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Back to Nature Art Retreat Holiday

Duration: Three days

Price: £295

Run by: Helen Hallows
at Helen Hallows

The Art Room
Wilkin Hill
S18 7TE

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About the Course

Helen Hallows is a mixed media landscape artist based in the Midlands. Her work expresses a deep connection to nature and she enjoys the solace that time in nature brings.

The 2019 Art Retreat will run over three days (Friday June 21st - Sunday June 23rd 2019) with each creative day running from 10-4. Helen will be holding the retreat at Barlow Art Room, Dronfield, four miles from Chesterfield. The dramatic landscape just outside the door, the large studio and lovely food will make it a special treat for your creative soul.

​Over the three days, there will be a morning session from 10-12.30 and an afternoon session from 1.30-4. Workshops will include:

​Mixed media sketchbooks - preparing your sketchbook

Escape to the hills - landscape drawing (and a barefoot walk to connect to the land)

Nature's details - looking at the macro landscape

Pattern and texture for mixed media

Approaches to drawing and keeping a mixed media sketchbook

Lino cutting - pattern and plant forms

A wholesome lunch is included in the price and is served at the venue. On the Saturday evening there will be a chance to meet socially at a local pub for a meal

Helen's work is holistic and inspired by my deep connection to the landscape. Each day we will have a chance to connect with nature and use our experiences to influence our creative processes. You will go home refreshed and renewed with a host of new techniques to use in your creative work and memories of good times shared with like minded people. Couples are welcome, why not stay for the week and enjoy Derbyshire? The fee of £295 includes tuition, materials, lunch and refreshments.

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What's included in the price?

Tuition from 10-4 each day. Tuition only - *ACCOMMODATION NOT INCLUDED* but is available locally.
You will need basic sketching materials
Tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day.
Lunch and refreshments provided
Food intolerances catered for.
Optional meal out with fellow attendees (approx £30)

Want to review this course?

My work is mainly figurative, so prior to the start of the art retreat I was wondering how I could benefit, since the emphasis was on landscape. However, I need not have worried as there were plenty of sheep and cows to draw and I even managed to sneak in some people into my finished picture! The demos that Helen did were very instructive and I now have a better understanding of aspects of mixed media and have been inspired to experiment with it further. Helen was an encouraging and empathetic tutor and I thoroughly enjoyed the three days. She also suggested ways to prepare a sketchbook beforehand, which I found really useful.

- - #5544

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- - #5541

This course was a wonderful experience for so many reasons. Helen had prepared really well and took time with each individual throughout the course, tailoring her suggestions and help according to need. She is an experienced, purposeful artist and you come away brimming with ideas, enthusiasm and "can do" plans. The location was splendid. Relaxing and calm yet stunning and inspiring. Our amazing hosts fed us so well, prepared the hot tub for us and were generally awesome.
The whole time away was a real treat and I can't recommend it highly enough.

- - #5540

This course was in a wonderful setting in one of the most beautiful parts of Derbyshire. Helen, the course tutor and talented artist, is easy to get along with and has just the right amount of 'push', which someone like me really needed. I enjoyed the challenges immensely, whether it was sketching in the hills or making stamps for printing out of rubbers! My head is now brimming with ideas to try out at home. I am not the fastest worker and found myself a bit short of time on the second day, but Helen helped me to 'catch up'. She intuitively knows what each person needs. We were all different and had differing abilities, which Helen recognised and each of us received excellent individual tuition. The venue, too, was quite wonderful, with amazing food and super friendly hosts. There is even a hot tub for total relaxation - imagine sitting in warm water and gazing out over the beautiful landscape. I would recommend this wonderful course to anyone - you will not be disappointed.5

- - #5525

The perfect creative break to get your landscape mojo back! Helen the tutor is not only a talented artist who will really inspire you, but a lovely person - funny, down to earth, and hugely considerate about what you want to get out of the course. It doesn't matter whether you're a practicing artist or haven't drawn since school, you'll be massively inspired to get into the landscape and create. The setting is stunning - it's my favourite part of Derbyshire, with beautiful landscapes to inspire straight out of the door in every direction. Plus, with lots to enjoy in the local area - Dovedale is just around the corner - perfect for walking and biking - it's also a great break for non-artistic partners. And if that all weren't enough, the hosts were wonderfully welcoming and provide totally delicious food. I couldn't recommend this course any higher - just the best experience!

- - #5500

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Course Start Dates

Friday 21st June 2019

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