Art painting watercolour weekend holiday retreat in Rye. ART & SPA Learn to paint watercolours in a weekend! 2 day course & 2 night full board accommodation

Duration: 2 days

Price: £300

Run by: Vicki Griggs
at Arty Party Breaks and lessons


The Flackley Ash Hotel
Nr Rye, East Sussex
East Sussex
TN31 6YH

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About the Course

NON painters are welcome to accompany painters at £240pp.
You can chose to do Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday or add and extra night at just £75 inc dinner

LEARN TO PAINT IN A WEEKEND! - have a mini art holiday! Don't be scared, you will not be a beginner after this weekend, even if you haven't painted since a child! The art course is for beginners or intermediates in watercolour painting and includes all the materials you will need. You will be shown from scratch how to stretch paper, apply paint, mix colour and all watercolour techniques to get you started. For improvers we will help you to expand your knowledge and introduce you to new ideas, tips and techniques.

There will be various step by step demonstrations live on our TV so everyone can see and tuition from 2 professional artists throughout the course. You should complete at least 4 finished paintings. We have laid out the itinerary for indoors, but if the weather (depending on the time of year) is good we may go outside and paint in the lovely grounds of the hotel for some of the time.

Your teachers are, Vicki Griggs, a professional artist and art gallery owner. Vicki has been teaching art to adults and children for over 18 years. Vicki owns and runs her own art gallery in Broadstairs called The Little Art Gallery where she sells her own work and several other local artists. This year Vicki has have several works published and sold as prints the the nationwide store Dunelm Mill. Beth Stokes is a freelance artist and designer and also sells work in the gallery. Both Vicki and Beth will help you though out the weekend.

Vicki & Beth have been working together building their business with the classes for the past 5 years with weekend breaks in Rye and Broadstairs, art holidays to Greece twice a year in June and September and Painting & Prosecco party evenings in Broadstairs. They have been close friends for nearly 20 years and live only 10 doors away from each other.

We promise you will turn out paintings from the first morning’s lesson and we know you will be hooked from there on in, even if you have never painted before. We run a friendly and very relaxed class, so don’t be shy, come and join us for a wonderful packed weekend full of fun.
We believe everyone can paint, you just need to be shown how. Whether you are on your own, a couple or in a group, you will have fun learning to paint and meeting new friends on this fantastic weekend!

The Frackly Ash Hotel is set in beautiful grounds and very close to Rye, a perfect setting for painting and a fun weekend. The food is amazing and the staff always very helpful. There is a bar and restaurant, free wifi, real fires, gardens and an orchard.

You will have use of all the hotel's facilities so take time to enjoy the pool, sauna, spa, jacuzzi and gym. There are plenty of beauty treatments to take advantage of to pamper yourself, but these do need to be booked in advance. If you are interested in the treatments please contact the hotel for costs and details, early booking is recommended

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All the art materials you need will be provided for this mini painting holiday weekend.

- 2 night accommodation and full board
- 2 days professional art tuition including all art materials (aprox 10 hours)
- Mid morning teas, fruit teas, water and coffees
- Home made bread & soup with sandwiches for Saturday
- Sunday roast lunch
- 2 course evening meal Friday and Saturday
- Use of all gym, spa and pool facilities
- Extra night including full breakfast & 2 course evening meal £75
- Single supplement £20 for weekend breaks

Art only (no accommodation) bookings are available at £120

Want to review this course?

This was a fantastic weekend. I really enjoyed the course. Vicki and Beth were great tutors and I learned a lot. The course catered for all abilities and it was amazing how much we accomplished in a couple of days! I am already putting my newly acquired skills and knowledge to good use. The venue was also excellent. I thoroughly recommend this course.

- - #17476

Brilliant weekend, would highly recommend it, suitable for all ages and abilities, groups, couples, singles. I had not picked up a brush in 30 plus years and was super nervous. But I needn’t have been - Vicki was a brilliant teacher. Will definitely be looking to attend other events or workshops in the future.

- - #17465

Excellent course, informative with demo's and painting tasks that increase in difficulty as each new skill is learnt. Very well organised. Warm and friendly environment, suitable for couples, singles and groups of friends. Vicki is a great teacher, who will also help throughout the day and show you how to rescue painting disasters! Enjoyed this immensely - my thanks to Vicki and Beth for a wonderful weekend.

- - #8012

I went to this course with a friend who is a beginner at w/c painting. We thought the organisation of the classroom , provision of all materials and teaching were excellent. We were taken through all the techniques and watched demonstrations before attempting to copy examples. Even as an experienced painter I found new things to learn but if you want to do your own thing this may not be for you.
The hotel is very comfortable the food very good and it has pleasant gardens. There is also an indoor pool and spa where we enjoyed a few treatments in our spare time.
Vicki and Beth have put a great deal of thought into the classes and are experienced teachers managing to give everyone personal attention.

- - #6271

This was a fantastic weekend. Not only were we taught many skills and given access to all materials, but also a comfortable stay in a spa hotel and great food was included! Vicki and Beth were very helpful and encouraging and made sure everybody felt welcome and supported. I really enjoyed the weekend and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

- - #6256

Had a fantastic 'Art & Spa' weekend. I've been twice now and learn a whole load of new skills each time. I go on my own and come away with a great many new friends. Great for both novice and experienced artists. Lots of excellent food in a warm, comfortable and friendly hotel. All your needs catered for, especially lots of laughter!

- - #6253

This has to be one of the most enjoyable courses I have been on and learnt lots of new tips. Vicci and Beth were really helpful and friendly and made everyone welcome. The hotel is good and the staff very friendly and helpful. I am really glad I booked this weekend and will certainly be booking another one in the future

- - #6211

A lovely weekend. Great venue, wonderful food, brilliant company and good value.

- - #6208

Was asked to go on one of the Art Weekends by a friend and despite being awful at school in Art was up for a weekend away. What an unexpected delightful time we all had!!! Lovely venue & fantastic teachers in Vicki & Beth who made the whole art experience wonderful. Cannot recommend this Art weekend enough. As a complete water colour novice, I'm hooked and go to the weekly art classes in Broadstairs. No matter what age, sex or experience I'm sure that you will enjoy this weekend

- - #6110

Great weekend for beginners and beyond...excellent tuition and Vicki and Beth give loads of support, this course is loads of fun and it's a really lovely venue, also such good value for money. Thoroughly recommend this and it's definitely worth staying the extra night before to have some to relax at the hotel :)

- - #6101

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