Cliff Holden

Hazelridge School of Painting

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A school of painting situated in an interesting, varied landscape of farmland, lakes and forests on the Swedish west coast, five miles from the sea. It is close to the small but interesting and charming towns of Varberg, Falkenberg and Halmstad and within easy reach of the bronze-age rock drawings at Tanum and the famous Bohuslän Archipelago with its unique fishing villages. Painting excursions and journeys to places of cultural interest can be arranged.


The course is run by, and under the guidance of, Cliff Holden, FCSD.

He teaches his practice. His approach to painting and his unique teaching methods derive from the example and teachings of David Bomberg, with whom he worked from 1945 to 1951.


In addition to the basic course of drawing and painting, using the traditional mediums of oil, water-colour, acrylics, and charcoal, Holden - also a master-printer - is prepared to demonstrate techniques of screen printing which he has originated. This is a method of liberating the screens from their traditional, static, print-reproducing function.

The result is a mobile action printing which can combine with drawing and painting to revitalize not only graphics but also any designed or painted surface - wall papers, textiles, small decorative panels, or large scale murals. Consideration is given to design factors by which murals can virtually extend rather than just embellish architectural space. These methods are bound up with the disciplines of industrial and environmental design that were developed by him in the course of working with architects to produce murals etc. for public places.

The teaching is geared to the needs of beginners, dedicated amateurs, or to professionals desiring new stimuli. Tuition is in very small groups and individually orientated.


250 pounds sterling per week, self-catering.

This fee can be adjusted according to the needs of the student, length of stay, and the student's economic circumstances.

The fee includes all tuition, use of equipment (but not brushes or paint), shared room and use of fully equipped student kitchen, indoor swimming pool and sauna.

Single rooms are available at an extra fee of 50 pounds sterling per week.

Blankets and pillows are provided but students are asked to bring their own sheets and towels (this does not apply to foreign students).

Discounts are available for group bookings and bookings for periods of more than two weeks.


Nearest Airport: Gothenburg

By sea: DFDS Seaways, from Newcastle upon Tyne to Stavanger (Norway), to Haugesund (Norway) or to Bergen (Norway) OR from Harwich to Esbjerg (Denmark).
Please note that the direct service from England to Gothenburg has been discontinued.

By train: from London St Pancras Station, through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Denmark, to Falkenberg which is just 6½ miles (10 km) from the school.

By bus: Eurolines, from Victoria Coach Station, London, to Halmstad.

[ from point of arrival in Sweden the school can arrange transport ]


To make a course reservation contact the School.

[Page last updated: 14th November 2007]

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