Clos MirabelClos MirabelClos MirabelJurançon, South West France

From Figurative to Abstraction with Eban


  • Dates: 20 June 2020 - 27 June 2020

  • 25 hours of tuition per week

  • Level: Beginner/Intermediate

  • Language: English/French

  • Full Board Accommodation: From 1295€ to 1595€ per week based on single occupancy + tuition fee

  • Tutor's Fee: 400 € paid directly to the tutor

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.

Outline programme:
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:

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 to make their stay memorable. Click through to learn more…

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