Scottish artist and Wild at Art tutor Lesley Banks appeared on TV last night in a travel programme about some of Scotland’s most impressive wild places. In Roads Less Travelled: Atlantic Way outdoors man Cameron McNeish journeys up the western seaboard from the Mull of Kintyre to Mallaig. Travelling on foot, by bike, by pack-raft and with his beloved campervan, his journey takes him over 200 miles through some of our most impressive wild places. Along the way, he meets an artist, a storyteller and a ghillie.
The artist is Lesley Banks, who was Scottish Canals’ first Artist in Residence and walked and painted along the 137 miles of the beautiful Scottish canal network.
We can create a tailor made art experience with Lesley for you and your companions. Check out her profile here.
The programme Roads Less Travelled: Atlantic Way can be viewed on BBC iPlayer for 29 days (click on the title to view).
“The creative aspects of travel and application of the skills of art lay the foundation for transformative experiences through visual sensations and that sense of place.”
We were delighted to learn that Scottish Islands Explorer was going to publish a full page article on our small group art holidays! It’s the only magazine devoted to exploring the islands of Scotland and serves a readership of Scotland-lovers across the globe. The article appeared in the November/ December issue so flagging it up here is long overdue!
“Here is an organisation well aware that the personal touch matters when people gather to learn and holiday. “
Find out more about the magazine here.
Scotland is a unique country with locations of breathtaking beauty. But did you know it also has an incredibly vibrant creative scene? With many talented artists who are also inspiring tutors?
It’s been widely recognised that travel – particularly travelling abroad – can increase your levels of creativity and cause an uptick in your mind’s ability to produce positive thoughts, leading you to a more inspired version of you. So, rather than wait until you return from your Scottish vacation, why not start creating and pick up new skills while you’re here?
We offer you the opportunity to work alongside some of the country’s best artists and explore Scotland in a truly authentic way with their guidance.
Creative travel is so much more than just a vacation. Creative travel with Wild at Art means
> finding creative inspiration in Scotland’s landscapes and cityscapes
> developing your skills or learn new ones
> getting up close and personal with artistic talent
> being in the company of like-minded spirits
> finding that creative flow which is at the same time energising and relaxing, while we take care of the rest
> taking home art made by you.
Browse our website and be inspired for your next trip abroad! Use the Wish Form to tell us how your ideal art holiday shall look…
We live in an exciting world dominated by imagery from amateur and pro photographers….smart phones and social media are ingrained in our daily lives. At times we are in danger of suffering from image overload where so many great photographs are becoming lost in the noise and we start to lose the individual identity of an image and the artist. Creating an image that really stands out and makes the viewer stop to appreciate is becoming more and more difficult. Developing an individual personal style is one of the biggest challenges we face as a photographic artist.
Ask yourself “what do I really think about this image” and what reaction may it inspire in the viewer.
Whilst technical skills are essential, often this can be given too much emphasis and we may lose the emotion, spirit or story in an image, so understanding the balance between camera skills and image creation is essential for us as an individual.
One prime ethos of the workshops run by our tutor Dave Hunt is to slow down the capture process and give more value to the creative side of your photography. Connecting with not only the Scottish land- and cityscapes, but also our own thoughts and feelings leads to a deeper appreciation of our own photography. Some of the workshops will involve leaving the bag of dslr toys in the car and using compacts, smart phones, and even 35mm, Holga 6x6cm and 5”x4” film, whatever photographic medium helps us explore our creative vision.
Dave’s small group and individual photography workshop sessions are an opportunity to get back to the basics of image capture at a much more personal level. Working individually and together we can explore what an image means to us and what we are attempting to represent in the landscape, buildings and people. Having an experienced professional fine art photographer as a guide will further help to bring out your ‘Artist Within’.
Click here to enquire about a tailor made course just for you and your travel companion(s). To let us know you’d be interested in booking a place on a small group photography tour please use the contact form.