Update on October course has 2 vacancies, very popular course, you can book for next year 

Sketching and Painting the Cumbrian landscape , fully booked for this year, waiting list available, or book for next year

Book early, now for this popular 

2021  Dates 

July -Monday 25- Friday 30

August Monday 22-Friday 27

Weekend 2021 October 28 – October  31

Painting in the grounds of the Quaker Centre and surrounding locations. Glenthorne Quaker Centre and guest house, is two minutes walk from Grasmere town center and surrounded by stunning scenery. Grasmere offers many attractions including Dove Cottage, Red Bank and Rydal Mount, all associated with the poet, William Wordsworth. All these are open to the public. An ideal base for walking and seeing the northern lakes.

This year the painting holidays will be held in the new studio, completed early 2013. The course will include compositional sketches in various media, composition and development into paintings. Daily demonstrations and individual tuition. The old studio will be converted into ensuite disabled units.

No strenuous walking involved, however some walking around the grounds and locations are kept to a minimum, there’s plenty to see and paint!. To book please contact Glenthorne on 015394 35389

Glenthorne Quaker Centre, Easedale Road, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9QH

Please get in touch with Sue if you would like any further information. £320 (2016 price to follow)

Weekly Course start on Monday at 4pm and finishes after Breakfast on Friday

Weekend courses start on Friday at 4pm and finish with Breakfast on Monday

Glenthorne, Grasmere


Mixed media residential break with Professional Artist/Tutor Sue Ford

Hope you’ll enjoy learning to paint, during the course.

here are some further details for materials to bring

Please arrive at Glenthorne on Monday, after 2pm and on weekend courses after 2pm on Fridays

On arrival please take your equipment to the studio.

During the course we will be sketching exciting nearby locations and in the studio

Each day after  tea at 4.30 there will be a demonstration in the studio. With different subjects and media.

This course is a superb opportunity for all artists of different levels and ability.

In pastel, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media techniques.

During your holiday I have organised an itinerary to enjoy the experience of outdoor locations within the beautiful Cambrian landscape. And in the studio we will work form out sketches and notes to create beautiful and exciting paintings.


Monday arrive

Demonstration at 5pm – 6pm

Tuesday 9.30am, each day collect your packed lunch and come to the studio.

Weather permitting we will sketch the local scenery around Glenthorne.

Returning to the studio for lunch and we will review our work and discuss finishing work and development.


We will travel to Rydal Hall area, hear we have the chance to see Rydal Halls grounds or the top end of Grasmere Lake. Picnic lunch, there are two good cafes at Rydal and Lake sites, with toilets.

4pm Returning to Glenthorne for tea, and demonstration,


Morning Easedale Bridge, and the surrounding landscape.  Just a short walk from Glenthorne.

Returning for lunch at 1pm

After lunch we will review our work and further development during the afternoon.


Morning – finishing work in the studio. After lunch we will pop down to the Lakeland Artists Annual exhibition. A fantastic opportunity to see excellent artwork, in different styles and Medias.


Departing after breakfast on Friday

General art marterials recommended

Table easel or floor standing easel (not essential)

Drawing board – thin plywood or MDF are fairly lightweight (big enough for your paper size).

Masking tape, kitchen towels, a 2b pencil, putty rubber. A bottle of coloured masking fluid and a mixing palette


Suggestion for a basic watercolour palette,

1. Ultramarine Blue           4  Permanent Rose.                         7. Lemon Yellow

2 .Cobalt blue                    5  Cadmium Yellow                        8 Yellow ochre

3. Cerulean Blue                6  Cadmium Red                             9 Cobalt violet

(One of my favourites)


For Acrylic I use the same colours with the addition of Naples Yellow, Turquoise,

Opera Rose and a large tub of white.


Suggested manufacturers – Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney and White Knights.

Available in tubes, half pans and full pans (I prefer full pans) and acrylics in tubes or tubs.


Pastels, a selection of hard and soft pastels, I use Unison and Sennelier and Inscribe

(hard Pastels),

Student colours are produced with packing called Hues of the colour and reasonable in price

Artist quality are the best with pure pigments, but they’rethere’re more expensive – graded in series numbers 1-4 shows the purity of the colour. Prices vary, series 1 approximately £3.99 to series 4 at £8.99.


I recommend synthetic brushes, Sceptre Gold and Di Vinci or any good manufacturer of brushes

Sizes – Large No 12 round, No 8 round and rigger brush no 3.

Paper I prefer Bockingford, Arches and Saunders Waterford papers in 300lb (600 gms).  Or/200 lb (420gms) in rough or Not surface. These weights avoid stretching.

These papers can be bought from Sue at £1.80 Quarter Imperial Sanders Waterford, 300lbs (600gms and Bockingford 250lbs (450gms) £1 Quarter imperial. These heavy weight papers, avoid the need for stretching.

Most art shops stock 140lb (300gms) papers. 140lb paper requires stretching, 140lb blocks are ok, where the pad’s edges are glued – this saves stretching

Pastel papers, I like Canson Mi-Tiantes 350gms pastel paper, can be bought form Sue at £7 per full sheet or £3.50 half sheet. This paper can be bought from leading art supplies, I.e. SAA and Jacksons etc.

Canvasses or boards for Acrylic painting, 20 x16 or smaller are fine.

Sketchbook, approximately A5, for painting on locations.

Camera, if you have an IPad that can be useful. However they are not essential.

Additional items – Charcoal and cartridge paper. Kitchen towels, putty rubber,

Water soluble pen, in sepia or black.

Permanent pen in Sepia or black.

2B and 4B pencils

Cloth for table

Water Pen

Depending on time we may get the chance to do a collage picture.

Please bring one piece of Mound card, approx. half imperial, pva glue and old magazines. OK and Hello are particularly good.

To finish, a bag to carry it all in! 

If you like using an easel outdoor, please use a folding lightweight metal easel.

But not essential.

Folding Chair



They is a good art shop, just down the road, called Heaton Cooper. They do have an online shop.

About Event Location

Events and workshops, charity work and Bursary Fund

Contact the Centre on 015394 35389

Glenthorne Quaker Centre, Easdale Road, Grasmere, Cumbria, LA22 9QH




Easedale Road

LA22 9QH Grasmere

United Kingdom