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Art tuition in Wordsworth’s garden

 The gardens of William Wordsworth’s home at Rydal Mount will be the setting for a weekend of art classes in the Lake District.

The Easter event is two days of expert tuition from a couple of artists in one of the most beautiful landscaped settings in England.

gardens in may

Beatrice Hasell-McCosh and Tyga Helme will be guiding painters with some experience or none at all in the grounds that inspired the romantic poet.

Beatrice, who works between South London and Cumbria, grew up in the Lake District. Her paintings are based on memory and closely observed figurative studies drawn from life.

Tyga, who studied Fine Art and History of Art at Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh, is a draftsman, painter and printmaker, and her work is made exclusively from life.

The art weekend has been organised by Emily Heath who, with husband Matthew, has taken over as curator of Rydal Mount, near Ambleside.

She said: “There is no lovelier place in the world than the Lake District and, for artists, the gardens and grounds here are full of colour and texture, along with the majesty of mature trees.

“The gardens have been landscaped according to plans drawn up by the poet himself. We hope it will prove to be an inspiring location.” She added: “Students will be guided to develop observational skills and explore the different expressive qualities of drawing and painting. Alongside observational and technical skills, deeply personal responses are encouraged through different ways of looking and being in the landscape.”

The art weekend – which doesn’t include accommodation or materials – is on April 21 and 22, and costs £250. Places are limited so early booking is advisable. The organisers can provide a list of local accommodation providers.

Booking here