Short on time? Then why not come along to a non-residential one day or weekend course. 

  • Materials provided for a wide variety of art and craft based activities
  • Guests bring their own lunch and we eat together in the studio (or on the beach if the weather's good!) 
  • Days run from 10am to 4.30pm
  • Tea and coffee provided
  • For those travelling from a distance we have contact details for local bed and breakfast providers. We can offer self-catering accommodation to small groups.


LINO PRINTING: 27th and 28th February 2016. 10am to 5pm both days. £130

Over two days we can create up to two prints, and even a two colour reduction print. For beginner who wants to learn how, and for intermediate practitioners who want to know more. All tools and materials provided.


PASTELS: 12th and 13th March 2016. 10am to 5pm both days. £130

Using chalk based pastels (as opposed to oil based), both soft, hard and pastel pencils we will look at mark making, colour, tone, correcting, expressive marks and blending. There will also be demonstrations.


PAINTING IN OILS: 30th April and 1st May 2016. 10am to 5pm both days. £130

This classic medium has a host of techniques and methods, but in a weekend we can give the beginner a taste of what it is, and the more experienced and try new styles.


OPEN TUITION WEEKEND: 7th and 8th May - 6th and 7th August 2016. 10am to 5pm both days. £110

This weekend is geared up as a tuition boost for anyone who needs some support with their on-going work, to help them start making work, or even as a surgery to get advice on what you are doing. If you can only make one day just ask and we can book you in for that one at half the full cost.



How do I book?

Please contact us first to check availability. If spaces are available, download a Booking Form with Terms and Conditions - please click here.

You can pay by cheque made payable to The Creative Retreat sent to our office address:

5 St Annes Terrace, Banff, Aberdeenshire, AB45 1AW

or Paypal (we will send you an invoice).

working with clay and plaster mouldsusing photos as a creative source for mixed media artwork