Join Us At Gartmore House For Our Acrylic Painting Classes

available dates :

February - May 2022

February - May 2023

“I was having a hard time finding acrylic painting classes near me until I found Gartmore House.”

About The Course

Here at Gartmore House, we strive to offer our guests a unique getaway to be remembered and we’re confident we do just that with these acrylic painting classes.

Set against the backdrop of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, our acrylic painting classes benefit from all the wisdom and expert teaching experience of local Scottish artist Suzanne Kemplay and allows you the time and space to really get inspired.

Learning a new craft like acrylic painting takes time so why not learn while on holiday in one of our light filled studios?
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.

Course Inclusions And Coverage

This course is an all-in-one package which includes the following:


Booking for this course includes 4 days of specialist tuition from Suzanne Kemplay.


All specialist equipment will be supplied but there will be a few essential items that you will need to bring. Please see our terms and detailed information section below.

Food & Accommodation

Full board catering and 5-nights accommodation are included when you book.


Complimentary transfers are included when you book - subject to certain conditions.*

* 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.

Booking Information

DATES 2023
All of our craft or activity 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.

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  • Terms of Booking

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  • Kit List

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.

To confirm your holiday:
A non-refundable 25% deposit is required to secure your booking.

Payment of your holiday:
The balance of your payment must be received no later than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement of your holiday. In the case of non-payment, we reserve the right to cancel your booking and any cancellation fees will apply.

If you cancel your booking:
All deposits are non-refundable. Should you need to cancel your booking up to 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, we will refund any monies paid, less your deposit. If you cancel less than 3 months (90 days) prior to the commencement date, no refund will be given.
We do advise you to take out holiday insurance for this reason.

Your Course 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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Where can I find out more about the course?

If you need any further information about your course that is not on our website, please get in contact with us and we can provide you with the tutor’s contact details who can assist with your query.

What do I need to bring on my art, craft and activity break?

Your required kit list for your specific break is shown on each course’s webpage. However, should you have any queries, then please feel free to contact us.

What is the art, craft and activity holiday booking terms and conditions?

To secure your booking, a non-refundable £100 per person deposit is required. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For holidays booked within 6 weeks of the  arrival date, full payment is required at time of booking.

Holidays are subject to availability and subject to change. There is a minimum number of guests required to run each course. If a course is cancelled due to low numbers, you may transfer any monies paid to an alternative date or a full refund will be issued.

If you cancel a booking, your £100 deposit is non-refundable. The rest of your payment will be refunded if you cancel no later than 6 weeks prior to arrival.

What time do your transfer services for the art, craft & activity holidays operate?

We offer a complimentary transfer services to and from Stirling train station. Collection is at 3:30pm from the station on the day of arrival, and our drop-off service departs from Gartmore House at 9:15am (5 and 6-night holidays) or 4pm (2-night holidays) on the day of departure.

The closest airports to us are Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. If you require a transfer to and/or from either airport, please select this option at the time of booking. Transfers to/from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports are available at an additional cost. After booking your flights, please update your Customer Portal with the time you wish to be collected from the airport on the day of arrival and the time of collection at Gartmore House, returning to the airport, on the day of departure. Please allow 60 minutes for your transfer between Gartmore House and Glasgow Airport, or 90 minutes for your transfer between Gartmore House and Edinburgh Airport.

Can I bring a partner/friend to stay with me while I am on an art, craft or activity break?

If you’re coming on one of our art, craft or activity 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. Please add them at the checkout stage.

Spots on this course are limited!

Book your spot now and join us at Gartmore House. We are confident it will deepen your understanding of acrylic painting.

Need help? Don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Gartmore Estate, Stirling, FK8 3RS, Scotland
  • mail@gartmorehouse.com
  • 01877 382 991