Yoga and Printmaking – with Jackie Grace, David Begley and Veronica Calarco

This special event brings together yoga and printmaking at Stiwdio Maelor Artist Retreat, Corris, in the Snowdonia National Park, Wales. The day begins with a yoga session guided by Jackie Grace, followed by lunch catered by Idris Stores and then a three hour group with a one to one demonstration and instruction of monotype printmaking methods and materials by David, assisted by Veronica. Participants will experiment with materials, and learn and develop printmaking skills in order to make their own unique hand pulled prints. All materials are supplied including paper, non-toxic ink, use of rollers, etching press etc. 

monotype is an image painted / drawn with ink onto a surface such as glass, metal or perspex, then transferred onto paper using an etching press. As the name suggests, each work is a unique, hand drawn, hand printed monotype, printed on 300gsm 100% cotton acid free Fabriano Tiepolo paper. 

Jackie Grace
Jackie, a qualified Soma practitioner, gently reaches out to help guide you through tangled briers so you can experience the wildness and beauty of your world.
Soma Yoga integrates poetry and music with the observation of natural cycles.
Within the practice we nourish our roots, strengthen our core and renew our sense of beauty and uniqueness.

David Begley 
David is an Irish artist and writer. He has exhibited his animations, drawings, paintings and prints at galleries and festivals in Australia, China, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, USA and The UK. He has facilitated groups and individuals at all levels since 1990. David is an enthusiastic facilitator who teaches by instruction and encouragement, helping the participant to develop their skills and their personal way of seeing and making.

David says; “Why yoga and printmaking? I wanted to give participants the opportunity to unwind and relax, to feel invigorated before beginning  printmaking. Yoga is a fantastic start to the day and the combination of yoga and art makes for a great workshop. Yoga also allows us to lose our artistic inhibitions, creates a great atmosphere and fosters creativity. I love these workshops as I get to enjoy the yoga also and the work produced on these days is always very special. Like yoga, anyone of any ability can enjoy making a print. Monotype is a generous and immediate medium – everyone goes home with beautiful hand made prints.”

Veronica Calarco
Veronica is an Australian printmaker who founded Maelor in 2014. Veronica studied printmaking at the Australian National University in the 1990’s. She migrated to Wales in 2013 and is currently doing a PhD in printmaking at Aberystwyth University.

Stiwdio Maelor, Corris SY209SP

Wednesday 1stMay 201910am – 4pm, £75 (£65 if Friend of Stiwdio Maelor) per person including yoga, lunch (catered by Idris Stores), afternoon tea, materials and monotype printmaking workshop.

Accommodation for one or two nights extra.

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