ART IN VINSOBRES
Jane and Tutor Ray Hedger offer the opportunity to learn both new techniques and development of skills in a variety of media in exciting and stimulating ways. Ray's website, www.hedger-art.com provides a vivid description of his art and background. He is a very experienced artist and teacher as indicated on his website. He is well known for helping artists, whether amateur or professional, to pursue their own work. He offers technical, aesthetic, sympathetic help in all aspects of oil, water colour, or drawing mediums according to need. You can be a beginner or advanced, but you will always find yourself better and more confident by the end of the stay. We will be working in the villages and the surrounding countryside, or studio, if the weather is bad. Ray's two dates so far are the 9th to 16 September and the 25th March week in 2018. Please see below for his programme
Jane offers a week of fun and surprises, including the chance to print, using her press and screen-printing equipment. A former pupil of Ray's, drawing and painting underpin her teaching in other media but, she has developed her own, unique style of making art a lot of fun. People lose their fear of failure by engaging in group projects where inhibitions cannot survive. Jane's courses are available on request throughout the year.
Ray, with his quiet and patient approach offers support at all levels to those who want to make progress in their practice, whether it be painting or drawing, in various media. With either teacher you will find yourself more confident and competent by the end of the week, having improved the skills you had and even acquired some new ones! His courses are available on certain dates throughout the year either residential or on a daily basis.
'PLAYING AT ART'
Jane Henriques is a printmaker/artist with a BA(Hons) degree in Drawing and Applied Art from the University of the West of England and a post-graduate diploma in life drawing from the University of Barcelona. Her re-entry into higher education followed a career as an academic, photo-journalist and film maker. All this put firmly behind her she now has fun with art. Having lived previously in Ceret on the side of the Pyrenees, where she offered "Playing at Art" sessions with both adults and children in her studio, Atelier la Poule Bottee ( " Chick in Boots - see her Facebook page ) she and her Chicken have now relocated, along with Patrick Heffron to Vinsobres in the Drome Provencal to a beautiful updated 17th Century house with glorious views .
Jane's style of teaching, while playful, has serious intent - to liberate the creative spirit which she believes can be trapped in both those who consider themselves to be artists and those who do not. Above all she aims to make it enjoyable and sociable, while encouraging careful observation and experimentation with different media, both classical and absurd. Pencils, brushes and soldering irons may be the appropriate tools, paper, fabric and camping mattresses the perfect supports.
Included in the programme will be visits, guided by Patrick and Jane to St Remy de Provence, to enter Van Gogh's world and Les Baux, where each year there are new and exquisite art 'experiences' in the magnificent ancient stone quarries, a sound and light show of some magnitude. We can also offer visits to vineyards, olive mills, lavender distilleries, truffle farms and our local herb expert where there will always be opportunities to sketch and paint the environment. For a small extra charge the opportunity is available to visit the Luberon and the famous villages of Gordes and Roussillon, the latter being a particular favourite of Patrick's. PLEASE note for partners who would prefer some walking or biking at times in the week Patrick will arrange that.
PRICE...E750 for a week, 7 nights on B and B basis with 3 evening meals and 5 picnics included. Transfers from Orange, all local transport, visits where described in the programme. Not included are some art materials which Jane will explain to prospective clients.
Sample programme for Jane's week.
Saturday - Transfers arranged from Orange ( link from Marseille Airport) on request from 2pm. Avignon transfers, TGV or Airport on request and at extra charge of E50 per head.
On arrival in the accommodation, after settling in , we provide a thorough briefing of the week ahead before settling down to supper at the house on the terrace or terrace garden.
Sunday - am. After breakfast on our sunny terrace overlooking the village and the surrounding hills, we walk with sketch book and paints through Vinsobres and its wonderful environment. Time now for a picnic lunch at the house, wine included of course! pm..Playing at art - surprise !!!...3 to 5pm. Then free to enjoy the pool, take a walk or bike ride with Patrick or just explore. There are lovely walks through the vineyards and lavender fields from the house.Dinner is not provided this evening but we provide transport to a delightful local restaurant.
