“A most enjoyable week: Pembrokeshire is a magical place with spectacular landscapes. Linda’s patient, generous and supportive approach makes the whole experience fun, I will leave with much more of a toolkit to use in the future.” – Nikki Lindsey, course participant, August 2015
“Just what I wanted – to approach painting from colour/texture/atmosphere rather than illustrative drawing of the confines of my print-making.” – Bronwen Thomas, course participant, August 2015
August 9th – 14th (introductory meal 9th Aug, tuition 10-14th)
£500 (includes tuition, a selection of art materials, introductory meal).
Non-refundable deposit £200. The remaining £300 is due before 1st May.
Linda Norris has been working as a painter for over 30 years. She trained in Fine Art at University College of Wales, Aberystywth and graduated in 1981 with a BA (Hons) Visual Art. She moved to Pembrokeshire in 1993 to concentrate on her own painting and has since been developing her work as an emotional response to landscape. She is well known for her expressive mixed media landscape paintings and has shown her work regularly in London and Bath as well as at her own gallery in Pembrokeshire. In the past 7 years Linda has been exploring working with glass and has won a number of notable prizes for her work in this media, including the Warm Glass Prize 2012 and the Adrian Henri Poetry in Art Prize 2013. Linda has extensive experience of teaching and sharing her artistic practice with a wide range of people having worked in schools, adult education and community learning environments.
Last year Linda received funding from the Arts Council of Wales to support the development of a new body of work that examines the relationship between scientific and artistic study of the landscape on Skokholm Island, this award enabled her to spend a total of six weeks on the island throughout the season in 2015.The work resulting from this residency will be on show in the Tower Gallery, Oriel y Parc during July and August 2016 and her investigations into colour will form the basis of the course.
This is a unique opportunity to have an intensive course with Linda in the place which is inspiring her current work.
Britain’s smallest city, St. Davids is awash with historic, architectural and archaeological inspirations dating from Prehistoric times. Nestled on the most westerly peninsula on Wales, St Davids is in easy walking distance of the spectacular Pembrokeshire coast path.
About the course
The course is designed for a small group of students and is suitable for both beginners and more experienced artists. There will be a relaxed atmosphere and the aim of the course will be free your technique and explore landscape-based abstraction with mixed media, using things like wax, sand and plaster to get to grips with texture. You will have an immersive experience which will fill you with enthusiasm and skills to take back into your painting at home.
Our studio will be at Oriel y Parc, the Pembrokeshire Coast’s flagship landscape and art gallery which offers a permanent exhibition of artwork from the National Museum of Wales, and has an excellent cafe. At the time of the course the gallery will be exhibiting John Constable’s painting Salisbury Cathedral from The Meadows which is on loan from Tate Britain. This work is part of an amazing show of work by British painters including Turner, Piper and Graham Sutherland. Having the exhibition on hand will give us a unique opportunity to view these works in detail and discuss our work in the context of traditional, as well as contemporary British landscape art. The course will involve a mixture of studio time and sketching trips to outstanding landscape areas in Pembrokeshire, hopefully including a day trip to Ramsey Island. Throughout the week you will be encouraged to explore mixed media painting, including using wax and plaster and other techniques I have developed over years of working in the landscape.
We will meet on the evening of 9th August for an introductory talk and evening meal in a local restaurant.
Parking is available in the public car park at Oriel y Parc, students will be issued with a parking voucher for the period of the course.
Please note that no refunds whatsoever can be made for cancellations within six weeks of the start of the course except where the place can be filled by another student. Please ensure that you have adequate insurance to cover you against this possibility.
There is a wide variety of accommodation available in St. Davids ranging from camping (including glamping!) to Five Star luxury hotels. I can provide a list of recommendations if required. Please note that as August is the height of the summer season, early booking of accommodation is advisable.
Please bring the following
Binoculars and camera
Sturdy waterproof jacket/trousers and footwear
Portable seat if you need it for sketching
Please bring your usual art materials including sketch books, pencils, paints and brushes. Bring card to paint on . I will supply a basic range of materials for communal use.
If you are interested in the course and would like more information please get in touch.