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Art and Photography Workshops in South West France in the Lot-et-Garonne

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A choice of workshops to cover every creative need. All of the workshops are flexible in their content, depending on the current knowledge and ability of delegates.
All Art Workshops are run by Jo-Anne Surridge at her home at  
La Castagnère, 47120, Pardaillan, France

PAINTING WORKSHOPS - 3 or 5 Days
Watercolour, pastel and acrylics

Whatever your preferred medium your tutor is on site to offer professional help and advice,


After guests have arrived and settled into their rooms, everyone is invited to meet their painting tutor to discuss activities for the coming week over an aperitif on the terrace.

Supper is an opportunity to get to know one another and enjoy a delicious three course meal with wine produced by our neigbouring vineyard Vieux Bourg


After a breakfast of freshly baked croissants/bread, home-made jams, coffee and tea, you can spend the day painting around the house, in neighbouring vines and prune groves, or in the comfort of our fully  equipped Cabin Studio.


For a change from painting you may wish to take an afternoon stroll or cycle ride or simply relax in our gardens, the covered terraces, or picnic on location and then come together at the end of the each day for a review of your work and dine alfresco on the terrace or in the homely country kitchen.

WORKSHOP DATES - PLEASE EMAIL US FOR DATES

WORKSHOP PRICES   
3 DAY  £495   Non-delegate £245        

5 DAY  £795  Non-delegate £345

Prices include 4 or 6 nights accommodation, breakfast, light lunch and 4 course dinner with half a carafe of wine per person.
We can collect and return you to Bergerac Airport at no additional cost.

ART RESTORATION WORKSHOPS - 5 DAY WORKSHOP


‘A picture is never just a picture’


Winton Fine Art offers a practical and historical introduction to the amazing world of Picture Conservation.


With a BA Honours Degree in the History of Art and Design Jo-Anne Surridge is a Member of The UK Institute of Conservation and worked for over fifteen years within the Public Sector as the Principal Paper Conservator for the Hampshire County Museums and Library Service before opening her own Studio.


Whether you are a budding conservator, an art student or keen amateur, this all inclusive week will give you a taste for Conservation with good professional advice and skills.


You will have the opportunity to work on original artifacts and documents, as well as learning some basic framing and repair techniques.


You will be able to discuss the day’s workshops over an aperitif, then enjoy a delicious four course meal with wine.


There will be time to explore the local towns, visit local galleries, explore the local bastide towns or just relax with us at La Castagnere.

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WORKSHOP PRICES        5 DAY  £850

Prices include 6 nights accommodation, breakfast, light lunch and 4 course dinner with half a carafe of wine per person.
We can collect and return you to Bergerac Airport at no additional cost.

GILDING AND PAINT EFFECTS - 3 AND 5 DAY WORKSHOPS

‘Turn Shabby into Chic’


This three day all inclusive workshop covers the basic techniques of Gilding and Paint effects, with practical workshops covering restoration and repair techniques.  

Bring your own piece or choose from our collection of frames, mirrors and furniture to turn shabby into chic.


You will have time during the week to visit local Brocantes in the area, work on our own choice of furniture and frames, or simply relax and take advantage of the many activities we offer.


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WORKSHOP PRICES        
3 DAY  £500   Non-delegate £245        

5 DAY  £800  Non-delegate £345

Prices include 4 or 6 nights accommodation, breakfast, light lunch and 4 course dinner with half a carafe of wine per person, all materials, equipment and gold leaf.
We can collect and return you to Bergerac Airport at no additional cost.


CREATIVE ART - VISUAL ARTS, PAPIER MÂCHÉ, SCULPTURE - 3 OR 5 DAYS


Discover the Artist within.

Take advantage of our beautiful countryside to inspire you.

Choose a three day course to get you going or a five day course with a chance to exhibit and sell your work. Whether you want natural surroundings as inspiration or our studio environment your tutor is on site to offer professional help.

Take the opportunity to exhibit alongside other artists on our five day exhibition course.

WORKSHOP DATES - PLEASE EMAIL US FOR DATES

WORKSHOP PRICES   
3 DAY  £495   Non-delegate £245
Children participating - 6-13 yrs £245, 14-16 £395, over 16 £495
        

5 DAY  £795  Non-delegate £345
Children participating - 6-13 yrs £545, 14-16 £695, over 16 £795
        

Prices include 4 or 6 nights accommodation, breakfast, light lunch and 4 course dinner with half a carafe of wine per person.
We can collect and return you to Bergerac Airport at no additional cost

CREATIVE WRITING - 3 and 5 DAYS WORKSHOPS

How to get going

Have you always wanted to write but never found quite the right moment?

Amidst the tranquility of Prune trees and vines, La Castagnere is the perfect environment for creative writing. Our professional tutorials will get you started. The friendly intimate atmosphere provides the perfect setting for creativity and exchange of ideas.


Over the three day course we will help you unleash the writer within, with practical workshops to get the pen flowing and the imagination alive. We will also guide you through the labyrinth of Agents, editors and Publishers.


You can take time on your own to reflect and write or use your free days to gain inspiration from the Towns and Countryside of the Lot-et-Garonne.


So what next….

Don’t think that the end of the holiday is the end of your writing. We offer a ten week mentoring course on line to help advise and encourage your writing skills.


For a change from writing you may wish to take an afternoon stroll or cycle ride or simply relax in our gardens on the covered terraces, or picnic on location and then come together at the end of the each day for a review of your work and dine alfresco on the terrace or in the homely country kitchen.

WORKSHOP DATES - PLEASE EMAIL US FOR DATES

WORKSHOP PRICES   
3 DAY  £450   Non-delegate £245        

5 DAY  £750  Non-delegate £345
10 week mentoring online - £250

Prices include 4 or 6 nights accommodation, breakfast, light lunch and 4 course dinner with half a carafe of wine per person.
We can collect and return you to Bergerac Airport at no additional cost.

LIFE AT LA CASTAGNÈRE
You can find out more about La Castagnère by clicking here.

To contact Jo-Anne Surridge about your chosen workshop:

Telephone: 0033 (0) 5 53 93 49 88  Mobile: 0033 (0) 6 87 12 54 91

Or email: enquiries@lacastagnere.com