Relax ,paint and explore in the wonderful, southern French countryside with Helen Shafer Garcia and Lynn Leahy.
Our four day progressive workshop will combine the techniques of reverse glass painting, drawing and watercolor painting, and book construction.
Lynn will walk you through the steps of reverse glass painted tiles. Lynn has perfected this traditional Eastern European technique of painting on one side of the glass knowing that it will be viewed on the opposite side. This technique involves water based paints and clear glass tiles. Our imagery will be flowers, fairies, and other wondrous things. These veritable tiles will be used to enhance the cover of the journal structure. The book covers will include leather attachments with hand sewn details.Helen will guide you on a creative journey of drawing and watercolor techniques used to fill your Fantastical Journal. Paint and draw expressively and find your creative voice with watercolor fusion and contour drawing. Our pages will show beautiful flowers, pods, and other natural driven shapes with a creature or two. Once finished, this imaginary inspired book will house old maps and postcards relating to our imagery that we’ll collect on our field trips to the local towns.These contemporary mixed media techniques will add a new dimension to any mixed media project.
We begin our journey in Durfort, France, an ancient copper mining town where townspeople still specialize in the creation of copper utensils.We will stay in the village for eight days, living together in a charming, modernized, 17th century house called La Cascade due to the river and waterfall that are literally its back yard.
All meals are included as we have our own personal chef..who cooks healthy meals utilizing the food from farms in this region with regional wine parings at dinner.Explore this wonderful artistic experience as you make new friends and immerse yourself in the French culture.Because we want your experience to be the best we can provide there will be excursions to explore the nearby towns. Not to be missed is the Saturday market in Revel. The town of Albi is close by and contains the Toulouse Lautrec museum which is a great place to gain artistic inspiration. From
Cathedrals to flea markets we will fit in as many cultural events as time allows.