Animal Art in Northumberland

Animal Art - Leader Photo - Anne Corless
Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Art Holidays
from £499pp £439pp

Whether you are trying to recreate the likeness of a beloved pet or a wild animal, it can be frustratingly difficult to get things right. Learn some invaluable tips and techniques by joining this break which focuses on creating artwork featuring birds and animals using a variety of media and exploring a range of visual art styles. Under the guidance of our expert leader, you’ll look at the difference between illustration and fine art as you create dynamic works. The break also includes an exploration of the depiction of animals in art over the years to understand how this popular art genre has evolved.

Holiday Highlights

  • Guidance from expert artists 
  • Full days to practise in inspirational surroundings 
  • Fun and supportive environment
  • Small groups of 15 people or under 

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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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. 

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.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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 slowly reopen in the wake of the 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.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. 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.

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. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

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

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Getting to Nether Grange

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What to Bring

An A3 art board is available at the house for your use.
Art materials are not supplied so please bring drawing and painting materials of your choice.  (Traditional oil paints and solvents are not permitted)

  • Visual art reference (as mentioned above).
  • A Mobile phone or camera; useful to record your progress.

Mediums:
Bring your favourite medium/s to work with e.g. graphite pencils and coloured pencils, charcoal (sticks/ pencil), dip pen and ink, fountain pen with flexible nib, brush pen with water soluble ink, black fine tipped permanent marker, pastel pencils / sticks, pan pastel, watercolour paint / pencils), gouache paint, acrylic paint, water mixable oil paint.
Please note: only water mixable oil paints are allowed.  Traditional oil paints requiring the use of solvents; turpentine, low odour thinners etc are NOT allowed.

Colours:
Artists quality paints (not student quality) will give better results.  Colour theory will be explored.  Do bring along a selection of colours of your own choice.

Paint brushes:
Bring your favourite brushes but try to include two small round brushes (either size 2, 4 or 6) with good points and a large flat or filbert (either size 16, 18,  or 20 or bigger).  Use different brushes for different mediums.  For instance, watercolour brushes should only be used for watercolour painting.

 Suggested supports; paper, board, canvas:

  • You can work any size, big or small, but please remember there is not unlimited space.
  • Rough paper/ sketchbooks for practising techniques.
  • Grey coloured (or a mid tone colour of your choice) drawing paper for tonal art work.  Use a mid weight paper with some texture.
    (Please remember to bring HB and B pencils pencils and charcoal for line work and tonal exercises/ artwork.  For highlighting you will need white pencil/ pastel, gel pen, gouache paint. 
  • Tracing paper and layout paper (optional) for developing artwork from sketches.
  • Supports for your final artworks; paper, board or canvas.
  • Please note: If you intend to paint with watercolours, consider stretching your watercolour paper at home, to bring with you taped to a support (board).

Other bits and pieces to consider bringing:

    • Kneaded eraser and hard eraser.
    • Pencil sharpener.
    • Paper stumps/ tortillion for blending pencil marks.
    • Kitchen roll/ paper towels/ hand wipes.
    • Apron.
    • Mixing palettes
      (Remember, acrylic paints will need covering overnight to stop them drying out, if used on the second day).
    • Fine mist water spray bottle.
    • Extra, small non breakable water pots.
    • Masking fluid.
    • Drawing board clips, bulldog clips (for sketchbooks/ holding paper on the board).
    • Masking tape.
    • Fixative spray.
    • Small table ease / travel easel and also a mahl stick (if you prefer working upright.)
    • Portfolio or similar for storing artwork.
    • Small bin bags.

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: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
08 Mar - 12 Mar
4 Art £499 £439 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Art Holidays

4 nights from £499pp £439pp

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