A week of taster workshops in painting, poetry, driftwood art and coastal foraging with Creative Coastal Breaks

Duration: 7 days

Price: £645

Run by: Julia Angell
at Creative Coastal Breaks

01239 615439

Midships 50 The Moorings
St Dogmaels

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About the Course

A break with a difference! A wonderful week of creative 'taster' workshops in west Wales, all with a coastal theme.

You will be staying in a lovely Georgian house overlooking the stunning Teifi estuary. There will be an optional guided walk and talk on Sunday, and during the week day workshops are provided in Painting, Poetry, Driftwood Art and Coastal Foraging. All workshops are coastal themed, come and discover the creativity the coast can engender...You will have a free day to explore further...

All workshop tutors are well respected, experienced, local artists and crafts people. Groups are small, averaging 6 people, and you will receive individual attention and be helped to discover your unique creative self. See workshop details below.

Clare Rose (Fine Art BA, MA) is a passionate painter and teaching professional, who is highly trained and experienced in a wide variety of artistic mediums. A studio tutor for Aberystwyth University School of Art for seven years, Clare is a landscape and portrait artist with work in the Art UK Organisation. With a flair for instilling excitement, Clare’s teaching provides a supportive and creatively stimulating environment, where students can excel and attain their full potential while having fun. Suitable for beginners and experienced painters, Clare will happily adapt this taster course to your individual needs. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of painting and drawing and learn how to use sketches and photographs to create a landscape painting in the studio. Initially, we will spend time drawing in the landscape, making quick sketches and compositions that generate a sense of place and feed off the energy of this beautiful area. Back at the house, we will create an expressive acrylic painting from your memories, sketches and photographs. The emphasis is on fun and exploration - mistakes are essential!

Susan Richardson is a poet, performer, educator and editor, whose fourth poetry collection, Words the Turtle Taught Me, will be published in 2018 by Cinnamon Press. She is currently poet-in-residence with both the Marine Conservation Society and the global animal welfare initiative, World Animal Day. Susan has performed her work at festivals throughout the UK, on BBC 2, Radio 4 and at Universities both nationally and internationally. She co-edits Zoomorphic digital literary magazine. In this workshop you'll be encouraged to walk, explore and respond, through the writing of poetry, to the inspiring local coastal landscape as well as to any wildlife you encounter. You'll also spend time indoors writing in response to prompts that Susan will provide and receiving helpful feedback.

Kittie Belltree’s poems have been published in a range of print and online journals including The North, The New Welsh Review, Under the Radar, Brittle Star, Obsessed with Pipework and Poetry Wales. A selection of her poems was shortlisted for the Venture Award 2016, while individual poems have been highly commended in several competitions; including The Penfro Book Festival Competitions 2015, 2016; The Camden and Lumen Competition 2016 and The Welsh International Poetry Competition 2017. In 2016, she was awarded a Literature Wales Writers Bursary to develop her first full collection. She also writes prose under a pen name and has just completed her first novel; a comedy romance set in Pembrokeshire. Her short fiction has also been highly commended and was anthologised in the collection, Cut on the Bias, (Honno, 2010.) Kittie has tutored in numerous community settings, from groups of home-educated teenagers to people with dementia. She works as a Specialist Study Skills Tutor at Aberystwyth University, where she also teaches on the undergraduate creative writing programme and is completing a PhD on poetry. In this workshop, we will take inspiration from our estuary coastline. Working both indoors and outside, using prompts and writing exercises, we will explore the coast as an ever-changing backdrop of beginnings and departures. A place of fluidity, contrast and motion where memories are formed and landscapes are shaped by the unfathomable pull of the sea.

Jade Mellor has been a professional forager for over a decade, gathering wild food from the beautiful hedgerows, woodlands and coast of West Wales. She runs a small rural business, Wild Pickings, teaching others about the wild bounty of the area and making delicious seasonal foraged food and preserves. On the workshop we will start by exploring the estuary and beautiful habitats around Poppit sands. Focus will be on edible coastal plants: identifying them, sustainably collecting them, and discussing traditional and modern uses. We will use our foraged finds to make herb tea and garnish lunch, and then in the afternoon we will make a simple seasonal preserve: a wild herb salt or a foraged vinegar, a little bottle of the wild Welsh coast to take home and savour.

Driftwood Art. Britta Winkler is actively involved in many community projects, working with local enterprises and with the innovative Small World Theatre in Cardigan. 'My training in design craft and metal work, has infused me with a passion for seeing the story in an object. Let me guide you and help you to create your very own work of art. We will be working in a small group, and you will receive individual attention from the start through to your finished creation'.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Share a room and pay only £595.00. Early Bird offer ~ £25 off your break price. Your lovely accommodation, all rooms have estuary views, all workshops and talks are included as are organic breakfasts and lunches using locally sourced ingredients.
All workshop materials are provided, and you will have something to take away from each workshop that you have created yourself. Memories that will last forever...

Oh, and a plentiful supply of teas, coffee and cake are included, of course!

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 21st April 2018
Saturday 19th May 2018
Saturday 16th June 2018
Saturday 15th September 2018
Saturday 6th October 2018
Saturday 10th November 2018

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