Making art a learning experience

When Penticton artist and art instructor Kindrie Grove heads to Spain in May, she will be joining a very select list of artists.

Okanagan Artist Kindrie Grove will soon be seeing the famous Andalusian horses she likes to paint firsthand

When Okanagan artist and art instructor Kindrie Grove heads to Spain in May, she will be joining a very select list of artists.

Grove has been chosen to lead an art workshop in Andalusia, part of a series of culinary and art workshop vacations that have featured the likes of Nick Bantock, the author of the Griffin and Sabine series, who had recently had a major retrospective at the Penticton Art Gallery.

“Nick has gone every year,” said Tina Baird, who handles public relations for A Flavour of Spain out of her Naramata home.

“I had suggested and recommended Kindrie to Mike and Hilary Powell,” she said. The Powells started the operation in 2004 as a way to satisfy their love of Spain, art and food (Mike is a chef who owned a restaurant in Spain for many years.)

“They really liked her work. They really take high-calibre artists over … everything they do is very high quality,” said Baird. “It’s a very rich and personal experience, they are very hands-on when they are hosting.

While the Powells have been doing this sort of thing for a while now, Grove admits it will be a brand-new experience for her.

“This is the first one I have done. I had plans to organize one to Africa, which I am still going to do,” said Grove. “It’s something that I would really like to explore more, the combination of travel and creative workshops.”

However, Grove isn’t new to teaching art and has plans that won’t surprise her Penticton students, some of which have signed up to take the workshop, which takes place in a renovated mill in the Andalusian countryside.

“It’s self-directed so students work on their own projects, decide what materials they would like to bring. There is usually a morning meeting, critiques and discussions, then a bit of fundamental instruction,” said Grove. After a gourmet lunch, the students are left to work on their own for the afternoon.

“The only thing I am going to require is that people choose one subject matter, one body of work to work on. The chances of going deep enough, through the layers, increases when you are working with a single topic.”

There will also be some special experiences, one especially so for Grove, who is known for her paintings and sculptures of animals.

“We are going to be doing three excursion days and one of them is going to be to an Andalusian stable, so I will be able to see Andalusian horses first hand,” said Grove, adding that the students won’t be required to work with her favourite subject matter.

Grove’s work can be viewed online at www.kindriegrove.com and more information about the art workshop experiences is available at www.flavourofspain.net.

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Summerland campground to provide COVID-safe accommodations for temporary farm-workers

The managed seasonal worker campsite will be located within a separated area of Peach Orchard Municipal Campground

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

These are the dog days of summer. How much do you know about dogs?

Princeton high school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

Bench plaque recognizes former Summerland firefighter

Volunteers with fire department set up plaque in honour of Richard Estabrooks

Penticton RCMP search for missing woman last seen near Warren Ave West

25-year-old Iesha Blomquist was reported missing to Penticton RCMP on June 30

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

No abandoned Seadoo found on Coldstream lake

Vernon Search and Rescue crews and RCMP unable to find reported abandoned Seadoo on Kal Lake

Kelowna high school football star, water skier, signs with University of Calgary

Isaac Athans, and his family, have a long history of success across various sports in the Okanagan, nationally

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Shuswap resident spots waterspout near Salmon Arm

The rare weather event was spotted early in the morning on July 4.

Police searching for missing Lake Country man

David Anthony Jenken, 65, was reported missing Friday and was last seen on June 28

Most Read