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2020 brochure (printed pre lockdown but useful for prices and course descriptions)
Hello again – we’ve missed you! We will be re-opening on 2nd October 2020 and are looking forward very much to seeing you . If you have already made a booking we have moved your booking to the new date and would be grateful if you could confirm that this is good for you. Otherwise, we attach below a list of courses which have availability on them.
Also below are details of how we will do all we can to keep you safe while you are with us. It will be a “New Normal” but we can still have fun!
The following courses will run as originally planned:
Painting the Colours of Autumn 12 – 15 October 2020 Jonathan Newey
Dynamic Palette Knife Painting 24 & 25 October 2020 Heather Jolliffe
A Memory Book for Christmas 31 Oct & 1 November 2020 Sharon Hurst
Autumn Trees in Acrylics 7 & 8 November 2020 Abi Kremer
Snow Scenes in Monochrome & Colour 14 & 15 November 2020 Helen Talbot
Frosty Berries and Boughs 21 & 22 November 2020 Helen Talbot
Organic Forms in Still Life 5 & 6 December 2020 Abi Kremer
Lockdown has given us time to consider how best we can keep you and your tutors safe and well so that you can enjoy your studio time and evenings together in the dining room in a safe and carefully adapted environment.
We know that you will be mindful of social distancing and thoughtful about using hand gel to protect yourself and your fellow students and we will make this as easy for you as we possibly can.
In a few weeks we will send you further details of how you and we can manage this together. Meantime, take care and keep painting!
See Through 2 – 5 October Sharon Hurst
Contrasts – the Secret of Success 17 & 18 October Sharon Hurst
Watercolours and Inks – Bold and Free 28 & 29 November Helen Talbot
Springtime Farmyard Animals in Mixed Media 9 – 12 March Alison C Board
Dorset Summer Sketchbook 13 – 16 March David Webb
Reflections on Estuaries and Woodland
Rivers – Watercolours or Acrylics 17 – 20 March Heather Jolliffe
Let’s Face It! 22 – 26 March Sharon Hurst
Let Your Sketchbook be Your Friend 7 – 10 April Heather Jolliffe
Flowers and Gardens – Watercolours or
Acrylics 11 – 14 April Heather Joliffe
Dorset Scenes in Watercolour 15 – 18 April David Webb
Animals with Coloured Pencil on
Black Paper 26 – 29 April Jonathan Newey
Sketching by the Sea 5 – 8 May Mike Bragg
Gardens in Summer with Watercolour and
Gouache 9 – 12 May Jonathan Newey
Sun and Shade with Woodlands and
Waterscape 14 – 17 May Abi Kremer
Rocks, Waves, Rivers and Skies –
Watercolour or Acrylic 18 – 21 May Mike Bragg
Dynamic Watercolours 22 – 25 May Heather Jolliffe
Landscape Impressions in Watercolour 15 – 18 June David Webb
The Shape of Water 19 – 22 June Heather Jolliffe
At the Bottom of the Garden 14 – 19 July Sharon Hurst
Painting the Bright Lights 22 – 25 July Heather Jolliffe
Watercolour in Three Washes 26 – 29 July David Webb
Seascape and Coastlines with Watercolour and
Coloured Pencil 24 – 27 August Jonathan Newey
Fascinating Flowers 19 – 22 September Abi Kremer
Dynamic Palette Knife Painting – Acrylics 23 – 26 September Heather Jolliffe
Sketching Summer Landscape with Pen and
Wash 27 – 30 September Jonathan Newey
Make Your Colours Glow 2 – 6 October Sharon Hurst
Acrylics for Beginners 19 – 22 October David Webb
Rescheduled dates 2020 and 2021 – Availability
There is currently availability on these courses but please do check before booking either by email or 01202 393234. We look forward to hearing from you!
