L’Age Baston Painting Tutor Caroline Johnson
Dates: 16th June & 23rd June
I tutored holiday art courses at L’Age Baston when I was living in France so I’m very excited to be returning again in 2015. I have been running workshops in drawing and painting since 1996.
We don’t need to look far for inspiration because it is all around us. Everything has an inherent beauty if we know how to look and see. As a painting tutor I believe the key to learning is enjoyment and that motivation and support from a lively, informed and inspirational guide is crucial.
During your week with me at L’Age Baston there will be a workshop on offer in the mornings encouraging you to broaden and refine your methods, ways of seeing and also to experiment in the choice of materials, including mixed media, watercolour, acrylics, pen, ink and conté pastels. You’ll also be encouraged to use your sketchbook as a diary, as a tool for exploration and innovation, and as an aid to observation and draftsmanship.
The afternoons can be used as you wish – I’ll be on hand for further exploration of the morning’s themes or for your own projects. There will also be a few trips out to widen our subject matter and scope. At the end of the day we’ll have an uncritical look at what we’ve been doing and where we might go next.
My aim is that our time at the Château will be enjoyable and instructive and that you’ll be encouraged to find and build upon your own artistic strengths and potential. You’ll take away a unique visual record of your time here which no mere photographs can match! I hope too that you’ll be inspired to continue your progress after your stay.
I’ve found that L’Age Baston and surrounding area provide the perfect backdrop for an art course. The studio we’ll use is spacious and atmospheric yet intimate and the house and grounds are full of character and subject matter. The Pool, the wonderful meals and hospitable hosts all add to the enjoyment. The nearest town, La Rochefoucauld provides a touch of the urban French with a market, pavement cafés and a striking ‘with knobs on’ château!
As a professional artist my paintings and drawings are popular with both critics and collectors. Best known for my depictions of the urban scene, I’m equally passionate about portraiture, still life and landscape.
Originally I studied at art school in Preston and Falmouth and then went on to gain my degree at Central St. Martins in London. I returned to my native Lancashire in 2012, after twenty years living in rural Brittany.
I’m an official ‘Urban Sketcher’ for Manchester and go out regularly with other sketchers. I’m also profiled in two international books on Urban Sketching- ‘The Art of Urban Sketching’ and ‘Sketch Your World’. My work has also been used in illustration and commissions have ranged from projects with interior designers to spending a week as a documentary artist in a Care Home. In April 2014 I was chosen to receive the first ‘Guardian Witness’ Human Interest Award for a drawing made of my mother in hospital. In recent years I’ve taken part in numerous joint exhibitions and I’ve had successful solo shows in Rossendale, Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Stockport Art Gallery.
I can’t wait to be back at L’Age Baston and I hope you’ll join me in what will be a great art week together. In the meantime, why not follow me on Facebook