Drawing & Painting on Kintyre May 2020

Freeing the Creative Powers – Painting holiday on the Kintyre peninsula in the west of Scotland (any medium)

Dates: 3-9 May 2020
Tutor: Fiona Macrae
Medium: various
Location: Whitehouse, Tarbert, Argyll

In the beautiful setting of the Kintyre peninsula your tutor Fiona Macrae shows you how to let loose with drawing and painting and how to develop your skills in texture and technique.

Free your Creative Powers

Finona Macrae ArtistThe course is designed to encourage gathering what attracts you from the landscape – looking and looking again at colour, texture, light and form and using usual and unusual materials to record images and feelings. The sketchbook will be the fundamental tool from which to create your works of art. Suitable for all levels of ability.

Fiona loves Johannes Itten’s ideas about colour relationships, he was a highly regarded colour theorist associated with the Bauhaus movement in the 1920’s and 30’s.

Discover creative ways of seeing, adding new dimensions to your work, in a comfortably relaxed and informal atmosphere.

What’s included

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

Cost: £1150 per person, based on two sharing (£150 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, 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.

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you !


Spring on Kintyre – The landscape emerges from it’s stark bare structure with a cloak of soft lime greens and interesting browns, all set against the gentle azure skies reflected in the ever changing lochs and bays. The meadows and banks show off their carpets of daffodils and bluebells.

Painting group in Kintyre