Introduction to Watercolours Holiday in the Cotswolds
If you always wanted to learn to paint but lacked the confidence or did not know where to begin, then look no further. With expert tuition in a relaxed and friendly environment, you’ll learn the basic techniques including colour mixing, basic washes, complementary colours and composition.
- Full Board en-suite accommodation and tuition from our expert leader
- High quality accommodation and excellent food at Harrington house
- Our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
- Spend time with like-minded people in a relaxed and friendly environment
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better and best rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
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'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 take out 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
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
- 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
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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
- Pencils (2B,HB)
- Craft knife or Stanley knife
- Putty rubber
- Plastic bottle and 2 water pots
- Roll of kitchen towel
- Watercolour palette or dinner plate
- A small sketchpad of cartridge paper for quick notes and roughs
- Masking tape
- Roll of Gum Strip 2” wide
- masking fluid
- small sponge
Watercolour paints (tubes or pans)
There are two qualities: Student & Artist. We recommend artists quality if possible (they are more expensive however the colours are more intense so you use less). Tubes rather than pans
Suggested colours (If you already own any other colours or a pan set bring these along)
- Winsor yellow or a transparent yellow,
- Not Cadmium (as this is opaque)
- Alizarin Crimson
- Pthalo Blue or Winsor Blue (Green shade)
- Burnt Sienna
- French Ultramarine
Paper - We recommend 140lbs/300gms watercolour paper – at least A4 in size (21cms x 30cms). Not surface.
Brushes - The most expensive you can afford.
- Watercolour brushes, Sizes 4 and 12 round brush
- 1” flat Watercolour Brush
- Synthetic or Sable/synthetic mix (Eg. ProArt, Cotman, Sceptre Gold, Daler Rowney)
Wooden A3 drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House
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