Paint­ing Holi­days at Clos Mira­bel Manor, Ju­ran­çon – Pau

This in­spir­ing and re­lax­ing one-week paint­ing holi­day in South West France is held at Clos Mira­bel Manor in 5 acres of park­land over­look­ing the Clos Mira­bel Vine­yard and the en­tire chain of the Pyrénées At­lan­tiques. It fo­cus­es on Land­s­cape paint­ing, with ad­di­tio­n­al work­shops in Por­trai­ture and Still Life. The course con­sists of 20 hours of tui­tion, pro­vid­ed in small groups with a max­i­mum of 12 par­ti­ci­pants and in­cludes one to one ses­sions, ex­cur­sions and lec­tures.

Paint­ing Holi­day Dates 2019

Sa­t­ur­day, 25th of May to 1st of June
29th of June to 6th of Ju­ly
28th Septem­ber to 5th of Oc­to­ber

If you are part of a group and would like to to dis­cuss your pre­ferred dates for a paint­ing holi­day please con­tact us.

Fees – Resi­den­tial Paint­ing Holi­day at Clos Mira­bel Manor
The course fee is 995 Eu­ros per week (7 nights) based on twin ac­com­mo­da­tion and 745 Eu­ros for non-paint­ing guests. Full Board is of­fered through­out the week ex­cept on day 6, which is a free day. Break­fasts and lunch­es are a buf­fet of re­gio­n­al pro­duce. Din­n­er is a 4 course meal in­clud­ing aper­i­tifs and wine. We cater to spe­cial di­e­tary re­quire­ments. Guests have ac­cess to the grounds and out­door swim­ming pool at Clos Mira­bel, which is part­ly heat­ed by so­lar pan­els. The price does not in­clude air or train fares.

View of the Clos Mirabel Manor from the sky

The Tu­tor
Xavi­er Mi­col: He studied Vi­su­al Arts and Art His­to­ry at the Sor­bonne fol­lowed by post-gra­d­u­ate train­ing at the Wal­dorf In­sti­tute in Stutt­gart. He has over 17 years teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in In­dia, Scan­di­navia, Switz­er­land and France. As well as teach­ing and pur­su­ing his own artis­tic ca­reer, he has al­so worked in ad­ver­tis­ing and set de­sign for Dior, H&M, Lin­vos­ges and France 2 Tele­vi­sion.

Course Out­line
The resi­den­tial paint­ing course at Clos Mira­bel Manor is suit­able for all lev­els and aims to help par­ti­ci­pants to ex­pand their artis­tic skills. Dur­ing the week we will fo­cus on Land­s­capes con­cen­trat­ing on de­tail and the spe­cif­ic tech­ni­cal as­pects of draw­ing and ob­ser­va­tion. The breath­tak­ing pano­ra­ma at Clos Mira­bel of­fers in­cred­i­ble in­spi­ra­tion.

Tui­tion and ex­er­cis­es will in­clude:
Com­po­si­tion: based on a ge­o­met­ri­cal ap­proach to the land­s­cape sim­pli­fy­ing re­al­i­ty, in or­der to learn how to bal­ance a pic­ture. Par­ti­ci­pants will fol­low in the path of Cézanne.
Per­spec­tive: pri­mary colours as well as the ren­di­tion of depth. A num­ber of the great mas­ters of the Re­nais­sance such as Giot­to, Man­teg­na and Leo­nar­do de Vin­ci will be our guides.
At­mo­sphere: light, shade and colour har­monies will be the fo­cus. The works of Rem­brandt, Bon­nard and Corot will in­spire us.
Par­ti­ci­pants are of­fered an ad­di­tio­n­al work­shop on Por­trai­ture or Still Life.

Xavi­er will al­so give two lec­tures on:
Re­al­ism and Ab­s­trac­tions: from Giot­to to Mon­drian.
East­ern and West­ern Worlds: look­ing at com­pli­men­tary per­cep­tions of re­al­i­ty.

Paint­ing Class­es at Clos Mira­bel Manor, Ju­ran­çon – Pau
Class­es will be held in the paint­ing stu­dio, the grounds of Clos Mira­bel and on lo­ca­tion in the vil­lages of the Os­sau Val­ley. The stu­dio will be avai­l­able through out the week in­clud­ing even­ings.
As well as group work, Xavi­er will pro­vide in­di­vi­d­u­al sup­port to de­vel­op your own artis­tic ex­pres­sion in the medi­um of your choice.
Class­es start at 10am and fin­ish at 5pm Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri­day. Thurs­day is a free day to give you the op­por­tu­ni­ty to vis­it Ju­ran­çon, Pau and the sur­round­ing area in the Pyrénées At­lan­tique.

Blue bedroom with desk fireplace and mirror

Ex­tra nights at Clos Mira­bel Manor

Ex­tra nights be­fore or af­ter the course can be add­ed at a pref­er­en­tial rate, sub­ject to avai­l­a­bil­i­ty in B&B or Self Ca­ter­ing Ac­com­mo­da­tion

Clos Mira­bel Manor S.A.R.L re­serves the right to make changes to the pro­gram.

To book a place on a Paint­ing Holi­day at Clos Mira­bel Manor, Ju­ran­çon – Pau, South West France
Con­tact us at in­fo@­clos­mira­

Tel: + 33 (0)5 59 06 32 83 Mob: + 33 (0)6 79 59 04 91


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