Introduction to Acrylics in the Northern Lake District

Closeup of brush and palette.
Duration: -1 nights
Interests: Art & Craft Holidays

Designed for beginners or those who wish to revisit the basics in 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. See your confidence grow before your very eyes!

Holiday Highlights

  • Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage
  • Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of painting in a group
  • Gain knowledge to continue with acrylics at home

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 lightweight wooden A3 art boards

Trip Notes

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Derwent Bank

Close to Keswick and situated slap bang on the shore of Derwentwater, with the glassy lake on one side and the razor-edged ridges, humpbacked fells and muscular mountains of the Lake District on the other, beautiful Derwent Bank has been entrancing walkers since 1785. Extensive refurbishment and investment have seen this established walkers’ retreat transformed into a beautiful country house hotel perfect for people looking to explore the great outdoors. It’s also perfect for drinking in the views over a glass of something chilled on the terrace. With 41 bedrooms across the main house and garden rooms as well as a rustic ‘pod’ to sleep in, there’s plenty of space, along with a pretty orangery, large lounge and relaxed vibe. The lakeside land encompasses a formal garden, extensive lawns and mature trees. The emphasis is on enjoying the great outdoors and it’s all made super easy with walkers’ facilities from an inspiration point equipped with maps and route ideas to a boot room and drying space – this is the Lakes, after all. With views of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike, the inspiration for adventure is never far away. Venture out from the house to head to the high peaks such as Scafell Pike, Blencathra and Helvellyn or stick to the lower slopes and lakes; Ullswater, arguably the most beautiful of the Cumbrian lakes, Borrowdale and Buttermere are all within easy reach.

 

Rooms

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

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the stylish outhouse where there are eight garden rooms with exceptional views for stylish, laid-back Lake District accommodation. In the main house, we’d pick room 12 for the extra space and stunning views over the gardens and Derwentwater. Alternatively, ask for rooms 46, 47, 48 and 49 in the outhouse, all first-floor garden bedrooms with their own glass balcony looking over the ornate formal garden and with views of the lake. There’s easy access to the boot room and orangery too, making these rooms a must to stay in. If you’re after somewhere a little more unusual to stay overnight, there’s a ‘pod’ in the garden that offers extra privacy, sleeps up to four and gives you a great story to take away!

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, 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.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, formal garden, extensive garden, putting green, orangery, lounge and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Lake District, settle in at our country house. Walk the pretty gardens, pause on the pier that juts out in to Derwentwater and look for the boats and ferry that sail on the lake. Try your hand on the putting green or at croquet. Grab a drink and sit on the terrace above the sloping lawns. Indoors, the spectacular orangery with its superb views, is the ideal setting for a bit of peace and quiet, or sink into the sofas in the large, comfortable lounge. Head to the bar for a great local ale and a cracking conversation with fellow guests.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea and cakes 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 Derwent Bank is varied and eclectic but 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 tuck in to traditional Cumbrian fare from local river trout with samphire to a duo of local lamb. Look out for Eden Valley brie and red onion tart or Whinlatter Forest wild mushroom risotto. And to cap it all, Cumbrian sticky toffee pudding with English Lakes thunder and lightning ice cream.

Accessibility

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Derwent Bank hotel and Derwent Water area. Stills from drone.

Getting to Derwent Bank

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What to Bring

PAINTS: As with all paints there are different makes, qualities and sizes - Artists / Student/ Heavy body.

  • Daler Rowney System 3  have starter sets in two thicknesses.
  • Original System 3 has a soft body, suitable for covering large areas without visible brush strokes.
  • Heavy Body System 3 is thicker, although not quite as stiff as other brands ‘Heavy Body paints.
  • Winsor & Newton’s Galeria is also worth considering and both companies produce starter sets of 6/8/10 tubes to include: Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red Hue, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Cerulean Blue Hue, Phthalo Green, Yellow Ochre and Burnt Umber
  • In addition, Burnt Sienna & Ultramarine Blue would be useful.

BRUSHES:  Paint brushes come in many types and sizes, and can be very cheap or quite expensive. Synthetic brushes are usually cheaper than natural ones, and are fine for acrylics. If you are just starting you will be OK with just 3 or 4 brushes. Your art leader suggests short handled synthetic sable no’s  2 + 4 round, 4 flat and a 6 filbert.  
BEWARE of very cheap brushes. Their bristles are not as flexible, and your brushstrokes will suffer, plus they tend to shed on your painting.
Please bring any brushes you might already have. 

WHAT TO PAINT ON: The typical art supports are Stretched Canvas, Canvas Board, Wood Panels and Paper. If you buy premade canvas, check it is primed for acrylic. If you decide on paper, a heavy water colour or Acrylic paper is fine. A wood panel is fine but please don’t bring your front door!

WHERE TO MIX YOUR PAINT: You will need some kind of palette. This can be anything from a large dinner plate, to a disposable paper palette so long as it’s neutral or white. I find a large shallow plastic box with lid and using kitchen roll and a piece of greaseproof paper works well at keeping paint.

WHAT ELSE MIGHT YOU NEED:

  • Tabletop Easels are great but not essential to begin with. I will bring  some with me, so don’t rush to buy one.
  • If you are using PAPER, you will need a board and masking tape.
  • 2 water containers, kitchen roll,
  • 2b pencil & rubber
  • water spray (any reusable spray will be fine)
  • small natural sponge
  • a small bottle of MATT MEDIUM
  • an old shirt!

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