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Art and Painting Holidays - About

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French Coastal Breaks run a successful cottage rental business set in rural Normandy and offer the opportunity to run painting holidays based at our three cottages - La Cidrerie.

The next Painting Course is being run for six days on 10th June 2017.

Tuition and full board pp - £750.00
Full board (non painting partner) - £525.00

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Hilary will be your experienced art tutor with husband John running the residential side, including details of course booking, knowledge of the French customs and language and transport where necessary.

We are conveniently situated in the beautiful village of St Pierre Langers.

The three stone cottage have been sympathetically restored and are sheltered within a courtyard area with large gardens boasting tranquil views over the medieval Abbaye De La Lucerne.

Cider Cottage will be our painting base and it has access to a large adjoining barn for shelter and shade.

Read an article from Paint magazine about a lucky winner who won a course at La Cidrerie - page 1 / page 2

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Guest accommodation consists of one double and a twin-bedded room in Orchard Cottage, and one double and one three-bedded room in both Cider and Apple Cottages.

The area boasts a wide range of painting opportunities including Le Mont St Michel, sandy beaches, slat marshes, fishing ports, rural scenery and a wide variety of lively markets - all typical of this beautiful part of Normandy.

Course Title : Freedom with Watercolours
Tutor: Hilary Frame
Level of Ability:  All levels catered for.
Course Details: Five days of tuition plus introductory evening.

Aims Of The Course
This course is designed to cater to personal and individual preferences using watercolours as the primary painting medium, although there will be occasions when we will use other media to enhance and liven the work. Some students may prefer to use other media eg. Acrylic,gouache etc which is also perfectly acceptable.
Students will be encouraged to develop an open- minded approach when exploring the beautiful locality and respond to it in a free and adventurous style. Students will be inspired to respond creatively and freely to a variety of subjects, and they will receive sound re-iteration of drawing and painting techniques. Each student should gain confidence in his or her ability to produce exciting and visually pleasing paintings.
There will be opportunities to re-visit drawing, colour mixing, composition and the  rules of perspective throughout the week.

General  Content of the Course
During the week there will be visits to a variety of locations, including the historic town and harbour of Granville and the famous Mont St Michel where we will complete sketches which can be worked up into finished paintings on our return to the studio at La Cidrerie. There are also numerous painting sites within walking distance of our beautiful homes and gardens,  these include the inspiring Abbaye de la Lucerne and numerous woodland and rural beauty spots.
We will paint outdoors whenever possible or desirable, or in the studio of Cider Cottage.
Please bring any appropriate photographs you have which may be suitable for inspiration and a reproduction of a painting that you like (by someone else) for a discussion in composition. A camera is also a good aid when sketching and drawing.

Health and Safety
Hilary will instruct all guests in health and safety issues relevant to this course and at the variety of locations.

Tuition and full board pp £750.000
Full board (non-painting partner) £525.00

In addition to the formal painting courses Hilary is willing to provide tuition to adults and/or children who book into any of our of our holiday cottages, at a reduced fee, when she is in France. Please enquire when booking as to her availability.

Normandy has great scope for buying and cooking wonderful food. We will cater for any special needs. The local cider will be available and all meals will be taken in Orchard Cottage.

Coffee or Tea breaks during the day with delicious treats from the local boulangerie will give you plenty of painting energy before our evening meal consisting of 3 courses plus coffee and chocolates taken altogether in Orchard Cottage's ample and welcoming kitchen.

1 x large double room - Orchard cottage (Supp £50.00), and one twin
1 x twin, 1 double-shared bathroom-Apple Cottage
1 x twin, 1 double- shared bathrooom-Cider Cottage

Kitchens are fully equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, dishwasher and washing machine.

Students can use their own transport and can book a reduced fare with Brittany Ferries when staying at La Cidrerie. (contact us for reference number)
Students can be collected from the ferry terminal at Caen Ouistreham, St Malo or Cherbourg with prior booking. (Travelling time from the above ports is approximately 1hr 15mins)

Internet Access
Free WiFi is available in all the cottages.

Non-Painting Partners
Visits can be arranged to a variety of local places of interest for example, The D-Day landing beaches,local markets and Le Mont St Michel.

To Book a place on one of the courses please contact us directly via email or telephone.

Email Hilary or John Frame at (include your name and telephone number), or
Telephone us on 01243 82 68 40 or 0033 (0)967 13 75 38.

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