CLARENS ART RETREAT  17-21 SEPTEMBER 2017

 My midweek art retreat will be focused on landscape and plein-air, and it will mainly be structured around painting.  There will be six art sessions, each in succession from the previous in three days of around 3 hours each.  You will only produce one painting concentrating on technique and structure, and maybe you will do a few other painting exercises.  You need to be okay with simple drawing skills but I will help you if you struggle.

Lodging will be in a nice B&B where we will also have our in-house sessions. 

I cover the basics, then move on to all other disciplines of landscaping.  If we have bad weather we will only be in-house, working from photographs.

Landscape starts with good composition – many of us tend to overindulge in detail and forego cohesion and harmony.  You need to lead the eye and use correct values. 

I like painting with thick paint (impasto) but start by planning the painting very thoroughly, in fact I never start painting impasto if my planning leaves me uninspired. 

Another pitfall is incorrect colour ranges, and blending.  Blending needs to be minimal.  Accents and contrasts and edgings need to entice the eye and not fight with one another for dominance.  Simplicity is key.  Another cow or cloud may ruin your efforts.  Between sessions I will reserve lunch and dinner for us at various eateries, but they are optional.  If you have the means to stay an extra day or two for other excursions you should book for it as soon as possible.  After the afternoon sessions, you will have a few hours to rest or explore but it may not be enough for you.

 The itinerary is as follows:


 SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER   

 Check into Ash River Lodge AFTER 2PM.   Each Person will have his/her own room.   Some units have a seating areas, depending on your time of booking.  Enjoy a cup of tea while looking out at the mountain or garden.  Every room has a private bathroom. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer.  Ash River Lodge features free Wi-Fi.  A TV is offered.

Breakfast is included every morning of your stay, overlooking the mountains.  All studio sessions include coffee, tea and biscuits.  Wine and other drinks can be organized. 

7pm  Dinner      

 MONDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

8am  Breakfast  Outline and overview of course, The role of Observation, Impatience

9am  Session 1  Plein Air Introduction (On-site, in nature):  Finding your composition and Observation, Values, Colour and general notes

Sketching your composition

1pm  Lunch - Picnic Style

2pm  Session 2  In Studio, at Ash River Lodge

  1. Canvas Preparation
  2. Outlining your composition
  3. Value Planning
  4. Colour Mixing and preparation for Day 2

7pm   Dinner   Clementine

TUESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER

8am  Breakfast                    

9am  Session 3   Plein Air – on site

  1. Set-up
  2. Applying Colour
  3. Observation – Values

1pm  Lunch  

2pm Session 4  In Studio, at Ash River Lodge

  1. Observation
  2. Blending

7pm  Dinner    

WEDNESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

8am  Breakfast

9am  Session 5  In Studio, at Ash River Lodge

  1. Creating Harmony and Movement
  2. Reworking trouble areas and leading the eyes.
  3. Contrasts and accents

1pm  Lunch  

2pm  Session 6  In Studio, at Ash River Lodge

  1. Practice and Theory
  2. Demos and Queries
  3. The End

7pm  Dinner                                            

 THURSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

 8am   Breakfast

10am  Leave


Materials Needed:

Oil Paints:  Titanium White, Viridian or Pthalo Green, Cerulean Blue, French Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Rode Madder, Cad Red Light or Naphtol Red or Orange-Red, Yellow Ochre, Cad Yellow or Chrome Yellow.

Brushes:  Flat or Filbert Hog – MUST be good quality like Daler Rowney: No 2,4,6.8 and a Point Number 0 or 1

Palette knife

Canvas: 2 x Stretched canvas 14 x 18”

Other: Flat Pallet, Artists Spirits or Odourless Turpentine and a Jar with Lid, Paper Towel, Rag and Toilet Paper, Zip Lock Bags for Refuse

Drawing:  HB Pencil, Charcoal stick, Eraser and Sharpener.

Carry Case

Fold-up chair:  Please bring a small fold-up chair for outside use.

Easels:  There will be table easels available for each person at your disposal, but will not be suitable for outdoor painting.  You can use a French Easel but they are expensive and cumbersome.  You can paint on your lap or use any kind of A frame.

Camera:  Most smart phones have good cameras, or you can use mine.  I will also have a printer to print your photos with for in-studio sessions.

All Materials can be purchased individually or as a pack and delivered through us.  The “Pack” includes the abovementioned 9 Georgian oil paints, 5 Georgian brushes, a palette knife, 2 stretched canvasses 14 x 18, palette, 250ml artists spirits, a pencil, a charcoal stick, sharpener and eraser at R 1600.00 We can get a French easel at R 1820 for you.

 Landline - +27-11-972-8557

Office - 082-786-4071

Ajay - 071-473-4469

ajay@ajaysart.co.za