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Arts in Provence. Gesture and expression: mark-making in abstract watercolour landscape


  • Arts in Provence Hameau des Bassacs 84490 St Saturnin les Apt France (map)

Explore how to let rip in watercolour by both gaining control of the medium with my unique insights into handling watercolour, and finding your own mark-making rhythm in gestural work. You’ll explore various processes of working from the surrounding Provençal landscape and translating drawings into energetic planes of transparent watercolour at various scales and formats. We will consider examples by artists Ivon Hitchens, Peter Lanyon, Joan Mitchell and Alf Löhr.

Ella Clocksin (2016) Rendering 1, watercolour & mixed media

Ella Clocksin (2016) Rendering 1, watercolour & mixed media

This is my first course with Arts in Provence, but David and Liz Atkinson, both artists in their own right, have been running art courses from a group of typical Provençal village houses since 1990. They are surrounded by cherry orchards, vineyards and olive groves. There are lavander fields all around the hameau and the wild garrigue is just a few minutes walk from our door. The small lane that leads out of the back of the hameau takes you out into a perfumed wilderness.

And we'll be going out into that perfumed wilderness to draw and paint on location, as well as developing work back in the dedicated painting studio. A full list of materials and equipment to bring will be provided.

Marseille airport Marignane (code MRS) is the closest airport with a drive of approximately 1 hour 15 mins between the airport and Les Bassacs. There are a range of single and shared rooms for your stay, and more details, prices and how to book can be found on the Arts in Provence website >