Art retreat to inspire, chance to learn, share

    NATURAL ELEMENTS: Hartspace in Morgan Bay is set to hold a creative retreat for artists in October. Picture: SUPPLIED

    The weekend retreat, which will be held in Morgan Bay from October 21 to 23, will give participants a chance to be creative among a group of like-minded people, in a peaceful and beautiful environment.

    Kerry Lyn Honey, a former art and design academic and local art studio owner, as well as an art teacher, will lead the program for the retreat.

    She heads up the creative workshops at Hartspace and has been involved in numerous local, national, and international projects, workshops, conferences, and exhibitions and has shared experiences with many other influential people within the art space.

    When asked about the idea to host a retreat, Honey said: “Being able to offer the opportunity for people to take time for themselves, to relax and be creative, with a small group of like-minded people is hugely important and necessary in coping with our busy, fast-paced lives.

    “Tapping into our creative selves can elevate and enable us to live our lives deep in meaning and rich in joy, making us better people.

    “Channeling one’s creativity in a relaxed, tranquil environment and knowing that beautiful, unique art pieces are being created in the process is fundamental in coping with our busy, fast-paced lives.”

    Participants will be able to complete an oil painting and a mixed media artwork, as well as various smaller works and sketches.

    They will also be taught various painting methods and techniques. The subject matter will be inspired by the landscape, flora, fauna, and the resident cattle of Morgan Bay.

    “We will also touch on the importance of being fully present at the moment. We call this mindfulness practice.

    “Participants will gain insight and understanding with regards to drawing fundamentals such as composition, tone, line, color, texture, space, depth, and three-dimensional form.

    “They will have the freedom to express themselves and the opportunity to explore, enhance and develop their creative spirit,” said Honey.

    Honey has previously offered weekend retreats in Cape Town and Hogsback, however, this will be her first local retreat. She also offers weekly classes and workshops around East London.


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