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Scottish Painting Holidays Autumn Leaves

So much more than just a holiday you are invited to re-awaken your artistic instincts in this the year of “Creative Scotland 2012”. Based at Historic Gorton House (1674) on the edge of Roslin Glen, study sessions are designed to take advantage of the spectacular scenery when clad in its “Autumn Gold” finery.

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Scottish Painting Holidays Watercolour paints

Aimed at beginners, improvers and beyond these residential painting courses are primarily in watercolour and acrylics. Each course is over six days, Sunday to Friday (September/October) and tutored by professional artists.

You will be able to develop your creative abilities in the company of like minded people with instruction in drawing, sketching, and painting techniques with hints and tips on composition, perspective and colour theory. All sessions will be outdoors whenever possible, but studio facilities are available as appropriate. There will be a maximum of 8 participants on each course.


Sunday: Arrive 4.00pm. Snack meal and introductions.
Monday: Breakfast, 2hr Tuition, Packed Lunch, 2hr Tuition, Dinner
Tuesday: Breakfast, 2hr Tuition, Packed Lunch, 2hr Tuition, Dinner
Wednesday: Breakfast, Edinburgh Galleries Tour, Eat out
Thursday: Breakfast, 2hr Tuition, Packed Lunch, 2hr Tuition, Dinner/Party
Friday: Breakfast, Depart 10.00am


Heather Julia Whitehead

"I have always loved drawing and painting, especially the flowers and fauna that surrounded me in the countryside where I grew up.

After I finished school l worked in advertising for seven years then left to start a family.

When the children were older l began a career drawing peoples pets and for the last twenty years have been busy with commissions and exhibitions in and around Edinburgh.

I also paint in oils, acrylics, watercolours and ink wash."

Jennifer Young

In the years since graduating with a fine art degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, Jennifer has gone on to have a successful career as a professional artist, painting numerous murals in homes and developing her own unique style through canvas paintings. She became well established in the southern California and Seattle art scenes and has most recently re-located to Edinburgh. Jennifer has enjoyed passing on her passion by teaching art to budding artists privately and in various art studios throughout her career. She paints in oils, acrylics, and watercolors.


Dates and Prices 2012

  • Sunday September 16th to Friday 21st
  • Sunday September 23rd to Friday 28th
  • Sunday September 30th to Friday October 5th

All £585 p.p. inclusive.
Non-painting partners
sharing room £465.

Accommodation in Gorton House

Gorton House Gardens

Bedrooms (Single or double) all have private bathrooms/showers. Sitting rooms and dining rooms shared with fellow guests. Non-painting partners are welcome if space is available. All details are available on www.gortonhouse.co.uk

Meals (see programme): Will be served as appropriate in a communal dining room. We use local produce wherever possible and supplement with fruit and vegetables from our own garden. Wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee provided. Note: Special dietary requirements should be notified.

Full directions and a map are available through the Gorton House website.

Other activities:

Tennis, mini-golf and woodland walks are within our 7 acres. Numerous other local attractions are listed on www.gorton.plus.com and Edinburgh’s city is a mere 20 minutes away.

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tel: 0131 440 4332      email: info@gorton.plus.com
Scottish Painting Holidays | Gorton House Self Catering Accommodation | Lasswade | Midlothian | EH18 1EH | Scotland

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