The minute you step onto the Island of Orkney, you will notice the clarity of air and beauty of the clouds. Orkney abounds in wildlife, history, and subject matter for art. Birds are aplenty and the air is filled with their sound. The sea will rush up and surprise you and the rainbows will entice you.
Seals will stare at you from the surrounding waters. The sky and its daily dance of clouds, sun, rainbows, and mist will constantly delight and challenge your experience. And when the sun casts its long shadows, the golden light will delight you like butterscotch sweetens you.
From the Neolithic, the Picts, to the Vikings, to the stories you will hear, the ruins you will investigate, and museums you will visit, you will be overwhelmed with inspiration. The glorious views of sea and land around Woodwick House will nourish and sustain your art as you look through the studio windows or wander around the grounds. Steeped in a landscape of Standing Stones and chambered cairns, swirling ocean waves and ever-changing clouds, you will easily find plenty of photographic moments that you will want to use for your own artistic compositions. The first photographs you take will help you to create the designs to use as you learn, work, and grow throughout the week’s instruction.
Working in a serene studio steps away from your bedroom, learn a unique technique that is easily duplicated upon your return home, and take the necessary supplies home with you! This method of printmaking is also known as the Provincetown Print from its point of origin in Provincetown, Massachusetts. One of the original developers of this technique was Blanche Lazzell who in 1919 was a resident at the historic Byrdcliffe Arts Colony.
Each print is uniquely individual and can take hours to complete — there are no editions. The composition remains the same, but the colors will vary widely. Each print will be as unique as the Orkney scenery you will be surrounded by. Traveling around Orkney, you will immediately notice the clarity of air and beauty of the clouds. Orkney abounds in wildlife, history, and subject matter for art. Birds are aplenty and the air is filled with their sound.
Seals will stare at you from the surrounding waters. The sky and its daily dance of clouds, sun, rainbows, and mist will constantly delight and challenge your experience.
From the Neolithic, the Picts, to the Vikings, there are stories to hear, ruins to investigate, and museums to visit. Steeped in the landscape of Standing Stones and chambered cairns, you will easily find material for artistic inspiration. The sea will rush up and surprise you.
The studio is open 24 hours a day! Instruction is provided 4 hours a day. Two-three full days of painting alongside the instructor is optional.
Jeanne Bouza Rose has been involved in art throughout her life in many varied ways. She has worked with the following outstanding artists over the years: Richard Vaux, Francis Avery, Hans Jennerjohn, Staats Fasoldt, Meriel Hoare, and Pia Oste-Alexander. Her work has explored all different mediums from oil, silver, beaded jewelry, glass, clay, steel and now watercolor white-line woodblock.
An extensive showing of her paintings featuring the standing stones of Orkney is on display in Sedona, Arizona from July through September 2006. Currently the Waterfront Gallery in Stromness, Orkney, Scotland displays her work as well as Art and Soul Gallery in Hudson, New York. She has shown at the Woodstock Artist Association, The Woodstock School of Art, The Woodstock Guild, Adelphi University, The Wheatley School, the Art League of Long Island, the Smithtown Arts Council, and Woodwick House in Orkney, among others. Her work is in numerous private collections.
As a teacher for the past 28 years in public education, she has learned to address and meet the needs of diverse learners. She continues to work on transferring her fascination of the standing stones of Orkney to a large welded steel sculpture under the direction of sculptor, David Haussler.
Her fascination with the landscape of Orkney was featured in a major article in the artist’s sketchbook magazine, in April 2006. The Orkney Art Adventure was highlighted in the travel section of american style magazine, October 2005, Manhattan living, and her work with the founding and developing of RoseCrossing, Inc and the Orkney Arts Adventures has been news in numerous other publications!
Will looking about the landscape of Standing Stones and chambered cairns, you will easily find material for any kind of artistic inspiration. The sea will rush up and surprise you. And while inspiration immerses you among the standing stones and stone hinges, the bird life will astound you. Short-eared owls, Arctic skuas, and the elusive puffin can all be sighted. Oyster catchers and all the gulls of the world seem to settle down for a bite or two in the well harvested hayfield. The cliffs will draw you to them and the chorus of nesting seabirds will have you stand in disbelief as you just know that you are part of a documentary. In addition to the annual festival like the St Magnus Festival, the cultural life of the islands is enriched all year round with a large number of groups actively participating in the arts.
Traditional music is alive and well. Numerous crafts artisans have relocated to Orkney. There are seven major jewelry workshops and designers creating designs available throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. World class painters, weavers, and musicians live on Orkney year-round. There is even a world class restaurant with a four-star rating. Most restaurants serve local produce and fresh caught seafood.
The historic Woodwick House provides your bed, full breakfast and 3 course "Taste of Scotland" dinner. Woodwick House is situated on 12 acres of land offering an idyllic surrounding to paint, write, discover, reflect in Art and be inspired by. It is rated by the Rough Guides as "…The most enchanting place to stay on Orkney!"
Walking along the hallways lined with local artist’s work, you will come upstairs to the sky lit public room. This is our working studio space for the week. Instruction and critique is provided daily for 4 hours and includes a coffee/tea break. Lunch is available if booked that morning. Access to the studio is available 24 hours!
Woodwick House may inspire you to use your free time to individually pursue your interests or to walk to the well-preserved Broch of Gurness and a sandy beach. A 15-minute walk brings you to the ferry slip to the neighboring islands of Egilsay, Wyre, and Rousay offering different environments to photograph and interpret. Or you may have found the easy walk alongside the wooded streamside from Woodwick House, through the "Fairy Glen" overhung with fuchsia, down to Eynhallow Sound and a waiting seal, inspiration enough!
The warmth of open fireplaces and candlelit dinners will end your day’s work within Woodwick House.
- 10% discount on classes with instruction for students 65 years or older. This discount must be requested upon enrollment;
- Registrations are due two weeks prior to workshop;
- Schedule subject to change without notice.
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I continue to be irresistibly drawn to the landscape, cloudscape, skyscape, and standing stones cape of Orkney and feel that it has been my privilege to try to be able to capture its spirit. Perhaps the real magic is that an outsider's inspiration may become another's awakening to a very special place on the...
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