Introduction to Acrylics Holiday in the Northern Lake District
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Designed for beginners or those who wish to revisit the basics in acrylic painting.
With expert tuition in a relaxed and supportive environment, you’ll be taken step by step from selecting the right paper to how to use your tools and equipment, through to the basic techniques and composition.
See your confidence grow before your very eyes!
- Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage
- Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of painting in a group
- Gain knowledge to continue with acrylics at home
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Tuition from our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- Loan of lightweight wooden A3 art boards
Set right on the shores of Derwent Water our Country House treats you to scenic walking straight from its door. Admire stunning panoramas across the mirror-smooth lake set against the backdrop of razor-edged ridges and humpbacked fells.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
Only an extra £20 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At your house
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Due to the layout and age of Derwent Bank, bedrooms within the main house are not accessible for wheelchair users, with all accommodation being reached by stairs.
- The fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance during an evacuation should identify themselves on arrival
- Mobile phone reception is generally good in the main building
- Assistance dogs accompanying a visually or hearing impaired guest are welcome. Dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
- Information can be provided in large print
- Staff have received disability awareness training
- Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
- Fridge for medication is provided
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better and best rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
What paint, which brushes and what to paint on? Why and how to tone your canvas? Loads of questions as we set out on our holiday! Happily we begin with a demonstration of mixing paint for glazing – and then we get stuck in, painting several simple subjects. Later on we’ll attempt to paint a still life on our toned canvas.
Tricks and techniques
We’ll be able to finish yesterday’s art work before we enjoy a useful demo of tricks and techniques. In no time at all we’re toning our next canvas, ready for a landscape painting. We'll learn to paint skies and trees. Totally immersed and happily painting landscapes until tea time.
Finishes and free choices
Today is all about finishing any art work. We’re free to choose the subject for our next masterpiece. Later on this evening we'll create an informal mini exhibition of our artwork for everyone to enjoy. It’s entirely up to us whether we show our art work or not, but it’s great fun and much appreciated by other guests.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast. We’ll leave with new techniques and knowledge together with inspiration to continue painting in acrylics!
What to Bring
The following is only a suggested list. If you already have any acrylic painting equipment, please bring it along.
PAINTS: As with all paints there are different makes, qualities and sizes - Artists / Student/ Heavy body.
- Daler Rowney System 3 have starter sets in two thicknesses.
- Original System 3 has a soft body, suitable for covering large areas without visible brush strokes.
- Heavy Body System 3 is thicker, although not quite as stiff as other brands ‘Heavy Body paints.
- Winsor & Newton’s Galeria is also worth considering and both companies produce starter sets of 6/8/10 tubes to include: Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red Hue, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Cerulean Blue Hue, Phthalo Green, Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber
- In addition, Burnt Sienna & Ultramarine Blue would be useful.
BRUSHES: Paint brushes come in many types and sizes, and can be very cheap or quite expensive. Synthetic brushes are usually cheaper than natural ones, and are fine for acrylics. If you are just starting you will be OK with just 3 or 4 brushes. Your art leader suggests short handled synthetic sable no’s 2 + 4 round, 4 flat and a 6 filbert.
BEWARE of very cheap brushes. Their bristles are not as flexible, and your brushstrokes will suffer, plus they tend to shed on your painting.
Please bring any brushes you might already have.
WHAT TO PAINT ON: The typical art supports are Stretched Canvas, Canvas Board, Wood Panels and Paper. If you buy premade canvas, check it is primed for acrylic. If you decide on paper, a heavy water colour or Acrylic paper is fine. A wood panel is fine but please don’t bring your front door!
WHERE TO MIX YOUR PAINT: You will need some kind of palette. This can be anything from a large dinner plate, to a disposable paper palette so long as it’s neutral or white. I find a large shallow plastic box with lid and using kitchen roll and a piece of greaseproof paper works well at keeping paint.
WHAT ELSE MIGHT YOU NEED:
- Tabletop Easels are great but not essential to begin with. I will bring some with me, so don’t rush to buy one.
- If you are using PAPER, you will need a board and masking tape.
- 2 water containers, kitchen roll,
- 2b pencil & rubber
- water spray (any reusable spray will be fine)
- small natural sponge
- a small bottle of MATT MEDIUM
- an old shirt!
Lightweight wooden A3 drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House.
Discover the Lake District
The Lake District is England’s premier national park with outstanding mountain scenery.
The nearest town is Keswick, about two miles away. As a popular tourist destination it has a range of facilities including supermarkets, banks, a post office, pubs and cafés. It is also well known for its huge number of outdoor shops where you can buy an array of clothing and equipment for the outdoors.
