Introduction to Drawing Holiday in the Peak District
Do you think you can’t draw but would like to? Learning to draw is easier than you think and this is your chance to find out what capabilities you have. It’s all a matter of learning a few techniques and getting your eye in. Under the expert tuition of our leader you’ll start off with the basics, covering topics such as line, shape, form and texture, progressing as your confidence grows. Drawing sessions are fun, sociable and educational and will take place in the house or just outside in the grounds. You’ll be drawing a range of still life subjects with both pencils and drawing pens.
- Ideal for beginners, or those wanting to revisit the basics
- Develop confidence to put down on paper what you see with your eyes
- Sociable drawing sessions that are both fun and educational
- Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of drawing in a group
- Work indoors or in the grounds of the Country House
- Gain knowledge to continue drawing at home
- 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 and best rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet your fellow guests and leader. Your leader will talk you through the holiday, including its timetable, on the first evening.
We’ll begin our day gently, with an introduction to making marks and experimenting with different drawing materials. Demonstrations will be given.
We look at how to create texture and shades using fun and relaxed exercises. We will create a variety of drawings from imagination or using objects. Your leader will lead you through how to measure and how to see and interpret light and shade.
During the day your leader will demonstrate further techniques and ways into drawing, giving you the opportunity to create more pictures using our new skills.
After dinner we can hold an informal exhibition showing the group's work - inclusion in this is entirely optional.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
Sometimes things happen beyond our control. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
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
- Drawing pencils – HB, 2B, 3B and any others you have
- Pencil sharpener or craft knife
- Soft eraser or putty-rubber
- A3 Sketch pad (eg cartridge paper 150gsm) - Daler-Rowney spiral bound “Lyndhurst” are ideal
- 30cm/12" Clear plastic ruler
- A3 Drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House
Carl March is professional artist and qualified teacher with over 25 years experience. He enjoys working with different media and particularly enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. His teaching experiences have taken him to many beautiful places in the UK and further afield, including working on a cruise ship as a visiting art lecturer.
3 nights from £419pp £379pp
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