LANDSCAPE PAINTING WORKSHOP ( 23-25th June)
The landscape painting workshop runs for 3 days from Saturday to Monday. The course is suitable for intermediate and advanced levels. You can attend for as many days as you wish however, it is recommended that 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 art can, while others can do a whole range of outdoor activities which the area offers in abundance
Visit Gallery to see a wide range of course work
We are located in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The house and studio are situated above Talgarth in the foothills of the Black Mountains, six miles from Hay-on-Wye. The garden has a 25 mile view over the Middle Wye Valley.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 landscape painting.Within a mile there is a nature reserve called Pwll-y-Wrach. This is 40 acre woodland site with a series of waterfalls. Then 5 miles away there is Llangorse , which is the largest natural lake in South Wales, and 3 miles in the other direction is the River Wye.
UPDATES : Day one Saturday morning. ( 23rd of June )
Geomorphology is the study of the physical processes that form the land. We are very pleased to have an expert in this field to join us on the first morning to introduce us to our immediate surroundings and explain how it came about. James Goff is Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of New South Wales. He was originally from Pembrokeshire and has recently retired to live in this area.
This is a great opportunity to have the hidden depths and history of this landscape revealed to us. I have no doubt that James will inspire our imaginations while we later look for ways of approaching the landscape through the means of painting and drawing . We may deal with and observe the present appearances of the landscape, but it should help us much more if we have a better understanding of its underlying structures and history,
Mono-printing facilities are in place
We have just finished a three day course in mono-printing ( see attachments below) The equipment, press and means to make mono-prints will be available for you to use. I will be on hand for those who do not know the process. You could take your plates out into the landscape and return to make prints. Likewise you could work in the studio directly on the plates drawing upon the studies you have made outside.
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 others since. In addition to this inclement weather is a 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.
MATERIALS : Equipment – what to bring
Please contact Niel for advice about materials before you think of making an expensive outlay. You could arrive here without any materials and still be able to work.. 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. When booking 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. will be provided either in the garden or dining room. Refreshments will be available in the studio as well.
Tuition. The mornings will start with a short crit and during the day Niel will be in the studio and making visits to see your work at your location. What tends to happen is that 2 or 3 people choose the same location.
FEES : 15% discount for earlybirds. Otherwise £ 60 per day