Spring Sketchbook

30 April – 4 May 2018
led by resident artist, Gill Miller

During your stay, you will learn and practise a wide variety of artistic techniques, exploring one theme in many different mediums. As you fill up your sketchbook, you’ll get a chance to try your hand at techniques – for example, still life sketching, printing, colour-work, pen and ink drawing, painting, collage, and photography under the tutelage of a qualified art teacher and master craftsman. The peaceful and picturesque backdrop of the Cathedral of the Isles on the beautiful Isle of Cumbrae will provide plenty of artistic inspiration and space for personal reflection.

You’ll take away a comprehensive study of your chosen subject, and a whole new set of creative skills and experiences which you can use in your future projects. Sketchbooks and all materials will be provided.

About the tutor
Gill is an experienced art teacher and master craftsman, available to teach workshops and private classes in a variety of disciplines. A qualified teacher of Art & Design, Gill also co-ordinates the local community Art Group on a voluntary basis. Gill is a graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, She specialised in Ceramics, gaining a B.A.Hons in 1984. She went on to complete a traditional apprenticeship in stained and embossed glass, and worked as a qualified master craftsman in this area until 2000. She now works in a variety of media, inspired by her island home on the West Coast of Scotland.

There is a fixed price for events on our Open Programme and accommodation is available on a first come first served basis. The College has 4 single rooms with shared bathroom facilities, 4 twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities, 2 double rooms with shared bathroom facilities, 1 family room (double & single) with shared bathroom facilities, 2 en-suite twin rooms, 2 en-suite double rooms and 1 en-suite family room (1 double & 2 singles). Please select the type of accommodation that best meets your needs. Double or twin rooms may be used for single occupancy where needed.

This retreat is offered both residential and non-residential

£390 full board including all materials, or £145 non-residential (includes lunch & all materials)

Friends’ Bursary Scheme
We do not want cost to prevent anyone from attending an event at The College of The Holy Spirit. Please see here for details of a bursary scheme run by the Friends of the Cathedral of The Isles.

For cancellations made 4 weeks in advance we offer a full refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 3 weeks in advance we offer a 75% refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 2 weeks in advance we can only offer a 50% refund. If we receive less than 2 weeks’ notice we are unable to offer a refund or date change on course places.  If a date change has been requested we cannot offer a refund on a subsequent cancellation.


To book a place on any of our open retreats please complete the details below. Once received we will confirm your booking with you and send an invoice for payment of your deposit.
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