Tuesday 29 July 2014

Budding art students within Ripley Castle walled garden!

It's always a delight to be back at Ripley, the lovely picturesque village north of Harrogate, especially when I get the chance to visit the beautiful well kept walled garden in the grounds of Ripley Castle itself!

I got the chance to return again on Monday 21st July 2014 to teach 5 keen students who were on the all inclusive superb value for money mini art break organised by ‘The Boars Head’ in the centre of the village.

The keen group of students (having spent the night in luxury accommodation this lovely historic coaching inn) met me at The Boars Head in the morning and sharing a lovely coffee we got to know each other a little before heading off to wonderful walled garden to paint and draw and discover all the hidden corners and inspirational compositions in the garden for which there were many.

The Summer sun was certainly showing the garden at its best as we walked and talked and I explained how to assess various aspects of the walled garden to create really different and exciting colourful compositions to draw and paint. 

Guiding students every step of the way throughout the day, first with an initial short demonstration in pastels showing how to simplify the subject, soon after everyone created the initial foundation too on which to base their afternoons work.

The first stage complete we meandered through the garden back to The Boars Head for a well earned break and a lovely light lunch in the exquisite dining room – all very sophisticated!

After lunch and during the rest of the afternoon everyone’s paintings soon began to take shape. Working from shady positions the Summer sun shone gloriously filling the gardens with deep shadows and sunlit areas filled with superb colour. 

With group and one to one tuition throughout the day it was great to see how everyone explored their chosen compositions so well. 

Surrounded by nature at its best, helping everyone with different levels of ability and experiences build their confidence exploring new and exciting ways to paint in this beautiful inspirational garden, was very rewarding for all.

New and exciting all inclusive mini art breaks at The Boars Head on the Ripley Castle Estate are planned again for later in the year in the Autumn. We will be exploring the beautiful vistas over the tranquil waters of Ripley Castle lake with all the shimmering light and overhanging trees! 

Now that’s something to look forward too!

For more information about this all inclusive Autumn Art Break call The Boars Head direct on 01423 771888 or email reservations@boarsheadripley.co.uk 

Early booking strongly recommended to secure your place as places are limited. 

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