Chinese Brush Painting in Northumberland
Chinese Brush Painting is an ancient art form dating back to around 4,000BC, enjoyed by many as a form of meditation due to the need for deep concentration. This art form uses special brushes with fine tips – much the same as calligraphy brushes – to create detailed and fine strokes. Painting is done using either black ink alone or a mixture of ink and coloured pigments; on paper or silk. Traditional images depict flowers, birds and beautiful landscapes; your expert leader will guide you through the essentials, from handling the brushes and ink mixing - according to the Eight Eternal Laws - to presenting your work.
- 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
Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for better rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet your fellow guests and leader. Your leader will talk you through the holiday on the first evening.
This is a practical introduction for anyone - whether an accomplished artist or a petrified, wobbly wannabe! Your leader will patiently show you how to create powerful paintings and precious album studies over a single weekend, whilst you are being pampered in our splendid country house.
On both days there will be some gentle movement, breath and relaxation - plus lots of fun group work and plenty of delicious food!
Let’s start with the essentials, known as the Treasures of the Studio, along with the first exercises on how to handle our brushes, papers and inks according to the Eight Eternal Laws.
Following the Four Friends, which are studies of natural forms, we dive into the practice of this fascinating artform, from the first strokes to the mounting of finished work, with a short overview of the history of Chinese and Japanese ink painting to spark our ideas.
On what is a very full day, we’ll be gently guided as we create our own works. Whether large and expressive or small and close, we’ll use the library of study sheets and inspiration from the beautiful surroundings of Longmynd House.
We’ll each be given a shikishi album sheet to create our own personal study. Work mounted the day before will be trimmed and prepared for presentation.
Our leader will explain the use of the seal and how to design and place our signature to finally complete our masterpieces.
Later this evening there’ll be a celebratory private view of the results of our creativity.
After a leisurely breakfast, we head homewards with the finished and mounted work that will inspire the next step on our creative path.
We’ll also take with us all we need to read and understand this delightful artform, one that’s so obscure to the western eye - and yet the most immediate and expressive.
Sometimes things happen beyond our control. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
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.
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, 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, 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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
• 3 clear plastic water pots, half-pint size is best
• Tube of watercolours - any quality (student quality is fine) and in at least three colours: red, yellow, blue
• 1 tube white gouache - Chinese white or zinc white, again any quality will be fine
• 6 white saucers - plastic or china
• Masking tape, any width
• A3 folder to carry your work
• Most essentially a shirt or apron to protect your clothes because this ink STAINS!
• Please bring along any works and materials that you yourself wish to discuss or use
All other materials and equipment to be provided by your leader
Irene is an artist whose work is based on observation and drawing. She uses a variety of media including watercolour, oil, acrylic and pastel as well as the techniques and methods of Chinese brush painting.
At the heart of her teaching is the encouragement of art appreciation, with group discussions as well as up-to-the-minute overviews of contemporary and international trends.
Irene was a very good tutor. She gave exercises to help develop kills and was on hand while we were out painting on how to improve composition and other technical issues. I particularly enjoyed the demonstration of Japanese brush painting and the opportunity to try this new skill.
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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