Introduction to Watercolours Holiday in the North York Moors

Watercolor original painting purple,pink color of orchid flower
Duration: 3 nights
Interests: Art & Craft Holidays

If you've always wanted to learn to paint but lacked the confidence or didn't 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.

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

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation and tuition from our expert leader
  • High quality accommodation and excellent food at Larpool Hall
  • 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

Trip Notes

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You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better 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.


Larpool Hall

Escape to Whitby, whose handsome harbour and medieval streets are famously the setting for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and home to the world’s best fish and chips, for a stay in Larpool Hall. This imposing Grade II listed Georgian mansion has been part of the town for hundreds of years and has evolved to offer an updated take on traditional hospitality. The Hall retains its original grandeur and styling, while offering guests the perfect mix of contemporary comforts to deliver a whole shed-load of atmosphere and character. Sweep up the magnificent staircase, marvel at the impressive fireplaces, watch through the large picture windows and feel yourself transported. With 29 rooms, 14 acres of attractive grounds and views over the Esk Valley, you couldn’t be better placed. Step out to explore the coast, Captain Cook country or walk on the Cleveland Way. Discover Robin Hood’s Bay and hunt for fossils or head deep into the North York Moors for a contrasting landscape carpeted in sweetly scented heather.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Lounge with a central dance floor
  • Two additional lounges
  • Bar
  • Outside terrace
  • Dining room
  • Range of board games and books
  • Free WiFi available in public rooms
  • Extension views from the front of the house across the esk Valley
  • Gardens include a putting green and croquet lawn

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including an 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
  • Hired equipment can be arranged for your stay with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Rooms

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

Stay in one of the Hall’s smartly presented rooms, where contemporary design touches complement the original architecture and features. With 29 bedrooms, Larpool Hall has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Choose the very spacious Room 15 on the ground floor for its lemon and grey styling, super-comfy sofa in front of a large fireplace and views across the Esk Valley. Climb to Room 2 on the first floor for similarly expansive vistas from the front of the house, or settle in under the eaves and exposed beams of beautiful Room 30 on the second floor of the house.

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, extensive garden, multi-purpose activity room, three lounges, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the tight and twisty streets of Whitby or the windswept headlands and smugglers’ haunts of the Yorkshire coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax outside in the pretty courtyard or stroll the 14 acres of grounds and gardens with their manicured lawns and mature trees. Grab a well-thumbed copy of Dracula and hole up in the lounge, or join fellow guests in the large ballroom with its comfy seating and central dance floor to discuss your own adventures. The small, sociable bar provides another great space in which to relax.

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 Larpool Hall 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 local flavours.

Accessibility

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

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What to Bring

  • Pencils (2B,HB)
  • Craft knife or Stanley knife
  • Soft rubber
  • Plastic bottle and 2 water pots
  • Roll of kitchen towel
  • Watercolour paints (tubes or pans). You can gradually build up your own selection of shades as you become more experienced, but suggested colours are: Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Windsor Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Indigo
  • Watercolour pencils, crayons or pastels if you like these
  • 2 well palettes (holding 6 large wells as we had at school!)
  • Paper - We recommend 140lbs/300gsm watercolour paper – at least A4 in size (21cms x 30cms). Avoid papers with a marked textured surface.
  • A small sketchpad of cartridge paper for quick notes and roughs
  • Brushes - The most expensive you can afford. Sizes 4, 8 and 12 round will be sufficient. And 2 flat brushes of half and one inch in width.  Sable/synthetic mix are fine
  • 2-inch masking tape and masking fluid and a small piece of uncoloured wax candle
  • A lightweight folding stool and an easel if you are happy to be sent out into the garden! And you will need a hat with a brim too!

    A3 drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House 

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Duration:
3 nights
Interests:
Art & Craft Holidays

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