CAMILLA ENGMAN | ILLUSTRATION, COLLAGE + 3D ART | GOTEBORG, SWEDEN MAY 27 - JUNE 1, 2019
About the trip:
We are so happy to announce that we are going back to Goteborg, Sweden to join Swedish illustrator and exhibiting artist Camilla Engman for a 3-day workshop. There’s something instantly captivating about the minimalist style of her work; creativity in its purest state, meanings are up to your imagination. Her images are whimsical, poignant, humorous and insightful.
Let’s get inspired by the streets of Goteburg, which is home to Michelin-star restaurants, picturesque architecture, renowned galleries and art museums, sophisticated bar culture, and designer shops—Goteburg has made a name for itself as Sweden’s new favorite city.
Our workshop will be held at Konstepidemin, a short walk from our boutique hotel. Konstepidemin is an art and cultural centre featuring unique visual and musical exhibits on the grounds.
During each day of the workshop you will work on a different creative aspect of art involving words that have meaning to you. Camilla will guide you through various processes where you will learn about collage, expanding small pieces of your work into bigger pieces and how to make a zine out of your found and crafted imagery. Everyone will have a focus for each days project and will leave with a better understanding of their personal art visions.
Camilla will also take us to some of her favourite and most inspirational places including the Botanical Garden and The Goteborg Museum of Natural History.
This Ace Camp includes:
3 day Creative Arts workshop with Camilla Engman hosted at Konstepidemin
5 nights accommodation*
Visit to the Goteborg Museum of Natural History
Visit to Goteborg's Botanical Garden
An Ace Camps Canvas Tote Bag
TOUR PRICE + DETAILS:
*Rooms are shared with one other guest.
Group Size: Minimum 8 guests and maximum 11 guests.
Notes: Airfare to Goteborg, Sweden is not included. You will be sent a list of art supplies to bring after registration.
PRICE: $1895 USD
CAMILLA ENGMAN grew up in a small Swedish town named Trollhättan. This is where she began looking at life from a perspective that most of us see only momentarily, and just a few are able to record. Camilla practised her skills at the Dome Art School and later at the School of Design and Craft, Gothenburg University, where she acquired a Master of Fine Arts degree. Often through animals or people, Camilla’s pictures inspire their audience with a wide range of feelings. Her work has a knack of allowing you to grasp a notion without robbing you of your personal interpretation, regardless of whether it’s an acrylic painting, paper-on-paper or mixed media.
She has collaborated with other magic makers, including Karin Eriksson, Maria Vettese and Elizabeth Dunker, and has undertaken some fabulous commissions from the likes of The New York Times, Google and Converse. Engman’s illustrations manage to transmit a whole range of feelings whichever technique she uses, capturing forever a situation from a unique perspective. With her keen eye for finding the extraordinary in the everyday, Camilla documents her inspirations and endeavors on her popular blog.
“I like to work with paper, as an illustrator and painting. Illustration because it involves other people, has a given frame and provides a quick creativity fix (for the junky I am). Painting because I'm free to do whatever I want – I learn a lot about myself, which is always good but not necessarily fun – and it is fun to exhibit. Paper is like lightweight painting, slow and very intuitive...anything can happen.”
Read more about Camilla while listening to her discussion on the podcast with The Jealous Curator - Danielle Krysa
WHERE WE'RE STAYING:
AVALON HOTEL GOTENBURG | Avalon Hotel in the heart of Göteborg is an oasis of inspiration, its central location makes it a perfect meeting place and starting point for shopping, culture, entertainment, nightlife and a busy street life.
Here is a lot of what creates the experience of Avalon. The architecture and location characterize the ambiance to a high degree. We are a feng shui certified hotel where furnishing, light, scent and sound play a major role. That good food and drink is part of an exceptional hotel, for us, goes without saying.
Other things to discover in Goteburg…
ART The Gothenburg Museum of Art is considered to have the world’s best collection of turn-of-the-century Nordic art from famous and familiar names like Edvard Munch, Peder Severin Krøyer, Bruno Liljefors and Anders Zorn. Not many shutterbugs would say no to a visit to the photo exhibitions at the Hasselblad Foundation at Gothenburg Museum of Art, which features both established international photographers as well as young Swedish artists. For more design and art experiences, head to Röda Sten Konsthall for inspiring exhibitions + workshops.
OUTDOORS Take a day trip to the Gothenburg archipelago, you can get to the characteristic granite cliffs and picturesque fishing villages in less than an hour, and the archipelago is easy to reach by ferry, bus or car.
