Sketching the Art & Gardens Holiday in Cornwall
Capture your passion for sketching art and gardens by learning about the artists who have created work in Cornwall and sketch whilst in the galleries, learning from the masters of the Newlyn and St Ives schools of painting. We'll follow in their footsteps, sketching as we explore along the beautiful coastline and through towns and countryside.
- Tate, St Ives
- Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden
- Newlyn Art Gallery
- The Exchange in Penzance
- 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
- Admissions to advertised venues/gardens
- All transport to and from sites/gardens on your holiday
- Small groups of up to 14 guests
- Loan of lightweight wooden A3 art boards
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.
We start our sketchbooks in the lovely gardens of Chy Morvah. Our art leader discusses different ways to sketch and different materials to use, within and outwith gallery settings. Then we’re off, taking a leisurely walk through the artist colony of St Ives to the amazing Tate Gallery to view the collection and learn from the masters.
Today we see very different galleries in Penzance and Newlyn, enjoying a coastal walk between the two. Comparing traditional with contemporary art and discovering the artists of this region, we start our sketchbooks. Be we inside or out of the gallery, we’ll have ample time to sketch the scenes that have inspired so many artists.
Discover the studio, garden and sculptures of one of Britain’s most important 20th Century artists: Dame Barbara Hepworth, who said “I rarely draw what I see. I draw what I feel in my body”. Armed with this quote as our inspiration we’ll loosen up with our sketching!
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.
Many artists today continue to find inspiration in the beautiful scenery of Cornwall. We’ll drive to St Just to visit some contemporary makers. Newly inspired we’ll go sketching along the rugged coastline at the very tip of Cornwall.
Visiting the pottery, we learn about the life and work of Bernard Leach and his worldwide influence on ceramic arts. Later on we look for the grave he made for Alfred Wallis, a local fisherman famously known for his Naive art. We end our week where we started - back at the Tate. This evening we’ll have the entirely optional opportunity to show our sketches to our fellow guests in a fun and informal mini exhibition.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
Sea, sand and (hopefully) sun await at Cornwall’s Chy Morvah. This coastal bolthole, whose name means ‘House by the Sea’ in Cornish, basks in the famously lovely light of this artist-retreat town on the north coast of one of England’s most desirable holiday destinations. Those artists may have come to paint the sea and sky but you can simply admire it from the house’s privileged position. The building has been designed to maximise the effect of its elevated location, with stunning sea views and vistas of sandy beaches, while the bustling harbour and array of cafés and artists galleries are just a short cobbled street walk away. As well as 38 bedrooms, there are a large main lounge with panoramic views across St Ives Bay and a dining room that boasts similar mouth-watering views. To keep you entertained there’s a garden in which to enjoy the hazy pinky glow that falls on this seaside sanctuary every evening. Beyond the house, the Cornish Coast is the gateway to exploring the area, with easy access to St Michael’s Mount, the pretty fishing village of Mousehole, the beaches and cliffs of north Cornwall and the rugged cliffs of Land’s End. There’s even the option of an evening adventure to the Minack Theatre
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the main building’s beautifully presented rooms or in the adjacent Lanyons House. With 38 bright and airy bedrooms, Chy Morvah has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Simply but smartly furnished they let the view through the window do the talking.
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 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, attractive gardens with sea views, heated outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, ballroom, library and board games to borrow
After a day strolling the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens beneath the large mature trees and looking out over the sea. Take a turn in the heated outdoor pool if you still have the energy, or simply relax on the sundeck adjacent to it. Indoors, kick back in one of the lounges. The small bar with its seaside paraphernalia is well-stocked and welcoming while light floods the dining room through panoramic windows.
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 Chy Morvah is varied and eclectic but 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 tuck in to Cornish cauliflower and award-winning blue cheese soup, snack on a Stargazy pasty featuring locally caught fillet of mackerel and tuck in to either locally reared pork with a Cornish cider jus or fillet of plaice stuffed with white crab meat, prawns and chives for the best that Cornish land and sea has to offer.
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What to Bring
- Sketchbook – A4, A5 (good thick cartridge paper, preferably 150gm weight)
- Pencils: 2B and 4B pencils and if possible, a water-soluble graphite pencil
- Eraser/putty rubber
- Craft blade or pencil sharpener
- Pens - nylon-tipped (such as Edding 1800), 2 different sizes or nib pen with waterproof ink (cartridge or bottle), or other sketching pen of your own preference
- Bull Dog clip or large elastic bands
- Small rucksack or shoulder bag to carry items in
- Wide-brimmed hat or a plastic eye shade will eliminate glare and improve your comfort. An umbrella also provides shade, and can protect against a shower
- Cushion, garden kneeler or plastic seat pad. Alternatively you may like to bring a light folding chair or small stool
Feel free to bring any other lightweight materials too, such as other pencils, crayons, pens or watercolours (eg set of Caran D’Ache Neocolour water soluble pastels, or a set of water-soluble crayons).
Lightweight wooden A3 drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House
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