Fine Art Exploration - (Mon - Fri)

 
 
 

This varied course offers you great flexibility to explore a wide range of art techniques, indulge your creative mind and meet like minded people from all over Europe within a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Over the five days you will develop new art skills in stone carving, ceramics, Raku firing and mono printing techniques. The days are arranged to give you ample opportunity to try new techniques and allow time for ceramic artwork to be fired and glazed within the week. The course also includes ample flexibility to give you time to refine your art skills with additional tuition as required or explore the surrounding areas; this could consist of Health & Beauty pampering, wine bodega visits, yoga, hill walking, cycling, sightseeing or simply relaxing by the pool.

These courses are arranged throughout the year; there are a maximum of seven people on each course some of whom attend only for half a day as they live in Spain and are present at the studio all year round. Caron O'Rourke is an experienced sculptor and tutor, you can expect sound tuition and good fun in the beautiful Spanish countryside.


Day 1 - Stone Carving & Ceramic Workshop

  • Welcome to the studio
  • Developing your ideas, discuss prefered styles
  • Stone Carving
  • After Lunch - Ceramics - Hand building
  • Surface decoration techniques

Day 2 - Ceramic Workshop Followed by a flexible Afternoon.

  • Ceramics surface decoration
  • Explore firing techniques using test tiles
  • Smoke firing with slow & fast firing fuels
  • Using glazes & oxides to achieve a wide range of finishes
  • Naked Raku glaze techniques using resist slip and smoke
  • Flexible Afternoon - Stonecarving, Health & Beauty Pampering, Yoga, Cycling, Hill Walking or Personal Gallery visit.

Day 3 - Stone Carving & Development of techniques

  • Stone Carving
  • After Lunch - Developing techniques

Day 4 - Bisc Firing of New Work & Raku Firings.

  • Drying and bisque firing of work created during day 1 & 2
  • Explore firing techniques using bisque fired tiles
  • Smoke firing with slow & fast firing fuels
  • Using glazes & oxides to achieve a wide range of finishes
  • Naked Raku glaze techniques using resist slip and smoke
  • Flexible Afternoon - Mono Printing, Stonecarving, Health & Beauty Pampering, Yoga, Cycling, Hill Walking or Personal Gallery Visit.

Day 5 - Smoke & Raku Firing Followed by Celebration Tapas


As soon as your work is cool enough from the bisc kiln we will review the new work, make comparisions with previous firing experiements and then glaze the work in preparation for the final kiln firings.

  • Explore firing techniques using bisque fired work created in Spain
  • Smoke firing with slow & fast firing fuels
  • Using glazes & oxides to achieve a wide range of finishes
  • Naked Raku glaze techniques using resist slip and smoke
  • On Friday evening we will gather for a Spanish Tapas and Wine Celebration with fellow artists and new friends where you can review your artwork created during the workshops and discuss plans for future developments chill out a little more, watch the sun go down and celebrate a great week.

Costs


Cost for this workshop is 300€ or equivalent currency. Advance booking and payment is essential as numbers are strictly limited.To book your place, click on the specific workshop details and complete the Workshop Booking Form which can be found at the bottom of the course details page.

Workshop will include: Tuition, materials, tools, individual and group discussions on techniques, coffee/ tea and a daily vegetarian lunch.


To book courses, request further information or contact Caron:

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Travel Information


Encebras is located in the mountainous border region of Murcia and Valencia in southern Spain; direct flight are available from most European airports to Alicante and San Javier (Murcia) The travel times from airport to studio are:Alicante Airport or Harbour 50mins, San Javier (Murcia) 1hr20mins. Pickup and transfers can be arranged. Local information, maps and specific directions to the studio will be sent on receipt of your booking.


Accommodation


A wide range of accommodation is available within the village and the local area. If you do not have a car but wish to stay within the local region transport can be provided between the studio and your accommodation each day.


Transporting your Artwork Home


Pots and sculptures can be transported home in your normal luggage allowance but there are restrictions on size and weight, please check with your airline before travelling.


Alternative workshops


Other dates and course combinations can be structured to suit family parties and can include visits to the local museums and historical cities or hill walks around the regions to collect inspiration for your work. Day events and evening lectures are also offered to art groups and colleges by arrangement.

As an alternative to the art courses friends of visiting artists can enjoy a diverse range of activities to help them enjoy the riches of Inland Spain; this could include the hill walking and mountain bike routes around Encebras which vary from the 3km walking route in the Sierra del Reclot to the GR7 mountain bike route which is classed as high/expert difficulty rating. Local bike hire is available. More relaxed persuits could include visiting wine bodegas, yoga or health & beauty pampering. The area is rich is traditional cuisine which incorporates the Moores, Christian and Spanish influences. Many surrounding towns exhibit Roman and Pre-Historic artefacts of superb quality.


What to bring

  • Initial ideas
  • Apron or overalls
  • Camera
  • We have a good stock of tools but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer
  • Packing materials to protect your work on your way home

To book courses, request further information or contact Caron:

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