Monday, February 18, 2013

Workshop in France, June 2013!

Come paint with us in the 
Heart of France!
Boischaut-Sud (Hellio Van Ingen)
We'll be painting chateaux, winding rivers, and splendid countryside. Donald has made many trips to this area over the last 15 years. You can see some of his drawings, done in the local area, here and here.
Chateau de Sarzay

A Seven-day Plein Air Painting Workshop in the Heart of France with Donald Jurney, 24-30 June 2013.

We will be based in and around the lovely market town of La Chatre, in the center of France . Come feast on the visual splendor of the landscape made famous by George Sand, one of the most beautiful, and least tourist-filled areas of France.
The workshop is seven days, with five days of painting instruction. Days three and six are free days on which you can explore, visit chateaux, or paint on your own. Or you can just shop or relax. On previous workshops we've had spouses come along----you'll find there's plenty to see and do!

The workshop days feature a morning demonstration, followed by ample hands-on painting time. During the remainder of the morning, and in the afternoon, Donald will help students, at their easels. Generally, we work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an hour's break at lunchtime.

Forteresse de Cluis-dessous

La Chatre

Reservation and Payment

The cost of the workshop is $750.00 US and includes the workshop only. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations, transportation and meals. There are 10 spaces in this workshop and they are expected to fill. To reserve your space please email Donald at
You may send a check for your deposit ($375.00), made payable to Donald Jurney, to:

Donald Jurney
9 Strong Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

This reservation fee of $375.00 is non-refundable after April 10, 2013. You must pay the remaining balance of $375.00 in full, no later than May 10, 2013.

Note: We are also doing a workshop in England, centered on Stow-on-the-Wold, in the Cotswolds. This will run from 10 June to 16 June 2013. As you'll see, there's a week between the two workshops, allowing students and spouses to travel. There are students who are taking both workshops, eager to paint in both of these very distinct landscapes. 
Students on our Scotland Workshop, September 2012


Students must make their own lodging arrangements. This has proven to be the best idea, since tastes and budgets vary a good deal. Here are some suggestions to help you get started, compliments of Jon Main, a student enrolled in this workshop, who is resident in France.

If you need help with lodging reservations, let Donald know:

Bed and Breakfast is "chambres d'hotes" in French. You may also find some self-catering accommodations. These are called "gites".  

Art Supply List France

(We will be painting outdoors, not far from our vehicles, but think "light" and "portable"). There are many online art suppliers. Click any of these links to go directly to these sites:

portable pochade box mounted on a photographers tripod for working outside.
Wooden palette
Painting surface
Bring 2 surfaces for each painting day. 18x24" or smaller is recommended.
*Wind River Arts carries Linen mounted canvas boards.
*Raymar Art Linen mounted boards.

On our Vermont Plein Air Workshop, June 2012
From Donald, regarding the palette: You will notice that there are 13 colors plus white, on the suggested palette list. Some of these colors may be new ones to you and some students may be surprised to see no cadmium yellows, cadmium red, or phthalo blue. I personally think that they are too strident for outdoor painting and they definitely require tremendous care to make sure they don't dominate your painting. Mother nature is a girl full of nuance, and I'm sure you'll find your job a great deal easier, and more fun, using this particular palette. The three colors, identified in the photo by asterisks, are required of everyone. Be assured, nonetheless, that we'll figure it out, no matter what odd assortment you bring from your own paint box. And, certainly, bring some of your favorites for show and tell.

Rembrandt mixed white #103 (Titanium-Zinc)
Rembrandt Yellow Ochre Light #228
Rembrandt Naples Yellow Deep #223 *(essential)
Windsor Newton Yellow Ochre 744
Rembrandt Vermillion #311
Rembrandt Brownish Madder #324 *(essential)
Rembrandt Burnt Umber #409
Rembrandt Ultramarine Blue Deep #506
Winsor Newton Cerulean Blue #137
Winsor Newton Alizarin Crimson permanent #004
Holbein Compose Green #H284
Old Holland Cad Green Light #D44
Holbein Green Gray #H372
Winsor Newton Prussian Green #540 *(essential)
Donald uses round bristle brushes by Raphael, Series 358. Buy
as many as you can afford, in this proportion.
(3) No. 10
(2) No. 6
(1) No. 2
Medium and Solvent
We are NOT permitted to fly with Liquin or with solvents
(mineral spirits/paint thinner, turpentine, gamsol, etc.)
Donald will arrange for there to be sufficient Liquin and mineral
spirits available when we arrive in the France. There will be a
charge for these.
Make sure you bring empty, sealable containers with you for
your Liquin and thinner.
Paper Towels (if you have extra room when packing, you may want to fill it up with paper towel. The local paper towel is often thin and small.)
B pencils, Kneaded eraser, sharpener
Paint box, bag or backpack to carry supplies
Wet paint carrier (Available at Artmate).
Appropriate clothing for outdoor painting:
Be prepared for the possibility that it may be blustery, or occasionally wet. Bring some waterproof foot gear)
water bottle
painting umbrella

Please note that the workshop fee is for tuition only. Transportation to and from France, car rental, accommodations, meals, travel insurance, and other incidentals are the responsibility of each student.

Reading List

For those of you who can't wait to get to France, and need to start reading...NOW!, here are a couple of suggestions.

Celestine by Gillian Tindall. 

Set in Chassignolles, it's a wonderful introduction to rural France. Here's a review of Celestine by W. S. Merwin, the US Poet Laureate, in the New York Times.

Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier,
is set not so terribly far from La Chatre. It is             
a coming-of-age novel, and one of the great
classics of French literature. Here's a review 
by Julian Barnes, a contemporary English 
writer, and winner of the Booker Prize.

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