Expressive Pastels Holiday in Northumberland
Create bold, colourful and dramatic pastel paintings and mixed media drawings of the magnificent landscapes and characterful villages which surround our country houses. This break is suitable for artists who have some experience and are looking to improve their technique or develop their personal style. Under the guidance of our artist leader, you’ll work both indoors from reference photographs and out in the field, walking up to two miles carrying your equipment. The break will include demonstrations of different pastel techniques and some one-to-one tuition.
- Capture the splendour of your surroundings in expressive pastels
- Improve your technique and develop your won personal style
- Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage
- Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of painting in a group
- 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
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
There will be full days practising your chosen discipline with breaks throughout the day for a cup of tea (or two!) and lunch. Most tuition and practice will take place inside the house, but if the sun is out, we may head into the grounds to take advantage of some fresh air.
In the evenings, you can relax in the house lounges and bar, socialise with other guests or take part in a wide range of house activities.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
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
• Hard and soft pastels (any brand, mixed colours) - highly recommended, Inscribe pastels ½ stick 36 or 72 colours, Unison landscape box set 36 ½ stick colours but bring what you have
• Canson Mi-Tientes ‘Touch’ 350gsm pastel paper (black). Full sheets 50 x 65cm for the adventurous! Sheets can be cut in half before or during the holiday
• Aerosol fixative (any brand but not hairspray!)
• Masking tape
• Bulldog clips
• Protective paper for your pastels
• Folding lightweight stool for outside work
• Field easel (‘Trent’ metal easel highly recommended)
• Good footwear (boots highly recommended)
• Warm clothing, a raincoat and a hat
• Your camera
• A good size backpack to put everything in
• An Easel - your leader recommends that you bring an easel with you for this holiday. Free-standing is ideal.
Please note: Please do not bring Daler Rowney pastel paper or Canson Mi-Tientes (not to be confused with Canson Mi-Tientes Touch) as these papers are not suitable for the expressive pastel techniques you will learn.
Please also note: As Robert is a UK Canson Ambassador, he can provide you with Canson Mi-Tientes ‘touch’ 350gsm 50x65cm at £5 per sheet, £2.50 half sheet if you would like to try.
Lightweight wooden A3 drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House.
Your leader will bring some photographic reference for students to paint from, plus some pastel paper offered at a discount if guests need to buy this.
Following a professional career as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator (with over 30 years’ experience working for blue chip clients and large financial corporate companies such as KPMG and PwC), the demand for Roberts’ expressive style of fine art paintings grew. Pursing a change of creative direction to focus entirely on his fine art career full time, many prestigious awards and sell out exhibitions soon followed.
His expressive work has created a strong following amongst collectors and art students for his unique style of work. His paintings and drawings never cease to ‘surprise’ his audiences. Students find his lively and exciting demonstrations informative at every level. Balancing traditional creative skills with an expressive instinctive response to landscape always creates an exciting outcome in Roberts work – skills he freely passes on to his keen and receptive students.
He has also contributed to a recently published and already a bestselling book called 'Artists Drawing Techniques' published by DK Life (part of Penguin books) and is currently working on a brand new book for leading publisher ‘Search Press’ with a solo book focusing on his dynamic and expressive drawing style.
Having led consecutively four successful holiday seasons for HF Holidays in The Lake District and The Yorkshire Dales with his popular ’Expressive Pastel’ art holidays, Robert is delighted to continue to share his wealth of creative talent with his number one media with you all for 2020 and beyond.
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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04 Sep - 07 Sep
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