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Fishing boats in St Ives harbour

Art holidays

From £465 - 4 to 7 nights

Landscape Painting

Holiday reference: PLA

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UK holidays

Arrival day (2014 holidays): 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.

Arrival day (Mondays in 2015):  You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 5pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday. 

Arrival Day (Fridays and Saturdays in 2015): You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Tea and coffee are available throughout the afternoon in the lounge. We invite everyone to our drinks reception at 6.30pm. This is the first occasion when everyone meets together – an opportunity to meet your leader and fellow guests, and find out more about your holiday.

On other days the holiday itinerary is broadly as follows: 

09:30 – 17:30: painting activity

Evening before dinner: Introduction to next day’s activity

Departure day: Depart after a leisurely breakfast


Itinerary for:

Dolgellau, 13 September 2014

Alnmouth, 17 September 2014

Whitby, Monday 6 April 2015, with Murray Ince

Church Stretton, Monday 27 April 2015, with Kel Portman

Dolgellau, Friday 8 May 2015, with Annie Rice

Haytor, Friday 29 May 2015, with Easa Ali

St Ives, Saturday 13 June 2015, with Linda Hollinghead

Dovedale, Monday 15 June 2015 with David Norris

Bourton-on-the-Water, Friday 26 June 2015, with Claire Warner

Lulworth Cove, Friday 3 July 2015, with Richard Nichols (details to follow)

Selworthy, Friday 17 July 2015, with Susan Neale

Derwentwater, Friday 7 August 2015 with Yvonne Darby

Beddgelert, Monday 7 September 2015, with Yvonne Darby

Malta, Saturday 26 September 2015 with Charles Bezzina

St Ives, Saturday 26 September 2015 with Kel Portman

San Quirico, Sunday 11 October 2015 with Kel Portman


Dolgellau, Saturday 13 September 2014, with Irene Sanderson

Tal-y-Llyn Lake, WalesSunday: 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.

Monday: 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.

Tuesday: 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

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

Thursday: 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.

Friday: 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.

Saturday: Depart after breakfast.

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

Thursday: 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 beachFriday: 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.

Saturday: Depart after breakfast. 

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Whitby, Monday 6 April 2015, with Murray Ince

Tuesday: Today we will investigate some of the techniques used in landscape painting - composition, perspective, aerial perspective. We then venture outside for some sketching and painting.Whitby Abbey

Wednesday:Today we visit Staithes, home of the famous artist colony - a wonderful opportunity to sketch and paint cliffs, seawalls, boats, harbourside buildings plus the chance to visit a gallery or two.

Thursday:Today we paint views of Whitby and the famous Abbey where we might even glimpse Dracula himself! For those who wish, we can finish the day with an informal exhibition of our work.

Friday: Depart after breakfast.

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Church Stretton, Monday 27 April 2015, with Kel Portman

We have been advised that for this holiday, guests will need to be able to walk up to 2 miles each day, carrying their equipment.

Tuesday:  After breakfast we will walk around Church Stretton which gives us a range of fascinating landscape subjects to work with, whilst developing our painting and drawing skills at the same time.

Shropshire RiverWednesday: Following breakfast we drive to explore the towns, small villages and surrounding countryside, heading first to historic Iron Bridge with it’s significant bridge and then on to the Shropshire villages of Eardisland and Pembridge. Throughout the day we’ll be working on various technical and creative assignments.

Thursday: Today we concentrate on the Shropshire landscape visiting the rocky Slipper Stones and the beautiful Long Mynd with high views over several neighbouring English and Welsh counties. Here we’ll concentrate on  technique and approach.

Friday: Depart after breakfast

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Dolgellau, Friday 8 May 2015, with Annie Rice

Saturday:  In the morning we will be based at Dolserau Hall and Annie, your Leader, will discuss aspects of Landscape Painting and the techniques of watercolour (or your chosen medium).  Later  we will be able to look out over, or go into, the beautiful grounds and paint.  There is an attractive wooded area with a fast running stream about 10 minutes walk away, which is very painterly, so if you are physically able, you could go there to sketch or paint. 

