Experimental Portraits Holiday in the Peak District
Challenge and extend your ideas about what makes a good portrait and learn different ways of building structure under the guidance of our experienced artist tutor. Using both photographs and a live portrait model, you’ll practiceobservation, tone, structure and colour as well as experimenting with different drawing techniques to capture likeness and character. You’ll also be taken through the work of portraits by various artists to draw inspiration and explore ideas. You’ll have plenty of time to practice and interact with the other artists in the group, perhaps critiquing each other’s work.
- Challenge and extend your ideas about what makes a good portrait
- Learn different ways to build structure.
- Practice observation, tone, structure, and colour
- Experiment with different drawing techniques.
- 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
Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Let’s begin by looking at and drawing the proportions of a head and the details of features, experimenting with different drawing techniques along the way. We’ll be supported by demonstrations and looking at portraits by other artists. Both photographs and a portrait model will be used as our source
Today is devoted to adding colour to our practice in an experimental and expressive way. Demonstration, looking at other artists’ portraits and individual guidance will be given.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
The Peveril of the Peak
The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, stands proudly in the Peak District countryside, close to the village of Thorpe. Backed by the cone of Thorpe Cloud, which guards the entrance to Dovedale Gorge and the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the gorge, it’s an ideal base for people hoping to explore the Derbyshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive grounds and rolling countryside, it’s a picturesque retreat with 46 rooms, large shared spaces and a pleasant bar. Stride out from the house to find Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, best viewed from the grassy spur called Lovers’ Leap. While the Peak bit of the area name refers to small English hills rather than great summits, there’s superb walking to be had on the Roaches and the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 46 rooms, Peveril of the Peak has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Room 2 on the ground floor (accessible via 7 steps down from reception) is spacious and attractively styled with a door opening on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.
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, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow
After a day delving into the Dovedale Gorge or exploring the Peak District, return to the house. Relax on the patio with a coffee or cold drink and soak up the wide-ranging countryside views. Take a turn through the garden and look out for the small canon on one of the lawns. Make your way inside to sit comfortably in the lounge where there’s a stash of wood and a log burner for those colder days or snag a seat in the bar with your fellow guests and sip a great local ale by the large windows.
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 Peveril of the Peak 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 five-course feast of regional flavours that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb and a homemade Bakewell tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
• Mirror on a stand
• Pencils – 4B or 6B
• Pencil sharpener /craft knife
• Willow charcoal sticks
• Fixative (cheap hairspray works well)
• Coloured hard or soft pastels, (coloured pencils optional but not a replacement for pastel)
• Hard eraser & putty-rubber
• A3 or A2 sketch pad (cartridge paper 150gsm is ideal)
• Some coloured paper
• One sheet of tracing paper
Lightweight wooden A3 drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House.
Skilled artist and life drawing tutor Catherine MacDiarmid works from her home-based studio in Kendal and has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait Award for young artists in 2001/2. She is a recently elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014. As well as completing private portrait commissions, her work is in collections internationally.
Catherine’s art work focuses on the human form, exploring expression and movement in both drawing and painting. She is an enthusiastic and supportive tutor who will encourage new and fresh approaches to drawing from life.
She was brilliant, so gifted with her art and a very good teacher. She also had a pleasant demeanour and was very sociable outside of classes too.
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