Isle of Wight Painting Holiday in Water-Mixable Oils

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Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Art & Craft Holidays

If you have ever wanted to paint in oils but have not enjoyed the solvents and fumes, then this is the holiday for you. Water-mixable oils are virtually odourless and can be thinned with water. Our expert leader will introduce you to the paints and how best to use them, as well as taking you to some of the best locations to capture beautiful landscapes. We’ll walk up to 1 mile (1 ½ km) each day, carrying our equipment. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of painting in a group
  • Working outdoors as much as possible, with an indoor option if the weather is poor
  • Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage

What’s included

  • 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
  • All transport to and from any painting locations on your holiday
  • Loan of wooden A3 art boards

Trip Notes

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You can check-in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better and best rooms from 1pm). All guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday. 


Today guests will learn about the medium and the techniques used in painting in the wonderful medium that is water-mixable oils with tutor demonstrations and one to one tuition.


Today we visit the historical small town of Yarmouth where we will put into practice some of the techniques that we have learnt and explore conveying  sky, sea, trees, boats, reflections and buildings.


One day is a free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. 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.


We will visit the famous seaside location of Puckpool near Ryde where we can immerse ourselves in the portrayal of sandy beaches, water and reflections, a quirky Victorian folly that is The Appley Tower or maybe we could paint the Pier or the Hovercraft.


Today we visit the famous brick built Quarr Abbey and the beautiful surrounding countryside where we will have the chance to paint a variety of inspiring scenery, romantic Abbey ruins and architectural details, this was one of the favourite subject matter of artists like Constable, Turner and Claude Lorraine. 


A day for finishing paintings or painting views from around the house and for those who are willing before dinner we will stage a small exhibition of our weeks work


Depart after a leisurely breakfast.


Freshwater Bay House

Holidaying on the picturesque Isle of Wight doesn’t get any better than at Freshwater Bay House. Stood stop the island’s classic white cliffs and dominating the bay that it is named after, Freshwater Bay House has a gorgeous location. As well as 43 bedrooms, many decked out in blue and white printed wallpaper featuring foam-tipped waves breaking softly across the walls that act as a promise of the coastal scenery to come, there are three lounges and a friendly bar. Extensive gardens give on to the coast path, with a staircase that drops to the beach one way, while a path leads away across Tennyson Down towards the Needles in the other direction. If you’re experiencing some of the island’s plentiful sunshine (it averages around 2,000 hours a year), head to Alum Bay for coloured sands or Compton Bay for dinosaur footprints. Explore Carisbrooke Castle, stroll through Ventnor Botanic Gardens and keep an eye out for red squirrels in Borthwood Copse and America Wood.

 

Rooms

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

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms, many that come with sea views. They’re mostly spacious and chic, styled to acknowledge the house’s nautical connections but with a modern twist of dove greys, clean whites and contemporary furniture. With 43 bedrooms, Freshwater Bay House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: Rooms 19 and 20 on the first floor come with spectacular sea views out over the English Channel; Rooms 18 and 22 are sumptuous corner rooms with expansive views over both the bay and Tennyson Downs. If it’s a room with a view you’re after, ask for Room 24, a superb, spacious corner space with five large windows all overlooking the gardens and bay, with its own private sitting room to relax in. Request Room 39 on the second floor and you’ll get an attractive corner room complete with a bath to soak in after a day of coastal walking.

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, outdoor swimming pool, 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 extensive gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. If you’re visiting with children, turn them loose in the outdoor playground area or watch them splash in the large heated alfresco pool – there’s seating with sea views for you to enjoy a drink in too on a hot English summer’s day. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the three cosy lounges to read a book, play a board game or just hideaway; there’s a grand piano in one if you’re feeling musical. Head to the bar before dinner to perch on a tall stool with a perfect gin and tonic made with the Isle of Wight’s very own Mermaids Gin and a chance to catch up with your companions.

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 Freshwater Bay House 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.

Accessibility

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

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What to Bring

  • An A5 or an A4 sketchpad
  • Pencils for sketching, an eraser and pencil sharpener
  • Water-mixable oils
  • A small selection of hog bristle brushes
  • Palette
  • A small bottle and container for a little water
  • Canvas boards or stretched canvases of your choice.
  • A tube of  raw sienna acrylic paint (or any of the earth colours) and a little plastic pot to mix it in
  • A couple of elastic bands (to hold sketchbook pages down in a breeze)
  • A lightweight chair or stool and a lightweight easel

*Lightweight wooden A3 art boards are available at the Country House for guest loan.

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Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Art & Craft Holidays

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