LANDSCAPE PAINTING COURSE (27th June-1st July)
The landscape painting course 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
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.
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 woodland site with a series of waterfalls and a quarry. 5 miles away is Llangorse , which is the largest natural lake in South Wales, and 3 miles in the other direction is the River Wye.
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 really 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
Lunch is provided in the garden or in the dining room. Refreshments will be available in the studio as well.
Tuition. The mornings will start with a short crit in the studio and during the day Niel will visit you on location. What tends to happen is that 2 or 3 people choose the same location.
FEES : The feee is £60 a day. There is a 15% discount for earlybirds. Earlybird discounts apply to those booking 4 days or more.