Relaxing Through Abstracts

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Sat 14Sep

Searching for the enjoyment and relaxation when painting using Hawkwood as inspiration

Facilitator: Christina Sadler

The act of making art is therapeutic, it can quiet the mind and allow you to focus on the present. When this happens and you are truly immersed in the moment of creating you can relax and allow the flow and freedom of painting to begin.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities even those who have not picked up a paintbrush before. We will use the beautiful surroundings of Hawkwood to inspire us and have an enjoyable day of painting abstracts

Event time: Sat 14th Sep 2024 at 9:30am - Sat 14th Sep 2024 at 4:00pm

At a Glance:

  • A day of calming and relaxing creativity
  • Learning to respond to your surroundings to create abstract art
  • Painting without the fear of the end result
  • Not about creating masterpieces but about finding your way to
  • Enjoy a delicious freshly cooked 2-course lunch + 2 breaks with baked goods and refreshments

What You Will Gain:

  • Skills and techniques to carry on with at home
  • A sense of enjoyment and a renewed passion for creating
  • An enjoyable opportunity to treat yourself

The Day

This workshop will introduce you to different ways of creating abstract art in response to your surroundings. We will explore the outdoors and beautiful grounds of Hawkwood but also use the sounds, smells and textures as inspiration. This will all be achieved through guided exercises and support from your tutor Christina.

No judgement will be placed on the outcome of your work. This day is centred on the enjoyment and relaxation that comes from creating
abstracts. There will be laughing as well as moments of calm and reflection. An enjoyable day creating whilst giving you the chance to unwind. Plus, lunch and afternoon tea are included—a real treat to unwind and forget your worries.

We will use a mixture of materials but acrylic paints and inks will be the main medium being used. You’ll learn various skills and techniques to continue painting abstracts at home. But above all, it’s a day to escape and take some time out for yourself.

As we will be venturing outside at some points please come with relevant clothing and footwear and something to sit on – even if it’s just a bag.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

-Pablo Picasso


Hawkwood is a stunning Grade II listed 19th Century country house, surrounded by 42 acres of sustainably managed woodland, farmland, and gardens. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a diverse selection of nearly 150 courses, there’s plenty to choose from, including courses in transformative leadership, future thinking, inner life, music and the arts.

What’s Included

2-course lunch and 2 additional breaks with freshly baked goods by our experienced chefs, plus a selection of refreshments to choose from throughout the day.

Your Stay

Although this is a non-residential day course, if you would like to extend your stay, please contact us about B&B options.

Contact us: or 01453 759 034

Additional Activities

Mindful walking through our woodland trails
Meditate in our Woodland Sanctuary
Go on a hike and explore the Cotswolds AONB
Discover surrounding charming market towns

Price Options

£115 Day Course + Lunch


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Practical Information

The course starts at 9:30am and will finish with tea and cake at 4pm.

All materials are included in this class. Depending on the weather we may venture outside so please dress appropriately. Similarly, wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy in.

Christina Sadler

Christina is an artist based in Gloucestershire. She has a first class degree in Fine Art and is represented by Wychwood Art Gallery.

Her art is inspired by nature. She allows paint to flow and drip, then repairs and rebuilds areas by removing and altering layers. This makes her feel restful and calm, which reflects into her art.

A full time artist she also works with the NHS and partners on projects that improve mental health including developing art to improve interior environments and outreach sessions with adults and young people.

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