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

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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:

Conistonwater, 3 May 2014

Haytor, 3 May 2014

Freshwater Bay, 17 May 2014

Brecon, 7 June 2014

Malhamdale, 7 July 2014

Selworthy, 12 July 2014

St. Ives, 9 August 2014

Glen Coe, 23 August 2014

Dolgellau, 13 September 2014

Alnmouth, 17 September 2014


Conistonwater, 3 May 2014, with Irene SandersonGreat Langdale in the Lake District

Day 2: The days starts with an overview of your aims for the holiday. There will be a quick look at the techniques and methods involved in landscape painting in order to solve some of the common problems of handling materials, deciding on composition, perspective and finishing. Monk Coniston's grounds, the magnificent trees, the beautiful view and the hall itself will be the subject for the day's studies and painting. At the end of the afternoon we will return to the studio to look over what we have achieved and go over any topics that need attention. 

Day 3: A drive through Little Langdale, up into the heights of Blea Tarn for the classic Lake District view of the Langdale Pikes. We'll then descend toMonk Coniston facade Old Dungeon Ghyll, set in the deepest and finest Lake District scenery. A chance to work in a wild landscape renowned for its spirituality. On the return journey, if time permits, we'll make a quick visit to Tilberthwaite Touchstone; the Andy Goldsworthy installation and another aspect of landscape art.

Day 4: A final day to finish work in progress with time to seek out landscapes in the surroundings of Monk Coniston with its atmosphere of summer valleys and the wider water of Coniston. In the evening, if you wish, you can exhibit your work for the other guests to appreciate.

Day 5: Depart after breakfast.


Haytor, 3 May 2014, with Linda HollingsheadMoorlands

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

Day 3: Today we'll visit the pretty thatched-roof village of Lustleigh for our inspiration. Here we explore the use of a viewfinder in the landscape to aid quick and easy composition to create successful paintings. We'll also look at techniques for creating atmosphere and depth in painting.

Day 4: Today we visit the coast at Bigbury-on-Sea where our focus us on creating a strong centre of interest in painting. This will include some sketchbook work and painting studies.

Day 5: A man and woman paintingA free day for you to relax at the Country House or explore the local area.

Day 6: Today's focus is on mixing clean colour to create colour harmonies, working with contrasting colours to give your painting a fresh and lively feel and using texture to create depth. The day includes both studio practice and outdoor painting.

Day 7: On today's visit to Widecombe-in-the-Moor we bring all our painting consideration of the week together to create successful art with impact.

Day 8: Depart after breakfast.


Freshwater Bay, 17 May 2014, with Easa Ali

Day 2: In the morning your leader will demonstrate watercolour techniques and talk about how to compose a painting. In the afternoon it will be your turn to paint, in and around the Country House, with help and supervision from the leader. At the end of the afternoon session there will be a short appraisal of your work.

Day 3: Today we'll spend the day on Winkle Street in Calbourne village; a pretty street to paint with a village church and rows of lovely cottages.On our return to the Country House there will be a short appraisal of your work.

Day 4: Today we'll travel to Wootton Bridge and Wootton Creek. Here there are lots of interesting views to paint including bridges, boatFreshwater Bay Needless, waterside buildings and lovely rural scenes. On our return to the Country House there will be a short appraisal of your work.

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

Day 6: Today we'll travel to Gurnard Bay for coastal views, boathouses and beautiful beach huts. On our return to the Country House there will be a short appraisal of your work.

Day 7: Today we'll paint in and around the Country House, with the leader giving help and supervision as and when required. Early evening there will be a short appraisal of your work, followed by an informal exhibition of your work.

Day 8: Depart after breakfast.


Brecon, 7 June 2014, with Annie Rice

Exterior of Nythfa House BreconDay 2: Today we will consider sketching, its value and photographs as aide memoirs. Working in the Country House and Grounds, you will get to know your colours, medium and watercolour wet in wet and layering techniques.

Day 3: This day we will go out to the Taf Fawr River in the morning, with its tumbling rocks and mountain stream with a background of mountains. Then in the afternoon we will go to the National Park Visitor Centre, Libanus for expansive mountain views of the Brecon Beacons. We will improve our knowledge of composition/focal points/perspective and painting large areas, as in sky and mountain ranges, and then adding detail.In the evening we will experiment with colour mixing and challenging the expected. We can use some tools to apply the paint instead of always using brushes. 

Day 4: Today we will visit Brecon town itself, which offers river views, buildings, meadows and hills. We will concentrate on tonal value and its use in defining shapes. Also the use of colours in perspective. You may wish to use unexpected colours to challenge the viewer.In the evening we will play with collage to produce a textured surface, and also pre-colour some paper to take on our trip. 

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

BreconDay 6: On today's trip out to Craig Y Nos using the prepared papers you can make beautiful paintings of parkland, lake and trees, stream and footbridges.  There is also a Castle. Your leader will encourage you to work outside your comfort zone.  You may wish to work with pen on these surfaces or use tools other than a brush. 

Day 7: At the Country House we will consolidate any work you have already started and experiment with newly acquired skills. You can go out into the grounds or around the House. There will be opportunity for an individual session to discuss or practice something specific to you.

In the evening we’ll hold a small exhibition of our work, this is, of course, optional.

Day 8: Depart after breakfast.


Malhamdale, 7 July 2014, with Richard NicholsTerrace on the side of Newfield Hall

Day 2: Following some tips and techniques for landscape drawing and painting we look at ways to avoid some common problems of watercolour, or other materials. This is a day for choosing scences and cameos in and around the grounds of Newfield Hall and explore or develop your own individual style.

River in the Yorkshire DalesDay 3: Today gives us the chance to venture out, with transport to the beautiful surrounding area, where Richard will encourage everyone to capture the feast of rugged Malhamdale scenery, choosing the village, cove or tarn, depending on time available and weather conditions. 

Day 4: We again travel further afield to capture the wonders of Bolton Abbey, set amidst the glorious surrounding Yorkshire countryside.The ruins of Bolton Abbey

Day 5: A chance to spend some time in the Country House or grounds, with Richard on hand all day to help you develop or complete yesterday's work and begin new paintings. Some fellow guests may ask to see an informal exhibition of the groups' activities in the evening, this is entirely optional.

Day 6: Depart after breakfast.


Selworthy, 12 July 2014, with Helen Halliday

Day 2: Today we will either work in the grounds or walk up to Selworthy village where there are some picture postcard thatched cottages and views over Exmoor. We will discuss how to choose and isolate a good subject, and how to avoid problems by making thumbnail sketches.

Day 3: Today we will travel to the Valley of the Rocks, and inspiring part of the coast with dramatic cliffs and rocky outcrops. We will talk about colour and how to use it to achieve distance in the landscape.

Day 4: Today we will travel to Porlock Weir with its interesting harbour and collection of boats. There are also some picturesque cottages and distant views towards the headland.

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

Day 6: Today we will be painting at Countisbury, where there is a lovely church with views over Exmoor and along the cliffs towards Lynmouth.

Day 7: Today we will be working in the house and grounds, either finishing paintings done during the week or painting some local scenes. Before dinner there will be an opportunity to display your work if you would like to.

Day 8: Depart after breakfast.


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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