Wednesday 4 October, 2023

Furniture Painting Retreat

: Doghead Designs
  • Location: Studio 9a, Clevedon Craft Centre
    Moor Lane
    North Somerset
    BS21 6TD
  • Start: 12:00 pm
  • End: 11:00 am
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  • Phone: 07870505542
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After the success of our Furniture Painting Retreats in 2022 and 2023, we are delighted to offer new dates: Wednesday 4th October to Monday 9th October 2023.

Stay five nights and six days at a beautiful English manor, Court House Farm, have seasonal home-cooked food prepared by a local chef, drink selected wines, unwind and immerse yourself in the creative world of furniture painting. All painting sessions will be delivered by Doghead Designs and Annie Sloan within the grounds of Court House Farm which is artistic inspiration in itselfThis retreat is totally unique and is the only one of its kind available within the UK. Combining painting, health and wellbeing and creativity, it will inspire you to learn new techniques within a truly magnificent, quirky and historic setting. Whether you consider yourself a complete novice or seasoned artist, this retreat will cater to your personal strengths and interests through the 1:1 tuition, demonstrations and creative activities. This event has welcomed guests from all over the UK as well as Canada, Germany, Romania, France, America, India, Portugal and Denmark.


  • Accommodation in a medieval manor (1300sAD), adjoining Tudor manor house (1500sAD)

  • Fully catered: breakfast, ‘elevensies’, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner with selected wines

  • Annie Sloan Techniques Workshops (such as basic principles of Annie Sloan paint, waxing, texture, two tone distressing, gilding, stencil, decoupage, crackle, smooth finishes, ombré/blending, pattern and mark making)

  • Demonstrations on a variety of techniques

  • 1:1 tuition working on a piece that you will bring with you to upcycle

  • Live demonstration, Q&A and interview with SPECIAL GUEST, Annie Sloan, the founder of Chalk Paint®, who will be joining us for two nights and three days

  • Live demonstration with our special guest (to be announced)

  • Exploring colour and texture on canvas, taking inspiration from the beautiful house and grounds

  • Photography and staging workshop with your upcycled piece of furniture

  • Opportunities for social media coaching

  • Flower picking and arranging

  • ‘Tablescaping’ – including making our own painted napkins

  • ‘Downtime’ to relax and enjoy some time away from the paintbrushes with a local visit planned to Clevedon Pier and Doghead Designs

  • Meeting and socialising with likeminded individuals

  • An art talk by an art historian to accompany pre-dinner drinks

  • A talk to learn more about the history of Court House Farm

  • Special guests: mindfulness, health and wellbeing & relaxation (for example, hand massage, yoga, reiki)

If you follow the link below, you will be able to read more information and pay a £500 deposit via my website.