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3 Day Retreat Workshop - 22nd to 25th January 2024 and 27th to 30th January 2024

Painting the landscape in winter just seems to be the perfect activity for the watercolour painter; the delicate, transparent quality of the paint, the muted colour palette and the soft seasonal light combine to create wonderful opportunities for studying the landscape and how to make the most of the medium’s characteristics. Over the course of the weekend, Olly will introduce six lessons of fundamental importance, that will help painters of all levels – beginners to more experienced artists – to take their landscape painting to the next level and increase their confidence in using the watercolour medium.

The six lessons we will cover are:
1) The Importance of Sketching
2) How to Paint Depth
3) Confidence with Colour
4) Capturing the Light
5) Simplification or Detail?
6) Creating Visual Interest
The six lessons will be woven into a program of painting and sketching, on location and in the studio, at the beautiful Mill at Fine Creek near the James River in Virginia. It will be impossible not to be inspired by the stunning landscapes and combined with the welcoming luxury of our accommodation at The Mill, we couldn’t imagine a more perfect environment for enjoying both craft and company. In addition to the painting course, our friends at The Mill have kindly offered to provide some evening activities - tasting session at the brewery, pastry/cooking skills, flower arrangement for painting etc.)

Prices are from $1,400 per person, to include:
- 3 nights' stay in your private cottage at The Mill at Fine Creek
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner for the duration of the stay at The Mill (including the
 restaurant at the family-run Fine Creek Brewery.)
- Group and individual tuition from Oliver

Your travel to the Mill is not included in the price. 

Painting equipment is not included in the price, but Oliver will provide a recommended equipment list ahead of the retreat.

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