Thornham Art Retreats

Artists Dawn Pretty and Tom Lund-lack are very excited to offer art workshops for all abilities from March 2018.  Groups will be kept to a maximum of 12 for the best possible learning experience.


The workshops will be run in Dawn’s studio, a light airy space, located in the lovely Thornham Estate.

The Artists

Dawn Pretty - Suffolk Cabins - Thornham Art RetreatsDawn Pretty: ‘A painter of people and places’ Dawn is a Suffolk based figurative artist and freelance scenic painter. An experienced tutor, Dawn has been holding relaxed but informative tuition for many years. Dawn tailors her classes to student’s abilities, ensuring the pace results in progression!

Dawn can be found at -


Tom Lund-Lack - Suffolk Cabins - Thornham Art RetreatsTom Lund-Lack: Tom is a self-taught painter who uses the power of imagination to find the core elements of the subjects he paints. His work is grounded in the need to celebrate life, through the transforming power of colour and light. Also an experienced tutor, Tom has run art workshops for young people and adults. He is a well-known character on the Suffolk art scene as chairperson for Suffolk Open Studios for several years.

Tom can be found at –

The Fine Details

Day 1: Enjoy a day of informative tuition with a relaxed approach, we will let colours dance and experience the natural movement of paints to evolve and evoke our subjects. A complimentary backdrop to day one, exploring the solutions to backgrounds and landscapes for an object, be it still life or animated.  The day will be led by Dawn.

Day 2: will explore the power of imagination find the core elements of a motif, shape, line, pattern and colour conjure up expressions of movement. Learn how fleeting elements, elusive yet important are captured to create an attractive and exciting work reflective of many moods. The day will be led by Tom.

The Accommodation

At Suffolk Cabins we offer simple but comfortable accommodation in a Norwegian lodge facing northeast onto a large paddock surrounded by mature trees and hedging. These shelter the grounds creating the tranquillity so many of our visitors comment upon.

A fully equipped kitchen, sitting room (with TV and DVD) and dining room is all available for your use. 

Breakfast boxes with delicious locally sourced produce will be provided. All diets can be catered for, but please let us know in advance of any specific requirements.

A lunch at the Thornham Walks café will be provided each day.

We can also provide details of locally eateries or caterers for evening meals.

Course prices & what’s included – the clunky details!


  • Two night weekend courses £240 per person.
  • Two night third age weekday courses £180 per person.
  • If you would like to bring a non-participating partner or friend, additional guests are welcome for a small extra cost of £50 per person.
  • Early bird discount of 20% if booked by 31st December.


Detailed information

  1. The price of our workshops includes tuition, accommodation for two nights at Suffolk Cabins, breakfast boxes containing locally sourced produce (please advise in advance dietary requirements) and light lunches at the Forge cafe.
  2. Courses will need a minimum of 5 to be viable & will not exceed 12 participants.
  3. Our first weekend workshops are scheduled for 15th – 16th March and 6th – 8th April 2018. 
  4. Our first third age is scheduled work shop for Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th April.
  5. The workshops will not normally include paints, supports or brushes as most artists at whatever level usually prefer their own equipment.  If you are really stuck and are not sure what to bring or unable to bring anything at all, then just give us a call ahead of time and we’ll do our best to help you.
  6. Along with your painting materials please remember to bring supports, either canvas or board. The size should not be too large somewhere around 25 x 40 cm (10 x 16 inches).  To speed things up, it would be really helpful if you are bringing a board, that it should be primed with gesso or white emulsion.  For some projects we will be working with pastel on paper in which case the materials will be supplied, unless of course you have your own and wish to bring them.
  7. As painting can be a messy business, it almost goes without saying that you will need old clothes an apron or whatever to work in, but you knew that anyway!
  8. Evening meals.  Sadly it is not possible for us to cater for you in the evening, but there are two reasonably priced and good pubs to go to, one of which is the Four Horse Shoes and is within walking distance. The White Horse is a little further away and we do suggest that you drive.  Alternatively we can point you in the direction of The Dineindulge Private Chef Service who offer an affordable service that brings the restaurant to you.