"We are now in the mountains and they are in us... making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us. Our flesh-and-bone tabernacle seems transparent as glass to the beauty about us, as if truly an inseparable part of it, thrilling with the air and trees, streams and rocks, in the waves of the sun, - a part of all nature, neither old nor young, sick nor well, but immortal... In this newness of life we seem to have been so always" (John Muir 1911)
The Wirral Peninsula and the Cheshire Plain form a rich and diverse landscape. From cliffs to forests, rivers to plains we’ve created diverse experiences
At RAW-i we believe that in order to get the best from any student groups need to be kept small. That is why we only have a maximum of 6 students per experience.
Wendy is a practising artist with over 25 years experience in the ‘business’, teaching at university, colleges and schools. Robin is a qualified teacher with over 15 years experience of running field trips, DofE expeditions as well as leading and guiding walking groups.
Immersion & Involvement
Each particular landscape will focus on a particular artistic discipline (form, shadow, tone, shape, tint) whilst doing direct observation.
Wendy nurtures each participant with care as to develop their individual skills. Participants are encouraged and gain in confidence when observing and representing the landscape that they are immersed in.
Before & After
Unlike many Art courses, our Local RAW Involvement programmes provide participants with pre and post session support, to make the most of each visited landscape.
At RAW-i Studios we have developed a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to allow participants to securely and safely communicate with Wendy and to access high quality bespoke learning materials.
We aim to run the LRI sessions all year round. Our landscapes are forever changing throughout the year. From balmy summer days to flasks of hot chocolate in the late Autumn.
Into the Local Landscapes
Place and Space
Walking in the Canopy
Nestled within the stands of sitka spruce, larch and pine stand elegant beech and mighty oak. Shadows dance and the light plays games. Tones and tints, subtle patterns. Through crunching leaves, fallen acorns and pine cones we tread and watch.
From a natural outcrop high above the extensive Cheshire plain the wind and rain has carved the shape and form of this jurassic bastion. Clambering up the slopes to where the Peregrine soar the colours and patterns of land and sky become obvious.
With the ancient unprotected cliffs of boulder clay revealing their ice age secrets after each storm this place is a treasure trove for the budding artist. With every new tide – patterns and texture changes.