SHOPPING Shop for Gothenburg designs. Local clothing brands, second-hand items and interior furnishing are just some of the many treasures you can find while exploring the city. Another design temple is Tinna, which carries the quintessential Swedish brand Svenskt Tenn, as well as famous designs by Josef Frank and Skultuna. Looking for the more peculiar side of Swedish design? Browse Antikhallarna, Gothenburg’s antique arcade filled with tiny, charming stores bursting with antique jewelry, vintage stamps + china.
FIKA Gothenburg’s first cafe was established around 1770, and today, the city offers several hundred places to partake in a traditional Swedish fika ~a cup of coffee accompanied by a small snack. Take a 'Fika break' in Haga - this charming neighbourhood has a wonderful selection of cafés + small artisan shops. You might like to try a giant cinnamon bun on Haga Nygata.
RELAX To recharge your batteries after all the shopping, fika, and restaurants, spend an afternoon at Hagabadet, an exclusive spa located in the picturesque district Haga. If you prefer nature instead, take a stroll among blossoming flowers and lush trees in the park Trädgårdsföreningen, one of Europe’s most well-preserved parks from the 17th century.
ACE CAMPS will email you when it is time to get your air. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 60 prior to the camp.
Fly - The international airport Landvetter (GOT) is located 20 kilometres south-east of the city centre and you can travel from various destinations in Europa and the world.
Airport transfer - It’s easy to get to and from the airport with the shuttle bus service Flygbussarna and the journey time is between 25 and 30 minutes. Buses leave from right outside the terminal building and the final stop is the main bus station Nils Ericssonterminalen in central Gothenburg. Taxi or rental cars are also available at the airport.
Swedes talk a lot about the weather and Gothenburgers are no exception. If it’s sunny for days, we talk about the incredible weather (Amazing! Or too hot?). If it’s rainy we talk about the terrible downpour (Is it ever stopping?). The weather is always s given icebreaker – so if you are looking to strike up a conversion with a local you can always comment on the weather.
The heat from the Gulf Stream makes the average temperatures in southern Sweden no lower than –2°C in February, rising to +21.1°C in July. On sunny days between May and August temperatures can rise to +30°C in the air and +24°C in the sea and lakes.
ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER
The ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER is a part of your group and are there to look out for your safety, to help resolve issues, and to make sure you get what you want from your vacation. The Tour Leader will make sure that everyone who wants company has it, including dinners when no group meal is scheduled.
They also work with the local guides to insure the right combination of pace, information, and duration - and, well...keep the ball rolling.
DAY ONE - Arrival Day
Make your way to Hotel Flora for check in.
Meet and greet dinner this evening as we get to know your fellow artists + travellers.
DAY TWO - Exploring Collage
Breakfast at the hotel
After breakfast we head to Konstepidemin to meet with Camilla for the first day of our workshop. Camilla will start with a discussion about her process, and work and how we will learn to build inspiration from the landscape around us.
Our project focus today will be about exploring collages.
Lunch - TBD
Mid-afternoon we will take a break from creating to explore the Goteburg Botanical Gardens, one of Europe's largest and most impressive gardens. This is a great place to take photos or do some sketching.
Dinner this evening at one of our favorite restaurants in the city.
DAY THREE - Create your own Zine
Breakfast at the hotel
This morning you will start your day with a focus on creating a multi-page zine. You can use inspiration you collected from the Botanical Gardens or may have sourced walking around the streets of the city (newspapers, magazine clippings etc). You’ll be drawing, painting and layering your process into a completed piece.
Lunch ~ TBD
This afternoon we will visit the Goteburg Museum of Natural History. Founded in 1833, here you will meet everything from ancient fossils, exciting dinosaur skeletons to the most beautiful butterflies. The main attraction is the “Malm Whale”—a large blue whale named after Mr. A.W. Malm, who was working at the museum in October 1865 when a blue whale washed ashore in the Askim Bay nearby.
Dinner this evening is on your own, we will provide you with recommendations, Goteburg is an especially great place to enjoy seafood.
DAY FOUR - How to work large scale
Breakfast at the hotel
We make our way to the studio for our final workshop day with Camilla. Today we will work BIG! We’ll be enlarging photos and sketches and making large scale drawings. You will also have time to continue working on any other aspect of art and collage from the past three days.
Lunch ~ TBD / Dinner this evening is on your own
DAY FIVE - A day to explore Goteburg
Breakfast at the hotel
Free Day to explore Goteborg - head out to the shops, visit thrift stores or venture to a museum. We can discuss the possibilities with Camilla and you can spend the day with others or on your own - should you wish.
In the early evening, we will head to the studio for a group exhibit of our work, cocktails and final dinner together. (This is always a fun night!)
DAY SIX - Departure Day
Breakfast at the hotel
This morning we say our final goodbyes and head on our way.