Top Five Isle of Wight Creative Breaks

The Isle of Wight’s beautiful land and seascapes have been inspiring artists for centuries, and continue to do so to this very day. As the saying goes “If you can’t beat them, join them” so this year why not take advantage of one of the residential creative courses on offer across the Island?

Whether you are a professional or an amateur artist, or even a budding novelist or scriptwriter, there is a break that is prefect for you. Here are a few to get you in the mood…

Originally a Victorian rectory, Seahorses in Freshwater now offers bed and breakfast along with art courses in their studio in the garden. Some of the many activities on offer include mosaic, paper-mache, silk painting, sculpture, printing, water-colours and glass fusing with resident artist Boris Moskoff . The studio is in the large pretty three acre garden that has a footpath to the coast running right through it. There is also a self-catering cottage and families and dogs are welcome.

Freshwater Bay House has an eclectic selection of three to seven night courses to choose from that range from Wildlife Photography and Sketching the Natural World to Singing And Walking. Based at this local landmark that has sat above the chalk cliff bay since the 18th century, there are also walking holidays offered and an outdoor pool. 

Paul Hewson at Wight Painting Holidays offers painting holiday breaks at his Wyke Regis art studio in Porchfield, which is between the picturesque estuary and town of Newtown and the popular sailing port of Cowes. Teaching with a step by step approach Paul limits his classes to six to ensure friendly individual attention.

The Grange is a Georgian country house in Shanklin Old Village that offers a whole host of courses including those in art, music and dance along with yoga weekends, writing courses and life coaching classes. An offshoot of Skyros Holistic Holidays the Grange has courses to appeal to every creative urge and it’s only a few minutes’ walk down to the beach.

Write Away Breaks are based at Cliffways, a spacious home close to the cliff edge between Lake and Sandown, where Felicity Fair Thompson offers writing breaks for would-be screenwriters, poets and novelists. In fact whatever you want to write, Felicity can help you get your ideas down on paper. Write Away breaks are usually over a weekend and non-writing partners are welcome. Or if you want to incorporate a writing seminar in a family holiday at Cliffways this can also be arranged and non-residential workshops are another option.

Jo Macaulay

25 April 2016

By Jo Macaulay in Articles