VISITING the Lake District has inspired artists for centuries. But now those who want to learn how to paint can sign up for a dream weekend in the heart of Romantic Lakeland.
A weekend watercolour painting course is to be staged at Rydal Lodge, with bed and breakfast accommodation alongside two days landscape painting tuition with artist Ron Bailey.
Rydal Lodge, just north of Ambleside, is a riverside b&b set in beautiful grounds at the epicentre of the Romantic movement in the Lakes. Just across the road is Rydal Mount, once the home of the poet William Wordsworth. And also nearby is the picturesque Grotto in the grounds of Rydal Hall which was built specially for artists with a window onto a spectacular waterfall. It was designed so that painters could sit in comfort while they captured the view.
But Rydal Lodge is also surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of the UK, from the tranquility of Rydal Water and Grasmere to the majestic heights of Loughrigg fell and the Fairfield horseshoe range of mountains. It’s a dream setting for artists.
“Ron has been here before and finds it to be such an inspirational place to paint,” says proprietor Helena Tendall, who runs the b&b with husband Mark. “He’s such a talented artist and we were thrilled when he offered to come and share his skills with our visitors. He’s run several weekend sessions already and they have been a great success.”
Ron Bailey has been involved in teaching art to adults for more than 40 years, using watercolour, oil and acrylic, pen and wash. He paints mainly landscapes in a traditional style but also enjoys doing more contemporary work. He currently has work on display at a gallery in the north Lakes.
“With all groups I try to generate the right atmosphere during a teaching session because I’ve found that the social element is valuable to many of the participants,” he says. “Gentle humour is often welcomed.”
The next painting weekend will run from Friday June 3 to Sunday June 5, and includes two days’ painting tuition, two days’ bed and breakfast accommodation and light lunches, and a non-painting partner can stay in the same room for a £40 supplement. Prices range from £260 for sole occupancy. There’s always the possibility of booking for the Thursday (extra bank holiday) as well.
Bookings by phone or email only: firstname.lastname@example.org or 015394 33208