Introduction to Acrylics Holiday in Southern Snowdonia

Dolgellau

Code: DGPAC

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Activity types:

  • Indoors
  • Rural peace
From £375.00 - 3 nights

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Holiday overview

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

Price includes

  • 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

Accommodation

Dolgellau 4 stars country house

Located just a couple of miles away from the attractive market of Dolgellau, this town is a pleasure to explore with fascinating history surrounded in and out of the local area. Enjoy highly scenic journeys on old traditional trains through Snowdonia, or explore the area on foot.

Our bedrooms are either located in the main building or the tastefully converted coach house.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Lounge bar
  • Bistro
  • Dining room
  • Free WiFi in public rooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Attractive gardens

Dining

An example of Dolgellau breakfast mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

More details on Dolgellau accessibility

Itinerary

Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday. 

What’s what

What paint, which brushes and what to paint on? Why and how to tone your canvas? Loads of questions as we set out on our holiday! Happily we begin with a demonstration by our art leader of mixing paint for glazing – and then we get stuck in, painting several simple subjects. 

Finishes and free choices

Today is all about finishing any art work under the patient eye of our art leader.  We’re free to choose the subject for our next masterpiece. Later on this evening we can create an informal mini exhibition of our artwork for everyone to enjoy. It’s entirely up to us whether we show our art work or not, but it’s great fun and much appreciated by other guests.

Departure day

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

What to Bring

The following is only a suggested list. If you already have any acrylic painting equipment, please bring it along.

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!

Lightweight wooden A3 drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House. 

Local area

Discover Snowdonia

During your stay at Dolserau Hall you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Snowdonia:

Talyllyn Railway
This narrow guage railway was the first in the world to be taken over and run by volunteers. The line runs from the coast at Tywyn to the former slate quarries at Nant Gwernol. Historic locomotives and carriages, some dating back to the line's opening in 1864 add to the unique atmosphere. The nearest station is at Abergynolwyn, about 25 minutes' drive from Dolserau Hall. www.talyllyn.co.uk

Red steam locomotive on the Ffestiniog railwayGreat Little Trains of Wales
Snowdonia is noted for its concentration of narrow guage steam railways, all of which offer highly scenic journeys. The Ffestiniog Railway, Vale of Rheidol and the Welshpool & Llanfair railways are all within reach. You may also want to experience the newly rebuilt Welsh Highland Railway which runs from Porthmadog to Caernarfon. www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk

 

Impressive entrance to Harlech CastleHarlech Castle
Built by King Edward I after his conquest of Wales, Harlech Castle is one of the most historically important and well preserved fortifications in the principality. Along with neighbouring castles at Caernarfon, Beaumaris and Conwy it now has World Heritage status. Around 45 minutes' drive from Dolserau Hall. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

 

Centre for Alternative Technology
Situated near Machynlleth, around 20 minutes' from Dolserau Hall, the Centre for Alternative Technology is at the forefront of researching and teaching sustainable living. Displays focus on green technology, energy efficiency and organic farming. www.cat.org.uk

RSPB Reserves
The nearby RSPB reserves at Arthog Bog, Coed Garth Gell and Ynis-hir offer a wide variety of habitats including oak woodland, heathland and salt-marsh that attracts an equally diverse range of birds.

Coloured houses at PortmeironPortmeirion
This quaint Italianate village was the brainchild of the architect Clough Williams-Ellis. It is also well-known as the setting for the cult 1960’s TV series The Prisoner. Portmeirion is around 35 minutes' drive from Dolserau Hall. www.portmeirion-village.com

 

 

 

 

Harlech Castle image © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government

Travel

Travel to Dolgellau

Our address is: Dolserau Hall, Dolgellau, Gwynedd  LL40 2AG

How to get to us by train

By train:

The most convenient railway station is at Machynlleth. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 16 mile journey from Machynlleth railway station takes approximately 30 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £30 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Dolserau Hall Manager.

Bus

By bus:

From Machynlleth take the X32 bus to Dolgellau. The 2 mile journey to Dolserau Hall from Dolgellau can be completed in a taxi. Alternatively alight at Dolgellau Little Chef, from where it is a 1 mile walk along a quiet country lane to the hotel. For bus times see www.traveline.info

Driving to us

By car:

From the north travel via Chester then the A550, A5104, then finally the A494 to Bala. Stay on the A494 heading towards Dolgellau. A mile after the junction for the B4416 to Brithdir, take the next turning on the left, after the campsite. Follow the country lane for ½ mile to Dolserau Hall.

From the south travel via Shrewsbury and the A458 to Welshpool. Continue on the A458 and after a further 27 miles turn right at a roundabout onto the A470 towards Dolgellau. Look out for the garage and Little Chef on the right as you come down the hill before Dolgellau. Turn right immediately before the garage and drive along a country lane for approx 1 mile to Dolserau Hall.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Birmingham Airport has the quickest onward connections to Machynlleth. Direct trains from Birmingham International station take 2 hours 35 minutes. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Manchester Airport has a better range of long-haul flights. Trains from here take around 3½ hours with changes at Crewe and Shrewsbury. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 5½ hours to reach Machynlleth by train. You'll need to head to Euston station in the centre of London. Take a train from here to Birmingham, then change for the onward connection to Machynlleth. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

In each case complete your journey from Machynlleth to Dolgellau by taxi or bus (see above).

Leaders

Linda Hollingshead

Linda has painted all her life and is a professional artist well known for her lively enjoyable and encouraging painting holidays and workshops. Being a painting demonstrator for a leading art materials company she has a good knowledge of the ‘right tools for the Job’ and excellent understanding of colour mixing.   Linda does not show you how to paint like her. Instead she encourages you to paint how you wish to paint by providing painting demonstrations and techniques to suit your needs. 

Linda is an excellent teacher. Her instruction was clear, she quickly recognised our individual needs, she was patient, well prepared, with a variety of the activities for us, all the time giving inspiration and confidence. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and feel I have learned a lot.

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24 Aug 2019 DGPAC - Introduction to Acrylics - Dolgellau 3 £405.00 £375.00 Save £30 Per Person Book Now

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