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French Landscapes, Unison Pastel painting 6 day course at Sweet Nothings Arts and Craft Retreat in South West France

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

Price: £650

Run by: Natalie Sweet-Rawlins
at Sweet Nothings Arts and Craft Retreat

Le Bourg, Saint Vallier
Saint Vallier
Saint Vallier

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About the Course

French Pastel Landscapes with Fiona Carvell

Spend the week with Unison Colour Associate Artist, Fiona Carvell, to explore and develop your own responses to the French landscape using this rich and wonderfully flexible medium. A highly experienced and qualified Tutor with over 15 years teaching experience, Fiona is a pastel specialist from the North East of England who brings her passion for pastel painting to the beautiful St Vallier.

The immediacy of Pastel is perfect for both ‘Plein Air’ and studio work; beginner friendly, yet challenging enough for the more experienced Artist. Fiona provides step-by-step demonstration and guidance as well as support and technical advice to encourage individual responses and nurture creative potential.
Fiona’s workshops are relaxed and friendly, with teaching focused around the needs of the individual with support from the group designed to build creative confidence.

“ I love the expressive nature of pastel - the variety of marks, the different application processes; this makes them both exciting and satisfying to work with. Unison pastels are quite simply, the best you can get. The vast range of colours, depth of pure pigment and creamy texture make them a joy to work with. I have family in France and so have spent many years visiting, photographing and painting the landscape. The light and colours of the beautiful French landscape provide endless inspiration - there is so much to capture and convey! “.

Workshop Outline
Arrive, evening meal and introductions

Morning - Sketching using pencil, charcoal and pastel.
Afternoon - Demonstration and 1-1 discussions and guidance
An introduction to pastel techniques
1-1 feedback and guidance as students begin to develop compositions

Group field outing, Guizengeard Lake, sketches and photos.
Short Demonstration
Students develop pastel sketches with support and advice

All Day - Students work on larger scale pieces in pastel with greater detail and complexity.
1-1 advice and guidance with Fiona.

further development and an exploration of different styles.
Afternoon - free time

morning - group outing to Aubeterre Sur Dronne
Afternoon Informal group critique to reflect upon the work and gather constructive feedback for future progression.

Goodbyes and transfers to airports

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What's included in the price?

This is easy - just bring yourself! We have 7 field easels, drawing boards and plenty of good quality paper for you. These are included at no extra cost to you. We are delighted to announce that Unison Artist Fiona has chosen her own very special and unique palette of high quality Unison coloured pastels for her workshop at Sweet Nothings for purchase at the retreat. For prices, please contact Natalie Sweet
We provide all guests flying to Bordeaux or Bergerac airports free transfers to and from the airports. Wherever possible and if travelling by rail, we will also pick up from the train stations at Angouleme or Bordeaux.
All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and en suite bathrooms with toilet sink and showers. We also provide UK plug adapters for your convenience!
You will receive three meals a day plus afternoon tea and cakes, all made from local and organic produce wherever possible. Do let us know if you have any special dietary requirements before you arrive.
During the week, and as part of your creative inspiration, we will take you on two outings of local interest - for example, a market, a local vinyard or a turquoise lake; then of course there is always the medieval splendour of Brantome, Aubeterre Sur Dronne or Saint Emillion to enjoy!
The price of 700 Euros is based on one person sharing a twin room. for a single occupancy room, the cost is 850 Euros.
Relaxing at Sweet Nothings is easy, we have a well stocked library of art books and novels for you to enjoy, or perhaps sit in the shade of our orchard, even kick back and enjoy a glass of wine next to the pool overlooking the valley as the sun sets! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 11th May 2019

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