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Drawing with Margaret Neufeld

It’s often said that drawing is the foundation of all art. Whether that’s true or not, the fact remains that drawing really helps to hone the skills of observation and composition and is great fun.

Historic Gartmore House, with its impressive entrance hall with stained glass windows, high ceilings, grand fireplaces and period features is the perfect location to enjoy a drawing holiday. Working from within one of our light-filled studios, our friendly and experienced tutor Margaret Neufeld will cover a wide range of subjects including landscape, still life, figure drawing and portraiture. Weather permitting, guests may also experience an outdoor session in the estate’s 100 acres of private land.

Throughout the week guests will experiment with a variety of tools and media such as charcoal, various types of pens and pencils as well as other ‘found’ implements to develop their confidence, ability and individual style.

Drawing holidays with Margaret Neufeld are suitable for experienced artists and beginners alike. Group sizes are small to allow Margaret to tailor tuition to your level of ability.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2022

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person..
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

April 24th to 29th 2022
August 14th to 19th 2022

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

All workshops will cover a range of topics including:

  • landscape,
  • still life,
  • figure drawing and
  • portraiture. 

Weather permitting, guests may also experience an outdoor session in the estate’s 100 acres of private land.

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Margaret Neufeld
  • All materials required for the course
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

All participants will receive a beginners’ drawing material pack including pencils, pens, charcoal, erasers, paper, boards etc.

Tutor Margaret Neufeld
We are thrilled to be working with Margaret Neufeld to instruct our inclusive drawing courses.
Margaret’s love for art developed at an early age. Her passions include landscape, still life, figure drawing and portraiture. Formerly a teacher with a lifetime of experience in art, drawing and painting, Margaret now teaches three regular art groups and guest tutors at various other groups. She has a wealth of experience with a range of media including charcoal, various types of pens and pencils, watercolour paints as well as other ‘found’ implements.

She loves to share her passion with others and believes that drawing is the foundation of all art. Her aim is that guests develop their confidence, ability, individual style and above all else have great fun.

Margaret has also previously taught watercolour painting workshops at Gartmore House.



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