The theme of this international painting course is inspired by the idea that "Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations,” (Paul Cezanne). This idea will serve as the jumping off point for our week-long painting retreat led by Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo at the Château de La Napoule on the French Riviera.
Working in oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc, students will live and work at the Château which is perched on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea in La Napoule, France. Students are housed both in the Château and in a private Villa on the grounds. Most meals take place in the grand dining room of the Château. With its eight acres of formal gardens and sculpture adorned architecture, the Château holds two coveted distinctions from the French Ministry of Culture: Monument Historique and Jardin Remarkable.
The retreat’s ideal students are those who are comfortable in their media of choice and who are interested in their own personal development. Unfortunately, the retreat (this year at least) is not intended for beginner students as we will not be discussing technique or materials on a novice level.
We will hold an Informational Session on Sunday, December 2nd from 3:00-4:00PM in MECA’s Osher Hall. Meet Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo, discuss the curriculum, view slides from previous retreats and learn more about the history of the Château.
Trip Dates: May 15-22, 2019
Trip Fees: $1875 - $3000 per person (prices vary depending on single or double occupancy). This fee includes: course tuition, most meals (continental breakfast, dinner -Monday to Friday) and final group dinner. This fee does not include airfare.
To Register: Please call the CS Office at 207.699.5061. A $500 nonrefundable deposit is due upon registration. Final payments are due February 1. Spaces are limited!
What is a typical day like?
8:00am: Breakfast at the Château
9:00am-12:00pm: Adeline gives a short lecture on different topics (shape, positive/negative space, value, color) that apply to all genres or styles of painting, followed by a brief exercise on that topic. The remainder of the morning is yours to create work in whatever parts of the Château grounds are most inspiring– the terrace, private beach, the gardens, the Villa patio, out your room’s window, any nook or cranny of the Château itself…the choices are endless. Adeline rotates among students for feedback and discussion.
1:00-5:00pm: Independent painting/artwork on your own
5:00pm: Critique/discussion + cocktails/tea hour. On one evening we will host the delightful Christine Viesinger, scholar on French Painters of the 20th Century, for a talk and slide show, followed by dinner at the Château.
6:00pm: Dinner in the grand dining room
9:00pm: Stargazing, beach walking, reading, cards, up to you!
Can non-painters attend the retreat?
How do I get there?
What is the housing like?
Garden view Double $1875
Ocean view Double $1950
Garden view Single $2100
Ocean view Single $2300
Ocean view Single (full bed)$3000
Will I be able to roll my suitcase up and down the staircases in the Villa and Chateau?
What are the meals like?
What is the town like?
Do I need to rent a car?
What is the weather like at this time of year?
What about painting supplies? Do I bring my own? Are there easels there?
Isn't the Cannes Film Festival happening nearby at the same time?
How can I learn more about the Château?
What else is there to do in the area?
Stroll the town and shops of Mandelieu-La Napoule (2 mins away on foot)
Tour the town of Cannes during the Cannes Film Festival (15 min train ride; or for the adventurous, a 5-mile walk on the beach)
Evening film on the beach at the Festival (free, 15 minute train ride)
Casino (5 minute walk)
Chagall Museum (Nice)
Two islands off La Napoule (15 minutes): Ile Saint-Honorat and Ile Sainte-Marguerite
Picasso Museum (Antibes)
The Maeght Center
Matisse Museum (Nice)
—and so much more!
Please contact the CS Office if you have any other questions at: 207.699.5061.