Sand painting has been used by many indigenous populations across the world including Australian, Japanese, Senegalese, Tibetan and North American cultures as well as by Mexicans on the Day of the Dead. It is also thought to be an art form unique to the Isle of Wight where the coloured sands from Alum Bay in Freshwater were used to create masterpieces.
Queen Victoria encouraged this art form from her home at Osborne House after allegedly being inspired by Edwin and Jon Dore of Arreton who produced some fine sand art work in the 1840's.
On this workshop you will not be collecting sands from Alum Bay due to the delicate ecology of the cliffs - but you will be following in the footsteps of generations before you in creating your own unique sand art.
We will visit the beach for inspiration as part of this workshop which will take place in Sandown. Some steps involved. Please bring packed lunch and suitable clothing and footwear.
This workshop is free if you are not in full time employment or education and live on the Isle of Wight otherwise there will be a cost of ten pounds payable on the day.