Amazing Argyll Landscapes – Painting Retreats

Amazing Argyll Landscapes

Painting retreats in the West of Scotland (any medium)

Dates: 19-25 Sept 2021 or 10-16 Oct 2021
Tutor: Karen Beauchamp
Medium: watercolour, acrylics, mixed media
Location: Loch Melfort, Arduaine, by Oban, Argyll
Suitable for all skills levels

Take time to really see the beauty of the Argyll landscape and rejoice in its shapes, light and colours! Argyll artist Karen Beauchamp invites you to join her for a unique painting retreat on the shores of Loch Melfort. Our accommodation and studio base is at Loch Melfort Hotel, a cozy country house by the sea.

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What to expect

This art retreat is at the same time a small group experience and a private workshop. There is no set artistic theme, but daily personalised tuition tailored to participants’ preferences, ability and development interests.The sketchbook will be the fundamental tool from which to create your works of art.

The course is designed to encourage gathering what attracts you from the landscape – with a grounding in shape, form and texture, looking and re-looking at light and shadow, and using usual and unusual materials to record images and feelings.

Karen is an enthusiastic and stimulating tutor, with a deep knowledge of drawing, painting and printmaking. With her inspiring artistic guidance we’ll be researching and sketching on location most days, then return to the comfort of the studio  to develop our images and composition. You may want to bring your favourite brushes and paints, but there will also be a variety of materials to choose from. Check out Karen’s profile page here.

During the week we will make maximum use of the hotel’s gardens and beaches, but also take short journeys to nearby locations.

The location

Loch Melfort Country House Hotel in Arduaine between Oban and Lochgilphead on the West Coast of Scotland is a 4-star hotel is situated within 17 acres of gardens and beaches, overlooking the Sound of Jura and the Inner Hebrides. It also sits next to the National Trust for Scotland Arduaine Gardens, so we’ll be truly spoilt for choice when it comes to inspiring vistas.

The accommodation is full board and all rooms are en suite and have a sea view. The art holidays start on Sunday afternoon and finishes on Saturday morning after breakfast.

Cost & inclusions

Cost: £1750 per person, based on two sharing (£225 single supplement). A non-refundable deposit of £300 will secure your place. 

This includes:

    • 5 full days of bespoke art tuition (6 hours per day in two 3-hour sessions)
    • 6 nights in double or twin en-suite accommodation with sea views
    • Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. All dietary requests catered for
    • 5 x buffet or picnic lunches
    • 6 x three course evening meals in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant
    • 5 x mid-afternoon tea/coffee with homemade cake
    • Discussions and talks; possible musical evenings and/ or whisky tastings

Please note that transport to and from the venue is not included. Many guests bring their own car, but we can arrange transfers from and to nearby public transport connections at an additional cost. All guests are required to have personal travel insurance.

Where possible meals will be prepared from locally sourced produce. Drinks other than those included in breakfasts and afternoon tea/coffee breaks are not included. Art equipment – easels, drawing boards, and a varied selection of additional art materials will be provided. Please bring your preferred medium, paper boards or canvas.

This art holiday will be provided by our partners Whitehouse Art, who will take your bookings and payment directly.

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A warm and friendly welcome awaits you !


5 Comments on “Amazing Argyll Landscapes – Painting Retreats

  1. what is the price for a single female for the 18 Sep course. £ 1750 dived by 2 plus £ 225?

    • Dear Helen, many thanks for your interest in the painting retreat at Loch Melfort. The September course is closed for bookings. We still have a couple of spaces on the October one. The cost for one participant in single occupancy is £1975. Kind regards Ute

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