Lilac Cottage Studio is a peaceful haven in the vibrant village of Rickinghall in the rural idyll of Suffolk.

We offer a range of art classes for all abilities in a purpose equipped building located in the garden of our lovely country cottage. All our tutors are professional artists with plenty of experience of teaching and each has their own special skills and genre to share with our guests.

The studio is a comfortable environment with modern facilities, refreshments available all day and lunch is provided with all courses. You may even have the chance to eat in our lovely garden – Suffolk is one of the sunniest places in the U.K.

We have various different courses;

• 1 to 1 or household/bubble • 2 Day Life-Drawing/Painting Workshop
• Acrylic Painting for the Beginner • Capturing Impressionism
• Colour Mixing Workshop • Contemporary Pet Portraits
• Create a Pet Portrait with Pastels • Create a Portrait in Pastels
• Drawing Elements of the Human Form • Life Drawing with Lisa Puhlhofer
• Mastering the Sea and the Sky in your Landscape Painting
• Oil Painting for Beginners • Painting Flowers in Oils
• Painting St Mary’s Church, Rickinghall (interior and exterior).
• Painting Stubbs’ Whistlejacket • Painting the Environment en Plein Air
• Portrait Painting for Beginners • Portrait Painting in Oils
• Self-Portraits in Oils • Still Life Painting for Beginners in Oils
• Tonal Relationships and Paint Handling • Watercolour Landscapes

All classes are 10:00 to 16.30 unless stated otherwise

Please visit our website for all pricing information and much more details about the courses.

Gift Certificates – valid for a year these are to the value of £90 to cover the cost of a day course. If the course is cheaper we refund the difference! Easy Peasy Present Buying.

Address & Contact

Our Address

Garden House Lane, Rickinghall, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 1EA

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John Williamson 24th May 2021 7:59 pm
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Sue set up a great place to learn watercolour painting and Rob was an excellent teacher. Sue’s chicken salad for lunch was delicious.

Rob demonstrated a lot of patience as I was a beginner. I needed plenty of guidance and he allowed me to explore my own impressions of the subject matter.

Thanks to you both so much!

David Oates 22nd May 2021 7:14 pm
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Fantastic day with Rob Nelmes for the watercolour landscape class. I illustrate children’s books, mainly in pen and ink, and wanted to improve my colouring ability. Whilst not a total novice, I was amazed by how much I learnt from Rob. I left with a piece of art that will take pride and place on my wall at home and increased confidence.
Sue was incredibly accommodating and the food was super. The studio was well equiped and the materials made available were spot on.
Thoroughly recommend and will be attending future course.
David Oates
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Colin 14th October 2020 9:34 pm
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Lovely friendly environment and a good selection of courses.

Sarah I 23rd June 2020 1:49 pm
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I attended an oil painting for beginners course & it was a most enjoyable experience. Our tutor Rob explained & demonstrated how to do things very clearly. He was also very helpful & encouraging as I tried to execute what he had taught us!

Sue produced a lovely lunch & had sent me a vegan menu beforehand so that I could select from it & there was a good selection of choices. I shall look forward to doing another course in the future.

Andrew Y 12th June 2020 7:55 pm
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An excellent art course – Impressionism – well run, enjoyable with loads of information passed over in a relaxed way

Learnt a lot

Clare R 23rd February 2020 5:36 pm
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Bright and airy creative space

Chris G 23rd November 2019 11:20 am
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I love this place – idyllic setting and welcoming hosts

David L 11th June 2019 3:49 pm
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I attended a one day beginners introduction to oil painting course led by Eddie Goodridge, and found it really good.

I use water colours and wanted to try oils.

We were introduced to the basics first thing and by the end of the day, I was proudly going home with a proper still life painting!

I never knew there was so much science about colours and how they affect each other!

Ed is a good, patient and down to earth tutor, helping absolute oils beginners to get onto their feet.

Impressionist course next!!