Dudman.

The term will begin with our regular Take Part sessions online during September, giving you access to professional facilitators, from the comfort of your own home.

In line with Government guidance on COVID-19, this class will resume on-site at The Brewhouse from the beginning of October, with social distancing measures in place.

TUE 1 – TUE 29 SEP
Pricing: ‘pay what you can’

Pricing: fixed price £18 + 10% discount when booking full term

Pay what you can pricing allows you to pick a pricing option that you’re comfortable with to suit your means. Your support allows us to keep bringing great arts and culture to Taunton.


The aim of this course is to help students loosen up and find their own style, progressing from simply copying to interpreting the subject. We will work from reference material provided; sometimes from photographs, sometimes still life, frequently referring to the work of great painters from the 20th century and before. Each week we take a different approach or theme, which, when combined together, will provide a firm base for individualisation and experimentation.

Elements studied will include working with acrylics – from washes to impasto; colour-mixing; mark-making; working with the pallet knife, how to create atmosphere and expression in your painting; as well as a continual assessment of tone, form, contrast and composition.


Students will need their own acrylics, plenty of paper to experiment and paint on, a canvas if wanted, brushes, paint pallet (for example a paper plate). You can also use an easel if you wish. We may also work with charcoal and pencil from time to time.

These classes are always hugely popular thanks to Sara’s great teaching style & techniques, so make sure that you book your spot well in advance.


Sara Dudman RWA is a painter, drawer and art educator. She studied Fine Art at Loughborough College of Art and Design and gained her Masters at De Montfort University. She exhibits extensively including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The National Open Art Prize and The Jerwood Drawing Prize as well as regularly exhibiting in New York, London, Cornwall and Hamburg. She was elected an RWA academician in 2016. Her rich career includes teaching, lecturing and advising on art in universities, schools, museums, galleries and The National Trust.

A deep curiosity about relationships and places underpins her creative practice and is fuelled by regular residential research trips throughout the British Isles and beyond. She lives and works in Somerset.


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Please note we have new Terms & Conditions for our digital classes.



1 September 8 December 2020 9:45AM For details of dates & times,
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Ticket Prices

Online 1 from £14 Online 2 from £18 Online 3 from £22 On-site from £18
Suitable for Adults

Running Time

2 hrs 30mins