Introduction to Watercolours Holiday in the North York Moors

Watercolor original painting purple,pink color of orchid flower
Duration: 4 nights
Interests: Art 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 large amount 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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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:
4 nights
Interests:
Art Holidays

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