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Animal Painting Weekend

This art retreat offers a wonderful opportunity to explore animal painting and is suitable for all ability levels.


Learn how to paint realistic and charming animal paintings in a range of watercolour techniques. Furthermore, you can also learn how to paint your own pet portraits.

Due to the guided practice and practical demonstrations offered throughout this retreat, it is suitable for all ability levels.

We will cover:
- An Introduction to watercolour techniques through practical demonstration and practice.
- Guided practice on how to complete accurate drawings of animals.
- Step-by-step demonstrations on applying watercolour layers in order to build tone and texture.
- Demonstration and practice in watercolour techniques to develop realism and fine detail.
This is a fully inclusive 3-day luxury retreat including meals, social activities and hotel accommodation.


Our retreat offers an inclusive environment where your needs are paramount. Free customer car parking is provided and requires a short 2-minute walk uphill to reach the studio. In addition, there are further car parking spaces available closer to the property. These may be used, if required. The studio bathroom facilities are located on the first floor accessed via a set of stairs. If preferred, there are ground floor facilities located within the adjoining property. Please give us advanced notice on booking if these facilities are required. Please note that neither bathrooms currently have full disabled access facilities. If you would require any modification to scripts or visual resources, these are available upon request. Please let us know your requirements on booking.

Eco Practices

We are constantly striving to reduce the toxic load on our immediate environment and on the planet. Our retreat offers solar power, our own bore hole for water supply, our own waste disposal system and a thriving kitchen garden where we grow our own fruit and vegetables. We harvest rainwater for all of our watering requirements.
Our retreat supports and actively encourages wildlife. The property includes historic woodlands, grazing paddocks, orchards, a wildlife pond and insect attracting flower borders. It is truly an artist's paradise.

Directions and Travel

Hereford lies on the border with England and Wales. It offers rural and idyllic surroundings and it takes under 2 hours to drive here from Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham and Oxford. We are located 7 miles east of Hereford which offers good transport links. - The nearest airports are Birmingham International, Cardiff and Bristol. - Direct trains run to Hereford from Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and London. There are also regular coach services. - By car, Hereford can be accessed by taking the M5 and a short stretch of motorway on the M50 to Ledbury. Backbury House Retreats is located approximately 10 miles west of Ledbury off the A438. There is an accurate drop pin on Google Maps for Backbury House Retreats. You may also wish to use what3words. Please use: poorly.coffee.hiding

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