Monday 24 September
Your cottage at Coldharbour Farm will be available from 4pm.
Ashley and Denise will be hosting a welcome drinks evening at their house where you can get to meet the group and see some of Ashley’s work in the studio.
Tuesday 25 September - North Coast
Nestling in the beautiful Valency valley, this unique natural harbour with its craggy entrance and curved and rounded piers offers a multitude of contrasting view points from both up high and at sea level. Fortunately this delightful fishing village has recovered from the well documented floods of 2004. Lunch will be provided in a homely village cafe.
Tuesday Afternoon, Trebarwith Strand
One of Cornwall’s best kept secrets and a particular favourite of ours, this place has it all! A beautiful sandy beach with rock pools and an island off shore is dramatically transformed when the tide turns and the sea rushes in, battering the enormous rocks and cliffs. Other surprises are the hidden caves, (a great location to take shelter from the elements and make work in) and the Port William Inn, high in the cliff tops where you can watch the sun go down and have a pint and a bite at the end of the day.
Wednesday 26 September - South Coast
We will be visiting this exquisite, unspoilt, arrow shaped Georgian harbour on the south coast. Charlestown, a working port, home to tall ships and a popular film location. The Onedein Line, Alice in Wonderland and more recently Dr Who, amongst others have all been filmed here. Charlestown has been an inspiration to many of Ashley’s paintings. Lunch will be taken at The Pier House Hotel, on the left of the photo above.
A beautiful cliff top location where the River Fowey meets the sea. On our walk we shall see the unique red and white square lighthouse, ‘The Gribben’ and visit the ruins of St Catherine's Castle, a spectacular location with its panoramic views of Fowey and Polruran. From this viewpoint we can be enchanted by the huddle of yachts at anchor and the constant movement of boats on the shimmering sea.
Thursday - Friday, 27 - 28 September, In the Studio at St Breward
Our studio is at St Breward village hall (a 30-minute drive from the accommodation), an idyllic location on Bodmin Moor.
The studio is situated next to the famous ‘Old Inn’ public house. A great place for real ale and good food at the end of a hard working day!
The workshop will commence at 9.30am through to 5pm.
Facilities include a large kitchen, toilets and a car park.
We will provide a buffet lunch and a free tea and coffee facility will be available throughout the day.
Tables will be available for use in the workshop but you will need to bring your own easels.
Light sketching easels can be provided, please contact us for further details.
At the end of our studio time we will be celebrating our painting achievements and hopefully an enjoyable holiday with a relaxing evening meal at the 12th century Crown Inn, situated in Lanlivery, which has a reputation for excellent fresh, locally-produced food made to order. A mini bus will collect everyone from the accommodation and the meal and return transportation are included in the price of the holiday.
Cost of Your Holiday
The cost of the five-day painting holiday starts at £350 based on sharing a twin room in Kingfisher cottage. Single rooms are available at a supplement. Prices vary according to the type of accommodation, however we can assure you all accommodation is very reasonably priced and offers excellent value for money.
How to Book
Places are limited to a maximum of 16 people, a small group ensuring that everyone gets equal benefit from Ashley’s tuition.
Early booking is recommended to guarantee your place.
To book please contact Denise or Ashley Hanson at
or send a message from our website or call us on 01208 776566
• A £50 deposit will be required on booking.
• Last date for booking is Friday 27th April 2012
• The final balance to be received by Friday 3rd August 2012
What’s Included in Your Price
• 5 nights’ accommodation
• 4 full days tuition
• Group critiques
• The hire and use of the studio
• All lunches
• Tea, coffee and soft drinks in the studio
(supplied on a self-service basis)
• Celebratory dinner on Friday evening
• Minibus transportation for the Friday evening meal
What’s Not Included
• All transportation (unless otherwise stated)
and travel costs and car parking fees
We recommend car sharing to each location but arrangements
should be made on an individual basis
• Food and drinks where not stated
• All drinks at the celebratory dinner
• All painting materials and equipment
Our accommodation is based at Coldharbour Farm on the outskirts of Bodmin. It offers comfortable cottages within a 15-minute walking distance from the town centre, where there are a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants.
All cottages are on a shared basis:
Kingfisher 6 people
4 bedroom cottage (1 bathroom en-suite, 1 shower room /toilet)
2 Twin rooms
1 Double en-suite (can be sold as a single room)
1 Single room
Chough 4 people
3 Bedrooms (1 bathroom/ toilet)
1 Double (can be sold as a single room)
1 Twin room
1 Single room
Swift 3 people
2 Bedrooms (1 Bathroom/Toilet)
1 Double and single bed (sold as a twin room)
1 Double ( can be sold as a single room)
Magpie 3 people
2 Bedrooms (1 Bathroom /Toilet)
1 Double (can be sold as a single room)
1 Twin room
If there is a group of you travelling together we will do our best to book you into the same cottage, however we recommend you book early to secure your preferred accommodation.
All cottages have a well-equipped kitchen, microwave oven, TV, DVD players and Wireless internet connections available on request.
Heating is supplied by storage heaters and additional convection heaters. There is a laundry room and a games room offering table tennis, a pool table, table football, and darts.
Please note smoking is not permitted in any of the cottages.
About Your Tutor—Ashley Hanson
Ashley studied at Canterbury College of Art where he gained a First Class degree in Fine Art in 1983. He is a former prize-winner in the Hunting Art Prizes and was also a recipient of a Boise Travel Scholarship from the Slade School of Art. Since 2007 Ashley has been a visiting lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University and KHIB in Bergen, Norway. In addition his own workshops ‘Freedom in Painting’, ‘Creative Colour’ and ‘Introduction to Oil Painting’ and ‘The Painting Process’ have all proven to be very popular, with very positive feedback.
His work has been shown in galleries throughout the UK, in France and the USA . He is currently gallery artist at The Great Atlantic Gallery, Falmouth and this year he was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Other galleries he has shown at include Edgar Modern, Bath, the Belgrave Gallery , St Ives and the Campden Gallery in the Cotswolds. He moved to Cornwall in 2005 to be closer to the coastal landscape that inspires many of his paintings.
The aim of this painting holiday is for you to both enjoy and respond to the landscape and make paintings that both challenge and surprise you and further your development as an artist. At the same time we hope you will gain benefits and support and even form friendships by working in a small group of like-minded artists.
|Penzance 6 by Ashley Hanson||2010|
Our approach is to be flexible, friendly and informal and to help out in whatever way we can to ensure this is both an enjoyable holiday and a memorable painting experience.