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Paint Your Bliss! Painting in the French Pyrenees with Kat O’Connor


This class will encourage you to paint what inspires you. Focusing on elements of the environment at hand – landscape, architecture, food, culture, colour – we will create not just finished paintings but a library of source information for future development.


About this course:

This class is designed to help you get the most out of painting while traveling. Certain things peak each painter’s interest: Mountains in the distance, a garden, or a bowl of fruit. Students will choose their subject matter at Clos Mirabel or our painting site and Kat will work with each person individually to help them get the most out of their painting time. Group discussions and exercises will focus on finding dynamic compositions that best describe your unique experience of a particular location.

In case of inclement weather, we will work in the studio. Otherwise, students will choose their own subject matter and Kat will work with them individually to help them create a dynamic record of their trip through painting and drawing.

Saturday

4.00 – Check-in time from 4pm onwards. Guests arrive, settle in and explore Clos Mirabel
6.30 – Welcome drinks and dinner

Sunday

8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 12.45 Immerse yourself in the environment of Clos Mirabel. Working around the grounds, we will create sketches and colour studies to build a groundwork for more developed paintings. Discussion of how to create an interesting composition
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
2.30 – 4.30 Studio discussion of sketches with a focus on dynamic compositions. Quick paintings of 2 favorites
6.30 – 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
10.00 – 12.45 What to paint? Selecting the best options for on-site work, and accumulating information for paintings created after the trip
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
2.30 – 4.30 On-site painting
6.30 – 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 – 1.00 Day out working en plein air in the mountains (Plateau du Benou)
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch at local Auberge
2.00 – 4.30 Plein air painting/sketching near the village of Castet
6.30 – Aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Wednesday – day off

8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
We suggest wine tasting in local vineyard, explore Pau or beyond
6.30 – Aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Thursday

8.30 – 9.30 Buffet breakfast of local and regional produce
10.00 – 12.45 Group critique. On-site or in studio painting and discussion of final work
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
2.00 – 4.30 Begin final painting or series, on-site or in the studio
6.30 – 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 – 12.45 Work on final painting series, on-site or in the studio
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch at Clos Mirabel
2.00 – 4.30 Complete final paintings
6.30 – Evening exhibition in the studio and aperitifs before 4 course dinner in the Manor House or on the terrace

Saturday – Buffet Breakfast and departure (Check-out 11am)

Non-painting guests: we are more than happy to welcome non-painting guests, accompanying partners, family or friends. There are plenty of activities to experience around Clos Mirabel, that will make your holiday unforgettable Click here for more information.

The Art Studio, full of natural light was designed by our Italian architect and offers a spacious open plan layout of 75 m2. It is available at all times during your stay. Click here for more information.


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