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. There is a 15% discount for those booking early for 3 days. 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 from us 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 in this area is very accessible as it’s a National Park. There are many public footpaths and roads which take you across large expanses of common land.
There is no shortage of subject matter .Within a mile there is a nature reserve called Pwll-y-Wrach. This is 40 acre site of woodland with a series of waterfalls. Then 5 miles away there is Llangorse which is the largest lake in Wales, and 3 miles in the other direction is the River Wye.
As mentioned before this landscape painting course will suits those with some experience. The emphasis and direction will be on “plein air” methods , which means directly drawing and painting from 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 there is always the possibility of inclement weather which could drive you back to the studio in any case. Alternatively you could entirely on the spot.
Everyone will have a space to work in the studio and pin up their work.The teaching will end at 4pm, but the studio will remain open for those who want to continue working to dusk. The late afternoon and evening light is really the best time 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