Chinese Brush Painting in the Shropshire Hills

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Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Art Holidays

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.

Holiday Highlights

  • Guidance from expert artists 
  • Full days to practise in inspirational surroundings 
  • Fun and supportive environment
  • Small group sizes to enhance your experience 

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 wooden A3 art boards

Trip Notes

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Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for best and 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.


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 our the beautiful surroundings. 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.


This day is for your final work. Each guest will also be given a shikishi album sheet to create a personal study. Work mounted the day before will be trimmed and prepared for presentation. Irene will explain the use of the seal and how to design and place your signature to complete your masterpieces. On this last evening there will be a celebratory private view of the results of our creativity.

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.


Longmynd House

Hidden in plain sight, there’s a well-kept countryside secret in the heart of England that might just surprise you with its wonderful upland walking, trails, history and heritage. Discover the heart of Shropshire from striking Longmynd House, stood on a wooded hillside above Church Stretton, on the border of England and Wales. Wake early to watch the sunrise from your balcony; take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and gear up for a great day in the hills on walks full of rich variety. Stride out on the Long Mynd itself, a dramatic, isolated whaleback hill with an expanse of heather wilderness and deeply cut valleys, explore the Stiperstones and climb to the Iron Age fort on top of Caer Caradoc, or surround yourself with historic castles, market towns and trails of all kinds.

 

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 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds. With 54 rooms, Longmynd House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic and Premium Rooms to choose from. Chose Room 16 for the four poster bed and separate sitting area, with green leafy views or Room 44 with its compact balcony and outdoor eating area overlooking the heather-clad rise on the far side of the valley. The lodges away from the house offer a little more privacy and their own terrace looking out over the gardens.

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 £15-20 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, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Shropshire Hills, return to the house. Stroll through the extensive grounds and discover the woodland sculpture trail that threads through the trees, looking out for ‘deer’ and ‘bears’. Dip into the heated outdoor pool to swim below the trees. Head to the long lounge with its wall of glass giving on to the view outside, or for a more intimate space, sit at the smart bar with its crouching lions and attractive jug lamps or surrender to the leather sofas around the fireplace and enjoy a local pint of Shropshire Lad or Lass with a lively conversation among your fellow guests.

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 Longmynd House is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its wrap around windows hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours.

Accessibility

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

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Getting to Longmynd House

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Essential Information

• 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
• Scissors
• 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

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Duration:
4 nights
Interests:
Art Holidays

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