Pastel Workshop in Spain with Teacher Gail Sibley
Pastel Workshop in Spain with Teacher Gail Sibley
“In this crazy, busy world, sometimes what’s needed is a time and place to slow down and refresh your creative soul and this painting retreat on the Costa Brava fits the bill. With everything taken care of by Jackie, all you need to do is relax and paint!
Painting “en plein air” means being fully present to the experience of painting on location. As you observe and paint, every sight, sound, smell, and experience in the environment becomes part of your painting. That’s part of the joy that comes with working from life rather than a photo. But with this adventure of painting en plein air can come a feeling of overwhelm. In this workshop, we’ll go through the process of creating on location step-by-step, from choosing what you’re going to paint, to simplifying the scene, to drawing up a thumbnail (a getting-to-know-you tool and one which will stand you in good stead in this process), to blocking in the big shapes, and then to moving towards more detail. We’ll go over the importance of understanding values and how this knowledge can liberate your color choices and interpretation of a scene. All aspects of what goes into creating a successful painting will be covered including perspective (linear and aerial), composition, color harmonies and dissonance, temperature, dominance, and edges.
And we’ll be doing it all in pastels! With this versatile medium, we can make quick, energetic sketches or more fully realized paintings. So as to make it easy to transport our painting materials, we’ll work with a limited palette and see how we can make the most with it.
I’ll demonstrate daily plus I’ll give lots of one-on-one direction on site. We’ll also gather as a group at the end of the day to discuss and critique the day’s paintings over a glass of wine. Each day will offer us a new and different location and they’ll be many subjects to choose from, whether a broad seascape, a corner of a village, or a close-up of a flower – something for all preferences.
My teaching style is to pass on all I know while at the same time encouraging the complete emergence of your own voice. It’s all easy-going with plenty of room for laughter and fun!
The workshop is suitable for all levels but some experience with drawing and pastels would be helpful. To all participants, if you haven’t already purchased it, I’ll offer a copy of my online course, ‘Pastel Painting En Plein Air.‘
Can’t wait to meet you in the warm embrace of Spain!”
We will pick you up at a specific hotel downtown Barcelona and drive you to our hotel located in one of the most exclusive beaches on the Costa Brava. Upon your arrival at our hotel by the sea, take time to settle in or start enjoying the wonderful white-washed and preserved fisherman village on the beach.
Enjoy the beach in front of the hotel, walk along the pristine seashore, take in the sun from the terrace or have a drink in the Mediterranean breeze.
Before dinner, we will take an easy walk along the shore that offers breathtaking vistas along the way.
In the evening, you will enjoy a welcome reception followed by a delicious dinner.
This “little fishing village” is a hidden gem among all other villages along the Northern Costa Brava. This village is made up of endless rocks, cliffs and extremely beautiful beaches.
The parish church lies in the center of the village and is surrounded by numerous small, windy alleys, which lead down to the beach and give this village its picturesque charm.
Ten minutes up the road, lies The Jardi Botanic de Cap Roig. It is considered one of the most important botanical gardens in the Mediterranean.
The most characteristic plant species in the Mediterranean region mix with trees and plants from other continents are a must see and a must paint…
High above the bay, the garden offers stunning views towards the ocean.
In 1927, a Russian Colonel and his English wife began building a castle and a magnificent park. The garden runs down in terraces from the castle to the sea. These ornamental and extremely beautiful gardens contain over 1000 species of plants and flowers from all over the world.
As you walk through the narrow village streets, next to the city walls, towers and churches, you will feel as though you have walked into a new time altogether.
The stone archways, cobblestone streets and wrought balconies adorned with flowers create a welcoming feel in this Romanesque village.
For those interested we will go to see the largest surrealistic object in the world created by Dalí, the Dalí Theatre-Museu in the town of Figueres, his birthplace.
We will step inside the surreal world of Salvador Dalí and find a museum like none other. Dalí wanted visitors to see his massive collection as a ‘whole’ work and therefore refused to have his works placed in chronological or subject order.
Inside is a world of fantasy mixed with architecture, paintings and sculptures. It’s a complete surrealistic experience.
Leaving the countryside for a more urban atmosphere, we will drive to Barcelona and settle into our new hotel in the center of town.
Lunch: Free Time
You will have free time for lunch. Why not go to the Market of la Boqueria with its incredible contrast between colours and activity, an ideal place to discover why Mediterranean cuisine is internationally known due to its ingredients?
All of the best products from Catalonia in one place: fruit, vegetables, fish, seafood and the world famous ham de Belota, the “pata negra”.
Afternoon: Medieval and Gothic Quarter
On this guided tour, we will walk through the ancient narrow streets of one of the best preserved medieval districts in Europe. Discover the secrets behind the stones of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.
You will learn about ancient and current traditions of Catalonia, about the differences between being Spanish and Catalan while discovering the stunning Gothic architecture of Barcelona’s most magical neighborhood.
Evening: Dinner and Flamenco
In the evening, we will have our farewell dinner together followed by a wonderful and unforgettable Flamenco show. Flamenco singers, dancers and guitar players will be offering a powerful staging and musical event.
It is time to say Hasta Luego! But don’t worry – you’ll be back. We just know it!
You can choose to stay a few more days in Barcelona or fly home if you have to.
We have chosen this friendly and peaceful hotel located in the heart of the Costa Brava. Come and let yourself be carried away by emotions!
The hotel sits on bluffs overlooking the coves of a hidden preserved beach of the Costa Brava.
Besides magnificent views, the hotel grounds boast a shaded terrace and beautifully wooded gardens.
The village’s narrowing streets and picturesque fishermen’s cottages form an idyllic backdrop to the stunning Mediterranean coast.
Some rooms have a balcony with sea view (very few available so book early). Enjoy exceptional views of the white fishing village and the blue sea in a comfortable, intimate and relaxed atmosphere. All rooms have TV, satellite, air conditioning, heating, hairdryer and safety deposit box.
Book Early and Save $200!
Before November 30, 2017
US $2,990 (double room)
+ US $350 (single room)
+ US $700 (double or single with sea view)
$400 discount for non-painters
After November 30, 2017
US $3,190 (double room)
+ US$ 350 (single room)
+ US$ 700 (double or single with sea view)
$400 discount for non-painters
To Make Your Reservation for a French Escapade Tour please follow the steps below and review our Cancellation Policy:
Send us an e-mail to check availability. Include the dates you are interested in and the number of people you will be reserving a spot for.
After receiving confirmation of availability, complete and submit the Reservation Form and send your $600 deposit check to:
French Escapade LLC
2389 Blackpool Place
San Leandro, CA 94577
If you live in the US:
We will send you a written confirmation of your reservation along with an information package for your trip (info about pick up and drop off, recommended insurance, name of a travel agent, what to bring, etc…).
Your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
|Days Prior to Tour Start||Cancellation Fee per Person|
|More than 90 Days||$600
(deposit forfeited, but transferable to another trip with a $50 admin fee)
|61-90 Days||50% of total cost|
|31-60 Days||75% of total cost|
|0-30 Days||100% of total cost|