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2023 Workshops


The workshops will be based from studio & out in location in Newlyn in Cornwall, England, two in spring and two in early autumn.

The dates of these workshops are:

  • Workshop 1  Long weekender running from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 April for 3.5 days £350
  • Workshop 2  Long weekender running from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 May for 3.5 days £350
  • Workshop 3  Long weekender running from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 September for 3.5 days £350
  • Workshop 4  Weekend Blitz running from Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 October for 2 days £200


I will be sharing my teaching knowledge and we will visit and paint as many local Cornish locations as time permits.

  • We will start with a demonstration (2hours +/-) including a discussion of techniques as I paint.  This will involve group interaction with questions as the painting progresses.  This may be shortened from the weekend blitz workshop.
  • Group morning and afternoon paints at locations close to base. These may include Newlyn Old Harbour, Marazion with St. Michael’s Mount, St. Ives, Mousehole etc. depending on course duration. During these sessions I will walk around the painters and offer help and suggestions and answer any of your questions as they arise.
  • Post paint critique and discussions after painting.
  • Workshop handout with notes about plein air painting, references and equipment lists plus plein air practical tools.



Please note you will need some painting experience and your own plein air painting equipment but can be a beginner at plein air painting.  If you have not seen my YouTube channel you can find plenty of tips there on equipment etc. (  Parts of the workshops will be run from our home which is up 76 steps – we would hate for you to miss out if steps are not your thing!



We will be offering three double rooms in our home for the first who wish to book accommodation with us – costs range from £60 a night for our smallest double room (king-sized bed) to £80 a night (super-king with stunning views!). This cost includes buffet style serve yourself breakfast and non-painting partners are welcome.

Newlyn has many Airbnb rooms on offer so there should be no shortage of other available places to stay.  There are also guest houses and hotels in the area if that is you preference.



All evening meals will be arranged at local restaurants to create a social time for the group and we can talk painting!  Details will be provided in the final workshop brief.

If you would like to put on the list for a particular workshop or are interested in further information as I finalise plans please let me know.

Hope to speak and paint with you soon!

Clare and Nick

Please email Nick as he is helping me with enquiries and bookings:


YouTube Channel – Clare Bowen Artist

Since January this year I have been filming and uploading videos to my new Youtube Channel! You can find 51 videos so far on plein air painting, I share all my tips and thoughts as I paint and paintings in my Cornish studio. See the link below….

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Thursday, November 12 – Sunday, November 15, 2022

Now Full – see link below to be put on wait list.

I have been invited to run a plein air workshop in the United Stated with Field & Flow. This is the information from their website. A link is at the bottom if you would like more info, or email me.

Live oaks and historic, Lowcountry homes are the lush backdrops for our plein air…… This retreat is all inclusive minus travel and painting supplies. The small group number allows for ample one on one instruction time daily. Our goal is to create a memorable experience where the painting, fine wine and conversations flow. Live oaks, vast marsh views and lots of low country magic are a part of the luscious backyard for our plein air painting retreat on Johns Island, SC (just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston). Retreat in the newly renovated and boho chic River Girl alongside Fallon, Founder & Director.


Clare’s Bio

Clare Bowen is a British plein air artist. Her style is contemporary impressionist and she portrays her subjects through her love of light and colour. She earned an HND in Fine Art & Illustration at Portsmouth Art School in 1992.  Clare’s work has been selected for many London exhibitions including the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and The Royal Society of Marine Artists. She has won numerous awards such as The Artist prize and The Royal Talens and regularly writes for the UK Artist Magazine.
​Clare is a qualified teacher and is experienced in teaching all levels of oil painting both in her studio and en plein air. Her passion for painting shines through when delivering workshops and in her own paintings too.

Painting the Low Country  – ‘En Plein Air’

Workshop Content

Clare will take you through each stage of creating a plein air painting, from choosing a subject right through to completion with demonstrations and plenty of encouragement and guidance.

Some of the key areas the workshop will include: Dynamic compositions, tonal values and colour mixing, soft and hard edges, loose and fresh brush work and how to make everything relate and harmonise in your painting. Clare will also supply and demonstrate some special tips and tools which she will give out during the retreat.
There will be practical help with plein air & painting equipment. At the end of Clare’s four day retreat students will come away with a greater understanding and experience of how to approach a plein air painting from start to finish plus the next steps required for their own plein air journey. Clare delivers an informative yet relaxed retreat. She is friendly and enthusiastic and has a lot to share from her years of being an artist.

$1850 all inclusive retreat

​Includes oil instruction, all meals & fine wine and accommodation
​Thursday, Nov 12 at 2PM – Sunday, Nov 15 at 4PM
​A $450 deposit is due upon reservation.

Should COVID-19 or an unforeseen emergency keep us from having the retreat
on the scheduled dates, reschedule dates will be set and your payment will be transferred to that retreat.
If you’re unable to come to the rescheduled retreat, you’ll be reimbursed 100%
on your payment on day one of the new retreat.
​Email Fallon at to reserve your spot and submit your $450 deposit via Venmo or PayPal
​Limited to 8 students


General Resources


This is what I currently use plein air painting but can be applied to studio too.

Open Box M (USA)11×14″ Pochade

Manfrotto Be Free Tripod

Bamboo Brush Roll (to carry the brushes) by Rosemary & Co

Rosemary and co brushes: Ultimate Bristle Short & Long Flats

Pro Arte Brushes: Round

Oil Paint Colours: Titanium White, Warm White, Naples Yellow light, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Yellow Ochre, Scarlet Red, Permanent Rose, Viridian Green, Cerulean Blue, Kings Blue Deep, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber.

Palette Garage (USA) to transport paint and rests on palette of pochade

Artists Turpentine

Kitchen roll

Homemade MDF Boards 2-3mm panels 3 coasts gesso, Jacksons linen fine boards, or Linen canvas

Raymar Wet Panel holder (USA) or Matchsticks stuck on same size board and taped together.

Umbrella for rain and sun




Some of my favourite Art Books that I return to time and again…Listed from top left in photo:

Edward Seago by Ron Ranson, Daily Painting – Carol Marine, Monet & Architecture – Richard Thomson, Carlsons Guide to Landscape Painting – JF Carlson, Ken Howard – Inspired by Light,London by Pete Brown, Learning to Paint – Bernard Dunstan, Alfred Sisley – Vivienne Couldrey, Tom Thomson The Silence & The Storm – David Silcox & Harold Town, Sargent Portraits of Artists & Friends – Richard Ormond, The Big Book of Oil Painting – J.M Parramon,  Alla Prima 11 – Richard Schmid, Sorolla Spanish Master of Light – Gabriele Finaldi, Javier Barón Thaidigsmann, The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron


These are a small selection of art connected sites I have used and find helpful in my day to day art living….

Rosemary & Co Brushes – Good range of quality brushes great customer service.

Open Box M – reliable, light weight plein air equipment

Jacksons Art – all round art shop with huge stock and some discounts.

Painters online – art forum and websites connected to The Artist & Hobby Artist Magazines

Mall Galleries – Gallery on the Mall in London open entry competitions eg Royal Institute of Oil Painter (ROI)

National Gallery – on Trafalgar Square, London

Making a Mark – A top art blog by Katherine Tyrell, since 2005, lots of resources

Cass Art – London based art shop

Great Art – Part of Gerstaecker, a German company supplying art materials, canvases especially good

Vimeo – for art videos