Art Courses

The ‘Painting Panoramas‘ course scheduled for Marlborough College Summer School in 2020, has been postponed until 2021, due to the Coronavirus. See below for more details.

Caro Woods MA ‘Contemporary Visual Practice’, 2003, Falmouth College of Art.
Working with Earth pigments.

See below for:

  • Portfolio Surgeries.
  • Private Tutorials.
  • ‘Walk & Draw’ Course at Marlborough College Summer School, 2019. Walking / drawing exercises designed to encourage an intuitive and fluid expression of mark making, unhindered by individual expectations
  • Brentor: Drawing on Village Life‘, four week course in developing work in the studio from ‘walk & draw’ guided sessions around the village. 30th April – 21st May, 2019. (see course details below)

Portfolio Surgeries.

Caro is available for one-to-one art portfolio assessments. Suitable for students preparing for interview to attend art school or further education in art.

These intensive sessions usually take between one to two hours and can include a follow-up which is included in the price of the initial critique. Cost for individual Portfolio Surgery: £65. Please contact me below for further details or to make an appointment.

Private Tutorials.

Caro is qualified to teach up to Masters Level. In the past, she has undertaken residencies, including as a resident artist in Secondary Schools. Part of her community work has also involved running art courses for HM Prison inmates and curating public exhibitions of inmate’s work. She has also worked with vulnerable young adults from a variety of challenging backgrounds.

Caro is available for both private tutorials for individuals, as well as tuition for selected art groups. If you want to expand your practice into other exciting areas or try another medium, then I would be delighted to help you along your creative journey. Cost: Private Tutorials: £35 per hour (£60 for 2 hours). Group Tuition: £45 per hour (£85 for half day). Please don’t hesitate to contact me below with any queries you may have.

Feedback from 2019, ‘Walk & Draw’ Course, MCSS.

“Excellent: A stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable experience, with plenty of input and feedback from the tutor. The critiques she gave at the end of each session were particularly helpful. There were only 4 of us, which was wonderful, so Caro was able to give each of us plenty of individual attention and advice.”

“Good: I found Caro inspiring. We were only 4 participants so she was able to give us plenty of attention. She adapted to everyone’s needs. I especially enjoyed our walks and found it very challenging to draw in the allotted time – do a sketch in 3 minutes – a good exercise! Caro gave us the freedom to do what we really wanted to do, which was different for all 4 of us.”

Painting Panoramas, 2021

Tutor, Caro Woods, at Marlborough College Summer School, 2021

Expand your thinking outside the usual ‘landscape-shaped’ box. Learn to draw and paint in a panoramic format, using either extensive vistas, both near and far as your subject matter, or simply as a means to create an extended visual journal. You will learn how to make your own portable concertina sketchbooks and expand your repertoire of mark-making as we develop exciting ways to experiment with materials and investigate different ways of seeing the same subject. Perhaps even find a new focus for your art practice. The course will include an outing to the iconic White Horse at Uffington, situated high on the escarpment of the Berkshire Downs, with far reaching views across the Vale of the White Horse and beyond.

Check the MCSS website for more details

Marlborough College Summer School, 2019

New Residential Art Course No 41: Walk and Draw: Creating Visual Narratives. By artist, Caro Woods. 22nd July – 26th July, 2019.

‘This art course will sharpen your observation and drawing skills.  The tutor will guide you through the stages of transforming quick sketches and pertinent notes recorded whilst undertaking a short guided walk, into more complex art works based on your personal experience of the walk.  These walking / drawing exercises are designed to encourage you to use an intuitive and fluid expression of mark making, unhindered by individual expectations.  We will use the College grounds for preliminary exercises before embarking on an outing to Alton Barnes where we will undertake a ‘Walk and Draw’ to the White Horse hill cut figure.’

Course Notes, more information and contact details here.  

thumbnail sketch ideas for painting compositions, Caro Woods

‘What a wonderful idea and Caro Woods is an amazing artist, it would be a lovely thing to do.’ West Dartmoor Art Courses

What students said:

“Thank you for a wonderful week and lots of inspiring ideas”. Susie

“You have inspired me to undertake pilgrimages of my own, no matter how short! Thank you for a most enjoyable week”. Helen.

“Thank you! … for an inspiring, exciting and informative course”. David.

“Thanks for a 5-day long pilgrimage through brainstorming via looking and making marks, browsing landscapes and going through the creative process”. Yanne.

View of The Mound from the Rose Garden, by Caro Woods, 2 minute sketchbook drawing demo

New Courses for 2019 @ The Chapel, Brentor, Devon:

‘Brentor: Drawing on Village Life’, 30 April – 21 May, 2019

‘Tuscan Hill’, watercolour and pencil sketch on paper, Caro Woods

A new 4-week painting course, designed as a follow-on from my previous water colour painting course, (see below) or as a stand-alone course for all abilities: beginners, enthusiastic improvers as well as professional, practicing artists.

Over the course of four consecutive Tuesday mornings, we will be making small excursions from my studio in the heart of the small Dartmoor village of Brentor, into the village and it’s surroundings to make timed, ‘walk & draw’, sketch-book notes and drawings.

Subjects might include: clusters of village dwellings; a view of the moor from my field next to the studio; the village church of All Saints; the church’s pond garden; sheep and lambs or other livestock in the surrounding pastures; and a view of the famous Brent Tor and St. Michael’s church from the village. View points can be far reaching or focused on intimate subjects around us such as the flora and fauna.

We will explore different observational drawing techniques and work up ideas about perspective (including aerial perspective), colour and composition, afterwards in the studio using a medium of your choice – or even a mixture of different media, if desired!

Materials and Equipment required:

  • We won’t be venturing too far from the studio and the walking is on mainly level ground so just a sensible pair of shoes and outdoor clothing suitable for the weather conditions are required.
  • A small back-pack, portable basket or very deep pockets to carry sketching materials
  • Small-sized, (easily portable) sketch book and drawing materials. eg: pencils, charcoal stick, sketching pens, graphite stick, etc., eraser, pencil sharpener and bull-dog clip to hold pages down in a breeze! Boards and cartridge paper are available from the studio, if required.
  • Optional, portable stool or chair to sit on outside
  • For studio work: a painting medium of choice, brushes etc, and suitable ground to work on, eg: w/c paper, canvas, primed card etc.

Places are limited. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need advice on any of the above.

Course Details:

Tutor: Caro Woods MA

Contact details: 01822 811026, or fill out the form below.

When? Tuesday: 30th April; 7th May; 14th May; 21st May, 2019.

What Time? 10 am – 1 pm.

Where? The Chapel, Brentor, Tavistock, PL19 0LU

How Much? £60

‘Winter Wooded Valley with Stream (Lamorna)’, water-soluble pencil on paper, Caro Woods

Learn to Paint in Water Colours!

A 4-week ‘taster’ course for enthusiastic amateurs and improvers. Learn to handle the special qualities of water colours: tone, colour mixing, textures and composition. Drawing materials and paper provided. Bring your own paints and brushes. Please contact me if you need advice on buying materials. Coffee, tea and cake available.

‘Landslip‘, watercolour and body colour on card, Caro Woods

@ Caro’s Studio: The Chapel, Brentor, Tavistock, Devon PL19 0LU. 01822 811026 Tuesday mornings, 10 am – 1 pm, beginning 26th February, 2019. £40 for the 4-week course (£10 per morning). Please contact Caro (below) for more details.