About Us

Art Painting Holidays


We are a team of knowledgeable guides, artists and hosts harbouring a long-standing interest in the Peak District. The Peak District with great locations on our doorstep such as Dovedale, the River Dove and some secret locations. We have our very own art gallery, a fully equipped studio and a large workshop on site.

What can you expect?

Painting from stunning spaces and places which only a local like Colin knows

Lovely, comfortable accommodation in the heart of Derbyshire

Lunch and dinner

​ Enjoyable evenings socialising, or relaxing over a glass of wine in front of the fire at our homely accommodation

The intention is to aid you in producing two paintings each day. The particular type of painting Colin teaches encourages one to be ‘in the moment’ and grasp the landscape as it is. Day 5 is a non-painting day when we critique your week’s work and see how far you have advanced as an Artist whilst painting ‘en plein air’

What will happen to my partners/friends?

If you wish to bring partners or friends with you, please feel free. With our local knowledge, we will be able to advise you on the best things to do such as sight-seeing, walking, photography, cycling or just relaxing in the amazing landscape etc.
Take a good look at the pictures of Borrowdale and the surrounding area – it has been recognised and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What would I need to bring?

We provide all the equipment needed and there is an extra cost for materials; please see enrolment form for further details re prices.

What will happen on the course?

After initial introductions, we will head out to one of the chosen scenic locations where Colin will give a demonstration.

During the demonstration, Colin will complete a small canvas in about 30 minutes. He will then aid you in setting up and be on hand throughout to guide and assist whilst you try your hand at painting.

Colin will give you top tips regarding your set up and technique which he has learnt throughout his many years of practice.

Whilst Colin has honed his skills over many years, he firmly believes that you will walk away with pride in the paintings that you will produce.

What media will we paint in?

You will be painting in oils.

What happens when the day is over?

At the end of each day, we will head back to the accommodation to relax.

Following this, a freshen-up and then dinner.

During dinner, there will be opportunities for both in-depth and fun discussions.

What will happen at the end of the course?

At the end of your course be it one day, two or the full five-day programme, Colin will give each of you an individual one to one critique session.

Colin will endeavour to galvanise what is positive and bring to mind an effective way forward.

What does our team hope to achieve?

We want this to be a truly outstanding learning and growing experience that will give you both the confidence and desire to invest more time and appreciation for your skills and perhaps to come back and paint another season with us.