Clos MirabelClos MirabelClos MirabelJurançon, South West France

Getting Started in Watercolour with Jude Scott


  • Dates: 19 September 2020 - 26 September 2020

  • 25 hours of tuition per week

  • Level: Beginner/Intermediate

  • Language: English

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

  • Tutor's Fee: 300 euros to be paid directly to the tutor

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 de­mo 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.

Programme outline:
Saturday – Guests settle in and explore Clos Mirabel
Welcome drinks and an introduction chat about thecourse by Jude Scott.
Welcome drinks and dinner

Sunday – 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.
Lunch 12.30-1.30
Siesta or free time in studio till 3.30pm
3.30pm-5.30pm Meet in studio and individual tuition.

Monday –9.30-12.30-Landscape painting en plein air at Clos Mirabel – beginning with a demonstration in pen and wash,
and ‘how to’to achieve depth of field with tone and colour.
After lunch free time to relax or paint in the studio till 3.30 pm.
3.30-5.30 Meet in the studio and work to produce a painting based on the morning’s pen and wash and sketches.

Tuesday – 10-12.30 Day out working en plein air in the mountains, with the large vista looking south
Quick sketches based on observation, straight on to looking at lighting, colour, depth and texture
and the economy of brushwork to get as much information as quickly as possible with individual tuition.
Lunch at a local Auberge
1.30-4pm plein air painting/sketching in the village.

Wednesday – Free day.
Wine tasting in local vineyard, explore Pau or beyond.

Thursday – 9.30-12.30 Students choice of working in the studio or in the grounds of Clos Mirabel.
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.

Friday – 10-3.30pm 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.
3.30 return to get ready for evening exhibition in the double living room of Clos Mirabel.

Saturday – 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 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 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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