Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pots of Places to Paint

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pots of Places to Paint

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Jo Fernandez canvasses colourful arty-crafty holidays around the world

The great 'scape ... THE beauty of a painting holiday is that a) anyone can join in no need to be a clever-clogs of the Constable order; b) you get to idle away your days in spectacular landscapes with peace on tap; and c) from Chipping Campden to Botswana, the world is your oyster.

(Instruction not offered unless stated.) Ink and illustrations Orient Express Hotels (020 7805 5068) has a Safari Sketchbookweek in Botswana, so in place of a pile of apples you can practise on a pride of lions. The seven-night trip includes a night at the Westcliff Hotel, Johannesburg on arrival, and tented accommodation in upscale Gametracker camps. There is some watercolour work, though the trip is mostly pencil sketching and has botanical illustration instruction by African-born, classically trained Katie Lee. Departs 2 June: maximum group size 12 to 15, [pound]2,080pp, including all meals and game drives but not international flights or materials.

Illustrator Ronald Swanwickfocuses on media ranging from pencil and pen-and-ink to acrylic painting on his holiday workshops in northern Cyprus, Normandy, Ireland and Herefordshire.

Subjects include landscapes, gardens and architecture. UK workshops from [pound]43 per day including lunch, accommodation/materials extra. Four, five or nine-day painting holidays from [pound]280 including tuition and full board.

Group size: eight to 10. Call Stable Studios (01544 230871 or

Learn how to use vibrant inkcolours with bamboo pens on handmade paper during a two-night break in the Cotswolds, near Chipping Campden no previous experience required.

Based on the works of ink artist Frederick Franck, the workshop is run by Elda Abramson, an experienced painter and lecturer. …

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