Holiday "Art Loft" Aims to Blend Art & Technology for Visitors at Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages

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Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages, has announced its new “Art Loft” for 2014. The Art Loft will provide children of all ages staying in the award-winning cottages a fun place to create a unique souvenir using a blend of traditional art and the latest technology.

Guests at Higher Bowden enjoying painting ceramics & colouring

Guests at Higher Bowden enjoying painting ceramics & colouring

There's something for everyone at Higher Bowden.

Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages, near Dartmouth South Devon, has announced its new “Art Loft” for 2014. The Art Loft will provide children of all ages staying in the award-winning cottages with a fun place to create unique art and craft as a reminder of their holiday. The facility is a unique blend of traditional art and craft combined with the latest technology using smart phones/tablets to transfer images to wood as well as 3D image capture – a first for the holiday cottage industry in the UK.

Some of the activities available in the new art loft include, creating wall murals, painting on beach stones, sketching, jewellery-making, ceramic painting, 3D image capture and a unique nature-art trail.

The Art Loft will be open all day for simple activities (such as crayoning – line drawings provided by Pennywell Farm, a well-known local attraction) but there will be dedicated times throughout the week when expert help will be provided for activities such as creating collages, ceramic painting and using tablet computers to “paint” or capture a picture and transfer to wood. Each week we will have a different “art” theme which will be linked to local events throughout the year such as the Dartmouth comedy Festival, Dart Music festival, Blackawton Worm Charming, Dartmouth Regatta, Agatha Christie week etc. Victoria Benns, a local Artist and art teacher, will be providing expert tuition across a range of techniques.

Higher Bowden owner, Peter Horne, explained further: “We specialise in family holidays so we thought it would be a nice touch to help visiting families create a unique memory of their holiday using local materials. My background is in technology and my wife and I have a strong interest in arts and crafts so blending the two has been a really interesting project. ”

Using tablets to create images which are transferred to wood is really fun for everyone. Children will be able to find an object on the Nature Discovery trail and bring it to the Art Loft to be captured on a tablet and transferred to wood. For fun we even have a 3D scanner (a special version of Microsoft Kinect) which can be used to "scan" a person into a computer and display in a browser or mobile app.

The Art Loft will be available to all visitors staying at Higher Bowden from Easter 2014. Visit Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages South Devon website and our Higher Bowden Facebook page to find out more.

Notes For Editors:

Higher Bowden Holiday Cottages is a complex of thirteen four and five star award-winning luxury holiday cottages near Dartmouth on the South Devon Coast offering all-inclusive holidays with the “Premier Promise.” Higher Bowden specialises in family holidays and has an outstanding range of facilities including indoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, games room, putting green, spa bath, sauna, mini gym as well as goats and guinea pigs. There’s something for everyone at Higher Bowden!

Pennywell Farm is a multi-award winning Farm Activity Park, the biggest in the South West! There’s lots to do and see for the whole family.

Victoria Benns is a local mixed media artist ( & who takes inspiration from the natural environment, in particular the Devon countryside and beaches that surround her home and studio.

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