Artistic Holidays

Painting in the Cove

Interested in a painting holiday in Lulworth Cove this year with Helen Halliday ? ... or a week of Stained Glass in Porthleven in October with Jenny Timms & Mike Caddy ? ...


I’ve just come back from Dorset, I was running a 5-day painting holiday in Lulworth Cove. It was early in the year and quite cold but the first few days were sparkling – the owner of the hotel has lived there for 40 years and one day she said it was the best day she’d known there. Bright sun, sparkling sea, yellow gorse and of course the antics of 14 tiny ducklings in the village pond – who could ask for more? And yet there were only 2 people booked on the course. The owner of the hotel didn’t want to cancel as they were both very keen, and I’m glad she didn’t as it was a fabulous week. I run the holidays at Lulworth four times a year – April, June, July and September, and though April is often one of the best weeks for weather people seem to be reluctant to book it. June and July are filling up and September is often popular, so it is a mystery to me!

St. Oswalds Bay

The courses are based at the Cromwell house Hotel in Lulworth Cove – it’s a stonesthrow from the beach and the cliffs so we don’t need to use the cars once we’re there. There’s such a variety of subjects – boats, beaches, cliffs, rocks, rockpools, distant vistas, flowers, people, buildings to name a few – that there’s something for everyone and I never get bored (always important!). I’ve been running the courses there for about 7 years now so it feels like a second home, the hotel owner is a friend and the staff feel like family. It’s a lovely old-fashioned hotel with great home cooking – we always manage the three meals a day as painting and fresh air make you hungry!

Another Lovely Day

As I come from an art college background (I graduated in Fine Art at Hatfield in 2000) my courses aren’t the traditional ‘sit in front of the subject & try & get a good copy’ variety – I challenge my students to find their own way and to find creative and original ways of interpretation. I run sessions on technical aspects e.g. composition, colour, painting techniques & materials, and show  videos of contemporary artists at work. Most people respond very positively to the stimulus and encouragement, whatever their level – I’ve had complete beginners and art graduates, teachers and authors, and everything in between – everyone can learn something if pushed! So often people feel restricted by pre-conditioning, expectations and background that they need to be told that it’s ok to do what they feel like – someone told me that they felt the freedom after I’d ‘given them permission’ to do what they wanted.

Demo in the Cove

It’s all very rewarding work, a lot of it feels a bit like therapy but I love seeing people relax and become more confident and creative during the week.
So if you feel like giving it a go, there are still a few places left on the remaining courses this year, and I’m also running a course based in St. Ives called ‘Rambles with a sketchbook’ which is also filling up fast.

Cove Fish Shop

Full details can be seen on my website,, but here are the dates:
Creative Landscape Painting at Lulworth Cove 2011:
June 12-17
July 10-15
September 18-23

Rambles with a Sketchbook around St Ives – June 18-26 2011 ( if you’re interested in this one I have some discount vouchers).

Hope to see you!

Helen Halliday




Join experienced stained glass artists and HVA members Jenny Timms & Mike Caddy for this 5-day creative workshop holiday in historic Porthleven from October 10th - 14th 2011.

Ideal for beginners or those with a little glasswork experience, the class begins with tuition using simple designs to gain the key skills - cutting, grinding, foiling and soldering.

As your confidence builds, you’ll work on more challenging designs, or design a larger panel yourself - with guidance and encouragement available throughout.
Whether you want to try leading, foiling, or both, or have a larger project in mind, you’ll find our course a fun and supportive environment in which to be creative.

Jenny Timms teaching during a stained glass workshop

The course takes place in a converted lifeboat house with the unmistakable presence of the sea all around - so there’ll be plenty of inspiration to draw on!

There’s plenty to see and do in the area for non-artist partners, and lots of pubs, restaurants, B&Bs and holiday accommodation within walking distance of the studio.

For full details of the course, costs, what you’ll learn, and information about the area, go to: or telephone 07778 837471.

Mike Caddy