Rich Multi Media illustration

The theme for the Nature workshop is based on the immediate environment here at Sweet Nothings, where you will find plenty to whet your creative appetite! There will be much to draw inspiration from with the resident horse, donkey, cats, chickens and terrier; not to mention wild birds, an orchard, vineyard and woodland. We will also visit the stunning nature reserve that is a turquoise lake at Guizengeard, where rare birds and a completely different landscape dominate the area just 3km away!

You will be encouraged to focus on (but not copy) a single image/theme (from a photo or sketch) and to create a visible link within your work, by using and experimenting with mixed media, such as paint, pastel, ink or even collage and print. What you choose to select or highlight and how you deliver your composition will provide your own personal expression within your work.

As you develop as an artist, so will your own style. Other drawings in your series should contain a common thread which links each piece with the others and yet shows diversity of approach.

The hand, the eye and the experience of the artist will automatically change the look of the work. In these sessions we are not looking to copy nature or to produce technically accurate representations of historic buildings, but rather to interpret what you observe and develop work that is personal to you. The aim is for you to develop as an artist and continue to use some of the techniques you have experienced, in your future work.

The itinerary is planned so that you have plenty of time to relax and reflect as well as make art. You can work as much or as little as you like, I will be on hand to provide individual encouragement and support as you wish.

Timetable

Sunday
Arrival, airport pick-up. Welcome and evening meal. Introduction, expectations discussed and timetables given.

Monday
8.30 – Breakfast
10-12 – Visit to Chalais Market and local Brocante.
12.30 – Light lunch, free time.
2pm – Trip to Guizengeard Nature reserve and turquoise lake; collect inspiration through sketching / photography.
4pm – Return to Sweet Nothings for tea and cake.
4.30pm – follow-up work from trip.
6pm - Aperitif in the garden.
7.30pm – Evening meal.

Tuesday
8.30 – Breakfast
10-12 – Drawing workshop.
12.30 – Light lunch, free time.
2pm – Drawing workshop
4pm – Tea and biscuits/cake.
4.30pm – optional further drawing time, or free time.
6pm – Aperitif in the garden.
7.30pm – Evening meal.

Wednesday
8.30 – Breakfast
10-12 – Drawing workshop.
12.30 – Light lunch, free time, optional walk.
2.30pm – Drawing workshop
4pm – Tea and biscuits/cake.
4.30pm – optional further drawing time, or free time.
6pm – Aperitif in the garden.
7.30pm – Evening meal.

Thursday
8.30 – Breakfast
10 – 4 Trip to Aubeterre or Saint Emilion.
6pm – Aperitif in the garden.
7.30pm – Evening meal.

Friday
8.30 – Breakfast
10-12 – Drawing workshop.
12.30 – Light lunch, free time, optional walk.
2.30pm – Drawing workshop
4pm – Tea and biscuits/cake.
4.30pm – optional further drawing time, or free time.
6pm - Aperitif in the garden.
7.30pm – Evening meal and vinyl night.

Saturday
Breakfast or brunch, goodbyes and transfer to airport.

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