Art & Music Breaks


Join us here in the pretty harbour town of Kirkcudbright, known nationally as “The Artists Town”.

The story of its artists’ colony is full of examples of artists arriving on a summer painting visit and staying on for the rest of their lives.

The reasons why Kirkcudbright attracted so many painters and became an artists’ colony are not difficult to discern. It was, and remains, perhaps the most attractive small town in Scotland with impressive architecture. There is the High Street with its ancient Tollbooth and the 18th century town houses enlivened by their variously and sometimes eccentrically painted frontages, the myriad colours giving the street an exotic, almost continental, atmosphere. Between the houses are cobbled, crooked wynds, many of which contain artist’s and craftsmen’s studios. McLellan’s Castle an imposing sixteenth century ruin in the middle of the town, dominates the skyline. When E.A.Taylor asked Hornel why he thought Kirkcudbright was so popular with artists he said, “Well, it’s a fine old town and not too big, but big enough to keep you from vegetating.




Fri 4th-Sun 6th  &  Fri 11th- Sun 13th  November 2016

The Selkirk art appreciation weekends are designed to increase your enjoyment of art in a relaxed and informal setting. There is time during the illustrated talks for questions and discussion. Your tutor Jeremy Carlisle BA (Hons) MA is a practising artist and art historian.

Jeremy will be concentrating on the following artists. Some of the topics outlined will be covered over two sessions:

GIOTTO (1267-1337)

Giotto created a new visual grammar for painting. He was the first artist since the classical world to think of painting as a window into space. He brought painting down to earth, so to speak, and made possible the achievements of the Italian Renaissance. Setting Giotto in the context of Gothic painting we will also look at the lyrically beautiful work of Cimabue, Agostino di Duccio and Simone Martini, painters who worked in the tradition that sought to depict a spiritualised world.


Giotto               ‘The Baptism of Jesus’                c1310

RAPHAEL (1483-1520)

Masaccio, Donatello, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were key figures in the development and refinement of Giotto’s revolution. They made possible Raphael’s fluent mastery. As Vasari said, Raphael made art, ‘live and breathe’. Raphael had one of the most engaging temperaments of any artist and seems to have been on good terms with himself and with everyone around him. His optimism is infectious and permeates his work. ‘The School of Athens’ embodies a supremely confident vision of the world, a world of order, humanism and light.


Raphael      ‘Head of a Young Apostle’       c1515 

MONET (1840-1926)

Monet said ‘landscape is nothing but an impression, an instantaneous one’. Monet gave us a joyous world of light and colour. Monet’s life was at times difficult and he worked tirelessly to realise his aims. Monet said that he wanted to paint what lay between himself and the motif, in a word: light. His paintings capture the startling variety and richness of landscape; they are life-affirming and celebrate the natural world and our experience of it.


Monet                  ‘Autumn Effect, Argenteuil’                 1873

CÉZANNE (1839–1906)

Cézanne painted as though no one had ever painted before. He sought to understand the underlying order of the world around us and to reflect that order in the aesthetics of painting, to ‘re-do ‘Poussin from nature,’ as he put it. He created some of the most coherent, resolved (and poetic) paintings of all time. His legacy was huge; the roots of Cubism and abstract painting can be traced back to Cézanne.


Cézanne        ‘Mont Sainte-Victoire seen from Bellevue’        c1886


Format for the Weekend

Arrive in your own time on Friday afternoon

Meet your hosts and lecturer Jeremy Carlisle for pre-dinner drinks and canapés at 6.30pm in the Burns Room.

7.00pm -7.45pm   illustrated introductory talk to the weekend

8.00pm                   3 course dinner


7.15am – 9.15am    Breakfast in your own time

9.30am                   illustrated talk

11.00am approx    coffee & shortbread in Bistro area

11.30am approx    illustrated talk

1.00pm                   soup and sandwich lunch

Free time to explore Kirkcudbright’s galleries, shops etc.

6.30pm meet for pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the Burns Room

7.00pm                  illustrated talk

8.00pm                  3 course dinner


7.15am – 9.15am   Breakfast in your own time

9.30am                 illustrated talk

11.00am                coffee & shortbread in the Bistro

11.30am                illustrated talk

1.00pm                 soup and sandwich lunch

Goodbyes and departures

Friday 4-6 and 11-13 November 2016

£229.00 per person, includes Dinner Bed and Breakfast, welcome drink & canapés, coffee breaks, soup and sandwich lunches.

Booking: Telephone. Selkirk Arms Hotel 01557 330402