2020 brochure  (printed pre lockdown but useful for prices and course descriptions)

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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!

Rescheduled dates


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.   

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Art Holidays in Dorset, The Studio, Boscombe Spa Hotel,
4 Glen Road, Boscombe Manor, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH5 1HR
Tel: 01202 393234 | email: info@artholidaysindorset.co.uk

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