Art Internship

I am really excited! Starting on Monday and throughout the summer, I will be working as an intern at Mid Wales Arts Centre.

The Mid Wales Arts Centre came into being on the initiative of Cathy Knapp, after she spotted the main house Maesmawr (which dates all the way back to 1526) and saw its potential. She spent years restoring it before it became what it is today – a great gallery, a sculpture trail, and a centre for workshops, talks, poetry events, art clubs and an education program. The centre is run by a group of volunteers, called Mid Art Wales, and is constantly growing and expanding. At the moment there are new studio spaces being built for a future artist in residence program.

Stefan Knapp’s unique collection is on display in the gallery and on the site. Stefan Knapp, Cathy’s late husband, was a Polish-born sculptor and painter who worked in the UK. He is best known for his big vibrant murals painted with enamel paint on steel.

The Mid Wales Arts Centre is located only a few minutes from Caersws station, and close to the main road. On the site, there is also a Bed & Breakfast welcoming guests that want to explore the nicely located arts centre and the beautiful area. The gallery is open from 11am – 4pm, Thursday – Sunday, and is completely free of charge.

I am really looking forward to working with Cathy and the team for the next few months.

Plant Portraits

This semester I have done a Lifelong Learning course called Plant Portraits, at Aberystwyth University (along with my Fine Art BA and another course in French). The tutor was Tereska Shepherd, a great teacher. She was good at demonstrating different techniques, giving advice and feedback, and really making the sessions interesting and educational!

“This inspiring, practical painting course is an opportunity to experiment with a variety of drawing, watercolour and mixed media techniques to capture the changes throughout spring as bulbs and seeds sprout, plants develop and flowers bloom. Throughout the course you will develop specialised techniques for depicting plants whilst enhancing observational, recording, colour mixing and compositional skills through the exploration of technique and study of historical and contemporary artists.” 

A few of the studies I made:

The course was very inspiring and definitely helpful for my project! Not only did I learn a lot more about watercolour techniques than ever before, I also gained further interest in, and knowledge of the subject – plants.

I think Lifelong Learning courses are a great oppurtunity to learn about something outside of your degree. This is the sixth course I have been taking, and I have really enjoyed them all.