Introduction to Watercolours in Exmoor

The process of creating an illustration by the artist. Watercolor paint. Hand with brush
Duration: 3 nights
Interests: Art & Craft Holidays
from £399pp £349pp

If you always wanted to learn to paint but lacked the confidence or didn’t know where to begin, then look no further. With expert tuition from our leader in a relaxed and friendly environment, you’ll learn the basic techniques including colour mixing, basic washes, the use of light and shade, complementary colours and composition. You can enjoy the sociable atmosphere of painting in a group inside our country house or out in the grounds – a great place to practise trees and skies.

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience the joys of watercolours with a group of fellow artists
  • Learn to use the medium 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 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.


After a hearty breakfast, we get cracking and enjoy our first watercolour painting session. We'll enjoy a short explanation of water colour and the equipment, including the different types of paper.

Our knowledgeable leader will go on to show us the different ways to lay down paint, using two or more colours – then it’s our turn to find out how they react when put together! In no time at all we'll be playing with tonal glazes and practising building up our colours.

Later on, we can prepare our board for the afternoons work. We'll have fun painting a small monochrome (one single colour) landscape picture using glazing, before moving on to creating some skies. These might include sunsets and stormy weather (by cleverly using two or more colours) and how to remove paint to form different cloud effects.

By mid-morning and mid-afternoon, we'll have earned a welcome cuppa together as we exchange enthusiasm and ideas about our artwork. Later on, we can enjoy the sociable activities on offer at the Country House or quietly relax in the bar or a cosy lounge.


Our second day starts with some tuition on colour mixing, followed by a demonstration and practice of painting distance, hills and trees. Then we spend the rest of our day totally absorbed in this fascinating and creative art form, as we are paint a simple landscape together, with our patient leader on hand to help us step-by-step along the way.

This evening we can create a small informal exhibition of our work for everyone to enjoy. This is entirely optional, but it's great fun and a very rewarding way to end our lovely holiday.


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.


Holnicote House

Lying near the attractive village of Selworthy, in the heart of the Exmoor National Park, historic Holnicote House stands within a series of peaceful gardens with spreading lawns. Once the centrepiece of an extensive 12,500 acre estate, the charming and characterful house was gifted to the National Trust in 1944. Since then it has been reimagined as a walkers’ retreat, with wonderful access to the countryside. As well as 32 delightful bedrooms, there are two comfortable lounges and a sociable bar. The landscaped gardens are still part of the wider Holnicote Estate and provide a wonderful area to wander. Outside the house, explore wild Exmoor, walk in the Quantocks, climb Dunkery Beacon and stroll on the Somerset Coast Path with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, drop in Dunster Castle, ride a Victorian cliff railway and watch for wildlife including the majestic red stags.

Rooms

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

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the thatched cottages in the grounds, called Butlers and Guns respectively. With 32 bedrooms, Holnicote House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: best rooms are on the first floor and decorated in keeping with the National Trust estate, with plenty of space and great views over the back garden, reaching out across Crawter Hill and Dunkery Hill, Somerset and Exmoor’s highest point. Ask for numbers 1, 4 or 9 to feel suitably special.

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, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on Exmoor or exploring the heath and moorland, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. Take a dip in the large heated outdoor pool. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the cosy lounges, borrow a book, join a game of cards or scour the countryside through the large telescope. Head to the bar before dinner for a drink and a chance to catch up with your companions, best enjoyed by the windows overlooking the estate.

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 Holnicote House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the wood panelled dining room with its giant fireplace hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try classic Porlock oysters or Priddy Oggies, a local pasty of chicken, bacon and cheese. Mains might include Exmoor venison or Bellbrook valley trout, while you could cap it all with a Somerset apple cake, dressed with cream.

Accessibility

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What to Bring

If you have to buy anything, your leader suggests that you buy the best quality you can afford for all your equipment.
• Any water colour equipment you might have, including tubes or pans of paint, a simple beginners’ box will be fine
• Watercolour paper (eg Bockinford 140lbs)
• Brushes: bring any you already have, but if you need to buy, all you'll need is: a no. 2, 4, 8 round, a 1/2” flat and 1” rigger
• 2B pencil
• Kitchen roll
• Masking tape and or gummed paper tape
• 2 mounts: 1 approx 10x8" aperture; 1 approx 12x10" aperture
• Some kind of support ie Tray or lightweight board approx. 16x 20 inches *

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

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
06 Mar - 09 Mar Introduction to Watercolours - Exmoor £399 £349 Save £50 Per Person. Book Now
Duration:
3 nights
Interests:
Art & Craft Holidays

3 nights from £399pp £349pp

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