Clos Mirabel - AteliersClos MirabelJurançon, South West France

The Wonders of Watercolour
with Elizabeth Baldin

About this course:

Embracing watercolour, from simple tonal sketches to flowing, atmospheric landscapes.

Elizabeth will do painting demonstrations daily both in the studio and on location. The studio work will be aimed at mastering the more basic processes involved in painting in watercolour – colour mixing, controlling washes and the balance of water to pigment. Working from photo references or life to help the students learn in a controlled environment before going out to paint on location where the changing elements can bring additional challenges and frustrations. Her style is loose and impressionistic, capturing light and atmosphere and allowing colours to blend directly on the paper.

Her aim is for students to have a good understanding of watercolours so that they can achieve more predictable results and handle the paint with more confidence. She also wishes to help her students feel comfortable painting en plein air, learning what to select and depict and what to simplify and omit.

She is passionate about helping each artist develop their artistic style at their own pace with sensitive but specific encouragement so that students can go on to improve and continue to progress along their individual artistic journey.

Outline programme:

Guests settle in and explore Clos Mirabel
An introduction to the course by Elizabeth Baldin
Welcome drinks and dinner

Sunday 10am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4pm
Talks and demonstrations on various watercolour techniques.
Painting exercises based on depicting skies and various landscapes.

Monday 10am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4pm
Practise exercises and demonstrations focusing on colour and plein air sketching and painting.
Afternoon sketching and plein air painting around Clos Mirabel.

Tuesday 10am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4pm
Review of sketching and plein air painting around Clos Mirabel and using sketches to paint full size watercolours in the studio.
Afternoon sketching and plein air painting around Clos Mirabel/ full size watercolours in the studio.

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

Day out in Pyrenees
Sketching and plein air painting in local towns and villages.
Lunch at local restaurant or gourmet picnic.

Friday 10am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4pm
Paintings from sketches and photos participants have done from Wednesday and Thursday.
Group (or individual if preferred) review of all work from the week and suggested progression for each participant.

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 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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