Spring Painting
     April 19th - 24th  2015


Studio work

Plenty of studio time will allow a relaxing journey into more painting techniques, colour mixing, composition and just being away from the ‘madding crowd’ for a few days.  A combination of ‘on site’ sketches and Bee’s tuition will help to create some finished memories of your trip to Ambleside in spring.   A refreshing look at painting trees - Bee has a huge library of her own techniques ready to share and will include lots of examples from her own book called ‘Brushmarks for Trees’.  

Trips Out
The course will include two morning trips. One to nearby Rydal Hall, a 34 acre estate with a refurbished 16th century, Hall, beautiful gardens with wonderful view over the Rothay Valley.  Certainly painted by Turner about 1797, but can we spot the viewpoint?   The second trip is to Allan Bank, a NT property in Grasmere which has paintable views all around, situated close to the painting studio of the Heaton Cooper family.

Evening sessions
These will give us plenty of scope for discussions, ‘ad hoc’ demonstrations and two new events. One covers a series of mini lectures called  ‘Snapshots of Famous Painters’ where Bee will compare part of a painter’s life with a timeline of special and everyday events.  This time we will take a look at J.M.W. Turner’s paintings of the Lake District.
The other new event is called ‘An Artist at Home’ where one of Bee’s numerous sketchbooks will illustrate her travel adventures…this time somewhere in the Lake District.


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.    



Bee Morrison
is a highly experienced watercolour tutor with over 30 years experience of teaching adults.

She has been artist in residence on 19 cruises covering most of the world and has organised her own art holidays in the UK, France, Spain and Italy, and in recent years has been an art judge for her local art clubs.

She has written and illustrated quite a few books and has had numerous articles published on art techniques and jewellery making.  Lots of her works are in private collections, including one in the Salon de Saint Owen in Paris and a portrait of the Queen in the Royal collection. She has been on 4 different national TV programmes.

Bee has a huge repertoire of sketching and painting techniques to pass on, and add to that Bee’s easy teaching style and you have a holiday that is both informative and fun.



2.00   Studio opening
3.00   Bee’s introduction in studio
7.00   Welcome drink, the first of Bee’s mini
          sketchbooks followed by Dinner at 7.30
9.00   Informal discussion in lounge

9.30  Studio: Painting
1.30   Studio : Painting
6.30   Evening activity followed by Dinner
9.00   Informal discussion in lounge

Tuesday & Wednesday
9.30   Trip out with Lunch
2.00   Studio :  Painting
6.30    Critique / Show of work done to date
9.00    Optional time for more painting

9.30    Studio :  Painting
1.30    Studio:   Painting
6.30   Evening activity followed by Dinner
9.00   Optional time to finish that painting!

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

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