Autumn Painting    -  
November 1st - 6th 2015



The focus will be on an autumn theme from still life compositions to landscape painting. We will look at colour mixing for autumn themes and a range of techniques that can be combined with our watercolour painting to produce creative effects. From our trips out around the beautiful location of the Lake District we can produce sketches and quick paintings that will inform and inspire our work back in the studio.
Jane will be available to give one-to-one tuition and advice where necessary. Those who are more confident with their painting will be encouraged to find their own style and range of techniques. Jane will paint along with the group and be happy to demonstrate any watercolour techniques if asked.


 An all day trip to the Northern Lakes with a lunch-stop and a half day trip to Grasmere will give the group a chance to be out on location in the Lake District and to be able to gather ideas and research for the studio sessions.


Will include a slide show on the work of artists who have been inspired by the Lakes : Discussion of the work of the poet William Wordsworth in relation to his life in Grasmere :  Ideas on how to capture the atmosphere of autumn colour – falling leaves, sunlight etc. :  Critique on the work produced.

The course will finish on Friday morning with an informal exhibition of paintings and appraisal of work achieved. Within the course, there is plenty of scope for artists to develop their own individual ideas.


Jane Francis
has been working within the art and design industry for the past 20 years. After University she worked as an Interior Designer and in 1999 she made the decision to pursue a teaching career within Art and Design.

Since then Jane has taught Art and Design courses, including Illustration, Printmaking, Ceramics, Textiles and Fine Art, Art History and Watercolour Painting. She is currently teaching Watercolour Painting as part of Adult Education for a college in Cheshire as well as running her own watercolour workshop once a month.

Jane encourages learners and painters to explore different painting techniques and experimentation to enable them to develop their painting skills and find their own style.

The holiday runs from Sunday evening to mid-morning on Friday. Prices are per person for the 5 nights and include full Cumbrian breakfast, morning coffee, 3-course dinner and VAT @ 20 %

Non-participating partners
are welcome, and there is a reduction of £30 on the above prices for them.

deposit of £150 per person is required for the holidays, which can be made by cheque or credit card. This is non-refundable unless the room is subsequently relet; cancellation insurance is available.


2.00   Studio opening
3.00   Introduction in studio
7.00   Welcome drink followed by Dinner at 7.30
9.00   Informal discussion in lounge

9.30  All-day Trip out to Northern Lakes
6.30   Evening session followed by Dinner

Tuesday & Thursday
9.30   Studio :  Painting
2.00   Studio :  Painting
6.30    Evening session followed by Dinner

9.30    Trip out to Grasmere
2.00    Studio:   Painting
6.30   Evening session followed by Dinner

9.30    Final appraisal, showing of work etc.
11.00  Holiday ends with coffee in the lounge.