Landscape Painting Course 2
5Days. September 2nd – 6th
Level : Intermediate and Advance
The landscape painting course 2 runs for 5 days from Saturday to Wednesday. The course is suitable for intermediate and advanced levels. You can attend as many days as you wish but it is recommended you come for a minimum of 2 to 3 days to get the most benefit. This is a great opportunity for families or partners wanting to take a short break. Those who want to immerse themselves in painting from the beautiful surroundings can do so, while the rest of the family can choose from a wide range of outdoor activities
Niel Bally (local nature reserve)
Caroline Pryce Mason ( local quarry )
Niel Bally Pwll-y-Wrach. ( Local Waterfalls / nature reserve).
We are located in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The house and studio are situated above Talgarth in the foothills of the Black Mountains, which is six miles from Hay-on-Wye. The garden has a 25 mile view over the Middle Wye Valley then further up the hill is the 12th century church of Llanelieu. This leads you to the open moor with magnificent views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. The open countryside is National Park which is very accessible with many public footpaths and roads that take you across large expanses of common land.
Nature Reserves.There is no shortage of subject matter for the landscape painting course.Within a mile there is a nature reserve called Pwll-y-Wrach. This is 40 acre s of woodland with a series of waterfalls and a disused old quarry. Five miles away is Llangorse , which is the largest natural lake in South Wales, and 3 miles in the other direction is the River Wye at Glasbury. Then overlooking all this, and very visible, are the Black Mountains with a continious average ridge height of 2000 ft.
Ways of working.
The emphasis and direction will be on “plein air” methods, which means landscape painting and drawing outside in the landscape. These works or studies, ( including notes and photographs) can be used to make an independent work in the studio. Constable and Turner were great exponents of this approach and many have followed since. In addition to this inclement weather is another good reason why artists have been driven back to the studio. Alternatively you could work entirely on the spot come rain or sunshine.
Everyone will have space to work and pin up work in the studio.The teaching will start at 10am end at 4pm, The studio will remain open for those who want to continue working to dusk. The late afternoon and evening light are one of the best times to experience the landscape.
(Equipment – what to bring)
Please contact Niel for advice about materials before you think of making an expensive outlay, because there are materials you can use here. We have a certain amount of drawing materials and paint . There are oils , gouaches, canvases, boards and paper.The studio has easels and drawing boards too. We will send you a list of what to bring. Your own sketching easel would be useful if you have one. The local art shop is on this link http://www.oldforest.co.uk/art-supplies-hayonwye.asp
FEES and LUNCH
We have decided to not increase the fees this year regardless of inflation projections of 10% – 15%. Instead we are going to make a few savings with lunches.
Lunch is a very movable feast and some like to stay out all day. Others welcome a break to come back to the house, find some shelter or shade and relax and exchange with others. Rather than a full course lunch we will now supply a picnic with salads and fruit. Seating arrangements will be informal using the dinning room and the various tables and chair in the garden and courtyard.
Refreshments. Coffee,teas and biscuits will still be freely available through out the day. If you bring a thermo flask you can stock up with hot or cold drinks to take into the landscape. If you would like to bring your own food then there is a fridge and microwave in the studio.
FEES : The fee is £325 or £65 a day
Level: Intermediate and advanced