Painting in Kintyre June or September 2019

New Ways of Looking

Painting vacation on the Kintyre peninsula in the west of Scotland (any medium)

Dates: 2 – 8 June or 1 – 7 September 2019
Tutors: Hannah Tofts
Location: Whitehouse, Tarbert, Argyll

The September dates are now fully booked, spaces are available for June.

Take time to see the emerging beauty of the landscape and to rejoice in the new shapes and colours. Research and sketch on location most days and return to the comfort of the studio to develop your images and composition in any medium. Hannah is a very stimulating tutor and delights in spending time with her students to help them develop their own style.

Tutor Hannah Tofts

Hannah_Tofts_WS_thumbHannah is passionate about inspiring ways of looking with both adults and children. She’s an enthusiastic motivator, teaching with the senses, experiences and lots of colour. Working on location, with what ever she finds wherever she travels. Hannah has worked as a freelance Creative in various mediums since she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1987. After writing 15 children’s art books and teaching BA/ MA Graphic Design she moved to Amsterdam for 14 years as a collage and paint illustrator. She now lives and draws on the side of a sea loch on the west coast of Scotland where she teaches art (to non professionals) while writing the 2nd book in her inspiring series of Ways of Looking.

Discover creative ways of seeing, adding new dimensions to your work, in the comfortably relaxed and informal atmosphere of Whitehouse Studio at Glenreasdale House.

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, 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 our partners 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 !

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.

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