• Hannah Oxberry

Dare 2 Create Weekend

This weekend I enjoyed a fabulous two days at Dare 2 Create, an art retreat hosted by Sue and her team from North East Art Workshops. Held at the Coventry Holiday Inn the weekend featured tuition from world renowned mixed media artists Andy Skinner and Tracy Weinzapfel.

On day one I attended Andy's "Hephaestus Altered Book" workshop. Packed full of techniques and a grungy steampunk vibe; the workshop took us step by step through creating our own version of the book. From making the background, to layering, rusting effects and finishing the end result is a striking altered book.

Day two took me out of my comfort zone in the best way! The morning was spent with Tracy, we created a beautiful square painting with the focus on bright blooms. Again every step was explained in an easy to follow manner, allowing us artistic licence to make the piece our own.

Following lunch Andy and Tracy came together to teach the final piece, a board canvas featuring both artists unique styles and techniques.

I can highly recommend trying out an art course, the knowledge you gain from being in a live environment with hands on teachers is second to none. It also boosts your confidence to try something a little different. A weekend spent playing with paints in a room full of like minded people is inspirational!

A huge thank you to the Dare 2 Create team and tutors for a brilliant weekend!

#art #mixedmedia #dare2create #painting #andyskinner #tracyweinzapfel

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