4-Night Painting with Acrylic & Mixed Media on the Isle of Wight

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Duration: 4 nights
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

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


There will be full days practising your chosen discipline with breaks throughout the day for a cup of tea (or two!) and lunch. Most tuition and practice will take place inside the house, but if the sun is out, we may head into the grounds to take advantage of some fresh air. 

On Landscape Art holidays, there will be the opportunity to travel further from the house, either on foot or in a coach.

In the evenings, you can relax in the house lounges and bar, socialise with other guests or take part in a wide range of house activities.


Depart after a leisurely breakfast. We’ll leave with new techniques and knowledge together with inspiration to continue painting in acrylics!


Freshwater Bay House

Holidaying on the picturesque Isle of Wight doesn’t get any better than at Freshwater Bay House. Stood atop the island’s classic white cliffs and dominating the bay that it is named after, Freshwater Bay House has a gorgeous location. As well as 43 bedrooms, many decked out in blue and white printed wallpaper featuring foam-tipped waves breaking softly across the walls that act as a promise of the coastal scenery to come, there are three lounges and a friendly bar. Extensive gardens give on to the coast path, with a staircase that drops to the beach one way, while a path leads away across Tennyson Down towards the Needles in the other direction. If you’re experiencing some of the island’s plentiful sunshine (it averages around 2,000 hours a year), head to Alum Bay for coloured sands or Compton Bay for dinosaur footprints. Explore Carisbrooke Castle, stroll through Ventnor Botanic Gardens and keep an eye out for red squirrels in Borthwood Copse and America Wood.

 

Rooms

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

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms, many that come with sea views. They’re mostly spacious and chic, styled to acknowledge the house’s nautical connections but with a modern twist of dove greys, clean whites and contemporary furniture. With 43 bedrooms, Freshwater Bay House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic, Premium and Superior Rooms to choose from: Rooms 19 and 20 on the first floor come with spectacular sea views out over the English Channel; Rooms 18 and 22 are sumptuous corner rooms with expansive views over both the bay and Tennyson Downs. If it’s a room with a view you’re after, ask for Room 24, a superb, spacious corner space with five large windows all overlooking the gardens and bay, with its own private sitting room to relax in. Request Room 39 on the second floor and you’ll get an attractive corner room complete with a bath to soak in after a day of coastal walking.

All ‘Classic’ rooms are en-suite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ 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, outdoor swimming pool, 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 extensive gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. If you’re visiting with children, turn them loose in the outdoor playground area or watch them splash in the large heated alfresco pool (open in summer season) – there’s seating with sea views for you to enjoy a drink in too on a hot English summer’s day. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the three cosy lounges to read a book, play a board game or just hideaway; there’s a grand piano in one if you’re feeling musical. Head to the bar before dinner to perch on a tall stool with a perfect gin and tonic made with the Isle of Wight’s very own Mermaid Gin and a chance to catch up with your companions.

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. Food at Freshwater Bay House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

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

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Getting to Freshwater Bay House

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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

 

Sophia Flowers

Sophia has been a professional artist and art tutor for many years. She teaches regularly both in the UK and overseas, running a yearly residential painting holiday in Southern France, giving demonstrations and holding art exhibitions.

Sophia believes true art is about letting go and it is this she wishes you to experience – there are no mistakes, only discovery and learning. Sophia particularly loves to teach people of all abilities/ages, especially those who have never painted before. Classes are fun and enjoyable. For more information about Sophia’s love of painting visit her website.

Guest Reviews

Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Art Holidays

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