Jo Oakley


I have had two exciting ideas the first is a getaway for artists to come and recharge their batteries.I would like to make the house available at weekends to either practicing painters or printmakers who would like come and work here and make use of studio space and printmaking room with a great press. Have time to walk and think and work enjoying an evening meal at home and or eat out in Herne Bay or Whitstable.

You can book to stay with me or Grosvenor House a lovely local B&B

The other idea is courses available to everyone whatever their ability  focusing on various interests I will be teaching in a student led style. We will enjoy what the season offers us as each one really has its delights as the layers of greys to the brightest blue sky, the wildest of windiest days and the delicate space of a breathless sea.

All of this putting it simply inspires me and I really want to share it

I have some dates for the guided weekends with some ideas of what could be expected and achieved

the first is.....

The weekend of the Friday 12th May-Sunday 14th May

Arriving Friday night for an evening meal and a sit round the table to discus ideas, the focus will be on using a sketch book. Gathering information and images is so useful in bringing ideas together, images and words can sit together in a sketchbook/journal.

After breakfast on Saturday we will walk out with this in mind and if the weather is kind we can spend tome looking and recording what we see. After lunch we can start to work on the image that starts to form.

We will be using paint on Sunday and will use most of the day to bring an image together.....

Thats it in a nutshell, it will be tweaked to fit applicants as I really know one size does not fit all.

The second structured course is about the flora and fauna found on coastal walks and a visit to Grosvenor House to see their garden. Frances and I are going to collaborate on this as she has extensive knowledge in this field and is a very talented gardener and all round creative human being.

We are going to use both our houses to accommodate our guests and we are very excited about the prospect of sharing the experience. This will take place in June 16th- 18th with meeting and greeting and sharing a meal on Friday.

Weekends will be an introductory price of £250 for full board food and tuition.

Partners are welcome and may want to take advantage of great cycling routes and places of interest dotted all along the East Kent Coast. £95.00

A course only option is also available for locals.......

Well thats about it to start and if you would like to book a course or like a bit more information contact me or call me 07943830047

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