In-person course
in Nr Rye, East Sussex, Rye Maker & location details

Art & Spa Painting Watercolour midweek retreat in spa hotel Rye East Sussex



Learn to paint! Have a mini art holiday! Don't be scared, you will not be a beginner after this course, even if you haven't painted since a child! The art course is for beginners or intermediates (10-14 in a class) 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 live screen so everyone can see. Individual and group Tuition and guidance throughout. 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. We welcome all ages, ability and ages (children over 14). If you are on your own, a couple or a small group of friends you will have a relaxing, fun time. See our 5* reviews. Our weekends are for all, but for larger groups of 10 + we do exclusive bookings. Exclusive bookings for corporate, hen, birthday groups, art groups++++ Non painters are welcome to accompany painters at £155. Day options are also available, please contact us for details. Your teachers are, Vicki Griggs, as seen on BBC1 ''Home Is Where The Art Is televised next spring. Vicki is a professional artist and art gallery owner. Vicki has been teaching art to adults and children for over 20 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. Vicki has have several works published and sold as prints the the nationwide store Dunelm Mill. From 10 years of running the courses at the hotel, 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, spa and gym. 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

What's included in the price?

All the art materials you need will be provided for this mini painting break - 1 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 - 2 course evening meal - Use of all gym, spa and pool facilities - Extra night including full breakfast & 2 course evening meal £75 optional Art only (no accommodation) bookings are available at £85


10 hours (10:00am to 4:00am)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Evenings
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Christmas
  • Hen dos
  • Weekends
  • Pet lovers
  • Long term / weekly / monthly
  • Public transport
  • Easter
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Residential
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Romantic
  • Spooky
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Tutor can travel
  • Stag dos
  • Father's Day
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Accommodation offered
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The Flackley Ash Hotel, Peasmarsh, Nr Rye, East Sussex, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6YH