At 7am on a Friday morning in July, twenty-five excited Habs girls stood, hot chocolates in hand, at Paddington Station, ready to set off on a long journey to Penzance, Cornwall.

We got stuck right in as soon as we arrived, stopping first at the Penlee Gallery, where we viewed traditional Cornish art. It was a brilliant start to the trip as we really began to get inspired. After a scenic walk down to Penzance Harbour, we sketched some more and then went back to the YHA to unpack and unwind.

The next day for most was by far the most memorable. We spent the day in St. Ives. The day was action-packed as not only did we see the St. Ives Modern Art and Patrick Heron exhibitions at the Tate, we also had the opportunity to sketch in the beautiful Barbara Hepworth sculpture garden. To add to that we spent the afternoon on the beach sketching whilst listening to the England v Sweden game in the quarter finals of the World Cup. The evening was spent enjoying the town and having some interesting experiences with seagulls and fish and chips!

On day three we got the chance to work with artist Mark Spray and were introduced to his unique ideas and concepts. This really helped us get out of our comfort zones and try something different to what we would usually do.

After such an educational, creative and overall fantastic weekend, we were all sad to say goodbye to Penzance, but we still had one thing left to do; we went to the impressive Treemenheere Sculpture Park and got a fabulous guided tour of the James Turrell Skyspace which was a truly breathtaking experience. Overall the trip was a huge success and all the girls would like to thank everyone involved in organising such a valuable and superb trip.

(Maha U5)