Grand Cayman – Experienced and beginning sketch artists will find artistic inspiration and the perfect way to relax at Cotton Tree, the Cayman Islands’ first boutique cottage hotel, where on-site classes led by a local artist provide a picturesque instructional brush-up amid the beauty of Cotton Tree’s lush gardens on the Caribbean Sea.
Sketch classes at Cotton Tree include all materials and instruction from professional local artist John Broad, a West Bay artist born in England, educated at the Edinburgh College of Art, and a resident of Grand Cayman. Broad has held many successful shows and is perhaps best known for “Speed Painting,” where he paints a scene on site. Under his expert guidance, sketchers will receive instruction in drawing skills and a demonstration of the artist’s materials including pencils and water brushes. Classes are conducted at various points of interest throughout the property where the verdant gardens, jewel-toned Caribbean seas and the architectural details of the hotel’s collection of pastel-hued Caribbean cottages serve to inspire and stir the creative senses. There is also the opportunity to practice Still Life drawing using objects found on Cotton Tree’s natural beach and in the gardens. Self-critique and discussion, as well as suggestions for development and practice points conclude every session. Visiting sketchers are given their own sketchbook to take home as a keepsake of their experience and as a memento of their time at Cotton Tree.
Sketch classes are two to four hours in length and cost US $85.00 per person, per hour. Classes are available year-round with the exception of September, and subject to instructor availability. All materials are provided.
Combining your artistic retreat with a stay at Cotton Tree allows you to enjoy:
– Upscale accommodation in a Caymanian-inspired beach cottage, each featuring comfortable living spaces, spa bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, plasma TVs, and complimentary Wi-Fi, local calls, and daily housekeeping services;
– Soothing spa treatments given in open-air pavilions surrounded by seagrape trees and perfumed with a fragrant infusion of island scents and wafts of calming ocean breezes;
– A pre-stocked selection of regular and decaffeinated coffee, bottled water, tea, milk, sugar, orange juice, and assorted cereals);
– Access to and the use of a swimming pool; fitness center, yoga, and bicycles; a media library of books, music and DVDs; recreational activities including water sports, hiking, biking, and bird-watching; cultural diversions, on-site art and culinary classes; and
– Round-trip airport transfers.
Concierge services are also available to guests seeking to customize a personalized vacation, as are in-cottage catering and sommelier services, as well as wedding and business services.
US rates start at $330.00 per night, excluding 10% in government tax.
For more information about Cotton Tree or to make a reservation, visit www.caymancottontree.com
About Cotton Tree:
The Cayman Islands’ new luxury hideaway, Cotton Tree, on the northernmost point of Grand Cayman (just 10 minutes from the famed Seven Mile Beach), beautifully evokes the spirit of the Cayman Islands with its pastel-hued, plantation-style cottages just steps from the Caribbean Sea and lush garden setting of tropical flowers and avocado, guava, mango and cotton trees for which the hotel was named. Owner Heather Lockington, a global traveler who was born in the Cayman Islands, built her dream property in West Bay, creating an authentic haven where guests could embrace Caymanian heritage. Four 1,600 square foot two-bedroom beachfront cottages resemble fully equipped houses featuring “Caribbean chic” decor, classic contemporary furnishings, French doors overlooking the sea, plasma TVs, state-of-the-art Kitchen Aid appliances, and more. Additional amenities include a freshwater swimming pool, fitness center and yoga and spa pavilions nestled among seagrape trees, perfect for a sunset massage. A personal chef can whip up gourmet meals accompanied by wines chosen by a sommelier, or Cotton Tree is a quick drive to Grand Cayman’s best restaurants. Hotel services such as a reception/concierge, bellhop, housekeeping and turndown on request are also featured.
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