Creative Coll Painting Holidays

5th-9th & 26th-30th October 2015

Storm passing Struan - Coll

Kip Poulson Art Class

4 day course at An Cridhe, Isle of Coll.

Join us for a painting holiday in a truly inspiring location and rediscover your creative talent.

Our art holiday takes place on the beautiful Isle of Coll, allowing you the opportunity to draw and paint in a relaxed, creative atmosphere. Artist Kip Poulson has developed a unique style of teaching, able to explain and communicate with experienced painters and pure beginners alike. His ‘right-from-the-start’ method of teaching has made picture-painting more accessible for numerous aspiring artists and has been developed over almost 40 years as a practising painter.

Classes will take place at An Cridhe, the Isle of Coll’s fantastic new community centre and a range of accommodation is available nearby. Click on the links below for full details.

Maximum of 12 participants.

The course can be described as ‘Hebridean Maritime’ in theme, making the most of Coll’s landscapes and heritage to stimulate activity. Kip describes the method of teaching as ‘Learning to See’ and he will guide you through the challenge of producing watercolours, landscapes and interiors over the four days.

The format of the course is 2 lessons per day followed by dinner and discussion amongst participants. Indoor lessons and sur-place landscapes will pay a big part and, weather permitting, the group will work outdoors to make the most of Coll’s great scenery. In short, lessons will cater for all-comers. Courses will culminate in a group exhibition at the end of the week – this naturally means that everyone will succeed!

The cost of the course is £275 per person and includes all materials, lunches and refreshments. Each participant will be given a set of gouache paints which they can take away at the end of the course.

This does not include the cost of accommodation, so you can choose your preferred option from the following list and book separately.

Evening meals are available in the Coll Hotel, giving you the opportunity to socialise and exchange ideas with like-minded creative people on the course throughout your stay. The cost for the 3 course evening meal is £20 per person.

Activities are available for non-painting partners and family members including the following:

Island Tours in a 4×4 with a local guide


Cookery Classes at the Coll Hotel


Guided Walks of the RSPB Reserve


Cycling Trips around the island


Clay Pigeon Shooting


*Free for RSPB Members

Please indicate at the time of booking which of the above are of interest.

The course will culminate in an exhibition and drinks reception on the final evening when participants will be able to showcase their work to the local community and get valuable feedback.

To book, please contact An Cridhe on 01879 230000 or email us

Kip Poulson has been a full-time practising painter since 1976. He qualified from Leeds University as an art historian and artist and left Chelsea School of Art qualifying as a Master of Arts in painting 2 years later. Since then he has travelled widely in the UK and Europe.

Interested in the play of light on water, fishing harbours and landscape his experience of making images is well-researched and accomplished. As an enthusiastic promoter of appreciating paintings and understanding imagery, he has developed a unique style of teaching, able to explain and communicate with experienced painters and pure beginners. His ‘right-from-the-start’ method of teaching has made picture-painting more accessible for numerous aspiring artists.

Constantly working on pictures has resulted in countless exhibitions in Switzerland, the South of France, Paris and Scotland. Kip has works of art in many public and private collections across Europe. Recently becoming interested in how buildings were constructed before modern materials and techniques has seen a focus on architecture in landscape; this has a cross-reference in how order works in nature too and has manifested itself in his paintings of the sea.

Kip taught to A-level and as a visiting lecturer in universities; since living on Coll, painting classes for islanders and for holidaymakers have proven popular, well-attended and seen the improvement in skills and understanding for many recreational painters. He has an ability to explain the complexity of seeing in human terms making it possible over a few lessons for almost everyone to produce satisfying results.

The Isle of Coll is a real hidden gem amongst Scotland’s Hebridean islands. Situated around 40 miles West of Oban, the island is off the beaten track and offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle on the mainland. With numerous sandy beaches and an abundance of wildlife, Coll rewards the intrepid explorer looking for an island adventure.

At around 13 miles long and 3 miles wide the Isle of Coll is a great size for getting out and about – big enough to find your own peace and quiet but small enough so that you don’t get lost! With a local population of just over 200 people, don’t be surprised if you choose a beach for the day and find that you have it all to yourself.