Accomodation and other Info

Our Studio

In 2021 Scenic Painters moved out of Surrey to Gloucestershire. Our studio is in Wickwar, a village a few miles north east of Bristol. The studio is about 950 square feet, and gives plenty of space to teach six students. The space forms part of an old ceramics factory which is now home to a number of businesses including a props company and cabinet makers workshop.
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The Village

Wickwar is a village of about 2000 people situated between the small Gloucestershire towns of Yate and Wotton Under Edge. The village has a coffee shop and a village pub.

Wotton Under Edge has shops and cafes, restaurants and a small arts centre. The area is great for walking with fine views across the Severn valley.
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Local Accommodation

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Weaver's Cottage in Wotton. A room in a cottage in Wotton under Edge.This B and B has received very good feedback from our students and is reasonably priced. You'll need a car to get from here to Wickwar.
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The Old Stables Guest House is in Wickwar a short walk from the studio and near the pub and cafe.
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Granary Cottages are a group of converted farm buildings near Wickwar. Would best suit students with their own transport but we have had students stay here without, as you can walk to the Wotton to Yate bus stop. It's also an easy bike ride and the hosts have a bike shed you can use. There is a range of accommodation on offer and good rates for our students on longer courses.
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The Shepherds Hut is in Inglestone Common, two miles down a winding lane from Wickwar. It has a gas ring, solar lights and USB charger and a wood burning stove. Unless you are a hardy camper this might not be the best option for the depths of winter but a very peaceful and lower cost option for the rest of the year, if you have your own transport. Bathroom in the nearby house. Call or email Ann for more info

There are a number of other B and B's on offer in nearby villages. Visit airbnb for more info.


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Teaching Staff

The courses at Scenic Painters are run by James Rowse. James has been painting scenery for over thirty years. He has worked in most sections of the industry including film, TV events exhibition and the music industry, but most of his work has been for the stage.

During the 1990's James taught scenic painting at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. More recently he also taught scenic painting at the University of Creative Arts Rochester.

James set up DAP Studio in 2006 and continues to paint scenery for productions in between the program of courses.
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