Introduction to Watercolours Holiday in Northumberland
If you always wanted to learn to paint with watercolours 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.
- 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
- 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 lightweight wooden A3 art boards
You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms from 1pm). We invite everyone to afternoon tea. This is the first occasion when everyone in the country house meets together – an opportunity to meet your leader and fellow guests, and find out more about your holiday.
Our knowledgeable art leader takes us through the first steps as we learn to paint in watercolour. We'll look at mastering the art of basic washes, light and shade and colour-mixing.
Let's look at landscapes. We're practising skies and trees and looking at different colour mixes for the four seasons. The beautiful grounds of Nether Grange will inspire us, with our patient leader on hand to gently guide us through the day.
Staying in the vicinity of the Country House, we'll expand on our paintings. It's a chance to finish off all our paintings and review our artwork, with our leader on hand to offer any help or advice with this. Later on this evening, if we so wish. we can offer an informal mini exhibition of our art work for our fellow guests to enjoy.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
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
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
- Water colour 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
Alison is a qualified teacher and experienced artist who has worked with adult groups for many years. She paints mainly, although not exclusively, in watercolour as she appreciates the strong yet translucent quality of this medium. Alison aims to encourage the enjoyment of and satisfaction in observation, sketching and painting, taking inspiration from beautiful local scenery.
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