A Must for all Plein-Air Painters!

What a ‘Joy of Joys’ it is, to be painting Sunflowers in nature! If you have ever craved the chance to paint them then this is your big opportunity! Paint alongside your experienced tutor who will demonstrate strategy after strategy in the aim of capturing one of nature’s most enduringly captivating phenomena- SUNFLOWERS!

Marvel at the principles that plein-air artists use to provide a sense of space and convey the mood that only a Sunflower Field can emit. Revel at how your painting, makes the eye fleet from one corner of the field to the next,hypnotised by the golden aura of this beautiful flower. Learn a process of a gradual building up of layers a strategy that through guidance will ultimately reward you and the vouyeur with a mesmerising composition, full of depth and colour!

Over the course of ten days, you will become very familiar with the anatomy of the plant, its flower, how rows and columns and still more rows and columns can be suggested and captured. You will become immersed in the flowers and do battle with their legions, until you or they are tamed through painting onto a canvas that you will cherish as a reminder of your intensely insightful time together!

Whenever you are asked if you have ever painted Sunflowers, you can savour a thoughtfully timed response  and look your inquisitor in the eye and smile as you reply,ever so naturally, “Yes, I painted Fields of Sunflowers in Italy!”.  With the knowledge, pride and glory of a seasoned veteran!

Just do it, its worth every penny and more!

This course is suitable for beginners to advanced.

Your experienced tutor will demonstrate the principal techniques in the most popular painting media today. This course really is a must for anyone wishing to take up painting and drawing for the first time and those who have lapsed from their easels over the years as well as experienced painters wanting to paint away from their usual surroundings. All art materials, easels and aprons are supplied.

For Groups: If you are wishing to come to The Retreat with your painting group, we are happy to arrange a specific course of your choice for you. Group discounts apply. Simply contact us with your requirements.

Room Type 10 Day Course
Twin/Double room p.p. £ 1,500
Single Room £ 1,700
Twin/Double en-suite p.p.  £ 1,600
Single en-suite p.p. £ 1,800
Non-painters £   800

For Groups: If you are wishing to come to The Retreat with your painting group, we are happy to arrange a specific course of your choice for you. Group discounts apply. Simply contact us with your requirements.

Non-painting partners are welcome at a reduced rate and can join us on all our trips and excursions.

10% discount for returning visitors

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