New for 2015
With it’s own art studio Llofft y Seren is a lovely place where you can find peace and space to work or just relax. We are very happy to be able to offer you some creative extras you can book during your stay:
- If you’ve come away to work – mentoring available from an experienced creative director and artist
- Expressive art – one day course (all abilities)
- Sketching field trip – mountains, castles and red kites
- Intro to printmaking – one day course (all abilities)
- Hire of printmaking studio and press for experienced printmakers or as add on to printmaking course
Artists at Llofft y Seren
There is an artist’s studio under Llofft y Seren which is free to use as part of your holiday booking. It has a big sink, comes supplied with a work table, easel and small stock of artist’s materials. In the summer it’s nice to be able to throw the doors wide open. Feel free to collect natural materials from around the garden and grounds if you like. It is a little chilly in the winter but as well as the radiator there’s a big fan heater that helps heat up the space.
As an artist-printmaker working out of my printmaking studio behind Llofft y Seren which means I can offer personally designed mentoring and art courses to you if you want to have a bit of a creative retreat. Mentoring and courses are available during the week (not weekends). Prices are per group of 1 to 3 people staying at Llofft y Seren (adults only). Courses need to be pre-arranged and payed for before your stay. Contact Ingrid at email@example.com for further information or to book.
Some people when they come away to work like having someone to check in with to enable motivation or obtain feedback. This is offered in the form of three 45min coffee morning or tea-time sessions during your stay which we can book at mutually convenient times. I’m a working artist and worked for 20 years in the not-for-profit sector as a creative director and copywriter.
Expressive Art – one day course £75
Designed to be either low-pressure tuition to enable beginner artists explore their creativity without the worry of perfectionism or as mentoring for more experienced artists to re-inspire themselves or take their art into a new direction. The focus in on the artist finding new ways of mark-making rather than perfecting art techniques – however oil pastels, acrylic paints, collage and land art can be employed. If you want to do your own art holiday but need a boost to get going, this is a lovely course to start the week with. Materials supplied.
Sketching Field Trip £95
In the morning we can take in views of local mountains or castles, or woodland walks and in the afternoon we can go to the Red Kite Feeding station to watch these amazing birds and have a go at some quick-fire sketching. If the weather is bad we can take refuge in the world’s largest single-span glass house at the National Botanic Gardens. Non-sketching partners/friends are very welcome to come along for the ride – all included in the price. Please pack a lunch + bring your own sketching kit. Big thermos of coffee supplied.
Introduction to Printmaking £75
A fun and interesting way to to learn the basics of printmaking and have the option to explore monotype, drypoint, reduction linocut or reduction woodcut. Printmaking is an art form uniquely suited to both beginners and experienced artists. If you are not happy drawing you can still make beautiful images. Bring your sketch book or some favourite photos and we’ll take it from there. Ideally groups who book together please choose the same method – otherwise setting up the studio gets awkward. Materials supplied.
Hire of printmaking studio and press £20 a day
For experienced printmakers and also available as an add-on for people booking the introduction to printmaking. The printmaking studio is behind Llofft y Seren. It’s heated by a pot-bellied stove and is supplied with a Rollaco etching press that prints up to A2 – suitable for printing monotypes, dry points, lino, woodcuts and etchings (however no plate etching equipment available). Small selection of inks supplied. Cartridge paper and Fabriano Rosapina paper available to buy.