Peter Davies and Janet Brady started Brambles Art Retreat 11 years ago.
They found a beautiful cottage deep in the Devonshire countryside, hidden away in the tiny hamlet of Sprytown.
Inspired to paint by the beautiful surroundings and relaxed pace, they opened an Art Retreat. A place to
unwind in an idyllic setting where you can indulge your creativity.
Janet's first love is Watercolour, her speciality is dramatic landscapes in rich deep colours achieved by
using only transparent paints. More topics she covers are seascapes sunsets and flowers.
She also teaches abstract acrylic, seascapes, sunsets and flowers. At Brambles you can also learn to draw,
anything from the fundamentals to challenging aspect of Life drawing.
Peter teaches oil and acrylic courses, and particularly enjoys painting still life. He also paints nudes in oil.
He teaches all areas of drawing and pen and wash with watersoluable graphite. You can try out more experimental
painting using mixed media, recycled materials, anything goes.
This unique retreat offers a broad spectrum of art courses in a range of media, and often two courses run along
side each other so you can try different media during your stay.
With two tutors and small classes there's plenty of 'one to one' tuition and demos.
Brambles Cottage is a wonderful place to come and stay, built in the 1600's its full of character, lots of cosy rooms
it has an unusual layout full of oak beams and open fires. Brambles charm is found in its chic country style.
The is plenty to see all around the house, paintings, sketch books, art books and magazines. Its a very creative environment.
There are three bedrooms, two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, with one ensuite and two shared bathrooms.
Rooms are used as doubles or singles. When our accommodation is full we spill over to lovely nearby B&B's.
Drinks are served each evening in the cosy lounge by the open fire. Most of the evening is spent in the spacious dining
room, warmed by the Aga. Guests relax each evening enjoying delicious food and fine wine.
We paint at many of the beautiful locations nearby or in our rambling garden. The old stables that has been converted
into a large studio, adjacent to the house, its very spacious and light.
Often painters bring non painting partner of friends with them. There's lots for them to do and see nearby. If they like easy walking,
there are short walks around nearby villages or trails. If you are more adventurous, only a 15 minute drive,
you can tackle the moors and tors of beautiful Dartmoor and Bodmin. If you prefer the sea, try the rugged north coast of Devon
and Cornwall is just 40 minutes away by car. Explore Bude, Boscastle and Padstow. Or enjoy a day fishing, golf, sailing,
There is a place in soho on spring street
That has been there for years, they have weekly open life-drawing classes. ask there. they are on the south side of the street, near the 6 train. the entrance is a stairway to the basement, painted white w/ art notices on the walls going down. i think it's just west of the vegetairian restaurant on the corner of spring and lafayette, but i could be a little off about that.