Art and painting workshop at Pengwernydd

The Hare, the Moon and Venus. Mixed Media.


The art workshop can be tailored around your stay at Pengwernydd. Non residents are very welcome.

Enjoy an art workshop or painting holiday with me, Anita Woods, during a self catering holiday or short break here at our farm set in the tranquil and inspiring landscape of the Cambrian Mountains.

This is the path to a new creative you. Our customers return time and time again. The workshops are ideal for relaxation and wellbeing or you might want to to return to art practice after a break and they are a perfect way to expand your skills and learn something new. Whatever is right for you.

All abilities are welcome, from beginners to the more experienced, using your choice of media in a relaxed environment.

We offer a tailor made art workshop using the media of your choice:-
Mixed media incorporating inks, pastels, graphite, charcoal etc.

We have a delightful function room where we can work in comfort taking inspiration from our wild and dramatic surroundings. On fine days we can work 'en plein air' at beautiful locations around the farm and surrounding countryside.


Sea and Shore - We have access to the beautiful Cardigan Bay. Sweeping Bays and stony remote beaches. Crashing waves and atmospheric sky's. Georgian Harbours, piers and proms. Seabirds, dolphins, seals and seashells. There's plenty to inspire.

Pengwernydd Farm is surrounded by pastures grazed by our cattle and sheep. At different times of year we have a variety of wild flowers and grasses. The foxgloves will be flowering in the early summer and the livestock will be out in the fields. The artist can choose to 'home in' on the detail or incorporate the wider surroundings and grazing animals.

Llantrisant Church, Trisant
Overlooking Pengwernydd Farm, the little church is set on a hill top and commands stunning views over moorland and farmland dotted with remote cottages. The viewpoint can be the church and its ancient stones or the wider surrounding area.

Mountains and Red Kites
In the upland pastures of Pengwernydd Farm, we have amazing views across the Cambrian Mountains. Red Kites and Buzzards call and swoop in the skies above the farm. A rocky crag stands as a sentinel over the miners' cottages below and there is also a lake we can take inspiration from.

Romantic Ruins
The surrounding fields are dotted with ruined buildings left over from the mining. The 'romantic ruin', a little piece of history, a glimpse into the past that has inspired many artists over time.

Animal Sketching
The animals on the farm make great life models, from the chickens to the horse. Sketching, then develop your ideas futher.

Waterfalls, Myths and Tales
Steep wooded hills, dotted with ancient hillforts, are cut by plunging watercourses. Experience a landscape steeped in history and legend. Look for evidence of past lives. Imagine the journeys made by pilgrims and monks. And then there's Hafod......... be inspired!

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Start at 10:30am and finish at 3:30pm, with a break for lunch.
We start the day with a chat over coffee about the media we will be using and finish with a look at the day's work.
Bring any materials and equipment you have with you. If you are a beginner or require extra materials we can supply them at a small cost.
Wear comfortable clothing suitable for painting indoors or out and bring a packed lunch.
All tea, coffee and light refreshments are included. £5 extra for materials not including stretched canvas.
Accommodation at Pengwernydd can be arranged. Please note, this is a separate business and not covered by gift vouchers.


Anita Woods at Art at Pengwernydd, Art Workshops and Painting Holidays
Bythynnod Pengwernydd Cottages
Ystrad Meurig
SY25 6DS

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users
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What does this mean?

This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


In-person course
George Foweraker - - #17872

Last week my Granddaughter Ali and I spent a week in Mid Wales on a Painting course with Anita for the second time this year.
We enjoyed the course so much we will be returning again next year.

In-person course
Siobhan Condon - - #16720

My sister, Margaret, and I booked in for two days Art with Anita as part of our week long break at Pengwernydd in mid Wales and ended up booking in for an extra day so we could continue to work with and learn from Anita. I have been painting for a few years and Margaret was returning to it after 30 odd years but Anita was able to help us both with the approach to take to our work and with techniques and tips to take away. I came home with three pieces that I was happy with after three days - what more can one ask ? Thanks Anita !

In-person course
Sophie Hollyoak-Butler - - #16564

I spent two fantastic days with Anita in a beautiful part of Wales in the lovely studio space. Anita is a fantastic teacher, she has a wealth of artist knowledge both practical, technical and historical. I learnt new techniques, developed my own through learning and have been inspired to work in mediums I haven’t worked with for years. Anita also provided a delicious and healthy lunch, she was even able to bring almond milk for me for my coffee. I would recommend the courses with Anita, you can absorb some of her creativity, enjoy and come away with so much more inspiration than you arrived with.

In-person course
Ali - - #14914

My grandad and I attended a five day painting course with Anita woods in Wales. The cottage we stayed in was lovely and the art studio being on the farm we stayed on was very convenient. I am a complete beginner to painting but with Anitas help I completed three lovely paintings whilst on my course in which Anita was very helpful with lots of patience and explained and showed me different techniques on how to use and mix acrylic paint and how to use the brushes for different effects. Anita also made us homemade soup each day which was delicious. Anita is a very warm friendly lady and I look forward to having another weeks tuition by her later on this year. Very enjoyable. Thank you.

In-person course
George Foweraker - - #14666

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In-person course
Elspeth Robertson - - #9740

The course went beyond my expectations. I produced work I didn't know I was capable of.
The environment was inspiring and peaceful.
I definitely will return

In-person course
cathy evans - - #2921

Thoroughly enjoyable.

In-person course
Dee powis - - #2437

I stayed in pontrhydygroes, what an amazing place with stunning views, to get your inspiration going, it was fab. Anita is the most helpful, patient tutor there is, and trust me she needed to be patient with me as I was a complete novice to the art world. Highly recommend this workshop. Can't wait to return

In-person course
Mary T Lees - - #2436

I was staying near by Pengwernydd Farm when someone told me about Anita's workshop. I like to "dabble" so I booked in for the day. I am a beginner but with Anita's expertise and patience I came away feeling that I had achieved something. I met Margaret (farm owner) and she kindly showed me round her cottages. I booked my 2015 holiday accommodation there and then also a couple of workshops with Anita, she said as I would there as a resident if I wanted to do any more I could just slot in whenever. Can't get anymore relaxing than that and really looking forward to my holiday.

In-person course
Tim Richards - - #2292

I embarked on this course as a complete novice. Anita took the to show me the basics and I now feel confident enough to have a go! I particularly enjoyed working in the beautiful surroundings in the Cambrian Mountains. It's really nice to go somewhere so beautiful that hasn't become too touristy. A fun and enjoyable day, I really feel that I have taken some new skills home with me. I intend to do another course as soon as time permits.

In-person course
Sandra Sykes - - #2284

I thoroughly enjoyed the Art Course tutored by Anita Woods. I was taught to paint with watercolours and was very pleased with the results. I would recommend this workshop to anyone of any ability.

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