You are planning for a week away with a friend and want, besides relaxing and discovering a new area, to spend some time on being creative? Then come to our B&B and follow a course in painting, felting or soapstone sculpting according your personal ideas. You may book a workshop for minimal two and maximal four persons. Workshop time is 10 to 20 hours per week.
You may decide to have during 5 days a 2 hours course in the morning and spending time in the afternoon on other activities. Even so, you might want to have also in the afternoon 2 hours. All is possible. You are free to continuing working after course time. A workshop week can start on any day when available. I plan to give two times a one-week course per month, in the months April, May, June, September and October. We offer dining with us but it certainly will be nice to eat out a few times in one of the many good restaurants in town.
You may choose from painting with acrylic, pastel or aquarelle. We paint in the garden or in my atelier when the weather is not in our favour. The colours and shapes of our garden may inspire you but of course you may like abstract painting or just follow your fantasy. You will learn how to use the material, techniques and to set up your theme. I will give you practical advice during the course. As I will base the workshop on your wishes, it is suitable for beginners but also experienced persons can develop their skills. I paint for more then 30 years and have used all techniques. All material is available so you do not have to bring anything. Just inform me what size of canvas you want to use. We work form 10:00 to 12:00 am and/or from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Outside these hours you are free to continuing work on your own or to relax, whatever you like.Ps. I can teach you also the techniques of painting with oil paint but you will not be able to finish a painting in one week as oil needs to dry between layers.
This workshop shows you how you can create your own piece of jewellery, or other object, with wool, water and soap. Working with natural materials, experiencing the sensation of how the material changes under your hands is a very pleasant relaxing activity. All materials are available and you don't need any experience with felting. A workshop of 10 hours gives one day is normally enough to learn all aspects of felting and to create your first piece of jewellery. We work from 10:00 to 12:00am and/or from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Outside these times you are free to continue working or to relax.
The carving, filing, sanding and polishing of the stone creates lots of dust so we only work outside or in the garage. All material is available and you learn to choose the stone that suits you, considering the shape, colour and hardness and how to imagine the final three-dimensional structure. After the introduction you start to work on your stone under guidance. It can take up to several days before your sculpture is ready. A hard stone takes more time than a soft stone to shape. Patience is important but in return it is a very relaxing activity that makes you forget the world around you. Support is available at certain times during the day.
This workshop is costing less than the workshops painting and felting because you work most of the time on your own.
7 nights B&B with 10 hours course time (painting or felting):
with two persons: 390 € per person
with four persons: 320 € per person
extra course hours: respectively 10€ / 5€ per hour per person.
Costs for material are extra, see hereunder.
A workshop soapstone sculpture costs for two persons 320 € per person. With four people participating 250 € per persoon.
Lunch: 10 €
Supper: 19,50 €
You design your week program as you wish. If you wish to dine with us, it will be sufficient to tell us the day before. In the case that you prefer to book the whole week all-in we offer you, based on two persons, a price of 560 € per week and person. This includes seven nights B&B, ten hours of course time (painting or felting), seven diners and six lunches, wine/water and coffee/tee with supper inclusive.
We ask a down payment of 20% on reservation. The remaining amount is due two weeks before the workshop starts. We prefer that both payments are done by bank transfer or bank check. Extra's, material costs etc can be paid in cash on the day of departure. We restitute your down payment when you cancel your reservation not later than 8 weeks before the starting date.
Material costs will be calculated from the actually used basis materials and a contribution for the use of atelier tools. For all workshops you should count on 30 to 60 euros.
You probably come by airplane that makes it difficult to bring your painting or sculpture(s) home with you. However, we can ship a painting of maximal 60 x 80 cm or a sculpture for a maximimum weight of 15 kg to the UK for about 30 to 40 euros, well packed in a wooden packaging.
From many towns in the UK it it easy to fly on a direct flight to Bergerac which is only 50 km away from us. We will bring and collect you for free.
Cities that fly from spring to automn to Bergerac are London Stansted, Nottingham, Southampton and Liverpool.
Schedules from other cities start only in May or June and stop earlier, like East Midlands, Birmingham, London City, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds Bradfort and Bristol.
For example a return flight from London Stansted to Bergerac costs between 80 and 200 £
In case you you want to explore the Périgord it is quite cheap to rent a car for 1 or more days in Périgueux. A small car costs for 3 days 100 euros, including an insurance to limit your own risk to 200 €. You do not need a car in town. Our house is only 1.5 km's from the old town center.