Clos Mirabel - AteliersClos MirabelJurançon, South West France

Light and Atmosphere
with Jenny Aitken

Jenny Aitken is a full time painter and writes regularly for The Artist Magazine. She works in oils and acrylics. In her creative process, the portrayal of the experience of a place inspires her. She suggests memory and associated thoughts are as important as shapes and colours. Emphasis is put on capturing movement, light and texture.

About this course:

Jenny Aitken’s work is based on light and atmosphere. During this week long painting holiday at Clos Mirabel in Ju­ran­çon Pau S W France, she will guide you to finding the best paths to capture these elements and provide you with the necessary tools and techniques to achieve your personal goals.

Painting holiday programme outline:
Saturday – Guests settle in and explore Clos Mirabel
An introduction to the course and demonstration by Jenny Aitken
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 – 12.30, 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, with the large vista looking south
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
1.30pm – 4pm plein air painting/sketching in the village.

Wednesday – day off
Wine tasting in local vineyard

Thursday – 10am – 4pm
Studio work from photographs and sketches of the mountains/village
Demonstration, followed by individual tutoring

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 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

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 in and around Jurançon, Pau and S.W. France to make their stay memorable. Click through to learn more…

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