Landscape Painting Holiday in Northumberland
Find inspiration in the heather clad moorland, castle ruins and glorious beachscapes of Northumberland. In the company of an accomplished artist, we’ll explore the local area and discover the finest sites to paint. These holidays are designed to cater for any level of experience, with various techniques and topics being introduced. We'll walk up to 2 miles (3km) each day, carrying our equipment.
- Guidance of expert tutors
- Full days to practice on beautiful surroundings
- Small group sizes of 15 people or under
- 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
- All transport to and from painting locations on your holiday
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
When we go out into the lovely local countryside, we'll be walking up to 2 miles (3km) carrying our equipment as we find the very best landscapes to capture on our canvas.
Today we will explore the village and beach area around Nether Grange. This will give opportunities to consider composition for preliminary sketches. There are some lovely scenes around the village and along the shoreline. We will return to the house studio to practise painting techniques for development of these sketches. Focus will be on washes for skies and seascapes.
After a preparing for the day’s painting we will venture along the coast to where it really opens up. The Northumberland beaches and castles are stunning and nowhere more so than at Bamburgh. Here we will consider best views and pleasing compositions. The focus will be on colour and tone for creating distance. Refreshments (and alternative views for sketches!) are available in the pretty village adjacent to the castle itself. Before returning, a short drive along the coast will offer views of the iconic castle of Lindisfarne on Holy Island. The aim of the day is to come back with a wealth of painted studies and inspiration to think about on our free day tomorrow.
Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day (Wednesday). There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.
Heading south of Alnmouth today takes us to Warkworth and Amble where lies a picturesque marina. The recommended view is along the estuary near the yacht clubhouse, with Warkworth and the castle in the distance. On the estuary, and on the bank, there are a number of boats of different sizes: a pleasing and challenging subject to choose! Today’s focus will be on foreground detail and perspective.
A short distance north of Nether Grange lies Craster, the home of Craster kippers! It has a small port, with only a few boats now. From certain positions the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle, about 11⁄2 miles away, can be seen. You can walk towards the castle, along a wide grassy track for better views. Colour mixing will be important today, aiming to capture the rolling, grassy landscape as it meets the beach and waves beyond.
For a change of focus today we will visit the Woodhorn Colliery Museum. The winding gear, a feature of this landscape for many years, is preserved here. The museum, with free entry, offers some interesting views of this area’s past. Sketches, focusing on line and tone, may be made before returning to the coast. We will stop at Druridge Bay where the dunes, beach and wading birds will offer more opportunities for dramatic seascapes.
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
- Selection of pencils
- Pencil sharpener or craft knife
- Putty (kneadable) rubber
- A drawing board (if you prefer to use your own)
- Masking tape and masking fluid
- Large well rectangular palette
- Water pot (any good-sized plastic pot)
- Roll of kitchen towel
- Watercolour paints - A small set of student watercolours (tubes or pans), acrylics or pastels, according to your choice of medium, will be fine and then you can gradually build up your own selection as you become more experienced.Suggested colours: Cadmium Yellow, Winsor Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt blue, Indigo, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Dioxazine Violet, Raw Sienna, Winsor Blue, Pthalo Blue, Yellow Ochre
- Paper - Watercolour paper (“NOT” or rough surface) that’s 140lbs or heavier. Size: bigger than A4 preferably on a block or separate sheets or in a pad. Guests should bring their own suitable paper to work on.
- Brushes - The most expensive you can afford. Sizes 4, 8 and 12 round will be sufficient. Sable/synthetic mix are fine
- Small rucksack or shoulder bag
- Wide-brimmed hat or a plastic eye shade will eliminate glare and improve your comfort
- Light folding chair/stool if you have one, alternatively a cushion, garden kneeler or plastic seat pad
- Remember sitting still can make you chillier than you would expect, so bring some extra layers of warm, wind-proof clothing and a thin pair of stretchy gloves
- Strong, comfortable footwear with a good tread
*A3 Drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House
Catherine is a professional artist, who gained a first at Edinburgh College of art studying there as a mature student, her initial career had been in the NHS. She was the first recipient of the WASPS studios awards and has exhibited extensively at home and abroad. She is a professional member of Society of Scottish Artists. Catherine is an experienced teacher of various subject matters. She enjoys creating a relaxed friendly atmosphere in her classes as she finds this is the best way to aid creativity and progress.
Catherine was outstandingly good. Very inspiring, creative, friendly and encouraged us to experiment with amazing new ideas and techniques. She brought so much material to work with. Excellent!
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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