Elemental Island – a mixed media painting course on Skomer
18th – 21st August 2024

Price £280

(includes tuition, an evening lecture, 3 nights hostel accommodation on the island and an introduction to the wildlife of the island). The course is suitable for both beginners and experienced artists. The course is limited to 16 students and will be facilitated by myself assisted by Karen Pearce. Tuition will consist of a mix of presentations and morning workshops using drawing materials and water-based media, with plenty of time for self-directed practice and exploring the island in the afternoon. In the evening we will come together after supper for an hour of sharing and discussion.

“You are a great teacher, managing to be both relaxed and quite disciplined simultaneously! I have raved about the whole thing to everyone I know since my return.”- Sam Russell, a previous course participant

To Book

Please call the booking office on 01656 724100 (Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm and 1pm-4.30pm) or if you are hard of hearing, bookings can be taken by email (islands@welshwildlife.org).


In addition to running occasional courses for artists I have always maintained a lively, community and education practice and have over 30 years’ experience of working with people of all ages and diverse abilities in the community. I am passionate about collaborating with learners, carers and teachers to use art as a creative learning tool across the curriculum to develop exciting new approaches to learning and the environment.

Cyanotype on fabric, Narberth Museum.

I am experienced at employing many different visual art media in my creative learning work, such as glass (painted, fused, sandblasted and slumped), cyanotype (an early photographic process using potassium salts to produce images), and painting and drawing.

I have a full DBS check and specialise in working with children and adults who are hard to reach, those with additional learning needs and vulnerable adults. For three years I worked with young neurodivergent adults at Coleg Plas Dwbl, a specialist Steiner education facility run by Ruskin Mill Trust. At Plas Dwbl I used the natural environment as the starting point for the work with the students. Following a practical skills based approach I aimed to give the students the opportunity to develop their emotional, physical and creative potential in relation to working with the resistance of natural materials and the inspiration of the landscape, the seasons and a sense of place.

As a Welsh learner, I am able to work through the medium of English and Welsh.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about how I could work with you, your school or community group, please email me.

Bookmarks made with people living with dementia challenges.


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