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Acrylic Painting

Our acrylic courses are designed to encourage beginners, while also helping those who want to develop their painting skills further. Tutor Suzanne Kemplay believes in building confidence, clear teaching of techniques and having fun. Everyone is different and Suzanne will work with you as an individual on the goals you agree on. Working over 4 days gives you the chance to really develop your work with Suzanne’s expert assistance to guide you through the process.

Our painting holidays are for all abilities; our groups are small, to allow Suzanne to give you personalised instruction based upon your level of experience. Both the historic house itself, and the extensive grounds provide a relaxed and welcoming environment, and our spacious indoor studios are well equipped, bright and comfortable.

Over the course of four days you will consider the art of composition, our inspiration and the elements that make up a painting. Suzanne will share drawing techniques to show you how shapes can be quickly developed, how to judge size, and create tone and atmosphere. She will also introduce you to colour theory, acrylic paint application, and techniques that will help you to create a beautiful finished painting on canvas.

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.

February 20th to 25th 2022 – Still Life with Acrylics
May 29th to June 3rd 2022 – Landscape with Acrylics

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.

20th to 25th February 2022: Still Life with Acryclics

For the first 2 days we will be doing a number of simple exercises that will help give us the building blocks to create our Still Life composition on the last 2 days.

Monday

  • Introduction to Still Life with discussion and examples.
  • Drawing exercises
  • Shape and form
  • Tonal exercise
  • Giving volume to objects
  • Tonal painting
  • Looking at light and dark

Tuesday

  • Painting exercise
  • Look at colour theory
  • Colour mixing and colour palettes
  • Painting
  • From morning session on Colour Theory choosing a colour palette and creating a painting

Wednesday

  • Exercise in Composition
  • Creating our Still Life
  • Painting our Still Life

At this point we should be working on our final composition and have completed an underpainting by the end of the day.

Thursday

  • Painting and Finishing our Still Life

 

29th to 3rd June 2022: Landscapes with Acrylics
For the first 2 days we will be doing a number of simple exercises that will help give us the building blocks to create our Landscape composition on the last 2 days.

Monday

  • Introduction to landscape with discussion and examples.
  • Drawing exercise
  • Shape and form
  • Tonal exercise
  • Giving volume to shapes
  • Tonal painting
  • Looking at light and shade

Tuesday

  • Painting exercise
  • Colour theory
  • Colour mixing and colour palettes
  • Painting
  • From morning session on Colour Theory Create a Harmony Study

Wednesday

  • Exercise in Composition
  • Start on our landscape, block in colour
  • Painting our landscape

At this point we should be working on our final composition and have completed an underpainting by the end of the day.

Thursday

  • Painting and finishing our landscape

 

Sunday
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.

Friday
Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Suzanne Kemplay
  • 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.

We will provide all materials, boards, paper, paints, brushes and canvas’s. We ask that all guests bring their own palette. If you don’t have a palette there will be a small number available for guests to use. 

Guests are welcome to bring their favourite materials/supplies for use throughout the week.

We advise all course participants to bring an apron/wear old clothing in the knowledge that they may be subject to damage and subsequent disposal.

Tutor Suzanne Kemplay

Suzanne graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1988 with a degree in Drawing & Painting. She has been painting on and off ever since from her Edinburgh studio and exhibits with various Galleries across Scotland.

After working for a number of years in the charity sector, Suzanne now has more time in her studio where she continues to explore and challenge herself as an artist. She has been teaching for a number of years in the Third Sector and with The Arienas Collective in Edinburgh. She loves to see students grow in confidences and be proud of what they can achieve.

 

 

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