Introduction to Acrylics in the Cotswolds

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Duration: 3 nights
Interests: Art Holidays
from £419pp £379pp

Acrylic paint is water-based and fast-drying allowing artists to create beautiful works quickly without the use of potentially harmful thinners. This break is designed for beginners or those who wish to revisit the basics of 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. Your confidence will grow quickly and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve in a short time.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy developing your skills with a group of fellow artists
  • Learn to paint with acrylics under the guidance of your HF Holidays Tutor
  • Practise in small group sizes of 15 people or fewer
  • Build your confidence in using a variety of techniques

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 better and best rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet with your fellow guests. Your leader will talk you through the holiday, including its timetable, on the first evening.


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! We begin with a demonstration by our art leader of mixing paint for glazing – and then we get stuck in, painting several simple subjects.


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.


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

Sometimes things happen beyond our control. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.


Harrington House

In one of the prettiest spots in the Cotswolds, Harrington House provides a stylish escape in the form of a traditional country retreat, with the trimmings and flourishes you’d expect. All set in a stately Georgian house that mirrors the mellow architectural styles of the Cotswolds and retains many of its original features; the most breathtaking is the sunny walled garden, surrounded by attractive landscaped gardens. As well as 29 bedrooms, two lounges, a cosy bar and pleasant dining room, there are further feathers in this handsome house’s hat. Quintessential English countryside, described by JB Priestly as, ‘the most English and least spoiled of all our countryside’, is just a short stroll away with pretty villages such as Chipping Campden and the Slaughters, rolling landscapes and classic trails from the Cotswold Way to the Gloucestershire Way and Monarch Way waiting for you to discover them.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Main house there is a lounge, dining room and a bar
  • Ballroom
  • At the very top of the house is the observatory
  • Free WiFi in public rooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • At the rear of the house there is an attractive walled garden with a large croquet law

Dining

All 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

Just 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.

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent cottages. With 26 bright and airy bedrooms, Harrington House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: for a stylish stay opt for rooms 1 or 2, both large master bedrooms located on the first floor that come complete with some of the original Palladian features dating back to 1730, pretty feature wallpaper and views out of the front of the building of classic Cotswolds scenery. Alternatively, for a romantic hideaway, plump for Room 23 in the Windrush Cottage and toast your good taste in the private garden that adjoins this large twin room.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ 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.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day ambling through the Cotswolds, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the gardens or having a game of croquet on the lawn. Retire to either of the two lounges or climb the sweeping stately staircase to the very top of the house where there’s an observatory looking out across the rooftops of the village. Then pop in to the snug bar for a pint of local ale and a chin wag with fellow guests about their discoveries.

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 Harrington House is hearty 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 tuck in to Cotswold leg of lamb, Bibury rainbow trout and a selection of Gloucestershire cheeses, accompanied with Harrington House homemade chutneys.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Harrington House

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What to Bring

There are many brands Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Liquitex, Golden etc.
Buy a medium –heavy body Acrylic


Colours:
Cad Yellow Light, Pthalocyanine Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson.
Burnt Sienna, Titanium White


Surfaces:
An acrylic Paper Pad A4 size and a canvas panel between A4 and A3.
A crooked handled palette knife
A tear off palette.
A stay wet palette, ( can be a plate or clingfilm)


Brushes:
Acrylic 1” flat, a small round or filbert NO.6 (Acrylic brushes have a goof spring to them, please don’t buy watercolour, or hoghair brushes.
Water pot
Pencil and rubber
Rag cleaning cloths
An apron or painting shirt.


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

Irene Sanderson

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.

Guest Reviews

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.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
27 Nov - 30 Nov
3 Art £419 £379 Save £40 Per Person. Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Interests:
Art Holidays

3 nights from £419pp £379pp

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