Clos MirabelClos MirabelClos MirabelJurançon, South West France

Outline Programme and Details

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The following is a typical one weeks painting course itinerary at Clos Mirabel which may be subject to change. According to the weather, we’ll pick the best locations for the day’s painting excursion.

Class­es will be held in the paint­ing stu­dio, the grounds of Clos Mira­bel and on lo­ca­tion in the vil­lages of the Os­sau Val­ley. The stu­dio will be avai­l­able through out the week in­clud­ing evenings.
Class­es start at 10am and fin­ish 12h30 for lunch break. The afternoon session will start at 1h30 an finish at 4pmSun, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri­day. Wed­nes­day is a free day to give you the op­por­tu­ni­ty to vis­it the his­toric town of Pau.

Saturday:
Pick-up at Pau airport or train station. Transport by minibus or car to Clos Mirabel.
Light lunch at Clos Mirabel Manor in the dining room or on the terrace facing the Pyrénées.
Afternoon: settling in; exploring the domain, the gardens and facilities.
Early evening: aperitif, brief welcome from The Clos Mirabel team. Discussion of the week’s activities.
Gourmet dinner: an introduction to local cuisine and encounter with the tutor followed by a discussion on the week’s program.

Sunday:
Buffet breakfast of local and regional specialities.
Painting around the Manor House, with individual tuition.
Lunch at Clos Mirabel on the terrace or in the dining room.
Painting in the park on in the art studio, with individual tuition.
Tea or coffee available at all times.
Early evening: aperitif on the terrace or in the north living room.
Gourmet dinner at Clos Mirabel.
After dinner: Coffee/tea in one of the salons.

Monday:
Buffet breakfast of local and regional specialities.
Transport to the Ossau Valley: visit to authentic villages, churches, wildlife (eagles, vultures, sheep cattle). Short talk on history and local culture.
Plein air sketching and painting, with individual tuition.
Lunch at auberge La Perchade (typical meal from rural Béarn region).
Painting on the motive with individual tuition.
Transport to Clos Mirabel Estate.
Early evening: aperitif on the terrasse or in one of the living rooms.
Gourmet dinner at Clos Mirabel.
After dinner: Coffee/tea in the living room.

Tuesday:
Buffet breakfast of local and regional specialities.
Work on previous day’s impressions, photographs and sketches, with individual tuition in the art studio or on the terrasse.
Lunch at Clos Mirabel.
Painting in the art studio or on the terrasse, with individual tuition.
Tea and coffee available at all times.
Aperitif on the terrasse or in the northern living room.
Gourmet dinner at Clos Mirabel Manor.
After dinner: Coffee/tea and digestives in the main salon.

Wednesday: – (No formal tuition this day)
Buffet breakfast of local and regional specialities
10 am Transport to central Pau
Morning and afternoon: day off. Possibility of sightseeing in the city centre, visiting the Chateau of Henry IV, visiting the Hédas (oldest part of town), les Halles (central market), and shopping for local exquisite products.
5 pm Transport to The Clos Mirabel Estate.

Thursday:
Buffet breakfast of local and regional specialities
Painting at Clos Mirabel, with individual tuition.
Gourmet lunch on the property.
Painting in the art studio, with individual tuition.
Tea and coffee available at all times.
Early evening: aperitif on the terrasse or in the main salon.
Gourmet dinner at Clos Mirabel.
After dinner: Coffee/tea in the main salon.

Friday:
Buffet breakfast of local and regional specialities
Painting in the art studio with individual tuition.
Selecting and hanging of paintings and other works for final exhibition.
Gourmet lunch at Clos Mirabel Manor.
Tea and coffee available at all times.
Discussions and exchange with tutor around the exhibition of the participant’s work.
Aperitif, farewell gourmet dinner
After dinner: Coffee/tea

Saturday:

Buffet breakfast of local and regional specialities
Transport to Pau airport.

We can cater for vegetarians and others with dietary requirements (please tell us in advance).

This is a draft itinerary. It can be altered to suit the weather and the needs and preferences of the group.

What you need to bring:
Your tutor will be in touch well before the course with a suggested list of materials, but we are general keep some basic art supplies at Clos Mirabel that you can purchase and there’s no obligation to bring anything specific. To save you being overloaded on your flight we can provide:

portable chairs
drawing boards
water bottles
white spirit
rags
easels

As for clothing the days are usually warm to hot, 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.

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