COVID-19 UPDATE: I am not currently publicising my art retreat weeks, or in person workshops due to the uncertainty around this virus.
I am happy to help with information, and open to discussions around whether these art events take place or not… it is a constantly evolving situation, and decisions will only be able to be taken nearer the time. In the meantime, I have a full suite of online courses and a new encaustic membership available to join… All your encaustic questions can still be answered…
But do read on… and whet your appetite for when this madness is over….!
Do you need to take a week out, and just reconnect with your creativity??
Immerse yourself in a week of pure Arty Heaven??
Check out my UK Encaustic Wax Art Retreat Weeks, which will leave you totally inspired….
Reconnect. Recharge. Rediscover.
Twice a year, I open my studio and host my Encaustic Art Retreat Weeks.
Spending time amongst other likeminded artists is invaluable, it can be a lonely old time working on your own, so I’ve created these weeks to bring artists together.
One week is a beginners retreat for people new to the method of using beeswax with dammar resin, where we cover all the aspects of health and safety, and essential things to know, I will get you set up with an army of techniques and supplies, ready to use back in your own home studio.
The second is a retreat week for artists who already use this method of encaustic. During this week, in addition to me sharing my wax techniques, I will also bring in two other guest tutors, to ensure you leave inspired, and bursting with new ideas.
For clarity, there are two ways of working with encaustic, low heat and high heat, I work with both…
- Low heat… Pre-coloured wax blocks, which you apply in a single thin layer onto paper, usually with an iron or stylus, this wax does not contain dammar resin, is used at a lower heat and has minimal health and safety implications.
- High Heat… Beeswax and Dammar Resin (Encaustic Medium) style of working. By adding dammar resin, this wax has a higher melting point, you can add your own colours, and it is strong enough to build up in multiple layers. There are additional health and safety considerations which must be taken into account with this method of painting.
These retreat weeks are using the second higher heat, layered beeswax and dammar resin style of wax. I use the R&F brand, as they are the only supplies I’m able to obtain in the UK, but the principles will apply to any other brands of dammar based encaustics. There are online workshops for the first variety of wax.
That said… Don’t get hung up on the technicalities… As we said at the start…
If you’re ready to take some time out, reconnect with your creativity, or simply expand your existing art practice… Then come and immerse yourself in one of these weeks of pure wax Arty Heaven…
The rest of the detail will unfold perfectly…!
Throughout these VIP weeks, we will be layering information and techniques, with plenty of studio time, whilst still leaving time to think, process and digest everything. I have been on workshops where the content was relentless, and whilst I loved them, I ended up frazzled and exhausted, my aim is to balance the content with time to process, and leave you feeling refreshed and inspired, not ready for bed!
Have a peek inside my Arty Heaven Studio above… Its a panoramic shot… not a really weird shaped studio! 😉
Why do you call it a VIP week? These weeks are more than just a quick functional ‘how to’ workshop. You will get to see behind the scenes in my studio. Work with my tools, use my materials, and pick my brains with all of your wax questions.
It’s not all studio time though….
We will go for a wander around my most favourite art shops. If you love to drool over art supplies and stationery, and you’re always on the hunt for new mark making tools, you’re in for a TREAT!
We will also take a trip to visit The British and Petrie Museums in London, where we will be welcomed, and shown the Fayum Mummy Panels on display there. Study first hand these 2,000-year-old encaustic wax face masks painted by the Egyptians. Fascinating!
Don’t worry about the logistics if you don’t know the area, we’ll take care of that…
Weather permitting; you will also be invited to sit quietly in my dreamy patch of the garden and have the opportunity to process your thoughts, journal, dream, and just allow yourself to ‘be’.
So, VIP…? You’ll be treated like one. None of my other workshops include this depth of experience.
Here’s a peek of what you’ll see at The British and Petrie Museums in London….
It reminds me of the kind of shop you would find in a Harry Potter movie… You are invited to open all the drawers and cupboards, and discover the treasure troves of colour inside… and the smell, is just fantastic…!
The week is designed to give you the space to totally immerse yourself in your creativity, be inspired and tap into some of the wonderful history London has on offer.
Leave feeling totally nourished, following a week of good company, amongst like-minded people, which can be as simple, or as lavish as you would like it to be.
I am blessed to have found the most amazing studio, it is a beautiful old converted barn. It is on an arable farm, in the Hertfordshire Countryside. The long private treelined driveway is surrounded by oilseed rape fields, and provides ample inspiration, with the pheasants, red-kites and network of footpaths nearby.
We have a seating area at the end of the garden, so you can get away from the studio and (hopefully!) sit in the sunshine with a cuppa and to gather your thoughts.
There are countless pubs, hostelries and hotels nearby, ranging from very affordable through to 5 Star options.
Check out North Hill Farm, with it’s ‘Bee Hive’ glamping option, if it’s available, could you get any more perfect!
The Grove luxury hotel and spa, is a beautiful venue, which recently hosted the G20 summit. Set in 300 acres of Hertfordshire Countryside, including a prestigious golf resort. (Perhaps the other half can walk in the footsteps of Tiger Woods whilst you play with some wax?!)
There are many other price points too, which you can find easily through a Google search.
I also have an amazing travel consultant who will be happy to help you with accommodation, flights, taxi’s requests, etc. if required.
Some meals are included, others are at your own expense. See the course content for exact details.
Select from the dates and courses below for the full itinerary details of each week.