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Our Painting holidays are a great way for artists to learn new techniques, brush up old skills and get fresh ideas for that painting project you’ve always been wanted to start. You will stay in a beautiful historic house, surrounded by grounds and gardens of 20 acres. A wealth of subject material will keep you busy. The food is fantastic, the hospitality generous. Each painting course has excursions so you can paint on location and there are trips out to visit local places of interest. It’s a good life for an artist at L’Age Baston.
For 2022 our first two weeks with Artist/Tutor/Urban Sketcher, Caroline Johnson. Caroline will teach you how to go from the empty page to work that tells the story of your surroundings in the unique style that is urban sketching. Take a look at Caroline’s tutor page to get a flavour of what you could achieve. L’Age Baston sketch books available.
You get to work in a great studio. It is a large, creative space with big oak beams, exposed stone work and arched windows; well-equipped with easels, tables, stools and drawing boards. There are aprons and straw hats, mounts and display boards, obscure objects of interest and still life materials plus music and art books. In fact very nearly everything a curious student could look for in a studio, including a range of art materials should you feel tempted to try a new medium. There is a constant supply of tea, coffee and biscuits to keep your strength up.
Outside the studio the terrace leads into the ‘high garden’ with the shady walnut trees. Take a few steps to the left and you find the Secret Garden, a few more and you could almost hop into the salt-water pool. The studio is your domain at L’Age Baston. It’s all to hand. You will have no distractions and you will have no responsibilities – except to enjoy painting with other people who want to do the same thing. Our painting tutors are simply the best. Happy to teach all levels and media, they are flexible, sympathetic and entertaining into the bargain.
Having slaved away creatively all week, the studio becomes your gallery and the venue for our weekly ‘Vernissage’. You can bring out your red ‘sold’ stickers, put on the glad rags and enjoy a pre-dinner exhibition of your paintings with champagne and canapés to celebrate all your work. Our Painting Holidays have been successful for over twenty years now. Come and see why for yourself.
A perfect day
After breakfast you have studio time with your tutor; learning techniques, watching demonstrations and painting. Following a delicious lunch you can carry on painting, tutor available to help if needed. You may choose to relax by the pool or head out exploring. We think the work/life balance is very important and that it’s yours to make! Feel free to make use of the bikes, boule, croquet, loungers and library when you wish. Then maybe an aperitif before a wonderful evening eating, drinking and enjoying the company of the other guests.
Caroline Johnson loves teaching. She is an exciting and highly experienced professional artist in her own right. Caroline’s infectious enthusiasm animates a structured, thoughtful and enjoyable approach to helping students develop their own artistic responses.
On a painting holiday, I feel it is important for you to go home with a body of work that captures a definitive flavour of where you have been. The architecture, light, colours and vegetation should all be reflected in your paintings.
I believe in getting to know the painting subject through observation, sketching and photography and by planning composition and colour. I then work quickly and expressively back in the studio, making the work look spontaneous, lively and exciting. I like to exploit the happy accident, the unexpected and the unplanned. It makes painting so much fun, especially in water-based media on paper and board. I also work in acrylic and ink on canvas and use a variety of tools from roller and very large brush, rag, palette knife, card and fingers to create dynamic landscape paintings. It’s messy but can lead to interesting results.
When you book a holiday with L’Age Baston, there are no hidden extras. You arrange your travel and leave the rest to us. We are there to provide you with the very best holiday course experience we can. Included in the price of your holidays is:
- Airport and station collection (by arrangement)
- Six days professional tuition
- 7 nights full-board accommodation in the Château itself (all meals included)
- Your own room with no single supplement
- Luxury bathroom towels
- Exceptional food in outstanding surroundings
- Wine with lunch and dinner
- Aperitifs and canapés on first and last night
- Vegetarian and special diets on request
- Private, solar-heated, salt-water pool
- Guest Pool towels
- Guest Kitchen – Tea, coffee and biscuits always available
- Wi-Fi access and guest PC
- A barbecue soirée
- Course Transport when needed
- Optional trips out to explore the region
- A gala evening (glad rags and party pieces optional)
- Bikes to ride, books to read and boules to play