Whether you’re an avid lover of all pursuits creative, or you’re a little nervous when it comes to picking up a paintbrush (but you really want to!) we’ve a date you need to add to your diary for this September: Longberry Farm’s very first art retreat!
Set in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside, our stunning three-acre site provides the perfect backdrop to three days of guided drawing, painting and printmaking activities led by experienced artist and tutor, Jade Taylor.
An experienced art tutor of more than 27 years, Jade’s passion for exploring the natural world through paint and print shines through her work, which you can explore more of, here.
Running from Friday September 2nd until Sunday September 4th, the three-day event includes two luxurious overnight stays in our beautiful on-site bell tents, the all-inclusive provision of meals, as well as tea, coffee, water and snacks throughout the day, plus all the artistic supplies and materials you’ll need to take part.
Whilst here, not only will you have the opportunity to explore a whole host of exciting art techniques, but you’ll also be able to enjoy all the perks of Longberry Farm, too! Take an evening dip in the hot tub with friends as you discuss the day’s classes, or gather around the communal fire pit after sunset for a spot of stargazing, or candle-lit sketching.
At Longberry Farm, we know just how important it is to take time out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and allow yourself the space to relax and reconnect. It’s no secret that spending time in nature is a fantastic opportunity to escape and unwind, and if art is a passion of yours, then this weekend break was designed with you in mind! Think countryside calm with all the fun of indulging your creative passion, thrown in.
What Activities Are Included In The Art Retreat?
Once you’ve arrived and settled into your gorgeous accommodation, your creative journey will begin with some surface preparation and observational drawing. As you sit, surrounded by nature, you’ll be guided to explore its details - capturing the beauty and shape of the plants and the landscape using masks, charcoal, pencils and markers, as well as exploring inks, watercolour washes and acrylics.
If the weather permits, day two begins with an optional walk, during which you’ll be foraging materials for the day ahead’s printing activities. Our stunning countryside has so much to offer - collect wild plants and flowers from the hedgerows surrounding the farm, or use cultivated plants from the garden to experiment with a variety of botanical printing techniques, as well as complimentary stencil cutting as the day progresses.
On day three you’ll be exploring, reviewing and developing all the work you’ve produced so far, mounting successful projects and learning intriguing and creative ways to put less successful prints to good use! Experiment with drawing, painting and collaging techniques to bring your works to conclusion. Want more details? View the itinerary here.