Art Safari painting holidays & creative adventures to Jersey in the Channel Islands
A zoo in my sketchbook
7 – 13 August 2017
With artist tutor Mark Boyd
This is our second Art Safari to Jersey based at the Durrell Conservation Trust, a tranquil 32 acre haven of woodlands, lakes and water gardens and specially created habitats.
Golden Lion tamarinds play in the woods and flamingos wade in the lakes which surround the 18th Century granite manor, familiar to many through Gerald Durrell’s numerous books.
Conservationists from all over the world have studied the theory and practice of conserving endangered species here. Artists have worked alongside them. It is an exciting and free environment to paint in.
Lee McGeorge Durrell, Gerald Durrell’s wife, who still lives in the park, was thrilled to hear that Art Safari is painting at The Durrell.
We spend relaxed days in the park, sketching the animals, working on observational techniques and speed drawing. We wander back to our onsite accommodation when we need to put our feet up in the tranquil garden of the Durrell Hostel or Camp (you can choose to stay in a luxury pod if you’d like to!). Lemurs can be heard calling, their enclosure is right next door to us. Red squirrels and black caps are often in the garden. In the park, other visitors come and go, while we continue our days of sketching and painting. The Durrell is open from 09:30 until 18:00 every day.
There is something unique about island life – it’s not just the relationships that The Durrell has with other unique islands around the world (areas that we visit with Art Safari such as Madagascar and The Galapagos) – there’s a timeless quality to Jersey’s lanes, villages and coastline. On Jersey you’re never quite sure which country you’re in, it’s a holiday island and very European – “une glace s’il vous plait!”.
During our days on Jersey we also explore the coastal landscapes of Jersey, dramatic cliffs on the north coast and sweeping sands on the south coast. The park is only a 10 minute walk from beautiful coastal cliff paths and various pubs are nearby. There is a bus stop at the entrance. Taking the whizzy buses, we plan to paint the rugged Corbière lighthouse, Mont Orgueil Castle overlooking the Royal Bay of Grouville and picturesque St Aubin’s Harbour.
Our carefree accommodation is at the Durrell Hostel. It’s a traditional Jersey farmhouse which is located in the north western corner of the wildlife park. If you prefer you can upgrade to a luxury ‘glamping’ Pods (subject to availability) which are en suite and overlook Lemur Island – ask us for details.
From the Durrell Hostel (where I’m staying in a sunny attic room) I wake each morning to the sounds from the wildlife outside – the blue cranes often start up a clattering racket, then the lemurs get all excited. The European summer background of garden birds’ chorus is in full swing too of course – this is a black cap that feeds on the exotic plants in front of the house – Art Safari July 2015
Price per person sharing from: from only £680
Single room supplement: from £180
Price includes: Accommodation in twin room at the Durrell Hostel (not en-suite), self-service continental breakfast, all art tuition and guiding, daily entry to Durrell Wildlife Park during opening hours, 1 x late night zoo pass, group transfers during tour by bus & taxi.
Durrell Hostel Price excludes: Flights or ferry, lunches & suppers, drinks, entry fees other than at Durrell, art materials and personal expenses.
Book your own flights with Easyjet from London Gatwick and Southend, or you can travel by Ferry from Poole or Weymouth (not included).
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