2020 brochure  (printed pre lockdown and so dates no longer accurate but useful for prices and course descriptions)

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Hello again – we’ve missed you!  We re-opened in October 2020 and were delighted to see all those who came to the three breaks and had an enjoyable and safe time.  And now we are in Lockdown again and so we have rescheduled dates as you can see in the list in blue below.

Otherwise, we attach below a list (in pink) of rescheduled 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!

Rescheduled dates – if you are booked to come on any of these titles your booking has been transferred to the new date which we hope is good for you.  If not please do get in touch, either by email   info@artholidaysindorset.co.uk   or by phone   01202 393234  and we will do our best to find a solution.  Please also look further down this page to see which re-scheduled breaks (in pink) still have availability on them.



Springtime Farmyard Animals in Mixed Media                                                       (was  9 – 12  March 2021 now 11 – 14 April 2022)            Alison C Board

Dorset Summer Sketchbook                                                                                          6 – 9 July 2021             David Webb

Reflections on Estuaries and Woodland Rivers – Watercolours or Acrylics       2 – 5 July 2021             Heather Jolliffe

Let’s Face It!                                                                                                                     Early 2022                    Sharon Hurst

Let Your Sketchbook be Your Friend                                                                           TBA    soon             Heather Jolliffe

Flowers and Gardens – Watercolours or Acrylics                                                     TBA     soon           Heather Joliffe

Dorset Scenes in Watercolour                                                                                        TBA    soon               David Webb

Animals with Coloured Pencil on Black Paper                                                           TBA     soon               Jonathan Newey

Sketching by the Sea                                                                                                         TBA    soon                     Mike Bragg

Gardens in Summer with Watercolour and Gouache                                                TBA  soon                 Jonathan Newey

Sun and Shade with Woodlands and Waterscape                                                       TBA   soon                   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

There is currently availability on these courses below but please do check before booking either by email  info@artholidaysindorset.co.uk or 01202 393234.   We look forward to hearing from you!



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.

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

There is a short video on the home page which will let you see how your arrival will go and the newly configured studio and diningroom.  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

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.  We do hope this might change.

Meals 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 use of the lounge in the evening will be fine as long as we all remember to make sure distancing is working but we feel sure you are up to managing that!  See you soon.

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.

Deposits & Course Cancellations

All deposits are non-refundable unless a course is cancelled by us.  We will try not to cancel a course unless we are forced to by events beyond our control.  Our aim is to re-schedule as many holidays as possible during Covid – 19 to avoid disappointment.  If a course is cancelled we can transfer you to a similar course or refund your deposit. If a tutor is unable to tutor a course due to unforeseen circumstances including, but not limited to, illness or accident we reserve the right to use another tutor who can tutor the chosen subject and medium.     If you are unable to come the the course once you have paid the full amount we are unable to refund any money paid.   It may be possible to transfer you to another course, if space permits but this cannot be guaranteed and there will be a small charge for this.  If you are unable to come on the course please advise us as soon as possible in writing or by email in order that we can try to fill your place (s) , otherwise the full amount will be due.


Contact Us

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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