Sardinia, Italy with Mixed Media Artist Shelley Rhodes
September 3-8, 2018
Our Muse: Shelley Rhodes
Shelley has worked as a designer for the BBC and Granada Television, holding a degree in graphic design led her to her calling of teaching art and design. Her mixed media work combines paper, drawings, photographs and prints with painted and dyed fabric as she focuses on fragmentation, reconstruction and repair. Her love of traveling, exploring and discovering new places with a passion to coastal locations. Beach-combing, one of her favorite way to spend time then incorporating her precious finds with drawings, mark making, gestural writing and collage in small beautifully presented travel journals.
Her work has been featured in several magazines and publications. She is currently writing her own book called ‘Sketchbooks Explorations for Mixed Media and Textile Artists’ which is due to be published by Batsford in Spring 2018. She is a member of the Textile Study Group, a national exhibiting and teaching group in the UK. She teaches at venues throughout the UK and abroad as well as from her own studio on the edge of the Lake District.
The Workshop: ‘From Here to There’ – recording a journey in Mixed Media
“Recording a journey has long been a passion of mine. During this week you will have a chance to immerse yourself in the location and record your journey and time spent in this special place by creating a series of small, personal mixed media sketchbooks.
You will spend time out in the landscape, walking, noticing, recording and collecting. Your collection of precious finds and fragments will be incorporated into your travel sketchbooks and used as inspiration for further drawing and mark making. You will be encouraged to look for details and find beauty in the insignificant as you create a series of tactile sketchbooks and assemblages. Work will be made out on location as well as in the studio.
Consideration will be given to presentation as you combine drawing, painting, printing and mark making with natural and manmade objects gathered along your journey. Used papers such as tickets, maps and other ephemera will become embedded within the pages, so that you create a memorable and unique series of work.
You will be layering media, altering scale, incorporating gestural writing, using stitch for joining as well as making marks. You will be encouraged to experiment and explore as you develop your own visual way of recording your journey.
Varied landscapes molded by the sun, wind, sea and the passage of time… this is the Sardinia we know and love! An island and world unto itself, outside of Italy, apart from Europe and totally out of phase with time. It is here, on this enigmatic island, that you may stumble across a quasi- (or even full-on) belief in magic. It is here, on an island rooted in tradition, that the year begins on September 1 and the calendar thumbs its nose at our Roman designations. It is here, on a Mediterranean isle steeped in tradition, that life follows much the same pattern as it has for centuries: owing its livelihood to the sea and the fields, Sardinia is home to shepherds and fishermen, farmers and almost-magicians who coax crops to emerge from the island’s famously stony soil.
It is here, on this mysterious island, that prehistory scatters its puzzles across the landscapes: nuraghi, a UNESCO World Heritage site found only in Sardinia – ancient defensive structures that represent “the finest and most complete example of a remarkable form of prehistoric architecture.” It is here, on an island where culinary customs hang in for centuries, that pasta and wine, dolci and breads have their own, unique, and somehow distinctly not-Italian, all-Sardinian flavors. It is here, that Sards stash their sheep’s-milk cheese in barns and caves. It is here, that the world’s first Blue Zone – largely attributable to the Sardinian diet – was first identified.
And so, it is here, on Sardinia that we come to explore. That we come to learn. That we come to remember – to see the unadulterated world, both as it was centuries ago and as it can be today. It is here, on Sardinia, that we will seek that deeper connection – that link to the past and its peoples, to culture and its influence on art.
Come with us. Discover an ancient link to your creativity, on an island not so much Old World as its Own World. Discover Sardinia with us.
Group Size| 10 -12 Participants
Experience| This workshop is open to all levels of experience from the absolute beginner to the more experienced artist looking to enhance their skills. Mobility is important, as you’ll spend a fare amount of time walking the landscapes and rugged seashore gathering and collecting.
Includes| 5 Nights’ Accommodation; Coastal Hotel in Villasumius, Hotel & Country Tax; Scheduled Airport Transfers Arrival/Departure Days of Workshop; Breakfast Daily, 2 Lunches, Welcome + Farewell Dinners; Regional Cooking Lessons; Vineyards + Wine Tastings; Guide + Private Transportation; Private Guided Excursions; Complimentary Sketch Book; Art Instruction: Shelley Rhodes
Travel Information| Arrival & Departure Airport: Cagliari Airport (CAG)| **Please note we will notify you by email when it’s time to book your international flights.
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