Art Trek France 2012


Strasbourg, France

Watercolor and Wine

History, Mystery, Beauty

Water Media Techniques
with Carol Duchamp

June 19 - 29, 2012 (11-days)

Strasbourg:
Strasbourg is a fairy tale town of canals and reflections, medieval and art nouveau architecture, narrow cobbled streets, pedestrian zones, sculpted cathedral and a vibrant history dating from Celtic times. It is an ideal painting location, as no matter where you turn you will be inspired to set up and paint. Strasbourg is located between the Vosges Mountains of Alsace and the Rhine River. Her white wines - Reisling, Sylvaner, Gurwertztraminer, Pinot Gris and vast selection of schnapps and desert wines - are world renowned. A bucolic wine country landscape of villages, sacred sites and castles surrounds the town.

Workshop: Renew your art spirit with wet-into-wet water media techniques that offer the amateur and professional painter the broadest expressive range. Demonstration and discussion will include wetting the paper or canvas, color (watercolor & fluid acrylic pigments), brushwork, compositional energy, atmospheric and textural effects, edge tinting, visual awareness, and the use of inks and mediums. Innovative teaching methods will build self-confidence and skill whether your work moves in realistic or abstract directions. Focus on transparency, spontaneity, improvisation, iconography and visual balance. Daily studio and plein air painting opportunities. Guest local artist with tips & techniques for plein air set up and architectural rendering.

Instructor: CAROL DUCHAMP holds a B.A. in French and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Strasbourg, France. Her paintings are rich in color, lushly saturated and sensual in form and have been called "cosmic, flowing and full of light". Carol is a mentor based self-taught artist with special training in transformative arts as part of the M.A. Arts & Consciousness program at JFK University in Berkeley, California. She encourages experimentation in a supportive environment that nourishes the intuitive power of self-expression. She has taught for UCSC & UCLA Extension, CCSF, College of Marin, Art Trek and at her Bolinas studio for fifteen years.

"Thank you for your great energy, your poetry, your Qi Gong, your creativity and your kindness!" Deirdre (2011)

Artists interested in developing their own voice and visual language will benefit from Carol's expressive, energy based methods. Her deeply saturated color and organic forms lend themselves beautifully to a sense of place. Methods for exploring the illusion of texture, drawing into prepared surfaces, layering, working directly with pigment and refining chance occurrences will be explored. Carol offers strategies for creating a daily art practice and methods that "free the artist" in the beginner as well as the experienced professional. Create a visual language that is uniquely yours and enjoy a fresh start in making art.

Workshop Fee: $3995
Fee includes 24-hours of class time instruction, additional one-on-one feedback and group share, mid-trip celebration of our paintings and farewell art party, local guest artist; 4-star hotel accommodations based on double occupancy at Regent Petite France in Strasbourg and Le Clos Saint Vincent in Ribeauvillé; all breakfasts (buffet); welcome cocktail and hors d'oeuvres; three gourmet dinners; transportation to wine country and related excursions per itinerary, timed departure transfers (Strasbourg train station or airport), bi-lingual leadership and guided walking tours (per itinerary) of historical sights.

Itinerary (Abbreviated): Day 1, June 19/arrive Strasbourg and check-in to Regent Petite France between 3 and 5 PM. Enjoy evening workshop orientation, introductions, cocktails & hors d'oeuvres. Day 2-7, June 20-25/daily studio & plein air painting class/three introductory walking tours/two gourmet dinners. Day 8, June 26/Transfer to Le Clos Saint Vincent via Mont Saint Odile/plein air painting class. Day 9-10, June 27-28/castle (Haut-Koenigsbourg) & vineyard excursions/plein air painting class/farewell dinner and art party. Day 11, June 29/11 AM check-out and timed departure transfers to Strasbourg airport or train station.

Travel to and from Strasbourg, France: Participants may fly from the U.S. to any European hub, particularly Frankfurt, Paris or London and then on to the Strasbourg airport. You may also take the Eurostar or convenient TGV high speed train from Frankfurt, Paris or London to the Strasbourg train station. Additional information will be availabe in the detailed itinerary. Please request by email in PDF format. Spend the weekend before or after on your own in Paris, 2 1/2 hours from Strasbourg by high speed train.

