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Painting courses at the Plas Hafod Hotel.
Plas Hafod Hotel, Gwernymynydd, Mold, Flintshire. CH7 5JS

To book onto the watercolour painting course contact Roger  Tel. 02476 735617
or e-mail 


Please note that there will be no painting courses run in 2019

I am taking a year out from teaching in 2019 to do more of my own painting around the UK
as well as completing commissions.
Courses being run in 2020 will be shown on this site in September 2019

Two day watercolour painting course
in this beautiful location.

This Magnificent early 18th century house was built approx
1700, nestling in 9 acres of manicured landscaped gardens
 & walks, overlooking the hills & valleys of Flintshire. It is
personally supervised by the owners 'The Buckley family'.
It has been lovingly restored to provide eleven en-suite
 bedrooms, all of which are individually designed, each with
 its own period furniture, fireplaces & special features.

Guests can wander around the grounds, sit on the benches,
and watch the wildlife including the hotels own peacocks.
From its elevated position you can enjoy views of Flintshire,
 Cheshire, Merseyside, and beyond.



This course is designed for beginners and improvers.

  • They are fun, informative, working in a no pressure,
    relaxed environment.

  • All painting tools and materials are supplied for the course.

  • Two days  tutoring from a professional artist
    including demonstrations of techniques used.

  • A maximum of 6 students allowing 
    time to give each student individual tuition.

For beginners, enjoy learning the watercolour techniques and how to
plan and build up to a completed picture. Roger teaches by
demonstration using the ‘stage by stage’ approach, making
sure that you understand how each stage is
done before continuing.
He will take you through paintings that will cover the elements
normally seen in landscapes such as skies, trees, grass, water,
 rocks etc. and also showing you a few easy tricks that make
your paintings look great.

For improvers Roger hopes to be able to show different techniques
 used for creating effects, and perhaps new ideas of colour
combinations that work well, giving you new options to use in
 your future paintings.

Lunch time and evening meals are served in
the hotels main restaurant which is housed
in the conservatory of this magnificent
18th century mansion.

 You get to choose your meals from the hotels
 menu each day that prides itself on serving
good, honest, value-for-money food with
a focus on championing ingredients
from the local region.


First day

Tea, coffee,  still or sparkling water
 is available in the art room throughout the day.

Start at 9.00 a.m. - Introduction.
Including information on tools being used.

09.45 a.m. Start first painting

12.30  Mid day 2 course lunch with tea / coffee

1.30p.m. start afternoon painting session.

Finish between 5p.m. and 6.30p.m.

For those who are staying B & B
7.30 p.m. Evening meal
(3 Course dinner)

Bed and breakfast
(with en-suite facilities and a wide choice of breakfast)


Second day

Tea, coffee, still or sparkling water
 is available in the art room throughout the day.

Start at 9.00 a.m.
9.00a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Painting

12.30 Mid day 2 course lunch with tea / coffee

1.30p.m. start afternoon painting session.

Finish between 4.00p.m. and  5.00p.m.

A comprehensive set of notes on
tools and techniques used
are supplied on the course.


Watercolour workshops
Content will be depending on your personal requirements.

Beginners will get a sound grounding in the basics so 
they can practice with tried and tested 
techniques that are normally used.

Knowing your tools.
 Sizing your picture.
Understanding colours.
Using light and shade.
Shading, tones and texture.
Watercolour techniques used.
 Still life / landscapes / 
seascapes / flowers 
Beginners should take home
2 or 3 completed pictures.

2018 Course prices

For people not requiring any B & B or evening meal
the price of the 2 day course would be £195.00 per person.

For people requiring  B & B and a 3 course evening meal
the price of the 2 day course would be £265.00 per person.

 If  2 people attending the course are sharing a double
 room then the price would be.£255.00 per person.

For non-course attending partners a discounted
B & B and evening meal price would be £30.00

If you wish to arrive the night before the course or extend your stay then
I can also arrange this for you but payment for any extra nights B&B
are to be paid by you directly to the hotel, usually during your stay.

A  £50.00 non refundable deposit is asked for at time of booking.
Full payment is to be made before 30 days prior to your course date.
Should you cancel your booking within 30 days of the course
 date then all monies paid are non returnable.
Should the course be cancelled by myself then all monies would be returned.

Gift vouchers can be purchased for these courses

Click here for course dates

Book early to avoid disappointment as there are only 6 places on each course.

Here are the Student's comments about the group watercolour painting courses

Pauline ..........  I have found the whole experience enjoyable and very informative. Lots of techniques that I didn't know
before that I will be using in the future. Thank you.

Susan .......... I thoroughly enjoyed the course and time went so quick . Enjoyed the small class and the people within the class
 and went home with three very good pictures.

Judy..........  The course was informative and covered many techniques that I can use.
This was what I was after in beginning to try watercolours.

Barbara .......... Very good and very enjoyable. It covered a number of techniques which will be very helpful.

Sybil ..................Excellent value for money.  Good company.  Learned so much and loved it.  Thank you.

Roy ...........So many alternative techniques to learn without being pressurized.  Fantastic.

Gaynor........... Very good. I really enjoyed it.    Thank you.

Reg .................. Excellent.  Enjoyed all of the course.

To book onto the course contact Roger on  02476 735617


For further hotel details visit  the Plas Hafod Hotel
 website by clicking the link below.



Click here for a booking form

To make a booking enquiry telephone 02476 735617 

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