ART CLASSES NEAR YOU?
Join Us At Gartmore House For Our Art Classes
available dates :
January - October 2022
January - October 2023
“Good mixed media art classes near me are hard to find, especially ones as relaxing as Gartmore House’s.“
About The Course
We know that you want your holiday to be both fulfilling and relaxing, that’s why we offer a range of mixed media art classes from our unique 18th century property in the heart of Scotland.
When life gets busy, it’s hard to get creative. So, join us at Gartmore House for a holiday with a difference. Our mixed media art classes bring you the chance to kick back and relax while rediscovering your creativity. Our expert tutor will guide on your artistic journey as you play with a variety of difference media to create your finished pieces.
Stuck on the search to find the best mixed media art classes near you? Then why not bring your hobby on holiday to Gartmore House?
You will work in a relaxed learning environment alongside your fellow guests under the guidance of our tutor Theresa Gourlay. Creating images using different materials together opens up lots of possibilities. It is loads of fun! It takes the worry out of getting things right –because you are trying to do something new and rules don’t exist! You will be making your own rules! Theresa will introduce you to some of the many possibilities of mixing materials, then guide and encourage you to discover lots more media combination possibilities of your own.
Suitable for all abilities, Making Images with Mixed Media is the perfect way to stretch your creative muscles. Tuition will take place in one of the bright, light-filled studios where you can devote all your time and attention to making some lovely exciting images.
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 Theresa Gourlay.
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.
Here's what a previous participant has to say about this course:
“Theresa’s many years of experience as an art teacher, as well as an accomplished artist, shows through as she is able to adapt her approach to suit individual learning styles. She allows her students to develop their own style at their own pace while regularly introducing them to new techniques. She is organised, welcoming, encouraging and enthusiastic with a true passion for her work." – Jane Robertson
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.
tERMS & DETAILED INFORMATION
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 email@example.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.
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF BOOKING
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.
Theresa will bring a selection of pictures which mix things up in different ways. She will talk a little about how they are made and the reasons for her choices. She will bring along some materials for the group to test. You will then have the opportunity to chat about your ideas and the types of techniques you might like to try.
Theresa will have a look at the images you have brought with you and discuss with the group the kind of things you could try to stimulate ideas. She will then do a quick demo of some relevant techniques to get things started.
You can start on a small image or a series of small images, trying out techniques and asking about other possibilities.
Talk about next days activities.
On Tuesday it’s time to move into bigger and more ambitious images. You will continue with the techniques you learned the day before, learn some new ones, and experiment with the techniques you have enjoyed the most.
Wednesday and Thursday
By this point, most people will be working in different ways and at different stages so Theresa will spend time with individuals giving advice and making suggestions on how to develop their work. She will demonstrate and teach individually and as a group where appropriate.
Take work home and perhaps do some swaps with each other.
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
We will provide all materials, boards, paper and brushes, but feel free to bring along your favourite materials if preferred.
Your Course Tutor: Theresa Gourlay
Theresa studied Drawing and Painting at DJCA, Dundee from 1977 -1982 and taught Art and Design in schools from 1987 until 2018.
Since retiring from teaching Theresa spends most of her time making and exhibiting her own work. She enjoys the freedom of doing exactly what she likes - tackling whatever subject with whatever material takes her fancy. Theresa works in oil paint, acrylic, coloured pencil, coloured ink and with relief printing.
She often mixes different media to create contrasting texture, colour and detail in her work. Theresa makes portraits of family and friends from life, photographs, memory and imagination. She paints landscapes from sketches and photographs mostly of places close to her home in Fife.
Her prints often contain figures which are informed by regular life drawing which is very important to her - not just for practising her craft but as a mindful exercise. For Theresa, creating with any medium (Or with many together!)
Is a wonderful way of consuming your attention, taking your mind away from everything else.
Theresa teaches drawing and printmaking to adult classes in Fife.
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.
Are the bedrooms en-suite?
We have 23 en-suite bedrooms, comprising a mix of single, twin, double and family rooms, located on the first and second floor of the house. There are also three further bedrooms which share a bathroom. All guests are allocated an en-suite room unless you request otherwise.
Do you have accessible bedrooms?
We have one dedicated accessible bedroom. This bedroom benefits from an en-suite bathroom with assistance rails, grab bars and a ‘roll-in’ shower. Additionally, we have a number of other bedrooms that have a shower cubicle which may fit your needs. All other bedrooms feature a bath with an overhead shower. All floors of the house are accessible by lift.
What facilities are there in the bedrooms?
All bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, bath towels and complimentary travel toiletries. Whilst there are no TVs in the bedrooms there is a TV in the Oak Room.
Do all the bedrooms have a good view?
The more spacious, Hobby Haven bedrooms have panoramic views looking across Flander’s Moss towards Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. All other bedrooms have a side or rear view of our grounds.
What time is check in/check out?
Check-in is from 4pm, and check-out is 10am.
There will always be somebody on duty to check you in, whether it is the receptionist or the night porter. If you are going to be very late, we would appreciate you letting us know in advance where possible.
Is there WiFi?
Complimentary fibre internet is available for all guests and is accessible in our public areas on the ground floor and library on the lower ground floor. There is no WiFi access in the bedrooms.
How do I find Gartmore House?
Please see our location page for road, rail, and air travel directions.
Do you have car parking facilities?
Free on-site parking is available for all guests throughout the duration of your stay. All cars are parked at owners’ risk.
Can you cater for dietary requirements?
We are able to cater for a wide range of dietaries and allergens. Please notify us of any requirements at the time of booking.
Can I stay at Gartmore House on a bed and breakfast basis?
Whilst our calendar is filled with art, craft and activity holidays we do occassionally have gaps which we open to bed & breakfast guests.
We welcome solo travellers, couples and friends to stay at Gartmore House on a B&B basis. Full payment is required at the time of a B&B booking. Direct bookings have a 72-hour cancellation policy.
To make a booking, please contact us direct.
What should I do if I have lost or left something in my room?
Send us an email or call if you think you have left something in your room, and we will do our best to find it and return it to you. However, we ask you to please reimburse us for the postage fee.
Can I bring my dog?
We are a dog friendly house. Dogs are not permitted in the public or dining areas and must be kept in your bedroom. Whilst in the ground of Gartmore Estate, all dogs must be kept on a lead. We charge a fee of £30 per dog. This fee does not apply to guide dogs or assistance dogs.
Where is the nearest shop?
Gartmore village has a small community owned shop that is a 10-minute walk away. For a bigger supermarket, there is a Co-operative in the village of Aberfoyle, situated two miles from Gartmore House.
I am under 18 years old; can I stay at Gartmore House without a parent/guardian?
No, if you are under the age of 18 you will require a parent or guardian to accompany you.
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 art.