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Deborah Last Art Holidays, Bideford

Craving a creative escape? Meet your Muddy-approved muse, contemporary artist Debs and her en plain air painting classes and staycays.

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Grab your beret and paintbrush! Muddy has discovered a blissful art holiday in Bideford, hosted by contemporary landscape artist Deborah Last, where you can escape the daily grind and unleash your inner Monet.

Here’s how it works. You’ll be in a group of 10, a mix of mostly women and couples, staying in Debs and husband Pete’s pretty Victorian home (which includes bedrooms with a four-poster).  Each day you pack your paints and head to an inspiring Devon location to paint en plein air, inspiring places like the incredible rock formations at Hartland Quay, the rugged wilds of Exmoor and pebbly beaches of Bucks Mills and the Ho!.

If the last time you picked up a paintbrush was at school, no matter. All you need is a desire to put brush to canvas and your talented tutor Debs will do the rest. Consider yourself taken care of, including the cooking, and even the driving you and your easel to local beauty spots (and a Westward Ho! eatery with cool cocktails).

Debs has been an artist all her life, a founder of the Buckingham Art School, who having recently completed an MA in Contemporary Art at Plymouth has been long-listed for the prestigious Jackson’s Painting Prize.

Her style is to encourage you to be – in the wise words of Dr Seuss’ Cat in the Hat – ‘Your Youest You’, so it’s a brilliant way to dip your toe if you’re thinking of going on to study art – as indeed some of her students have done. She does online and face to face classes too and won’t bamboozle you with arty jargon.

As far as defrazzling top-ups go, it’s as good as a yoga break, except without the hamstring strain and, for around the same cost (£1295 full board/£600 course only).  And you come away with a masterpiece you can hang in the downstairs loo to wow the guests.

It might even provide the, er, framework, for a whole new hobby or career.

Feel inspired? You go, Goya! Give Debs a call on 07887 878896.


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1 Hilden, Northdown Road, Bideford, Devon EX39 3LT

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