We are really delighted that August 2018 (9th – 16th) will see the first painting course being held at Embo House. The tutor will be Jonathan Shearer, the well-known landscape painter based locally in the Scottish Highlands. Jonathan graduated from Grays school of Art in 1993. He currently has an exhibition at Inverness Castle Gallery “Journeys into the North-West Highlands, – A Bothy Too Far“, but we came across him last Hogmanay, when we went to his studio in search of a picture for our Dining Room at Embo House – and came away with a glorious painting of Dornoch beach! For more information on Jonathan, see his website: www.jonathanshearer.co.uk
The Course & Embo House
The course is suitable for all levels from beginners upwards, as Jonathan teaches on an individual basis and will identify each student’s needs. Students will be able to use whatever media they wish, but plein-air landscape painting will be encouraged, as will the use of sketch-books as source material. Students will bring their own materials and lots of advice is available on this beforehand. There will be 5 days of teaching, with a free day mid-week to give the option for local exploration.
Full use will be made of the stunning landscape around Embo House. The sea is a short walk away and we hope many of the students will find inspiration there, as Jonathan has done, many times!
…..Embo and Dornoch Beaches have many different moods!
In addition, the house is very close to the wonderful area of Loch Fleet (Site of Special Scientific Interest).
At Embo House, there is studio space adjoining the main house and the garden and grounds are full of interesting corners for artists, such as the Tree House, Terrace and Conservatory.
Clare Blois and Jane Weston are looking after the nuts and bolts of this course at Embo House, with most of the cooking done by Jane, who has a legendary reputation in the Highlands. Accommodation will be in the double bedrooms in the house. Non-painting partners are welcome; they can enjoy golfing, fishing, walking, birding etc – see “local” section of this website. Clare and Jane have run painting holidays together in the past and between them have many years experience of managing Scottish house parties.
Prices include 5 days painting tuition (one free day) and all meals and drinks. Arrive afternoon of Thursday, 9th August, leave morning of Thursday 16th August.
Single occupancy of double room with ensuite/private bathroom: £975
Per person sharing room with ensuite/private bathroom: £775 for a painter, £525 for a non-painter
(There are also possible spaces for non-resident painters – please enquire)
Embo House Course Booking and Questions
Please contact Clare at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07913 033142
Future Recreational Courses at Embo House?
If anyone else out there would like to run a course at Embo House, we’d love to hear from you!