Wendy Winfield has had many years experience of teaching and is now a full time professional painter. [more information here]
Danielle Eubank: Danielle is an established painter with experience teaching at University of California and the BBC, and has given many public lectures over the years. [more information here]
The instructors have many years of experience in teaching and motivating other artists in a creative context. They have chosen to teach in Languedoc due to their love for painting there. The week's activities are structured and involve a minimum workshop time of 6 hours per day over six days. Participants will have a free rein concerning their choice of materials. Eubank and Winfield are proficient with pencil, charcoal, oil, acrylic, and pastel.
Ferreolus reserves the right to substitute course teachers in the event of circumstances beyond our control, for example, illness. Another teacher will be provided and you will be informed of the circumstances. Deposits will under these circumstances be refunded should the participant wish to withdraw. In the unlikely event of a tutor being replaced due to circumstances beyond our control, our liability is limited to the amount of money paid to Ferreolus only.
The castle at Saint Ferriol has been undergoing renovation by Sophie and James McDonald since 1997.
Danielle Eubank has been visiting the château since 1998 and Wendy Winfield, since 2006. In 2006 the plans for the 2007 intensive painting course were sown. By spending time at the Château and in the village Danielle and Wendy understood the proprietors vision of the château, with its monumental beauty and majestic situation, as an ideal location for educational gatherings and workshops.
The landscape painting week is open to participants of all ages, levels of experience and ability. The number of participants has been limited to eight to ensure satisfaction. The course leaders undertake to provide each participant with ample opportunity to talk individually about their issues interests and materials.
During the week instructors will occasionally work on their own paintings, participating in the painting process with the group. Two evening meals aim to provide convivial opportunities to share their experiences of the work and landscape with the rest of the group as will the small exhibition at the end of the week.
All the accommodation recommended is guaranteed to be very good value. We are happy to coordinate accommodation requirements on request.
The full rental amount may be required six weeks in advance of the accommodation reservation date.
Daily transport to and from recommended accommodation in Quillan is included in the course fee as are optional visits to the art materials shop and transport to and from painting locations. On evenings where dinner will be held at the château transport will be provided for those participants with accommodation in Quillan. We will be ready to help participants find their way from Quillan SNCF station to their accommodation between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.
Luncheons will be provided every day from Sunday 3rd June through to Friday 8th June. When a location is close to the château a buffet lunch will be served at the château including organic and local vegetables, salads, fish, fowl and meat. Soft drinks, spring water and wine will be offered at meal times and evening meetings but participants are advised to have their own water vessel for personal use throughout the day. When the group is on an excursion they will be equipped with a picnic lunch and a comfortable eating arrangement.
Two evening meals are held at the château during the course. One on the evening before the course begins ie : Saturday 2nd June. A maximum of two guests may be invited by each participant to this evening. Guests will need to pay a participation towards the meal of 35 Euros (inclusive).
Aperitifs and light finger food authentic to the region will be served at the château at the end of each day.
The principal reception rooms and the courtyard of the château will be at the disposal of the group for discussions, slide shows and aperitifs. Participants are also welcome to spend time in the château gardens. For the greater part of the week, easels will be at the disposition of participants and tutors in the great hall. Basic materials will be provided as detailed in " What to Bring ". The final exhibition and small exhibition at the end of the week will be held in Saint Ferriol church if not in the château.
The courtyard and gardens of the château and the kitchen and great hall of the ground floor will be available for the use by the landsacpe painting week. As the château is under renovation, and for the protection of the participants, only certain areas will be open. This will be explained at the site.
There may be artisans working on renovating the château during the course. Participants are requested to respect the fact that artisans are engaged and not available during the day to explain their work. Artisans can occasionally be invited to join the group for an early evening soiree but otherwise we thank participants for acknowleging that the other aspects of the château project are at work that cannot be interupted.
The course will be taught in English. Anyone with a reasonable grasp of English is very welcome.
Participants will be encouraged to extend their boundaries and improve and acquire new skills. Guidance will be offered to maximise the use of photographs and sketch books in the studio.
Most days will be spent at one location.
We are very privileged to be able to offer participants two tutors, both experienced professionals who, while agreeing on artistic principles will be approaching the practice from different angles
Danielle Eubank's approach will take on topics that aim to enable participants to make controlled choices about, and explore different examples of treatment of light, colour, depth and composition.
Wendy Winfield's approach encourages self-expression and emphasises the validity of personal vision Winfield will help participants discover and benefit from the advantages of working fast and spontaneously
One day will be reserved for still-life painting. Compositions will be arranged by tutors in advance, and the group may create their own composition from objects collected from the château and the countryside.
There will be a number of informal presentations and discussions in during the week and finally a small exhibition. Everyone will be invited to exhibit their work and we shall have a brief review of the course, the work and the week.
Several spots within walking distance of the château offer good painting opportunities. Other venues include Rennes le Château, the peak at Bugarach and the château at Arques. Locations may be altered by group agreement or due to weather conditions.
All participants will be provided with a complementary ordinance survey map and collected from their accommodation for the first meet on Saturday Evening.
Ferreolus assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to a student's personal property.
Health and Physical Condition
While no high risk activities will be undertaken on excursions Ferreolus cannot be held responsible for any personal accident, illness, death or injury.
Any trips or excursions are entered into at the participant's own risk and we advise you to have suitable insurance cover. Each student must be in good health, and physically able to perform all aspects of the program.
Any claims shall be subject to English law in respect of any question of liability or quantum, and all proceedings will be within the exclusive domain of the English courts.
The weather in June is the beginning of the balmy summer. There is not yet the baking heat of summer. Sheets of red poppies are still a common site and thyme blossom reaches a crescendo of blossom around midsummer on June 21st. Average June temperatures are between 15 and 25 degrees centigrade.
Whilst typically June weather is ideal for painting in plein air alternative and interior locations may be arranged in exceptional weather conditions.
Reservation, Confirmation and Payment
A reservation is confirmed upon receipt of a completed reservation form and a deposit of £200
The balance of payment will be paid by April 2nd 2007. If a reservation is not booked until within the 8 weeks of the beginning of the landscape painting course then the whole payment is due to confirm the reservation.
The deposit is not refundable unless the Landscape Painting Week is cancelled by Ferreolus due to exceptional and unforeseen circumstances beyond their control. In the event of a participant cancelling a place a refund can will be made if the booking is re-sold. There can be no guarantee of a re-sale.
In the unlikely event of your holiday being cancelled by Ferreolus our liability is limited to the amount of money paid to Ferreolus only. Participants are advised to take out holiday insurance cover against the possibility of cancellation.
Ferreolus reserves the right to change the prices and any other particulars contained on this web site at any time before entering into the contract.
Prices do not include transfers to and from airports and railway stations. Prices are estimated according to the exchange rate at the time of booking. Prices do not include airfares & insurance. The participant is responsible for making and paying for their travel arrangements to and from their chosen accommodation at the beginning and the end of the course.
Participants undertake to communicate any perceived failure in the performance of this contract immediately to course organisers so that a satisfactory solution can be provided.
The participant agrees to accept all the above conditions. Participants must be 18 years old or over. By signing the booking form the applicant declares that all information is true, correct and complete.
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