Are you interested in taking part in a leisure art course?

I cover sketching and watercolour painting at all the village venues listed below. The courses are based on landscape painting, but we take some interesting artistic detours from time to time.

Each session features a short period of techniques - based teaching, followed by students pursuing their own work based on the theme of the day. There are two 10 week terms in the winter period, and in the 6 week summer term the emphasis is usually upon sketching out of doors in the beautiful Devon countryside - when the weather permits!

Artists of all levels of accomplishment are catered for. I am very happy to start beginners with basic instruction on painting and drawing at any time. Simply turn up at one of the venues listed below at the time indicated, and give it a try.

If you would like to book in advance, or would like further information about the courses, contact Mike McDonald on 01626 891 245
Email [email protected], or write to:

Mike McDonald,
Pier Lodge,

YouTube Classes & COVID-19

The Summer term for 2020 was cancelled, but Autumn/Winter 2020 should proceed. However, it will be wise to double check with an email or phone call.

Mike has recently started a YouTube channel for art classes. Please subscribe and make the most of your lockdown!

Mike’s YouTube Channel

Villages Art School
2020 Course Timetable


Art at East Budleigh Church Hall

2.45pm - 4.45pm

Christmas 2020 Term starts September 28th


Art at Bovey Tracey Heathfield Community Centre

10.00am - 12.00pm

Christmas 2020 Term starts September 29th


Art by the Harbour at Cockwood Village Hall

9.45am - 11.45am

Christmas 2020 Term starts September 30th


Art at Longdown Village Hall

2.00pm - 4.00pm

Christmas 2020 Term starts October 1st


Art at Shillingford St George

9.45am - 11.45am

Christmas 2020 Term starts October 2nd


£70 for ten week Spring & Autumn Terms (Over 60s / Unwaged - £67)

£48 for five week Summer Term (Over 60s / Unwaged - £45)

Special Events

Dartmoor Sketching Holiday at East Dart Hotel

1st - 3rd September 2020

Three day sketching course, right in the middle of the moor! Bed, breakfast, packed lunch daily. £310. Details and bookings 01626 891 245