Eban is a French-Vietnamese artist, specialising in watercolour with a unique style, uniting the crafts of ancient Asian custom with European Beaux-Arts tradition.
About this course:
Watercolour is like writing with a brush on paper expressing the emotion that lives within us at every moment. Eban’s vision of watercolour is close to a lyrical abstract expression that gives priority to feelings, spontaneity and freedom of gesture.
During this workshop, Eban will guide you through a creative work path where the objective is to transcribe brief sensations that arise in the present moment. Emphasis is given to intuition and chance, led by the work of composition and colour harmony.
Through a mixture of lightness and gently flowing instruction, Eban moves towards more personalised work which gives you an opportunity to experience the unfolding and deepening of your own creativity during this full week-long painting course at Clos Mirabel, Pau, SW France.
Saturday – Guests settle in and explore Clos Mirabel
An introduction to the course by Eban
Welcome drinks and dinner
Sunday – 10am-12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4pm
Landscape painting in the studio, from photographs, specifically looking at colour, composition, tone and brushwork
Short demonstration which students then work from. Individual tuition throughout the day
Monday – 10am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4pm
Landscape painting en plein air at Clos Mirabel – beginning with a demonstration
Quick sketches based on observation – looking at the difference in colour, how to achieve painterly depth
Afternoon – studio work from sketches
An evening talk on prominent local landscape artists
Tuesday – 10am – 12.30pm
Day out working en plein air in the mountains
Quick sketches based on observations, followed by lighting, colour, depth and texture
and the economy of brushwork to get as much information as quickly as possible.
Lunch at local Auberge La Perchade
1.30-4pm plein air painting/sketching in the village.
Wednesday – day off
Wine tasting in local Jurancon vineyard
Thursday – 10am – 4pm
Studio work from photographs and sketches of the mountains/village
Demonstration, followed by 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 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:
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 to make their stay memorable. Click through to learn more…