From £325 - 3 to 7 nights
Holiday reference: PLA
For 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.
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.
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 riverbank 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.
Day 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.
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.
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.
Day 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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