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Monday, 24 March 2014

Creative Courses on a Weekend Break at The Grange, Isle of Wight

Enjoy a relaxing break in the Isle of Wight whilst you learn….

If you enjoy using your creativity and fancy a break in a stunningly beautiful peaceful environment, then a weekend course at The Grange could be ideal for you.  Set in a gorgeous Georgian country house overlooking the sea in the picturesque Isle of Wight, The Grange is offering some fabulous residential course weekends for 2014.

The Grange, an offshoot of Skyros, the leading course-based holiday provider, runs weekend courses from photography to creative writing and comedy improvisation to music.  It's a chance to meet interesting people, stay in an elegant guesthouse with stunning panoramic views and discover new talents and interests. And it's only two and a half hours from London.

Secluded, yet in the centre of Shanklin's Old Village close to cosy tea rooms and gift shops, The Grange is just a short walk from scenic cliff-top walks and the sandy beach.  Accommodation is 4-star, in atmospheric en suite rooms. You can also take advantage of the sauna or book a beauty treatment or massage during your stay. Come on your own, with friends or family and take it easy in the comfortable surroundings - all are welcome.

For forthcoming residential courses read below. If you like the look of something, or want to find out more, just give us a call at The Grange on Tel: 01983 867 644.  Alternatively, you can send us an email or even book online.

The Art of Photography with Kel Portman
Friday 11 to Sunday 13 April

This is a weekend photography course for those who have never been taught the art of photography. It won’t confuse you with technical jargon, rather you will be encouraged to look at ideas and approaches to help you take better photographs. The emphasis is on the creative rather than the gadget. Using the dramatic island landscape and still life as subjects, you will explore... find out more

Comedy & Creativity with Logan Murray
Friday 18 to Monday 21 April (Easter)

Do you want to learn the basic principles of comedy? Would you like to gain tips for

performing in front of a live crowd? You will discover your inner comic and then - if you’re brave enough - unleash it on an unsuspecting audience on the last day. From finding your creative inspiration to learning the building blocks of jokes, this residential writing course will help you become a better writer and performer through performance exercises, writing games and practical exercises… find out more

Writing for the Screen with Jenny Lecoat
Friday 25 to Sunday 27 April

If you’ve always wanted to write a TV drama, a film or a sitcom, but aren’t sure how to go about it, this screenwriting course will provide a basic toolkit to get you started. It will take you through the whole process – figuring out your idea (or helping you to come up with one), creating characters, structuring stories, and writing dialogue – all in a fun and supportive environment where everyone mucks in and helps each other out… find out more

Heart & Soul with Sarah Warwick & Malcolm Stern
Friday 2 to Monday 5 May (Bank Holiday)

An uplifting and potent mix of singing, dancing and sharing; a time to connect deeply with heart and soul. This will be an opportunity to rediscover your passion for life as we welcome and embrace the new energies of spring. We will create a safe and intimate environment in which to open to our authentic selves. The weekend will include psychodrama to understand your true self, singing, meditation using sound, dance and movement… find out more

Successful Relationships with Juliette Smith
Friday 9 to Sunday 11 May

How often do you pretend to be someone you’re not? Do you wear a mask sometimes? Whether at work or at home, are you always your authentic self? If you would like to be yourself more often, by first of all finding out who that really is, then come and join us for an experiential and engaging weekend... find out more


Fiction Writing with Leigh Russell
Friday 23 May to Monday 26 May (Bank Holiday)
Run by experienced creative writing tutor Leigh Russell, this course on how to write fiction presents techniques to engage readers’ interest and keep them turning the pages. Offering plenty of scope for students to develop their own writing skills, the course will consider areas including character, plot, structure, pace and language. Leigh teaches students ranging from bestselling authors to complete beginners and is well known for her encouraging teaching methods... find out more

Comedy Improvisation with Alison Goldie
Friday 30 May to Sunday 1 June
An introduction to improvisation by an expert practitioner. Using a wide range of games and exercises it covers: mindmapping, storytelling, character-building, status-play, comedy-business, how to fail happily and devising skills.The class gives participants confidence and the ability to think on their feet (useful for all sorts of situations!). It stimulates creativity and helps unlock the huge range of characters and stories within, that can be used to delight an audience, professionally or in everyday life. It aims to broaden comic and performance skills, motivate mind and body, and release lots of laughter in the process... find out more

Music & Storytelling with Tom Morley & Dawn Ellis
Friday 6 June to Sunday 8 June
Welcome to our world. Step back in time, to long before TV and music streaming, when entertainment was LIVE! Drumming, Storytelling, Harmony Singing and Dancing will be combined in this inspiring weekend. Easy warm-ups will entice you to forget the week and be completely there, full bodied and with bags of energy to drum. Harmony singing and Dancing will uplift our spirits and touch our hearts and spirits and Stories will bring magic and enchantment... find out more

How to Get to The Grange
Getting to The Grange is easy – it’s a direct train ride away from London Waterloo, with a short connecting boat-ride across the Solent.

Feel free to call us at The Grange on: 01983 867 644 if you have any questions and to book any of these creative courses. Alternatively, you can Book Online.   

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