Clos Mirabel - AteliersClos MirabelJurançon, South West France

Exploring Colour and Depth
with Xavier Micol

Xavier’s art retreat at Clos Mirabel will focus on exercises based on colour perspective, deconstruction, methodology, geometry and balance.

About this course:

Colour is one of the main vectors to self expression and emotion in the field of visual arts. Xavier’s art retreat at Clos Mirabel will focus on exercises based on colour perspective, contrasts, but also deconstruction, methodology, geometry and balance, all of which can be later used as tools in more detailed artworks. The painting and drawing course will not follow academic instruction, that tends to “correct” nature, it will instead focus on emotional and intuitive solutions. In Xavier’s art session, the goal is to make the right choices, to grasp the “true” lines, to magnify the essence of things rather than to render illusionary appearance.

Xavier Micol’s work is based on colour and depth. During this week long painting holiday at Clos Mirabel in Ju­ran­çon Pau S W France, Xavier will use the work of a number of prominent painters in order to generate a climate of uplifting creativity, in which colour plays a huge role. Xavier believes that understanding and foremost exploring practically the artist’s creative process can help develop one’s own artistic expression and find new paths.

Painting holiday programme outline:

Saturday – Guests settle in and explore Clos Mirabel

An introduction to the course by Xavier Micol
Welcome drinks and dinner

Sunday – 10am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4pm

Short presentation of an artist and/or an art movement in the studio, work on specific aspects of the artist’s work, specifically looking at colour, composition and depth
Individual tuition throughout the day

Monday – 10am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4pm

Landscape painting en plein air at Clos Mirabel
Quick sketches based on observation – making the right choices in a composition
Afternoon – studio work from sketches
An evening talk on prominent a landscape artist

Tuesday – 10am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4pm

Day out working en plein air in authentic villages of the Ossau valley
Quick sketches based on observations
Lunch at local Auberge La Perchade or gourmet pick-nick
1.30pm – 4pm plein air painting/sketching in the mountains.

Wednesday – day off

Visit of historical city of Pau, tasting of local products (wine, foie gras, cheese, etc)
Second evening talk on the difference between Eastern and Western landscape composition

Thursday – 10am – 4pm

Studio work from photographs and sketches of the mountains/village
Individual tuition

Friday – 10am – 4pm

Free day of painting at Clos Mirabel, with individual tuition throughout
Working either en plein air, still life, or from our photographs and sketches
Evening exhibition in the double living room of Clos Mirabel

Saturday – Departure day

What you need to bring:

Your tutor will be in touch well before the course with a suggested list of materials.
Clos Mirabel Atelier stocks some basic art supplies that you can purchase and there’s no obligation to bring anything specific.

To save you being overloaded on your flight we can provide the following:

Portable chairs
Drawing boards
Water bottles
White spirit

As for clothing the days are usually warm in the summer time, but it can rain, sometimes for a day or two at a time. So, we recommend a lightweight waterproof coat and perhaps an umbrella to protect your work. The evenings might be a little cooler, so warm pullovers or tops are recommended. Walking shoes are also highly recommended.

We are very happy to welcome non-participating partners: husbands, wives, partners, friends of people who come on one of our courses. We can suggest a wide range of activities in and around Jurançon, Pau and S.W. France to make their stay memorable. Click through to learn more…

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