Pastel Workshop with Nancy Nowak in Spain, Sept 24-Oct 1, 2021
Pastel Workshop with Nancy Nowak in Spain, Sept 24-Oct 1, 2021
Pastel Workshop Description: “Plein Air Simplified”
Come join Nancy Nowak for a week long adventure in the magnificent Costa Brava, Spain.
Learn to capture the light and mood of the moment and boost your observational and painting skills while exploring the beauty of Spain. In this 7 day plein air workshop, you will develop confidence by learning the key steps and techniques to work more successfully in painting diverse outdoor scenes, from Spain’s magnificent sandy beaches and rocky coves and cliffs, to beautiful seaside towns, and medieval villages.
Nancy covers many tips and techniques of composing and designing your painting on location using the glorious medium of pastel. Working with shapes, values, edges and color, Nancy will help guide you to edit, simplify and interpret the scene to tell a story and create that emotional response in the viewer that all artists seek.
By working quickly and efficiently, learn how to not get bogged down by detail and stay loose. If you are new to plein air painting or want to take your skills to the next level, this class is geared towards you.
Nancy’s daily demos will include discussion on materials, composition, value studies, color temperature and color harmony, importance of simplifying, massing, underpainting, edge work and analysis on what makes a successful and impactful painting.
Nancy Nowak, an experienced and enthusiastic artist and teacher, will keep things fun, and engaging while offering a wealth of information. Individual attention at your easel will be a high priority!
About Nancy Nowak, PSA, IAPS-MC, AIS:
Nancy Nowak is passionate about sharing her knowledge of art. A graduate from Cleveland Institute of Art, with a BFA degree, Nancy has exhibited her pastel and oil paintings throughout the US, Italy, and France and her work has won numerous top national and international awards.
Nancy’s paintings have been featured in Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Pratique des Arts and multiple times in Pastel Journal Magazine, along with receiving 1st place in the Pastel Journal Magazines’ Top 100 for her landscape. Other award highlights are Pastel Journal Magazines’s Top 100 where her painting stood out in a field of approximately 2,500 entries to earn the Ruth Richeson Pastel Gold Award (Third Place) in March/April 2018, as well as first place in the landscape category (Pastel Journal March/April 2016), First place in both Duluth Plein Air 2019 and Stone Mountain Plein Air (2017) Events, Best Pastel Award in The American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, as well as other numerous awards.
Nancy has been a sought after art instructor and conducts national workshops in pastel. Nancy is a board member and has achieved Master Circle status with the International Association of Pastel Societies, is a Signature Member of Pastel Society of America, a Signature Member of American Impressionist Society and Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society. Originally from New Jersey, Nancy now resides in Suwanee, GA.
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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.
For the last day, we will stay in the village by-the-sea. They are endless vignettes to paint:
cliffs and rocks, boats on the beach, white-washed houses or a magnificent fortress on the beach right in front of the hotel. We will finish our workshop by a “Show and Tell” or ‘Critique” while sipping some sangria before going to the restaurant for our farewell dinner.
It is time to say Hasta Luego!!
After our last breakfast, we will drive you back to Barcelona (either the airport or downtown). We will get to Barcelona around noon so make sure your flight is not before 3pm.
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. You can even paint from your balcony, the blue water or the village below.
All rooms have TV, satellite, hairdryer, safety deposit box and wifi.
Dates: Sept 24-Oct 1, 2021 Pastel Workshop with Nancy Nowak – Max: 12 Participants
Sign up early and save $200!
Rates: $3,190 before Jan 30 ($3,390 after Jan 30) for a double occupancy standard room
+ $550 for single standard room
+ $900 for a room with breathtaking sea view (The $900 is for the room so if you are sharing a room, the supplement is $450 per person)
Non Painters (sharing a room with a painter) are welcome to join. They will get a $400 discount. They will go on excursions with the group and share the meals included in the package.
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 of the workshop you are interested in (not just the destination since we do have several workshops at the same location) 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
3 methods of payment:
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…). Do not make any travel arrangement before we tell you that the trip has a guaranteed departure.
Your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure. Make sure to review below our cancelation policy in case you need to cancel the trip.
|If you cancel the trip:||Cancellation Fee per Person|
|If French Escapade cancels||You get a full refund|
|More than 90 days before departure||The $600 deposit is forfeited
(however $500 can be transferred-only one time-to another trip with a departure date within 2 years of cancelation date)
|61-90 days before departure||50% of total cost forfeited|
|31-60 days before departure||75% of total cost forfeited|
|0-30 days before departure||100% of total cost forfeited|