In a local art gallery I came across a leaflet about Marged Pendrell and Helen Grove-White’s Wales-based courses and got in touch with them to find out more.
The pair run residential courses set in part of the historic manor house of Brynddu, surrounded by woodland and fields and located in North Anglesey. The courses aim to help participants respond to their natural surroundings and creating works that reflect and mesh with the landscape.
“A typical day will involve informally tutored sessions from 10 to 5 with a break for a communal lunch, says Helen. “We will spend time working outside on local beaches and woodland or in the old laundry studios. Walks on varied ground will involve more observation than exertion. Evenings can be spent working untutored in the studio, exploring alone, or with the group preparing and enjoying the evening meal.”
It sounds contemplative, responsive and utterly peaceful to me – allowing space for your creativity to stir and unfurl into the rural spaces around you.
“The courses aim to strengthen and develop our ability to observe, interpret and express ourselves whatever the perceived ability in art,” Helen adds. “They are for all levels of experience: suitable for complete beginners and offering an opportunity for the more experienced worker to refresh their skills. Previous students will find a degree of progression within these courses and new activities to explore.”
The next two courses take place on 4-8 July, drawing from the stimulus of summer, and 5-9 September, exploring all the riches autumn offers up.
I suspect you’ll find both your inner and outer landscapes altered by the experience.
Find full details at www.creativeartsretreat.co.uk/res_courses.htm.