The magical landscapes in Orkney offer endless inspiration for creatives and doing art is a very special and authentic way of connecting with them. Choose between the watercolour painting experience and the women-only creative retreat to explore, learn and connect with Orkney in the company of like-hearted travellers.

Magical Orkney ~ drawing & watercolour painting holiday in Orkney
Dates: 17-24 September 2023
Location: Stromness
Tutor: Leo du Feu
Activity: drawing & watercolour painting, landscape & wildlife (plein air and studio based)
Suitable for any skills level
Join us for a week sketching and painting with Scottish artist Leo du Feu in the magical Orkney landscapes.

Through the week we will travel to various locations around Orkney Mainland, including Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Sites Ring of Brodgar standing stone circle and Skara Brae prehistoric village. Weather permitting, we’ll take a ferry across to the nearby island of Hoy to sketch its dramatic cliffs and bays. Rackwick Bay on the west side of Hoy is particularly stunning and strongly associated with both the composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and poet writer George Mackay Brown.

Also on the menu are an evening of storytelling and visits to local craftspeople and artists.

Plant, Print, and Papercut: Sacred Geometry & the Scottish Landscape
Dates: 4-11 June 2023
Location: Orkney
Tutors: Reni Gower & Melissa Hilliard Potter
Activity: Printmaking, paper cutting, foraging
Suitable for any skills level

Join us on this unique collaborative venture to explore how the principles of sacred geometry manifest themselves in the magical Orkney landscapes.

Taught with a hands-on approach, this workshop fuses the materials and processes of two accomplished artist instructors through a shared theme at the core of their artwork: Sacred Geometry revealed through nature. With an overview on plant-based art practices and the principles of sacred geometry, we use observational and foraging techniques to discover the universal ratios imbedded in plants and botanical-inspired imagery in both natural and constructed settings.