Sunday: Our focus today will be on specific subject matter, such as a building, boats, harbour etc.  We will visit  Harlech Castle and sketch it from theHarlech castle outside in the morning.  Later we drive  southwards along the beautiful west coast of Wales to Barmouth, where we will sketch and paint in the Old Harbour area.  There will also be time to go into the town to the shops and cafes if you wish.

Monday: today is a free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the County House

Tuesday:  Today we will be painting long distance views across water.  Again we will have the coach at our disposal to visit Penmaenpool, where we will have views over water to the Welsh hills which were once mined for gold.  Later we will drive to Tal y Llyn to gain further views of beautiful Welsh mountains beyond a glistening stretch of water.

Wednesday:  Today we drive to Lake Vyrnwy where we will focus on nature close-up - wooded areas, birds, flora and fauna, at the RSPB Reserve on the borders of Snowdonia . There is also the huge Reservoir, described as “a fairytale lake – a lake for all seasons” with it's  unusual jetty, surrounding hills and greenery. 

Thursday: Today we will be based at Dolserau Hall to pull together our week's work, and perhaps create a small show for the other guests to enjoy. You may wish to continue to paint the grounds or pop back to the forest and brook that we visited on Saturday.  We will enjoy a pleasant session at the end of the day looking at each other's paintings and having a constructive critque.  It is entirely optional, of course, whether you put your work in the critque or the 'exhibition'.

Friday:  Depart after breakfast.

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Haytor, Friday 29 May 2015, with Easa Ali

Every evening when we get back to the house, Easa will be on hand for a brief  discussion and commentary on the day's activity.  He will offer constructive suggestions and advise guests on their work. 

DartmoorSunday: This morning Easa talks to us about techniques, composition and approaches to watercolour, followed by a landscape painting.  After lunch, we paint in or around Moorlands House, weather permitting.

Monday: Today we enjoy a full day of painting at Lustleigh, a picture postcard village with delightful thatched cottages.

Tuesday: After breakfast we leave for picturesque Dartmeet, where we spend our day painting.

Wednesday: Today is a free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the County House

Thursday: Today we drive to Nort Bovey, with its village green and ancient stone cross and where we spend the day sketching and painting.

Friday: Today we are based around the house and grounds, with Easa on hand to offer guidance and advice. Later this evening, for those who wish, we will put together an informal exhibition of our work.

Saturday: Depart after breakfast.

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St Ives, Saturday 13 June 2015, with Linda Hollinghead

Sunday: Today will be spent at Chy Morvah and grounds. We 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.Rocky Trevaunance Cove near St Agnes

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

Tuesday: Today we take a  walk into St Ives itself,  to the lovely beaches and harbours with our focus on creating a strong centre of interest in our art. This will include some sketchbook work and painting studies.

Wednesday: Today is a free day in which to explore the area or relax in the country house.

Thursday: Today we travel to Mousehole in South Cornwall.  This tiny fishing village gives us today's focus on good colour mixing. Creating colour harmonies and working with contrasting colours will give your painting a fresh lively feel.

St Michael's Mount.Friday: Our visit today is to Marizion, with its beautiful view across to St Michaels Mount and where we bring all our painting considerations of the week together to create successful art with impact.

Saturday: Depart after breakfast.

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Dovedale, Monday 15 June 2015 with David Norris

Tuesday: The Roaches and Hen Cloud form a spectacular outcrop of limestone, much loved by ramblers and rock climbers. We will use them as a focal point for some landscape painting views incorporating the dry stone walls and moors of Derbyshire. Family on stepping stones

Wednesday: Dovedale is, as its name suggests, a gentle river valley with footpaths on either bank. Stepping stones, tiny waterfalls and cottages form features along its banks.

Thursday: Tissington is the Derbyshire village that has everything. A stately hall, country cottages, a church on a hill, a village pond and it is the site of five wells which are used in the well dressing ceremonies which occur throughout Derbyshire.

