Spring Painting
     April 17th - 22nd  2016


Studio work

Our studio work will focus on a spring theme from still life compositions to landscape painting. We will look at colour mixing and composition for spring themes. We will also look at a range of techniques that can be combined with our watercolour painting to produce creative effects for spring landscapes. 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.

Trips Out
An all day trip to Ullswater with a lunch-stop and a half day trip with lunch to Hawkshead 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 spring landscapes in the studio sessions.

Evening sessions
Included will be a slide show on the work of Contemporary artists who have been inspired by Ullswater : Images of other local artist’s work and discuss how they have used composition and painting techniques :  Ideas on how to capture the atmosphere of Spring in paintings :  Critique on the work produced.


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 re let; cancellation insurance is available.    



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.



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 Ullswater area
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 Hawkshead
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.