Monday - The theme is designing for printing on paper or fabric but may well include collagraphy, wood or lino cuts and other methods. Picnic lunch at the house and rest before continuing. Hours are flexible ..9 to 12 and 2 to 5pm but much depends on the activity...
Tuesday - Drawing is understanding...with visits to two delightful hilltop villages to paint and draw. Lunch will be in a restaurant in Villedieu . Please allow E20 for this meal.
Wednesday - A day of screen printing, using sketches from the day before. We finish the day with some wine tasting in one of the 13 wine caves in and around the village...not all of them! Supper at the house tonight in the terrace garden.
Thursday - Its Nyons market day, full of colour and life and an opportunity to sketch, paint or take photographs. Clients have the opportunity to buy their own food for a picnic lunch which we will take back to the house for lunch. Time now for a relaxing break by the pool before driving back to Nyons to visit an Olive Mill and then a guided tour to the lavender distillery. Here try the lavender ice cream! Supper in the garden this evening.
Friday..An early start today as there is a lot to see in St Remy de Provence and Les Baux de Provence. The drive takes about 1hr30 but it is well worth it. First a visit to the Mausole hospital where Van Gogh spent a troubled year and completed 100 paintings. From the entrance a shaded path with copies of his work to left and right set among flowers and bushes superbly leads to a very moving statue of the man.
From there entry is made first to the church and then the main building via cloisters.From the shop stairs lead to his bedroom , recontructed, and the site of the electric shock treatment he had..Outside a most lovely garden, particularly in june and early July , with lavender in bloom, again provides great views of the building itself. Time to stroll in the outer garden area and see exactly where and what he painted...
Lunch in St Remy itself in a quite famous restaurant which we will subsidise to a degree. Then it's on to Les Baux in about 15 minutes drive . Avoiding the crowds we drive straight to the site of the Cathedral des Images for the most amazing light and sound ' show'...Each year a different artist or artists figure. Depart via a series of views over the valley to Les Baux and back to Vinsobres. Its been a long day so this evening we provide a light supper in the garden and a chance to discuss the week with Jane.
Saturday..Depart after breakfast for return destinations.
Bon Voyage and I hope that you have enjoyed your immersion in this varied part of Provence.Please note that if you arrange your onward travel for the late afternoon then there is plenty of time to enjoy Avignon. However we would recommend that you consider perhaps extending your stay for a further night in Avignon as there is a guided tour in English on the Saturday afternoon only. It normally starts at 2.30pm..We can arrange all this for you and add it to your bill.
RAY HEDGER PROGRAMME
Rays' programme is very flexible but each day starts at 10am with a demonstration and concludes at about 4pm with a good break at lunchtime of course. The days are designed to be flexible and may change according to the weather.You are encouraged to use whatever medium suits you. You will be able to call on Ray at any time during the week for advice and personal guidance.
Saturday..Arrive and settle in. Time for a relaxing swim before we meet over an aperitif to discuss the week and what you would like to do.
Sunday. Demonstration of drawing using water soluble pencils and the development of sketch books.
Monday. Drawing with colour and other similar techniques.
Tuesday. Demonstration of oil painting in the landscape in the morning. The afternoon free to relax or continue with own works.
Wednesday. A very flexible day designed to encourage personal development with Ray at hand to advise if necessary.
Thursday. Nyons provencal market is a must this morning with opportunities to paint, sketch, photograph..and time to join Ray at the 12th Century bridge and a demonstration of watercolour painting down by the river. Picnic lunch organised at home with a rest before we drive to a local hilltop village to capture in various mediums the flavour of Provence.
Friday. The day will be devoted to individual interests with demonstrations as and when. We finish the day with a mini exhibition of the weeks' efforts.
Saturday. Depart after breakfast for Orange Rail Station with direct rail link to Marseille Airport or Avignon TGV Station .
Please note that prices, travel, accommodation and meals are as for Jane's Art Week..
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