Animal Art in the Peak District
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.
- Guidance from expert artists
- Full days to practise in inspirational surroundings
- Fun and supportive environment
- Small groups of 15 people or under
- 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
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
Through demonstrations and exercises, you will learn how to use line, tone and colour and explore different ways of mark making before moving on to discuss the use of visual references (sketches & photographs*) as an aid to your artwork.
*Please feel free to bring your own reference images including any sketchbook work or drawings/ paintings done from life e.g. of a family pet. However, some images will be available to use during the workshops.
With the help of your leader, you can put everything you have learnt into practise creating a finished piece of artwork or you can continue to explore the use of art materials and techniques.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
The Peveril of the Peak
The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, stands proudly in the Peak District countryside, close to the village of Thorpe. Backed by the cone of Thorpe Cloud, which guards the entrance to Dovedale Gorge and the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the gorge, it’s an ideal base for people hoping to explore the Derbyshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive grounds and rolling countryside, it’s a picturesque retreat with 46 rooms, large shared spaces and a pleasant bar. Stride out from the house to find Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, best viewed from the grassy spur called Lovers’ Leap. While the Peak bit of the area name refers to small English hills rather than great summits, there’s superb walking to be had on the Roaches and the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 46 rooms, Peveril of the Peak has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Room 2 on the ground floor (accessible via 7 steps down from reception) is spacious and attractively styled with a door opening on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.
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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow
After a day delving into the Dovedale Gorge or exploring the Peak District, return to the house. Relax on the patio with a coffee or cold drink and soak up the wide-ranging countryside views. Take a turn through the garden and look out for the small canon on one of the lawns. Make your way inside to sit comfortably in the lounge where there’s a stash of wood and a log burner for those colder days or snag a seat in the bar with your fellow guests and sip a great local ale by the large windows.
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 Peveril of the Peak is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb and a homemade Bakewell tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Anne is a professional artist and specialist scientific, medical and natural history illustrator, working on projects with clients from around the world. Having gained a teaching qualification in recent years, Anne also enjoys teaching art workshops on art holidays and as a cruise ship art instructor. She also writes about art and her own ‘art journeys’ for art magazines and blogs.
With a love of the natural world, Anne’s studio at home on the Lancashire coast is full of artwork of people, animals and landscapes created in a variety of media; pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen and ink, watercolour, acrylic and oils. Anne enjoys sharing her love of exploring art materials and techniques and says: “We are all on this artistic journey together!”
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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