Creating Art surrounded by Nature

Combine your holiday with an arts workshop! The meditative force of mosaic making or playing Finnish national instrument kantele are good remedies against stress. Spend a weekend painting with watercolours. Try your skills in making Karelian pasties, in Rune Singing or creating art out of natural materials from Suursaari – a wonderful memento of your holidays.
Workshops for adults, Children and families.

Creating Art surrounded by Nature is among Finland’s top Cultural Tourism products. Authentic Culture Experience 2016 by VisitFinland.’
Our Villa Raita is among Finland’s top Finrelax Tourism products. “Wellbeing from water and forest  – all there for you"

The workshops and courses are held at Raita cottage or in Koivuniemi (mosaics).

Journey to Sources of Creativity

Open all senses to the nature, explore small details, look out for and collect treasures to create environmental art. What does the wind look like, how does it feel and smell? Stones and driftwood smoothened by water tell their own tales. Collect treasures of the nature to make your piece of art that you can photograph, sketch, take with you... A personal work of art is like an amulet that takes one back to true nature.

Practical art from the nature  – a feast for the eyes for children and adults alike. A three-hour excursion into natural and environmental art, led by artist and designer Liisi Vuorjoki.

Liisi Vuorjoki is a diversified artist, who creates art out of natural and recycled materials. Unexpected features and bold colours are characteristic of her work.

The package contains: tuition and materials

 Fee: 50 euros p. p.; minimum 4

Tutor: Liisi Vuorjoki, artist and designer

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Watercolour Weekend

On this course, everyone can paint! Spend a weekend painting with watercolours at Raita cottage!

On the watercolour painting course at Raita you paint in the midst of the nature, under the tuition of a professional. You get acquainted with the equipment and various techniques of watercolour painting. You can combine watercolours with pencil, felt-tip pen or charcoal drawing.

Motives are provided by the surrounding nature. For landscape painting, you learn about the impact of light on colours and shades. The idea is not to produce photographic paintings, but to concentrate on finding a relaxed approach and the individual art of painting for each participant.

The package contains: a weekend in Raita cottage in double rooms, tuition and materials

Fee: 277 euros p. p.; minimum 4, maximum 6 participants.

Tutor: Auli Partio, MA, Fine Arts

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Auli Partio is an artist known for hand-painted silk scarves, including some with Kalevala motives. She works in a former cow shed that she has converted into a studio. Join her autumn-time "Walks of Art" to explore recycled art.

A Day Creating Mosaic

The mosaic workshop in Koivuniemi is targeted at grown-up participants. During the eight-hour course you learn how to create mosaics. The meditative force of mosaic making is a good remedy against stress.

The package contains: tuition, materials, coffee/tea and a meal

Fee: 180 euros p. p., minimum 2 participants. (Koivuniemi)

Tutors: Riitta und Patrick Ward

For information: info(at)

Patric Ward is an Irish-born artist, who discovered his great talent in mosaic-making after moving to Finland. His favourite motives are the Finnish nature and animals. He, too, excels in the use of recycled materials and in creating landscapes.

Mosaic for the Whole Family

At the mosaic workshop for families at Koivuniemi we make simple mosaics: pictures, pot mats and decorative balls. In the three-hour session, families can create art together and enjoy a coffee and refreshment break. Get in touch to fix a date that suits your holiday plans best.

The package contains: tuition, materials, coffee/tea/cold drink and pastry.

Fee: 50 euros p. p., minimum 4 participants.

Tutors: Riitta und Patrick Ward

For information: info(at)

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