To enroll in the Strasbourg Watercolor and Wine workshop (as participant or friend, spouse, family member), simply mail a deposit check made payable to Art Trek in the amount of $1200 per person to the address below with a note containing class name/date, your address, phone number, email and skill level or a printed copy of the reservation form that appears under reservations on this website. Questions? Call 415 868 9558. Mail to Carol Duchamp, Art Trek, P.O. Box 1103, Bolinas, CA 94924. Email carol@arttreks.com. You will receive a confirmation packet and detailed pre-departure information. Friends and family members not participating in the art class will receive a $150 discount.

watercolorpaintingclass_dordogne_france_caveart Dordogne, Southwestern France
Castles, Gardens and Cave Art

Mixed Media Art Class with Carol Duchamp

Water Media Techniques: Watercolor, Fluid Acrylic, Inks & Mediums

Dates: Late June 2014 tba

Workshop Fee: tba

Itinerary

One of France's most beautiful regions, Dordogne embodies French country life at its most delightful. From the warm hospitality of its villages of golden stone to superb cuisine, this land of vineyards, castles, oak forests and medieval towns is sure to enchant and inspire. The verdant Vallée de la Vézere in Southwestern France shelters the greatest concentration of Upper Paleolithic art in the world. Witness 15,000 year old paintings of horses, bison and reindeer in the limestone caves of Lascaux II and Font-de-Gaume. Paint from life and/or the imagination as we enjoy the beauty of consummate French countryside. Lovely accommodations, castle and garden visits, and regional specialties will enhance our journey. The opportunity to view the majestic paintings of our art ancestors is a transformative experience.


Classes
We will be traveling through the land where the first evidence of what we call art was discovered; the first evidence of humans giving voice to the mystery and beauty of being. This was our "first voice" and in this workshop the lessons will be weighted toward the exploration of our own "first voices". We will experiment with natural materials (charcoal, and earth pigments) and explore modern icons, the continuation of 30,000 years of symbolic thought. As part of the artistic process, we will experiment with letting go of the idea of the painting we want and paint directly from the inner voice. In the process, we will explore a full range of non-traditional watercolor and fluid acrylic painting techniques, the watermedia phenomenon itself.

Demonstration and discussion will include wetting the paper or canvas, color (watercolor & fluid acrylic pigments), brushwork, compositional energy, atmospheric and textural effects, edge tinting, visual awareness, and the use of inks and mediums. Innovative teaching methods will build self-confidence and skill whether your work moves in realistic or abstract directions. Focus on transparency, spontaneity, improvisation, iconography and visual balance. Daily studio and plein air painting opportunities. Using a full range of wet-into-wet techniques, we will encourage the 'inner artist' to create a personal visual language, discovering the colors, shapes and subjects unique to each of us. Expressive, energy based methods for making art will be explored. Practices will include creating the illusion of texture, drawing into prepared surfaces, working directly with pigment and refining chance occurrences. Create a visual language that is uniquely yours and enjoy a fresh start in making art.

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To enroll in the Dordogne Mixed Media class (as a workshop participant or friend, spouse, family member), simply mail a deposit check made payable to Art Trek in the amount of $1200 to the address below with a note containing class name/date, your address, phone number, email and skill level or a printed copy of the reservation form that appears under reservations on this website. Questions? Call 415 868 9558. Mail to Carol Duchamp, Art Trek, P.O. Box 1103, Bolinas, CA 94924. Email carol@arttreks.com. You will receive a confirmation packet and detailed pre-departure information.

 

Instructor
CAROL DUCHAMP holds a B.A. in French and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Strasbourg, France. Her paintings are rich in color, lushly saturated and sensual in form and have been called "cosmic, flowing and full of light". Artists interested in developing their own voice and visual language will benefit from Carol's expressive, energy based methods. Her deeply saturated color and organic forms lend themselves beautifully to a sense of place. Methods for exploring the illusion of texture, drawing into prepared surfaces, layering, working directly with pigment and refining chance occurrences will be explored. Carol offers strategies for creating a daily art practice and methods that "free the artist" in the beginner as well as the experienced professional. Create a visual language that is uniquely yours and enjoy a fresh start in making art.

Renew your art and spirit with color and wet-into-wet water media techniques that offer the amateur and professional painter the broadest expressive range!

Carol Duchamp, Blossoms, Acrylic and acrylic ink on primed canvas, 22"x22", 2008

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Email:
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