Wednesday 12th February

A lovely first Palette to Palate session….

Taking inspiration from the Italian menu prepared by Sheila (and it was Valentines Day that week!) we looked at Romantic Thinkers, who are ‘fuelled by inspiration, intuition, creativity and imagination; they value the outer beauty of art and are led by their feelings’.

So lovely blind contour drawings were drawn, made permanent with quill feathers and ink, and washed with acrylic paints. Next, warm acrylic Tuscany landscapes followed by sunsets through the trees using palette knives…

Wonderful creativity, punctuated throughout the day with Sheila’s delicious homemade sweet and savoury homemade snacks, lunch and cakes. And the sun came out!

Exciting new ‘Art Day’ with refreshments throughout the day.

10am – 4pm

Total cost to include all materials and refreshments – £65

This new monthly workshop caters for foodies, and people who like to be creative, in an historic Jurassic Coast setting.

Do you have an appetite for art? Palette to Palate is a one-day, fully catered art workshop that invites you to explore your creative side in a beautiful west Dorset setting.

Hosted by experienced artist Claire Nuttall and professional chef Sheila Gilbey, this informal workshop pairs fun masterclasses in painting and drawing with a menu of delicious food. Held in an early 16th-century house in Charmouth, you will learn new skills and techniques, feast on a gourmet lunch and homemade refreshments, and meet a community of like-minded artists.

The morning begins with some informal observational drawing exercises, then some expert tips from Claire to give you the confidence and skills to draw or paint a variety of subjects. This is followed by a guided painting session throughout the afternoon. Sheila will feed your passion for art with a fantastic buffet lunch, as well as savoury and sweet treats for morning and afternoon tea.

Designed to be both enjoyable and educational, Palette to Palate is suitable for absolute beginners, as well those who wish to improve their art skills. Every month, this full-day workshop will focus on a different medium or aspect of art. All materials and equipment will be provided.

The art workshop is led by talented artist Claire, whose portfolio includes commissions from Swanage County Council for various community campaigns, as well as artwork, murals and sculptures for London Aquarium, Sea Life Centres, the RSPCA, hotels, museums and private homes. Claire has also painted film sets at Shepperton and Pinewood Studios for movies including Mission:Impossible and Elizabeth, and is currently writing and illustrating a series of children’s books.

The event is catered for the self-confessed ‘foodaholic’ and chef Sheila, who hosts a pop-up restaurant at her home and self-catering business, The Abbots House. During the past 40 years, Sheila has been a private chef, commis chef, school cook, food developer for a major cheese company, and restaurant manager; she currently runs an outside catering business.

For more Information please contact us –

Claire – – 07767 622470

Sheila – – 07816 998277

Please find below the details about our lovely event.

All materials and equipment provided.. Just bring yourself.

What can I expect on the day?..

A warm welcome!

A day of observation, sketching, and creative mark-making using a variety of mediums and acrylic paints, with the following intervals;…

10am – A drink on arrival.

11am – Refreshment break; drinks and homemade nibbles.

12.45pm – 1.30pm – Buffet lunch. Hot drinks and juice will be served, however a wine/bar list is available at your request to purchase alcoholic drinks separately.

2.45pm – Refreshment break; drinks and homemade cake.

4pm – Finish.

Each month will focus on different art subjects and different menus from around the world.

When is it and what will the menu be?..

Wednesday 11th Mar 2020 -A taste of India

Wednesday 15th Apr 2020 -A taste of the Mediterranean

Wednesday 13th May 2020 -A taste of Morocco

Wednesday 10th Jun 2020 -A taste of Greece

Wednesday 15th Jul 2020 -A taste of France

Wednesday19th Aug 2020 -A taste of Asia

Wednesday16th Sep 2020 -A taste of the Middle East

Wednesday 14th Oct 2020 -A taste of Spain

Subject to Change – Booking Essential

Bookings must be confirmed at least 2 days before date of Art Day

How much is it?..

The day costs £65 per person.

This includes all art materials, equipment, refreshments and buffet lunch.

How long is it?..

The workshop starts at 10am. Please arrive between 9.50 and 10am.

The day will finish at 4pm.

How do I book?..

Thank you for deciding to book Palette to Palate.

Booking is easy. We do require payment in full to reserve your place.

There are two ways to book…

1) Just call Sheila on 0781 6998277, please have your credit/debit payment card details to hand. Sheila will also discuss any dietary requirements you may have.

2) Pay by BACS transfer, then please email Sheila – – with your contact number and address to inform us that you have paid, and to let us know if there are any dietary requirements.

BACS details:

Acc Name: The Abbots House

Sort Code: 30-80—37

Acc No: 27052363

Once you have paid, you will then receive an email booking confirmation, and it’s all done!

Where is it?

The Abbots House

The Street




Where can I park?

There are limited spaces at the Abbots House. Turn off The Street in Charmouth into Queen’s Walk and the car park is on the left-hand side. If this is full, parking is permitted in Queen’s Walk. Please be mindful of access as it is a narrow road.

What is the cancellation policy?..

The workshop will go ahead based on a minimum of 6 people.

If a particular month does not have enough attendees, the event will be cancelled, and you will be refunded in full, or credited for a different month.

If you wish to cancel your place and notify us up to seven days before the event you will be refunded in full, or credited for a different month.

If you wish to cancel your place with less than seven days to the event we will try our best to fill your place with another participant and if so, we will refund you in full.

Is there anything else?..

The Abbots House has public liability, however all personal items are the owner’s responsibility.

We look forward to seeing you at Palette to Palate.