You have probably thought long and hard about booking a painting holiday, that’s why I want to make sure your painting holiday experience meets your needs. You tell me what areas you want to work on and I will tailor make the tuition to suit.
Groups are small and friendly and there is always plenty of individual tuition and plenty of painting demonstrations, showing you different ways to get the results you want.
Some of the things covered are:
* How to look at your subject and gather as much information as possible creating preliminary sketches and notes.
* Perspective and composition
* Colours and colour mixing and value.
* Learn how to work with the drying cycle of paint
………. and no matter what level you are at you will find my simple exercises inspiring and informative.
Watercolours have long been the medium chosen by the traveller and holiday maker, as a flexible and quick drying paint that is also easy to transport.
It is with watercolour paints that I will help you create your own souvenirs of your time spent in the stunning Languedoc region of the Herault. So what are you waiting for?
Before you arrive
I will send you a very brief questionnaire which, on completion will help me assess what your needs might be and start preparing for you before you even set foot in the country.
Typical painting holiday format
When possible I like to meet my new arrivals before we get started, to chat, have a glass of wine and a bite to eat and discuss what your requirements may be. The schedule below is just an outline and will be modified to cover the subjects and techniques that you want.
It’s your holiday
Apart from getting the most from your painting tuition I hope you will also get a great ‘French‘ experience. Maybe it’s your first trip to France or to this region, so both I and the people you will be staying with will help you anyway we can. Flexibility is the name of the game as far as I’m concerned, after all it’s your holiday. It’s also important to know that if you are bringing a non painting partner or family with you , there is plenty for them to do in the nearby area.
Monday – Basic sketching skills will be looked at including the effective use of your pencils, composition, perspective, and how to create a useful sketch book for gathering information. A simple still life will be included to get you warmed up and to assess your needs.
We will take a look at water colour paints and the many ways in which they can be used. This will include a variety of painting techniques, colour mixing, colour values, paint washes and the effective use of your brushes After time to practice you will be able to select your subject to paint either from your own sketches, photographs or learning from one of my own paintings.
Wednesday – At leisure enjoying this beautiful and historic area, which ever way you want to.
Thursday and Friday – We continue with your painting and when you complete one I will be there to help you tackle something more challenging. Now is the time to tell me if there is anything you want to repeat or anything I haven’t covered
Materials and Equipment: You will need to bring your own materials and equipment which you would normally use on a painting session. We will provide lightweight chairs for outdoor excursions, jam jars for water, kitchen roll and drawing boards.
If it’s your first time: You will need to bring a watercolour paint box along with two or three paintbrushes suitable for watercolour painting. Your supplier will advise you. Along with a mixing palette, at least a 2B pencil, sharpener and eraser. You will also need an inexpensive sketch pad at least A4 in size and a watercolour block. If possible this block should be glued and no less than 300 gms in weight, rough or smooth and no less than A4 in size. If you can manage the larger A3 for both of these items than would be great, but baggage allowances may hinder this. For the list I send out to people when they have books. Click here.
Contact me by telephone: 00 33 (0)4 99 57 16 63