The Fun Art Week
Welcome to a week of enjoyable art in so many forms. Jane Henriques will provide a variety of art activities with the emphasis on learning new techniques, using many different materiels and also enjoying this part of Provence.In addition we are offering a special week of painting and drawing in September to be run by Ray Hedger , an expert professional artist and teacher. This week is for both the amateur and 'professional' and Ray's approach is both sympathetic and very professional and you will always find yourself better and more confident by the end of the week. The price will be the same as for the FUN Art week..Final date to be announced very shortly.
Jane and her horse
Jane Henriques is a printmaker/artist witha 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 (see Facebook page ), she and her Chicken have now relocated, along with Patrick Heffron to Vinsobres in the Drome provencal to a beautiful updated 18th 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. Guest artists, including print makers will be invited to teach their own skills to those clients who wish to enrol in their day courses.
Included in the Art programme will be day or half day 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. We can also offer for small extra charge the opportunity to visit the Luberon and the famous villages of Gordes and Roussillon, the latter being a particular favourite of Patrick. 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 materiels which Jane will explain to prospective clients.
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. A walk with sketch book and paints to savour Vinsobres and its wonderful environment followed by picnic lunch at the house. 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.
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 . A day of Screen Printing ,,finishing off with wine tasting in one of a number of wineries in the village.
Wednesday - Drawing is understanding...Later on visits to two delightful hilltop villages to paint, draw, photograph or just...look.
Thursday-Its Nyons market day, full of colour and life and a chance to visit an art centre later on. At 5pm we arrange a guided tour to the lavender distillery and a chance to buy lavander ice cream
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 its 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.
If there is anything else we can do to help you with the success of your holiday please do contact us here.