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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
Introductory chat about the course by Xavier Micol
Welcome drinks and dinner

Sunday
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 12.30 Short presentation on 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
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
2.00 – 4.00 Studio sessions and Individual tuition throughout the day
7.30 – Aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Monday
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 12.30 Landscape painting en plein air at Clos Mirabel. Quick sketches based on observation – making the right choices in a composition
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
2.00 – 4.00 Afternoon – studio work from sketches
6.00 – 7.00 An evening talk on a prominent landscape artist
7.30 – Aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Tuesday
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 12.30 Day out working en plein air in the Pyrenees mountains, quick sketches based on observations
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at a local Auberge
2.00 – 4.00 Plein air painting/sketching in the authentic villages of the Ossau valley
7.30 – Aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Wednesday – Free day
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 5.00 Free time – wine tasting in local vineyard, explore Pau or beyond
5.30 – 6.30 Evening talk on the difference between Eastern and Western landscape composition

Thursday
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 12.30 Studio work from photographs and sketches of the mountains/village with Individual tuition
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
2.00 – 4.00 Studio work from photographs and sketches of the mountains/village with Individual tuition
7.30 – Aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Friday
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 12.30 Free day of painting at Clos Mirabel, with individual tuition throughout, working either en plein air, still life, or from our photographs and sketches
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
2.00 – 4.00 Free day of painting at Clos Mirabel, with individual tuition throughout, working either en plein air, still life, or from our photographs and sketches
7.00 – Evening exhibition in the double living room of Clos Mirabel.
7.30 – Aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Saturday – Buffet Breakfast and departure

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
Rags
Easels

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-painting participants, 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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