Drawing, Painting and Printmaking May or September 2019

Discover Colour and Pattern in the Landscape

Art retreat on the Kintyre peninsula in the west of Scotland

Dates: 19-25 May 2019 or 22-28 September 2019
Tutor: Karen Beauchamp
Location: Whitehouse, Tarbert, Argyll

A professionally guided, in-depth art experience over five days. Discover creative ways of seeing, adding new dimensions to your work, in the comfortably relaxed and informal atmosphere of Whitehouse Studio at Glenreasdale House.

KB_teachingWork outside in the field during the day and return to the studio with your finds and observations from the exquisite local landscape to create pattern and designs suitable for print. An exhilarating learning experience for all levels including assimilation of information with your senses and unravelling of the intricacies of colour and shape to form an image.

A fully guided experience for all with plenty one to one tuition. Karen is an enthusiastic and stimulating tutor, with a deep knowledge of drawing, painting and printmaking.

The course is planned to provide a varied programme of short journeys to inspiring locations, all specially chosen and never far from the sea. Alternatively, working in the studio will give you time and space to develop your ideas and recharge your creativity in a supportive environment. This course is about developing your art by going back to the basics.

This art holiday starts on Sunday afternoon and finishes on Saturday morning after breakfast.

Cost & inclusions

Cost: £975 per person, based on two sharing (£175 single supplement). A non-refundable deposit of £300 will secure your place. 

This includes:

  • 5 full days of art tuition (6 hours per day in two 3-hour sessions)
  • 6 nights in comfortable accommodation, each room with a view of either the garden or West Loch Tarbert
  • Home made bread and breakfast cereals with fresh fruit each morning. All dietary requests catered for
  • 5 x buffet, picnic or cafe lunch
  • 6 x three course evening meals cooked with locally sourced produce
  • Discussions and talks; possible musical evenings
  • Use of studio space: The studio is equipped with easels, drawing boards, printing press & other printing equipment, cleaning agents, paper towels and a varied selection of art materials. Please bring with you your preferred medium and paper, boards or canvas.
  • Use of large and cosy kitchen with Aga style range – the hub of the house, definitely the place for tea and chat.
  • Log fires each day for afternoon tea an a browse through the extensive art library.

Please note that transport to and from the holiday venue is not included. This art holiday will be provided by Karen Beauchamp at Whitehouse Art. 

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Studio & accommodation

Glenreasdale House is a spacious, light and airy Arts and Crafts house built in 1907 by Peter J. Mackie, founder of White Horse Whisky. The original house was subdivided into four huge sections seventy years ago, now Karen lives in the centre section with the tower and the walled garden. Not only has Karen renovated the house but her home also reflects a lifetime of collecting beautiful and interesting objects during her career as a designer.




Overlooking West Loch Tarbert and in a secret location up an old farm lane in Kintyre, it is secluded but not remote. Surrounded by stunning and inspring scenery; rocky and rugged shores or soft and rolling hills, the area has been a mecca for artists for centuries; the `Glasgow Boys’, the ‘Glasgow Girls’, and the Scottish Colourists all found inspiration here. Two hours spectacular drive west of Glasgow, Whitehouse is close to the small atmospheric fishing and sailing village of Tarbert, with its pubs and restaurants. The area is renowned for its seafood, local produce and whisky.

Situated between the ferry port of Kennacraig serving Islay and Jura, and Claonaig for the Isle of Arran, the area has a characteristically undulating landscape which creates micro-climates; often when it is raining on the east side of the peninsular it will be bright sun on the west side.

Although the location is very peaceful and remote, it’s easily accessible by car or public transport from both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. The journey takes a few hours but takes you through beautiful scenery. Find more information on how to get there in the practicalities pages.

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you !


Autumn on Kintyre and Knapdale – All the turning colours of the Summer’s growth, purples and reds, ochre’s and raw umbers next to turquoise and soft blue ray rocks and the sharp limey green lichens on the shore.

6 Comments on “Drawing, Painting and Printmaking May or September 2019

  1. Hi, I’m quite interested, but wondering if you have any printing equipment, since it’s not listed in the studio space.

    • Dear Diane, many thanks for contacting us. Yes, all printmaking equipment will be provided. Your question reminded me that we need to add this info to the webpage. Please do get in touch if you have any other questions ute@wildatartscotland.com . Best wishes from Scotland. Ute

    • Dear Margaret, many thanks for your interest in this art holiday in Kintyre. I suggest you fly to Glasgow International Airport – there are daily direct flights from New York to Glasgow. From there a scenic bus journey will take you to a stop close to the venue, from where you will be picked up. We will provide you with detailed information before you travel. Best wishes Ute

  2. Hi, my husband and I are interested in coming. Do you get many couples?
    Is there any difference between the May and September retreat content?
    Thank you, Melody

    • Dear Melody, many thanks for your interest in this art retreat. The art course contents are the same for both retreats. The only difference is the time of year and how the scenery will look. The creative work is very much in tune with the natural surroundings, so it depends if you prefer the colours and light of Spring or Autumn – both are very beautiful in Scotland. Yes, we do get couples coming on our art holidays, it’s usually a mix of solo travellers, friends travelling together and couples. you can contact me on ute@wildatartscotland.com if you have any other questions at this stage. Best wishes from Scotland. Ute

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