Painting the Colours of Autumn Jonathan Newey 12 – 15 Oct
Dynamic Palette Knife Painting Heather Joliffe 24 & 25 Oct
A Memory Book for Christmas Sharon Hurst 31 Oct & 1 Nov
Snow Scenes in Monochrome
and Colour Helen Talbot 14 & 15 Nov
Frosty Berries and Boughs Helen Talbot 21 & 22 Nov
Organic Forms in Still Life Abi Kremer 5 & 6 Dec
Let’s Face It! Sharon Hurst 22 -26 Mar
Animals in Coloured Pencil
on Black Paper Jonathan Newey 26 – 29 April
Gardens in the Summer with
Watercolour and Gouache Jonathan Newey 9 – 12 May
Dynamic Watercolours Heather Joliffe 22 – 25 May
The Shape of Water Heather Joliffe 19 – 22 June
At the Bottom on the Garden Sharon Hurst 14 – 19 July
Watercolour in 3 Washes David Webb 26 – 29 July
Seascapes and Coastlines with
Watercolour and Watercolour
Pencil Jonathan Newey 24 – 27 Aug
Fascinating Flowers Abi Kremer 19 – 22 Sept
Dynamic Palette Knife Painting Heather Joliffe 23- 26 Sept
Make Your Colours Glow Sharon Hurst 2 – 6 Oct
Acrylics for Beginners David Webb 19 – 22 Oct
The past few months have been a journey but we’re excited at the prospect of seeing you again when we re-open on 2nd October 2020.
Before October courses begin we are required to put measures in place to make your environment as safe as possible when you are here. This will be a partnership between you, your fellow painters and us and we set out below the changes you will see when we welcome you to the “New Normal” here. As the months pass it may be that some of these measures can be relaxed. Meanwhile, we are getting to grips with the Rule of 6, which allows 6 students and a tutor to be in the studio together.
What we have done before your arrival
Deep cleaned all bedrooms and en suite bathrooms
Sanitised your room key and outer door key
Disinfected all high-touch areas such as light switches, door handles and bannisters and will do this regularly throughout your stay.
Put in place hand sanitising stations throughout the hotel
Installed plexiglass screens in the studio between painters and in the dining room between diners
On the day before you arrive, we will take you through a short set of questions to ensure that you are well and safe to come on holiday
Reconfigured the studio and dining room to allow for social spacing
On your arrival
We will take your temperature and ask you to sanitise your hands. If your temperature is 37.7 or above we regret that we can not let you into the hotel. We would advise you to take your temperature before leaving home to avoid a possible immediate return journey. If you come as a group we would ask that you approach from the hotel car park one at a time to allow for safety procedures.
Your luggage will be sprayed and put outside your room
What we ask you to do to help everyone keep safe
To wear a face covering while with other guests and in common areas. We will wear visors and masks when we are with you
Once you have chosen your place in the studio we would ask you not to change it
Please bring your own board and water pot(s) for painting and, if required, your own cushion.
Not to share equipment and or enter each other’s rooms
To regularly wash or sanitise your hands
Be mindful of social spacing
We are all having to adapt and accept change so here are a few alterations to the previous routine we now have to make
There will be fewer students on each course
No-contact room cleaning is recommended so no-one will enter your room once you have arrived until you leave. If you would like anything refreshed or changed please just let us know and we’ll leave it outside your room.
A very fresh and tasty continental breakfast will be brought to your door for you to eat in your room.
Similarly a packed lunch will be brought to your room door and can be eaten in your room or in the courtyard or further afield if you choose. There will be menu choices with both meals and we will notify the company the day before they are required. We and our family have tried them out and they got the thumbs up!
We would ask you to please make morning coffee and afternoon tea in your room
Dinner will be served in the dining room at tables accommodating 2 or 3 people. John’s cooking will prevail as will wine and soft drinks. However we must now give each guest their own condiments and cutlery is to be wrapped in a napkin for each guest. There will be no shared vegetable dishes and food will be fully plated up in the kitchen. Wine and soft drinks will be brought to you on request. The reason dinner is the only meal eaten communally is to reduce the risk of infection by 66% which we hope you will agree is to be desired.
The use of the lounge in the evening will unfortunately have to be carefully monitored to make sure distancing is working but we feel sure you are up to managing that!
John and Chris
To book a holiday or request information please call John or Christine on 01202 393234 or email
The Team at Art Holidays in Dorset look forward to welcoming you.
John happily caters for special diets including coeliac, wheat free, dairy free, low fat, low salt, vegetarian (and flexitarian) and vegan.