South Banks House, Portencross, Nr. West Kilbride, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Date 1: Fri 20th May — Sun 22nd May 2016
Date 2: Fri 10th June — Sun 12th June 2016
Date 3: Fri 15th July — Sun 17th July 2016
Date 4: Fri 19th August — Sun 21st August 2016
Date 5 : Fri
2nd September — Sun 4th September 2016
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Artaquarius is based at South Banks House, a beautiful country house tastefully decorated with a wealth of period features and sits in the midst of a large garden featuring a unique rock-cliff backdrop, pond and studio. The house overlooks the sea, with stunning views of the Isle of Arran, the Cumbraes, Holy Isle, the Kyles of Bute and Ailsa Craig. Located in the hamlet of Portencross as featured on the 2004 BBC Restoration programme (for more information see ww.portencrosscastle.org.uk). The art weekends were also the subject of a 2007 Sunday Times Travel article, of which we are rightly proud. Appointed in country-house style, South Banks House (the core of which was built around 1690) offers elegant, comfortable accommodation for up to 8 people in 3 double/twin rooms and 3 single
rooms over two floors, with stunning sea views. There are 2 large bathrooms (with showers), 2 separate shower rooms and a large
cloakroom wc. The house is centrally heated, with several log fires and fully serviced.
Relax in the garden before dinner or in front of a log fire in the reception room before dining in style, by candlelight, and enjoy the Arran sunsets.
Non-painting partners are very welcome and there are many interesting places to visit nearby or, just enjoy the ambiance of the house and garden and breath in the sea air.
Bicycles are available for our more energetic guests. We can help with suggestions for excursions or further stays on Arran and Bute.
Proposed schedule (flexible, depending on weather):
On Friday, access to house will be from 3pm, with time for a walk to the castle and harbour before afternoon tea (about 4.30pm). Your tutor will join us for drinks before dinner, which will be served at approximately 8pm. All soft drinks are provided, but we ask that you bring your own wine or any other alcoholic beverages.
During the weekend, you will walk down to the harbour to sketch Arran and Portencross Castle, using pencils and watercolours. Over two days, you will produce a watercolour and an acrylic painting of Arran and, using mixed media, a painting based on the cliff background of South Banks house garden.
On both mornings, a full Scottish breakfast will be served at 9am. Lunch at 1.30pm, with morning coffee and afternoon tea served in the garden (weather permitting).
On Sunday, departure will be between 5-6pm. (Arrangements can
be made for an add-on overnight stay. Cost is £50 per double room and £38 single). Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
of 3 day break: £275
non painters: £215
- Qualified tuition. All artists’ materials including easels. Please bring your own sketch book, drawing pencils and a small watercolour box (if you have one). A camera is recommended.
- Accommodation in comfortable, well-appointed bedrooms
- Delicious, home-cooked meals. Full Scottish breakfast, lunch, 3-course evening meal and home baking with morning coffee and afternoon tea.
Places are limited
to 8 people.
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partners, activities available in the area include golf (West Kilbride
Golf Course within walking distance, also Troon is very near), gardens,
castles, sailing, pony trekking, fishing and beaches. There is a fascinating walk through the garden to the top of the cliff and onwards to Auldhill, the site of an Iron Age fort with a magnificent 360° panoramic view. Go
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