4-Night Introduction to Acrylics holiday in the North York Moors

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Art Holidays
from £495pp £455pp

Acrylic paint is water-based and fast-drying allowing artists to create beautiful works quickly without the use of potentially harmful thinners. This break is designed for beginners or those who wish to revisit the basics of 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. Your confidence will grow quickly and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve in a short time.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy developing your skills with a group of fellow artists
  • Learn to paint with acrylics under the guidance of your HF Holidays Tutor
  • Practise in small group sizes of 15 people or fewer
  • Build your confidence in using a variety of techniques

What’s included

  • 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 wooden A3 art boards

Trip Notes

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Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for best and better rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet your fellow guests and leader. Your leader will talk you through the holiday, including its timetable, on the first evening.


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.


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. Where we’ll learn how to paint skies and trees and be totally immersed in happily painting landscapes until tea time.


Today is all about finishing art work. We’re free to choose the subject for our next masterpiece. In the evening we can 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!


Thorns Hall

Situated in Sedbergh, in West Yorkshire’s portion of the famous Dales, at the foot of the Howgill Fells, Thorns Hall offers cosy, country-pile atmosphere amid beautiful rural surroundings. Dating from 1535, the small manor house is home to 25 bedrooms as well as wood-panelled public rooms, open fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard that ooze historic charm. From every aspect the hills can be seen rising around the house and a short hop takes you from the house to the fells and upland scenery. Marvel at the 24 arch Ribblehead Viaduct, climb the distinctive summit of Ingleborough, one of the Three Peaks, explore classic limestone scenery and stop in at one of Appleby’s historic pubs for a well-earned toast.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. Swimming Pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms in the main house or cottages across the courtyard. With 25 rooms, Thorns Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Our pick is Room 25, a very spacious escape on the ground floor with a great brick fireplace, comfy seats to sit in and big bed as well as gorgeous views of the gardens. Look out too for large and airy Room 4 and the more intimate Room 13 with its exposed wood ceiling and courtyard view.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, large reception hall, two lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Dales, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. At the front of the house there’s a pretty, formal garden that makes a pleasant spot to relax in. Take up residence in the lounge below the exposed wood beams or seek refuge in the small, dark wood-panelled bar with its over-sized fireplace and log burner for an atmospheric corner to kick back in and catch up with fellow guests over a local ale or two.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Thorns Hall is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room in the converted barn hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours, from twice baked Wensleydale Cheese Souffle to Lancashire black pudding and Cumbrian rump of lamb.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Thorns Hall

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Essential Information

There are many brands Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Liquitex, Golden etc.
Buy a medium –heavy body Acrylic


Colours:
Cad Yellow Light, Pthalocyanine Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson.
Burnt Sienna, Titanium White


Surfaces:
An acrylic Paper Pad A4 size and a canvas panel between A4 and A3.
A crooked handled palette knife
A tear off palette.
A stay wet palette, ( can be a plate or clingfilm)


Brushes:
Acrylic 1” flat, a small round or filbert NO.6 (Acrylic brushes have a goof spring to them, please don’t buy watercolour, or hoghair brushes.
Water pot
Pencil and rubber
Rag cleaning cloths
An apron or painting shirt.


Lightweight wooden A3 drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
21 Nov - 25 Nov 2022
4 Art £495 £455 Save £40 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Art Holidays

4 nights from £495pp £455pp

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