During your visit to Derwent Bank you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Take a leisurely journey around Derwentwater on the ferry - a great way to see the surrounding mountains from a different perspective. The nearest stop at Nichol End is just a few minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank. www.keswick-launch.co.uk
Theatre by the Lake
Situated by the lakeshore in Keswick, the theatre offers an excellent repertoire of plays in the main house and smaller studio theatre. The theatre’s popularity means that advance booking is recommended, especially in the high season. www.theatrebythelake.com
Honister Slate Mine
Go underground on the mine tour at this famous Lake District mine which is situated at the top of Honister Pass between Borrowdale and Buttermere. Here you can travel underground and learn about the history of Lake District slate production. Honister is around 30 minutes' drive from Derwent Bank, and can also be reached directly using the Honister Rambler bus. www.honister.com
Whinlatter Forest & Go Ape!
Relax at the visitors centre and cafe, or follow the excellent new mountain bike trail; one of the best in Britain. The high-ropes Go Ape course is great option for active teenagers. www.forestry.gov.uk/whinlatter or www.goape.co.uk
Derwent Water Marina
Hire a canoe or sailing boat and enjoy one of England’s most beautiful lakes. Just five minutes’ walk from Derwent Bank. www.derwentwatermarina.co.uk
Grasmere is about 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank and is famous with its connections with William Wordsworth. The poet’s homes at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount can be visited, the former of which includes the Wordsworth Museum. Wordsworth’s birthplace can also be visited in Cockermouth; a pleasant market town to the north-west of Derwent Bank. Both Grasmere and Cockermouth can be reached by local bus from Keswick. www.wordsworth.org.uk
About 30 minutes’ drive from Derwent Bank is Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes. Enjoy its glorious scenery either on foot or by steamer. If you are visiting the Ullswater area you could also visit the superb waterfall of Aira Force or the country house and gardens at Dalemain. www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk or www.dalemain.com
Lake District Wildlife Park
Well worth a visit for the whole family. You can watch the antics of the otters, apes and monkeys and marvel at the flying displays of eagles and vultures. www.lakedistrictwildlifepark.co.uk
Carlisle, about 45 minutes from Derwent Bank is the historic county town of Cumbria. Here you’ll find a good selection of shops, the cathedral, and castle. Of particular interest is the Tullie House Museum which is recognised for its exciting, varied events and exhibitions programme and is full of exciting interactive displays. www.tulliehouse.co.uk
Travel to Derwentwater
Our address is: Derwent Bank, Portinscale, Nr Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5TY
The nearest train station is at Penrith on the main line between London and Glasgow. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
HF station transfer - great value!
Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Penrith station and Derwent Bank. The pickup is at 4.50pm from Penrith railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Penrith station by 9.50am. This transfer costs just £18 return, however a place must be reserved at least 14 days in advance by calling 020 8732 1220.
If you can’t meet our station transfer, the 20 mile journey from Penrith to Derwent Bank can be made by taxi. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £38 per journey (or around £55 if not pre-booked). Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Derwent Bank Manager.
The X5 bus runs approximately every hour from Penrith station. The nearest bus stop is on the A66, about ¾ mile walk from Derwent Bank. Alight at the Portinscale bus stop and take the road on the left (signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley). Follow this road through Portinscale village - Derwent Bank is on the left-hand side after the Derwentwater Marina.
Alternatively catch the bus to Keswick and then take a short taxi journey to Derwent Bank in Portinscale.
For bus times see www.traveline.info
From Penrith - leave the M6 motorway at junction 40 and take the A66 towards Keswick. After 17 miles you'll reach a roundabout in Keswick - continue ahead following signs to Cockermouth and Workington. One mile beyond the roundabout, and 200yds beyond the B5289 turning to Keswick, turn left off off the A66 signposted to Portinscale, Grange and the Newlands Valley. Derwent Bank is approx ¾ mile along this road on the left after the Derwentwater Marina and before the Nichol End Marina. There is a large car park available at Derwent Bank.
Travelling from overseas
For most guests the most convenient option is to book a flight to Manchester Airport. There are direct trains every hour from Manchester Airport to Penrith - this is straightforward journey - allow 2 hours to Penrith. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Penrith station you can complete the journey to Derwent Bank using our transfer, by bus, or by taxi (see above).
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Penrith. From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. Next take the Underground train to London Euston. Finally the main line train from London Euston to Penith takes 3 hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Hilary lived in Africa, Asia and the Middle East for over 30 years, and now lives in East Sussex, always painting and teaching. On returning to the UK she went back to college in Hasting where she gained honours in her qualifications. She is a regular exhibiting artist and has had shown her work in all of the countries she has lived. She enjoys teaching beginners as well as the more experienced. Hilary tutors privately and runs workshops in water colour, acrylics and oil. All subjects are interesting to her including installations, mixed media and collage. A positive person who enjoys what she does and will do her best to make the HF Holidays’ painting experience as enjoyable as possible.
Excellent tuition. Lots of good ideas for composition and new techniques demonstrated. Very encouraging and brought out each persons strength.
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|25 Feb 2019||DBPAC - Introduction to Acrylics - Derwentwater||4||£449.00||£404.00||Book Now|
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