Landscape PaintingVarious locations

2 men sitting painting coastline
Abandoned tin mines on the Cornwall coast
Tal-y-Llyn Lake, Wales
Stone clapper bridge at Tarr Steps on Exmoor
Lighthouse on the Isle of  Lismore

Painting & Drawing holidays

From £325 - 3 to 7 nights

Landscape Painting

Holiday reference: PLA

man with cap paintingFor all holidays:

Day 1: Arrival day

Please join us for tea between 4pm and 5pm to meet the leader and your fellow guests.

Before dinner there will be a brief introduction to the holiday programme.


Itinerary for:

St. Ives, 9 August 2014

Glen Coe, 23 August 2014

Dolgellau, 13 September 2014

Alnmouth, 17 September 2014


St Ives, 9 August 2014, with Linda HollingsheadSt Ives garden 2 Jubilee eshot May

Day 2: Today will be spent within the Country House and its grounds. We will look at the composition, working methods and process for creating a landscape painting. There will be painting exercises with a focus on good composition and leading the viewer through your painting.

Day 3: Today we'll visit Zennor and the north coast. There are lots of subjects to paint around the village, including sea views and rugged hillsides. We shall explore the use of a viewfinder in the landscape to aid easy, quick compositions and to create successful paintings.

Day 4: Today we'll walk into St Ives, with its lovely beaches and harbours. Our focus will be on creating a strong centre of interest in our art. This day will iSt Michaels Mount in Cornwallnclude some sketchbook work and painting studies.

Day 5: A free day for your to relax in the Country House or explore the local area.

Day 6: Today we travel to South Cornwall, to Mousehole. This is a tiny fishing village where today's focus will be on good colour mixing. We'll explore creating colour harmonies and working with contrasting colours to give your painting a fresh, lively feel.

Day 7: Our visit today is to Marazion with its beautiful view across to St. Michael's Mount. Here we bring all our learning of the week together to create art with impact.

Day 8: Depart after breakfast.


Glen Coe, 23 August 2014, with David Norris

Day 2: The house at Glencoe has a distinctive setting. On the first day we will use the promontory on the edge of the loch to paint the landscape of rocks trees and boats which are literally on the doorstep.Lady painting outdoors

Day 3: The Caledonian Canal is at the heart of Fort William’s development. We will position ourselves on a quiet stretch of the canal above Neptune’s Staircase of locks in the morning before moving on to where the canal joins Loch Linnhe. Here there are old lock side cottages and views of Fort William and the mountains across the water.

Day 4: Glencoe Valley provides atmospheric views up the valley from the visitors centre, whatever the weather is like. In the afternoon we will explore Glencoe village with its bridge and riveLoch Leven and the hills of Glen Coerbank cottages as far upstream as Tigh Phuirt. 

Day 5: A free day to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House

Day 6: Ben Nevis is the focal point of all the mountainous landscapes. Distant views of the mountain get better as we go up the valley from Visitors Centre to Poldubh. On the way back we will stop at Corran Ferry to draw the ferry with its backdrop of a white lighthouse and mountains.

Day 7: A day for finishing off all the paintings in readiness for an exhibition. 

Day 8: Depart after breakfast.


Dolgellau, 13 September 2014, with Irene Sanderson

Tal-y-Llyn Lake, WalesDay 2: The day starts with an overview of your aims for the holiday. There will be guidance on techniques and methods of landscape painting that can solve the common problems of handling materials, deciding on composition, perspective and finishing. The peaceful grounds of the Country House, the beautiful views and the walks nearby, along with the house itself, will be the subjects of the day's studies and painting.

Day 3: A trip out to Tyn y Lyn with its lakes and hills; a beautiful Welsh landscape with hills rising beyond the deep reflecting lake. We shall also have a quick visit to see the cormorant's colony for some live bird painting.

Day 4: A trip to Barmouth and the exhiliration of the seaside. Visits to the town's galleries include large-scale works at The Art on the Hill gallery. There are views over the sea and a terrific beach.Barmouth on the coast of Wales

Day 5: A free day for you to relax at the Country House or explore at leisure.

Day 6: We'll make a short study of the romantic ruins of Cymer Abbey, located close to the Country House. This is followed by a trip to Penmaenpool, a location by a beautiful estuary with open skies.

Day 7: After an overview of progress so far, today's session will, once more, be centred around the Country House and the surrounding landscape, with the aim of producing a finished work. Presentation of work will be the day's topic and you will be shown how to give your efforts maximum effect.

Day 8: Depart after breakfast.


Alnmouth, 17 September 2014, with Catherine SargeantOld stone house with grass and trees beside it

Day 2: Catherine will start the morning with a studio presentation on painting techniques. After a break for refreshments, we’ll walk into Alnmouth to look around and choose a subject to paint.  Our picnic lunch can be enjoyed in situ or back at the house. In the afternoon continue with your painting with individual input from your tutor before returning to the studio for a friendly critique whilst confirming next day’s events. You will then be free to continue painting, go for a walk or have a pre-dinner rest. In the evening Catherine will show a slideshow.

Bamburgh Castle on a sunny day with waves coming in and people walking along the beachDay 3: Today we travel by coach to Bamburgh.

There are many views and subjects to choose from, the most popular being the castle. Composition will be discussed and you will have individual input from your tutor to help you achieve a painting with good composition. Enjoy your picnic lunch in Bamburgh and take the opportunity to sample a local tearoom for refreshments before returning to the house by coach. In the evening you will have the option to show your paintings to fellow guests.

Day 4: Depart after breakfast.

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