Friday: Depart after breakfast 

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Bourton-on-the-Water, Friday 26 June 2015, with Claire Warner

Saturday:  Today we spend around Harrington House, covering drawing and watercolour techniques and principles to be used during the week.  Choosing a suitable composition, colours and tonal variations are all part of our learning. We also practice painting and sketching outside in the gardens.

BourtonSunday: Today we drive to the Medieval town of Burford and spend time tackling sky, trees, and buildings. Then it's on to Bibury  - a quintessential Cotwold village offering cottage and garden subjects, delightful doors & windows, bridges and reflections. All the while, we are building observational skills, drawing and painting.

Monday: Today is a free day in which to explore the area or relax in the country house or practise our painting.

Tuesday: Today is spent exploring delightful Bourton-on-the-Water, with it’s rich store of painting opportunities. Buildings, bridges, cafes, reflections and shops. An ideal opportunity to practise drawing and perspective projects both with pen and paints.

Wednesday: Our coach takes us to Stow on the Wold -  a busy Cotswold  market town with antique shops and art galleries, interesting doorways and curious chimneys. The perfect chance to hone our pencil and pen techniques. Afterwards, we visit Lower Slaughter with it's mill, millstream, cottages and church.  Our painting afternoon builds on our painting skills and we may even be able to finish off our pictures on-site.

Thursday: Today we are busy finishing off any pictures and preparing for the informal evening exhibition. Claire will cover areas with artists that they would like to practise, and advise on techniques they may wish to strengthen.

Friday: Depart after breakfast.

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Lulworth Cove, Friday 3 July 2015, with Richard Nichols

Details to follow shortly


Selworthy, Friday 17 July 2015, with Susan Neale

Saturday: Today we are working in the beautiful grounds of the hotel, where we practise painting the ever-changing sky above a backdrop of hills and trees. Susan demonstrates how to mix successful greens Gardens at HF Holidays Holnicote House Selworthywhile giving lots of tips on how to paint light and shade. An inspiring day to practice your skills and learn lots of new ones!

Sunday: We venture forth today to the nearby picturesque villages of Selworthy and Allerford. Here we look at capturing the charm of the local cottages with a small nod to observational drawing and very helpful perspective. Susan will also demonstrate how to paint the different textures of walls and thatch.

Monday: a free day to explore the local area or to relax and enjoy the facilites at Holnicote House.

Tuesday: Today we visit Porlock Weir, a wonderful place to record boats, harbour, and sea views against a backdrop of cottages and hills.  Susan demonstrates how to paint boats, reflections and the sea. A day for big washes and small but beautiful detail. She will also demonstrate the new Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolour markers and their portability.

2014 Selworthy - LynmouthWednesday: A visit to Lynmouth and its two inspiring rivers. Water will be a feature today and Susan will demonstrate loose washes and also how to put convincing figures into your scenes.

Thursday: Today we spend around the house and gardens, finishing off our work.  After dinner there will be a chance to exhibit your work to the other guests, however this is a totally optional event.

Friday: Depart after breakfast.

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Derwentwater, Friday 7 August 2015 with Yvonne Darby

Saturday: We meet this morning to look at materials and techniques, whilst Yvonne gives us short interactive demonstrations. Some fun exercises follow using colours, shapes and forms as we enjoy a relaxed way into our painting. Yvonne shares her tips on techniques specific to landscapes. 

Sunday: Using the house and gardens we try some sketches, allowing us some individual time with Yvonne to ask any questions.Stone arch bridge with lake in background

Monday: a free day to explore the local area or relax and enjoy the facilities at Derwent Bank.

Tuesday: Today we venture out to two locations which offer us a chance to sketch and paint in the outside world! Safety in numbers, Yvonne will always be on hand to guide and help with choosing subjects and planning paintings. Watendlath provides us a farm, waterfall, moorlands and mountain views. Cockermouth provides buildings, castle, brewery, houses and a stone bridge.

Wednesday: Today we use the house and gardens to develop paintings and use the techniques we've learnt, with Yvonne on hand to offer support and advice at all times.

Thursday:  We put our finishing touches to our paintings although there is still plenty of time to start new ones should we wish.  An informal exhibition after dinner is an optional extra, as it's always fun to see all the paintings together. What you include is of course your own choice !

