Plein Air & Studio Painting in Scotland (enquire for dates)

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Our Plein Air painting experiences have been among the most popular ever since we started off. To make the timing and schedule more flexible, we are now offering bespoke packages for mini-groups (2-4 participants). Contact us with your preferred travel dates and schedule wish list, and we’ll put together a proposal for your art experience. Below is an example trip: 

Susan Winton is our featured artist and tutor.  Our subjects are the countryside and historic villages of Crail, Pittenweem and St Monans in the East Neuk of Scotland, 10 minutes from St Andrews, and the dynamic seacoast. Using mainly acrylics, and then collage, plaster, wire and more, our studio work transforms our plein air

The Scottish Colourists of the 1920’s are our inspiration: Francis Cadell, Samuel Peploe, George Hunter and John Duncan Fergusson. They created a freer style, building on the French Impressionists. We visit the Scottish Colourists collection in the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The Scottish Colourists took their inspiration from the Impressionists and moved beyond them in interpretation and style. They used natural settings and still life models, infusing these with unique liveliness. You will take home art work inspired in Scotland, made by you!

Our Location – the East Neuk villages near St Andrews: Crail, Pittenweem and St Monans

ancient-harbour-east-neukCrail is our accommodation base. In the East Neuk, sea and landscape create dynamic, ever changing light and colour to challenge our perceptions and skills. In Pittenweem and St Monans, honey-coloured stone and white painted homes with red tiled or slate roofs tumble down to the ancient harbours. The mother of Mary Queen of Scots landed in Crail in the 1500’s. The 16th century Marketgait is in the heart of the village. Amidst the winding narrow roads with coast-with-oil-rigsquaint houses, East Neuk villages are very lived-in, home to artists, whole foods deli and cafes, small grocery and of course pubs.  Why the East Neuk? See our photo gallery. For more on East Neuk villages and nearby activities, read Wild Stories.

The artist and the workshop

Susan Winton is a highly recommended inspirational and patient art tutor. She maintains a freshness in her teaching approach. A gifted professional artist, she trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. She is owner of Cobalt Contemporary Art Gallery in Pittenweem.

Having taught Art for nearly 30 years in Further Education, Susan Winton maintains a freshness in her approach to teaching; to enable the learners to produce artwork in a stimulating and encouraging environment, building on experiences or developing new ones, in a ‘confidence building’ approach, using a wide variety of materials and techniques ‘I always get so much from working with people in art, it is so rewarding seeing a personal development from someone who has just started painting’. For more about Susan, look here.

The course is suitable for all skills levels. You will paint in acrylics and with materials provided by us. Should you

Looking toward East Neuk late August

Looking toward East Neuk late August

wish to use oils or watercolours feel free to bring your own materials. This is a popular course and we keep the group small for lots of personal attention, so book early to ensure your place.

For non-painters: Crail’s golf course was laid out in 1894 by Old Tom Morris. Kingsbarns Golf Course is 3 miles away and St Andrews, the ‘home’ of golf, is 10 miles north of Crail. For walkers, the 184 km Fife coastal path goes through Crail.

Day 1

The vacation starts in Edinburgh and you arrive at the 4-star Ten Hill Place Hotel in your own time. Getting into the city from the airport is quick and easy and we’ll provide you with all of the information you need. We gather in the evening for welcome reception and dinner in the hotel. August is festival season in Edinburgh, and you may want to build in some time to explore before or after the organised programme.

Ten Hill Place Hotel in Edinburgh is part of the 500-year-old Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Profits from the hotel go to support surgical training world-wide.

Day 2

Our course begins with a train journey along the stunning coastline and a tour of the Scottish Colourists exhibition, then on to Crail in the East Neuk. Arrive at Crail House, with sketchbook in hand, ready to explore the village. Time permitting we begin sketching with Susan Winton.

Days 3, 4 & 5

These three days are full days of painting in the villages, habours, and beaches of Crail, Pittenweem and St Monans. Inspired by the surroundings and your work so far, we spend some time in Susan’s studio using a variety of supplies and techniques. At the end of each day we take time to review our work, and our aspirations.

Entrance to Crail House

Entrance to Crail House

Crail House is self-catering accommodation. A variety of breakfast supplies are available. Lunches and coffee/tea breaks are included at painting sites. Dinners may be together or separately in the village pubs and restaurants. On the last night Wild at Art takes you out for a farewell dinner.

Day 6

After breakfast we say good-bye. You take with you pieces inspired by Scotland and made by you! And you leave behind some good friends made in the process of creating art. You may want to extend your stay in Scotland and we will be happy to assist you with suggestions.

What’s included

The full package for the described example trip includes 3 1/2 days of course tuition in different locations, 5 nights accommodation, breakfasts, welcome drink and dinner on arrival night, farewell dinner with wine, refreshments and lunches, transport to course locations, art supplies, studio hire, and a member of the Wild at Art team who will be with the group throughout to ensure guests are well looked after. The course is based on a careful selection of suppliers and is accurate at the time of publication, but should it be necessary, Wild at Art reserves the right to make changes.

Flights and airport transfers are not included. Personal travel insurance is required. Please inform us if you have food allergies. Wear comfortable shoes and bring all weather clothing.

Booking Information

Please email us for a booking form at [email protected]

To secure your place(s), a deposit of £300 per person is payable at the time of booking, the remaining amount eight weeks before the holiday starts. Please make sure you have read our Business Terms & Conditions before you book.

For further information and please contact Ellen Colingsworth or Ute Amann-Seidel at [email protected]

We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland

Ellen and Ute

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