4-Night Painting with Acrylic & Mixed Media in the South Downs

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Interests: Art Holidays

We will use bright and vibrant acrylics with a little mixed media on this holiday to create several paintings each day. Expert tuition will have you relaxing in the knowledge you will be guided step-by-step and as your confidence grows, you’ll be delighted at what can be achieved. All abilities are welcome, especially beginners.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy developing your skills with a group of fellow artists
  • Learn to paint with acrylics & mixed media under the guidance of your HF Holidays Tutor
  • Small group sizes to enhance your experience
  • 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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Nether Grange

Sitting pretty in the centre of the quiet harbour village of Alnmouth, Nether Grange stands in an area rich in natural beauty and historic gravitas. There are moving views of the dramatic North Sea coastline from the house too. This one-time 18th century granary was first converted into a large family home for the High Sheriff of Northumberland in the 19th century and then reimagined as a characterful hikers’ hotel. Many of the 36 bedrooms look out across the sea, while a large lounge, conservatory and adjoining bar are there to entertain you. Easily accessible from the house are the coast path while inland lies the Northumberland National Park. North are the Farne Islands and their spectacular seabird colonies and close by is Lindisfarne and its romantic castle accessible at low-tide via an ancient pilgrim’s path. Nearby too is the medieval market town of Alnwick and its eponymous castle, as well as the atmospheric ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, perched on a grassy peninsula to the south of Embbelton Bay. Best of all though is Bamburgh Castle, built to resemble a magnificent medieval fortress but actually an impressive Victorian folly.

 

Need to know

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

As we reopen in the wake of the latest Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. 

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 have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. 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.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Swimming pools at Abingworth Hall, Chy Morvah, Holnicote House, Longmynd House and Newfield Hall will reopen on 17 May. Others, including at Alltshellach, Freshwater Bay House, Nythfa House and West Lulworth House will aim to reopen on 21 June.

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 house’s smartly presented rooms up an impressive sweeping staircase. Full of warm tones or coastal colours and comfy touches they’re a great base for exploring the area. With 36 bedrooms, Nether Grange has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ 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, extensive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the elevated terrace gardens with a cooling drink and a cracking sea view or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet or giant chess, backed by views of the beach and sea beyond. The spick and span sky-blue painted bar with its mismatched blue and stripy seats boasts all the requisite cosiness and British bonhomie, plus a selection of local beers and your favourite tipple. Settle in.

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 Nether Grange is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the light-filled dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local flavours.

Accessibility

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

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Getting to Nether Grange

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Essential Information

Below is a list of suggested equipment for your Painting with Acrylics & Mixed Media holiday:

Paints

  • A set of acrylic paints in a variety of colours - good brands are Daler Rowney (System 3) and Windsor & Newton (Galeria)
  • Colours: black, purple, red, orange, yellow, titanium, white, green, blue and brown
  • For a palette, simply use foil, wrapped around some cardboard

[Optional: fluorescent pink and orange as an accent colour at times.] 

Surfaces

  • Canvas boards or canvas – approx. 10”x12”.  It’s wise not to go larger than 12”x16”.
  • You may like to bring a circular board as something a little different!

The tutor will be using 1 circular board, 4-5 rectangular boards 10”x12” and one 12”x16”

Brushes

  • A palette knife
  • A wash brush with a square edge
  • A fine-tipped brush

[Any other additional brushes are a bonus!]

Pen

You need a good quality black ink pen or biro. The tutor uses a uni-ball eye micro ub-150 rollerball pen – in black.

Bits n’ Pieces

  • Hairdryer – absolutely essential!
  • A little tissue paper – any light colour
  • An old brush for using the PVA glue
  • Kitchen scourers
  • Kitchen towel
  • Baby wipes for cleaning yourself, and/or apron/old clothing
  • Small mount tape or sellotape

What the Tutor will Bring

  • Scissors
  • Jam jars for water
  • Cardboard to wrap your aluminium foil around for the palette
  • PVA glue
  • Cardboard/watercolour paper for some trees
  • White gesso and salt
  • Plastic plate to draw around
  • A few paints, pens and canvas boards available for purchase in case something gets left behind

 

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