Vibrant Florals in Mixed Media in Exmoor

Oil Painting daisies flowers  in the garden
Interests: Art Holidays

Don’t be a shrinking violet; it’s time to loosen up and experiment on this holiday to capture the unique shapes, textures and details of either wild or cultivated flowers. The emphasis will be on creating colourful, vibrant flower likenesses using a creative and interesting combination of materials. Our expert art leader will work on liberating your painting style and improving your confidence in painting methods so that your artwork blooms before your very eyes. Working alongside other artists, you will see how different people approach the task which may help trigger a few new ideas of your own. Fresh flowers and photographs will both be used to create vibrantartworks which will take pride of place on your wall at home.

Holiday Highlights

  • Guidance of Expert Tutors
  • Full days practice in quiet surroundings
  • Small Group size of 15 people or under

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
  • Loan of wooden A3 art boards

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Holnicote House

Lying near the attractive village of Selworthy, in the heart of the Exmoor National Park, historic Holnicote House stands within a series of peaceful gardens with spreading lawns. Once the centrepiece of an extensive 12,500 acre estate, the charming and characterful house was gifted to the National Trust in 1944. Since then it has been reimagined as a walkers’ retreat, with wonderful access to the countryside. As well as 32 delightful bedrooms, there are two comfortable lounges and a sociable bar. The landscaped gardens are still part of the wider Holnicote Estate and provide a wonderful area to wander. Outside the house, explore wild Exmoor, walk in the Quantocks, climb Dunkery Beacon and stroll on the Somerset Coast Path with the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, drop in Dunster Castle, ride a Victorian cliff railway and watch for wildlife including the majestic red stags. Unfortunately our pool at Holnicote House will be closed for the duration of 2022 due to extensive maintenance requirements.

Rooms

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

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the thatched cottages in the grounds, called Butlers and Guns respectively. With 32 bedrooms, Holnicote House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic, Premium and Superior Rooms to choose from: the best rooms are on the first floor and decorated in keeping with the National Trust estate, with plenty of space and great views over the back garden, reaching out across Crawter Hill and Dunkery Hill, Somerset and Exmoor’s highest point. Ask for numbers 1 or 4 to feel suitably special.

All ‘Classic' rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ 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, attractive garden, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on Exmoor or exploring the heath and moorland, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the pretty gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. For something equally relaxing, snag a comfy chair in one of the cosy lounges, borrow a book, join a game of cards or scour the countryside through the large telescope. Head to the bar before dinner for a drink and a chance to catch up with your companions, best enjoyed by the windows overlooking the estate. Please note, the large heated outdoor pool will be out of service during the 2022 season in order to allow for extensive repairs.

Unfortunately our pool at Holnicote House will be closed for the duration of 2022 due to extensive maintenance requirements.

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. Food at Holnicote House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Holnicote House

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Getting to Holnicote House

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Essential Information

As the work is based around mixed media there are no restrictions on materials and each artist is welcome to bring along items of their choice.

This is a list of my favourite media and tools - choose what appeals to you, it is in no way perscriptive

  •  A4 sketch pad and pencil, rubber, sharpener and ink drawing pens for outside
  • Watercolours tube paints
  • Mixing palette ( yoghurt pot lids, white plates are fine)
  • Koh i noor ‘brillaint’ watercolours - bright dye based paints ( not expensive and really vibrant)
  • Acrylic inks, mixed colours, plus sepia ink
  • Assorted water soluble and permenant pens
  • Wax pastels, particularly light colours
  • Assorted crayons
  • Signo uniball pigment ink pen - white
  • Fine black drawing pen
  • Tippex pen
  • Paper of your choice. ( WHS watercolour paper is a good option to more expensive brands)
  • Brushes a selection to include   large size 12, medium 5 or 6 , fine 2 or 3 ,  plus a rigger
  • Old toothbrush
  • Mark makers, eg, bamboo stick, cocktail stick, old credit card
  • Spray bottle
  • Pipette
  • Scissors
  • Hobby knife
  • Glue
  • Scraps of cling film, cellophane, sandpaper, netting, string
  • Drawing board if you prefer your own  A3 boards provided

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