This was set up in 1982 by myself, David Wynn Millward,
Artist/Tutor, and my wife, Jenny Nimmo, Children's Author,
under the patronage of the late Peter Greenham RA. Keeper
of the Royal Academy Schools, and with the permission
of the Secretary of State for Wales.
Initially, we thought to provide a place in the country
with studio space, models and home-cooking for artists
who wanted a retreat where they could work with others.
For some, this is what it is, but we found a need existed
for teaching beginners and also refreshing those coming
back into art after a break. It became apparent that there
were people who would benefit from learning the basics,
which are not always taught in schools.
I am a teacher as well as a painter. For beginners, I
teach a structured course, which introduces them to different
media, eg pencil, charcoal, watercolour, pastel, while
teaching theory and developing a heightened visual awareness.
This is detailed at the end of the brochure. For others,
I tailor the teaching to meet their needs and am here
to act as a sounding board, to provide constructive criticism,
and encouragement. Hopefully, the place, the ambience,
the routine and good food, and fellow students working
at their art, will all go into producing a rich cocktail
of inspiration, a full portfolio of work and good memories
to take home with you.
Beginners, those wanting a restart in art, students needing
to pass exams or a better portfolio for entry to Art College,
painters who regularly attend summer courses, professional
artists who like a house-party atmosphere, and those from
abroad who want to paint and improve their English. These
are some of the categories who come.