Introduction to Acrylics Holiday in Southern Snowdonia

Closeup of brush and palette.
Interests: Art 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

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Dolserau Hall

Walkers in the know head to southern Snowdonia to uncover one of Wales’ best-kept secrets. Stood in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, just a couple of miles from the attractive market town of Dolgellau, Dolserau Hall makes a superb base for getting off the beaten path.  The tranquillity of the location wraps around you. A smart country house with breathtaking views from every room, attractive gardens and vistas that stretch across the valley to the summit of Cadair Idris, you’re surrounded by rural inspiration. Depending on what mood strikes, explore the Rhinogs, take on a classic ridge walk with great views, set foot on the Mawddach Trail or follow the coast to Harlech, where the eponymous medieval castle stands on a wonderful position overlooking the sweeping sands of Cardigan Bay. Croeso I Cymru, as they say around here.

 

Need to know

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

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

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 will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. Swimming Pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

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 the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of bedrooms in the converted coach house close by. With 23 rooms, Dolserau Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic and Premium Rooms to choose from. Enjoy the extra space of Room 1 and soak luxuriously in the tub that comes with the room, or watch the light change outside from the comfort and privacy of the sofa in front of the large picture window in Room 5.

All ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ 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, lounge bar, library and board games to borrow

After a day rambling over the slopes of the Rhinogs or summiting a cracking peak, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Wander through the Coach House garden and admire the far-reaching views. Settle into the lounge bar and sink into the comfy leather sofas here. Grab a book or a board game and make yourself comfortable.

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 Dolserau Hall 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 six-course feast of regional flavours. Look out for highlights including Cawl Cennin, a leek and potato broth, smoked haddock with Welsh rarebit and lava bread and Welsh lamb Wellington. If you’ve space, tuck into a slice of Monmouth Pudding, a great old-fashioned desert of breadcrumbs, fruit, cream and meringue

Accessibility

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

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Getting to Dolserau Hall

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Essential Information

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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