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Imagine spending glorious days creating art with like minded souls under big skies capturing the magic of mountains and lakes. The wide open spaces of dappled moorland and fells stretching as far as the eye can see. In the valleys below, hidden picturesque villages nestling either side of the beck.
This is the Eden Valley, an undiscovered area of beauty with small market towns like Appleby in Westmorland, nestling between its castle and the river, and Kirkby Stephen. Elsewhere in the valley are ruined castles, fascinating houses and beautiful gardens, just waiting to be painted and drawn by you.
Magical Landscapes in Acrylic
Sun 16 June to Thurs 20 June 2019
Acrylic paints are versatile, easy to use and dry quickly. Looking at mixing colours and pigments, painting with different tools and techniques such as glazing that will take your artwork to a higher level
The Valley and the surrounding areas are a dream location for painting and drawing, you will receive dedicated tuition from the working artist, Mark Hilsden benefiting from his experience, informal practical approach and knowledge of the area. The course will be a mixture of exploring the area, Plein Air and studio work. With instruction and demonstration of techniques as required. The workshops are best suited to artists that have some experience but are looking to take their skills to a higher level
Beautiful Buildings in Pen and Ink
Sun 19 May to Thurs 23 May 2019
Pen and Ink drawings have a special feel that is simply not matched by other mediums. With Pen and Ink you can capture amazing details and the subtle nuances of buildings that make them special. Dependent on your needs Mark can help you with composition, perspective, the use of light and shadow, alongside different rendering techniques.
Sunday. Arrival from 3pm. Tea and biscuits are help yourself in the lounge. Explore or relax until Evening meal at 6.30pm. After the meal there will be an informal sharing of work and ideas withMark.
Monday. Breakfast at 8.30am. Guests will be picked up by Mark at 10am to start the weeks adventure in Art. Transport by Minibus to explore a different area each day. Return to Crake Trees Manor between 3 and 4pm. Relax until evening meal at 6.30pm. Some informal analysis of everyones work rounds off the day.
Tuesday. Breakfast at 8.30am. Guests will be picked up by Mark at 10am to continue the weeks adventure in Art. Today we will exploring the rugged parts of the Yorkshire Dales and the Upper Eden Valley and some ruined castles. Return to Crake Trees Manor between 3 and 4pm. Relax until evening meal at 6.30pm. Some informal analysis of everyones work rounds off the day.
Wednesday. The morning is spent working on your paintings. Then after a packed lunch there is an special afternoon walk sketching to a local place of particular interest. After evening meal there will be a visiting Artist
Thursday. Guests will be picked up by Mark at 10am on the last full day of painting we will be exploring a part of the Lake District that is off the beaten track with amazing views . Return to Crake Trees Manor between 3 and 4pm. Relax until evening meal which is eaten at our local community pub The Butchers Arms at 6.30pm. Guests paintings can be taken to the pub for a fun and informal display of their work for the evening.
Friday. Guests depart back home after breakfast. With wonderful memories, new skills and enthusiasm and an introduction to thisfascinating and beautiful corner of the Yorkshire Dales National Park that rubs shoulders with the Lake District.
See www.craketreesmanor.co.uk to find out about the guest accommodation, food served by Ruth and the local area around Crosby Ravensworth.
The lead tutor is the working artist Mark Hilsden, who for over twenty years has specialized in creating pen and ink architectural portraits from cottages, to castles, including farmhouses and hotels. His work is held in numerous private collections across the UK, USA, Australia and Hong Kong. Over the last few years has started painting landscape and spacescapes inspired by the dark night skies of Cumbria. The artist owns Castle Fine Arts, a gallery that showcases regional artists and supports artists through supplying art materials, classes and workshops.
5 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation.
Two course Evening meal using local and seasonal specialities, each evening with Coffee
Packed lunch on 4 days, Tea and biscuits available each afternoon.
Classes lead by Mark and transport out into the surrounding countryside, towns and villages.
Local walk and sketch afternoon
An evening presentation by inspirational guest Artist
single person in double room £875.00
2 people sharing double or twin room £750.00
Non workshop guest sharing double twin room £410.00