Salt spray and skies – art workshop (May)

This event forms part of our National Lottery Heritage Fund project Flat Holm – A Walk Through Time

Date and Time
Date(s) - May 3, 2024-May 5, 2024
2:00 pm-4:00 pm

This course is suitable for all enthusiasts of art and nature, from beginners to more experienced individuals. We will attempt to explore Flat Holm from a ‘bird’s eye’ view, focusing on the skies and water. On day one, we will record the changes that the light, time of day, and weather conditions have on the landscape in terms of colour, form and brush strokes.

We will begin creating impressionistic watercolours made outside, exploring the possibilities of salt, resists and dispersal techniques with an experienced tutor. The workshop hopes to capture some of the atmospheric changes on Flat Holm, ranging from bright stillness with sharp contours and subtle earth colours, to vivid sunsets and dramatic waves.

On our second day, we will start with formalising our observational work on paper, bringing some closer studies into view of features or materials found on the island. From our initial sketches and closer observations, we will select a perspective or colour scheme which we would like to explore in another medium. During the second and final part of the workshop, we will transfer our work into a wax-resist design on paper or as either a cotton or silk scarf or textile hanging.

Our prices include:

  • Boat transport, provided by Bay Island Voyages: Homepage – Bay Island Voyages.
  • Accommodation
  • Tuition/activities run by experienced tutors or our island staff.

Any surplus income goes back into the upkeep of the island’s natural and built heritage.

Leader details
Bev Gil-Cervantes BA (Hons), PGCE

Bev is an experienced artist and tutor with more than twenty-years’ experience as a professional artist, producing illustrations, craft work and exhibitions in paint, print, textiles, and mixed media. She currently teaches art and design and leads workshops for all ages and abilities in a broad range of settings.

ESSENTIAL Cartridge sketchbook and watercolour sketchbook, range of watercolour brushes, small set of watercolour paints, range of pencils (2H to 8B), eraser, sharpener in a pencil case and A3 size polythene art folder/carrier. DESIRABLE Hard-backed sketchbooks (listed above), A4 size sitting cushion.

Price : £260

May 3, 2024 2:00 pm.

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