Friday: Depart after breakfast.

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Beddgelert, Monday 7 September 2015, with Yvonne Darby

Houses beside the river in Beddgelert villageTuesday: This morning we meet in the studio. Looking at materials and techniques, we enjoy some short interactive demonstrations by Yvonne. Fun exercises are a major part of our time, using colours, shapes and forms as a relaxed way into our painting. Yvonne shares her tips on techniques that are specific to landscapes.

Wednesday: Using the house and gardens we try some sketches, and there's time for some individual time with Yvonne for guidance and to ask her any questions. After lunch you can develop your sketches into paintings, with support and advice at all times from Yvonne.

Thursday: Finishing touches to paintings or plenty of time to start new ones should you wish. In trying new things with support you will have gained confidence and hopefully a desire to continue painting for pleasure. An informal exhibition after dinner is an optional extra - it's always fun to see all our paintings together.  What you include is of course your own choice

Friday: Depart after breakfast.

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Malta, Saturday 26 September 2015 with Charles Bezzina

Sunday: Today we will look at the interior architecture of the capital city of Valletta, an open air museum with plenty of opportunities for architecture drawing and painting landmarks. We shall work "plein air". The city is approx. one square mile so everywhere is within easy walking.  

Church in Mdina in MaltaMonday: Today we paint  the exterior of the old Medivial  city of Mdina (below the city walls)  and later we go into the interior of the city to paint plien air.

Tuesday:  Our whole day is dedicated to touring and visiting places on Malta's sister Island, Gozo. We take the ferry across to Gozo, where we paint plein air at azure Window Gozo.  We take the many opportunities along the way to sketch and paint in our sketch book.

Wednesday: Free for you to explore the local area or relax at the hotel

Thursday: Paint plein air at Marsaxlokk fishing village, with the most colorful boats in the world and then transfer to the three cities. Fishing boat in Maltese harbour

Friday: Today we admire Valletta from across the water. We will be able to sketch and paint the west side of Valletta, enjoying a perspective and architecture challenge.

Saturday: Depart after breakfast.

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St Ives, Saturday 26 September 2015 with Kel Portman

St Ives CoastSunday: After breakfast we explore on foot the delightful town of St Ives and it’s surroundings - they will give us many opportunities to develop painting and drawing skills as well as our individual approach to landscape.

Monday: After a leisurely breakfast we drive to explore the coastal areas of Godrevy Point and St Agnes, observing the land and seascape and then interpretinMousehole courtesy of Visit Cornwallg these ideas into images.

Tuesday: Today travel to Larmorna Cove and then on to the fishing village of Mousehole, subjects that will enable us to explore full use of our sketchbooks, viewing elements of the coast, architecture and the surrounding area in our studies.

Wednesday:  This is a free day for you to independently explore the Cornish coast or to relax and enjoy the facilities at Chy Morvah

Thursday: A day of dramatic coastlines and seascapes as we travel off to Cape Cornwall and St Just.

Friday: Depart after breakfast

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San Quirico, Sunday 11 October 2015 with Kel Portman

Monday: After breakfast we travel to San Giovanni d’Asso, Pienza and Montepulciano where we will be afforded many opportunities to develop approaches and painting and drawing skills.Tuscan Countryside

Tuesday: Today we explore the small villages and surrounding hillsides of Spedaletto, Monticchiello and La Foce, observing the landscape and interpreting our ideas into images.

Wednesday: A free day to explore the local area or to relax and enjoy the facilities at the hotel.

Thursday: After breakfast we travel to Siena on a sightseeing tour that also enables us to explore use of our sketchbooks, using architecture and the surrounding area in our studies.

Cypress trees and poppies in TuscanyFriday: Today we stay in the locality of San Quirico, walking around the town and the local countryside and exploring further ways of interpreting the Tuscan landscape. 

Saturday: After breakfast we travel to Montalcino and to the Abbey, Abbazia di Sant'Antimo. Here we explore this abbey and its surrounds, then it's on to Bagni Vignoni via Castiglione d’Orcia.

Sunday: Depart after breakfast

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