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Getting Started in Watercolour
with Jude Scott

 


Join international artist Jude Scott at Clos Mirabel in S.W France for a week long painting retreat exploring watercolour.


About this course:

On this painting holiday course you will experience top­ics such as the im­por­tance of tone, com­po­si­tion, colour and colour mix­ing, gett­ing the best re­sults from your brush­es with some in­ven­tive mark mak­ing for loose flo­ral in­spired work.
Jude will de­monstrate land­s­capes en plein air and look at the foun­da­tions of what makes a great land­s­cape and how to de­mys­ti­fy the pro­cess of achiev­ing the all im­por­tant, fore­ground, mid­dle ground and back­ground.

Painting holiday programme outline:

Saturday
Guests settle in and explore Clos Mirabel
Introductory chat about the course by Jude Scott
Welcome drinks and dinner

Sunday
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
9.30 – 12.30 Painting in the studio, starting with some warm up exercises, brushwork and techniques, specifically looking at colour, composition, and tone. Demonstrations then students then work from images supplied
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
1.30 – 3.30 Siesta or free time in studio
3.30 – 5.30 Meet in studio and individual tuition
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
9.30 – 12.30 Landscape painting en plein air at Clos Mirabel – beginning with a demonstration in pen and wash, and ‘how to’ achieve depth of field with tone and colour
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
1.30 – 3.30 Free time to relax or paint in the studio
3.30 – 5.30 Meet in the studio and work to produce a painting based on the morning’s pen and wash and sketches
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, with the large vista looking south. Quick sketches based on observation, straight on to looking at lighting, colour, depth, texture and the economy of brushwork to get as much information as quickly as possible with individual tuition.
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at a local Auberge
1.30 – 4.00 Plein air painting/sketching in the village
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
Wine tasting in local vineyard, explore Pau or beyond

Thursday
8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
9.30- 12.30 Students choice of working in the studio or in the grounds of Clos Mirabel
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
1.30 – 3.30 Demonstration followed by studio work from students own photographs and sketches of the mountains/village Individual tuition
3.30 – 5.30 Works critiqued and readied for the exhibition on Friday evening
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 – Ju­ran­çon Market day – Great opportunity for some pen and wash and sketches of the people, the hustle and bustle activity of the markets, or simply relax and or shop.
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
3.30 – Return to get ready for 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 Atlelier 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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