‘A fantastic tourism experience: Innovative yet not intimidating. A Quintessentially English experience, taking advantage of the natural environment and inspiring views’.
Winner – Painting at Harrop Fold Farm with Michael Moore – Tourism Experience of the Year 2007 – Visit Chester and Cheshire Tourism Awards.
Michael, professional artist and member of the Fine Art Trade Guild, is well known in the area and has spoken at many community groups, exhibiting locally as well as nationally and world-wide; the courses were requested by those who met and heard him, and saw him exhibit over the years.
Day and residential art courses in both oils and watercolour paints are offered throughout the year. Michael’s own website lists the various courses and dates available. During the summer, guests may enjoy painting in the farm grounds, which include a variety of locations: gardens, by the river or woodlands, hills and panoramic landscapes. Responding to requests Holiday Sketching is now offered in addition to oils and watercolour courses. During this course pencil or watercolour sketches will be made, and instead of taking a picture home, guests will return with their own sketchbook started and ready to take on holiday with them.
This year residential weekends have been launched, guests arriving on a Friday and enjoying an ‘artistic country-house party’ leaving Sunday with a wonderful painting…or two!
Day Course: Arrive at Harrop Fold Farm for morning coffee with Michael Moore prior to moving into the art studio to begin the day’s painting. The morning usually forms a master class where guests ‘follow’ Mike whilst being supervised; then after a delicious lunch of local and homemade or home reared produce set to to finish their task. The afternoon sees Mike teach ‘professional secrets’ which guests love! By afternoon teatime the painting is completed, this is then framed and presented to the ‘artist’ who then takes this home as a wonderful testimony to their day at Harrop Fold Farm. The sense of a guest’s achievement is wonderful to witness.
Cost: Tuesday-Thursday £85 per person, Friday £100 per person, Saturday £120 per person. Inclusive of all materials, food and drinks.
Available in either watercolour or oils.
Residential Course: Guests can create their own residential course by booking Harrop Fold Bed & Breakfast or Mellow Brook Self-catering Cottage around their preferred art course days. Dinner is available by prior arrangement.
Cost: Painting costs as day course Accommodation Cost: B&B from £40 per person (double occupancy) and from £50 per person (single occupancy).
Self-catering accommodation from £275 (shortbreak) - £500 (high season weekly tariff) for up to 5 guests.
Weekend Course: Arriving either Friday night for a delicious supper or Saturday morning ready to begin painting on Saturday morning. Dinner on Saturday evening, a wonderful night’s sleep and following a tasty Aga cooked breakfast continue painting through Sunday, breaking for a delicious Sunday Roast sandwich. Departing during Sunday afternoon with their own framed works of art.
Cost: From £195 per person – based on double occupancy, 1 day painting, 1 dinner & 1 night B&B. £390 – based on double occupancy, 2 days painting, 2 dinners & 2 nights B&B.
Non-painting guests from £75 per person – double occupancy, dinner, B&B.