Art Retreats and Painting Holidays

Painting Workshop, Gastronomy and Wine Tour with renowned Australian artist Gabrielle Jones

24 June - 31 July 2017

Gab.jpgSouthern Burgundy, a region of rolling hills covered in woods, vineyards and meadowland scattered with Romanesque churches and lakes, is renowned for being both unspoilt and welcoming, with its tranquillity, easy-going lifestyle and unique blend of nature and culture.

Day 1 – Saturday
Meet your host at Macon Station and transfer to your Villa in beautiful Burgundy.

Day 2 – Sunday
Morning painting workshop. Afternoon tour to a prehistoric underground cave in the area – one of the most notable, Grottes d'Azé. Human beings have occupied these caves from the Middle Stone Age until the Middle Ages, leaving behind many tools and everyday objects. The wealth of the collections in the caves or in the archaeological museum and the unusual geology of the site place the Grottes d‘Azé among the greatest prehistoric caves.

Day 3 – Monday
Morning: visit to the bustling market in Marcigny, a 40 minute drive through the stunning Brionnais countryside. Food, clothing, animals – a typical French market in a medieval setting close to the Loire River. We can either picnic down by the river or lunch at one of the busy eateries in town. We’ll then wend our way home stopping first at Semur en Brionnais, one of the most beautiful villages in France and then at La Clayette. Here you can sketch the castle by the lake and sample chocolate (free) at the Dufoux shop, where the now famous chocolatier set up his first shop 60+ years ago.
Evening: Optional music evening

Day 4 – Tuesday
En Plein Air Paint and Sketch All Day. Morning: Visit Mont St Cyr, at 771 metres the highest point in Southern Burgundy. On a clear day Mont Blanc (highest mountain in Europe) can be seen over 150 miles away. Picnic lunch. Afternoon visit to the Arboretum de Pezanin, one of the oldest arboretums in France set around a beautiful lake. More than 400 species of trees and shrubs from all over the world, including some exotic varieties rarely seen in Europe, have been planted in this peaceful setting. Stop off for coffee, cake, ice cream or maybe a Pastis in Dompierre les Ormes.

Day 5 – Wednesday
Morning Formal Workshop. Afternoon: Visit Chateau Cormatin and village arts centre. Between Tournus and Cluny in the heart of southern Burgundy, the 17th Century Baroque Chateau de Cormatin awaits you with its wonderful gardens and water features. It was built by the Marquises of Huxelles to show their power and prestige: wide moat, turrets, high rusticated
basement, gunports and drawbridge, the castle was meant to impress. It has succeeded to this day. The village of Cormatin also has a lively arts centre with 200 local artisan exhibitors.

Day 6 – Thursday
En Plein Air Paint and Sketch All Day. Tour magnificent Cluny: Prior to the building of St Peter’s in Rome, the abbey in Cluny was the largest church in Christendom. Another beautifully preserved medieval town, Cluny boasts the national stud, Abbey ruins, Tour des Fromages (which is open the public and offers fantastic views) and many cafes and boutiques. We can stop off on the way back at the hill top village of Suin with its 10th century church, towering statue of the Madonna and sculpture of a roman centurion. Here you will find the line that divides the waters that feed the Mediterranean to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the West.

Day 7 – Friday
En Plein Air Sketch All Day. Wine tasting day in the Macon Village/Beaujolais: Morning – tasting at Denuziller in Solutre (white wines) followed by lunch at La Courtille. Afternoon drive through the Beaujolais hills to second wine tasting with Roger Bonjour (mostly reds). Stop for coffee at Fleuri on way home. Domaine Denuziller is situated in the heart of Solutré-Pouilly. This family owned and managed domaine dates back to 1919. Today it consists of over 14 hectares of vineyards. Bonjour is situated further south at Courcelles en Beaujolais. Morgon, Fleuri, some sparkling and a very nice grape juice for the non-drinkers.

Day 8 – Saturday
Breakfast and transfer to Macon Station.

Gabrielle Jones, Australian Fine Artist

The work of award winning artist, Gabrielle Jones, has been described by Charles Blackman, artist, as “ …full of shining light, radiant… [she] lets the inner things – her soul – come into her painting [and] evokes feelings from the viewer”.
Gabrielle Jones is a graduate in Fine Art from Australia’s prestigious National Art School as well as from the University of Sydney for Education.
She has held a number of solo shows including exhibitions in Australia, Tahiti, Spain and Canada and was also appointed ‘Artist in Residence’ at artist Arthur Boyd’s property in Bundanon.
Her teaching experience includes an appointment as drawing instructor in 2012 at the Sydney Biennale events and six years in her own art school in Sydney’s Balmain. Her tuition ranges from the fundamentals of art to advanced painting techniques for students to take their art to the next level

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