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    Picture yourself painting and
    touring the French countryside
    and Paris too, with
    internationally acclaimed artist,
    Herman Pekel. Herman has great
    ideas and will guide you to make
    painting fun and fast. You will
    learn about color mixing, glazes,
    composition, drying time,
    thickness and edges to create an
    impressionist painting you never
    thought possible with
    watercolor. Enjoy lots of
    painting action, one-on-one
    instruction, wonderful meals and
    wine, and iconic sights! Come,
    explore Paris, Versailles, visit the
    local villages, see Monet's
    Gardens, and more. We have a
    full itinerary with you in mind so
    don't miss this workshop of a
    lifetime for travel enthusiasts
    and all levels of  artists. See the
    full itinerary on our website.
    Biography:  Like many artists, Herman Pekel experimented for a time with abstract expressionism, but he is now
    well known for his oils and watercolors. Herman is an artist of energy and enthusiasm. He is able to see a painting
    in almost any subject matter and is capable of producing award winning work in oil, watercolor, or gouache.
    Environmental issues are a great concern to Herman and the love of the landscape reflects that in almost
    everything he paints. He produces painting of strong design and powerful impact. - every brushstroke vibrant and
    visible. The scope of Herman's works has ranged from dynamic industrial scenery to soft, draped interiors and
    broad Australian landscapes, which indicates the creative fearless nature of this unique artist.

    Herman was the winner of the Camberwell Scholarship Rotary Watercolor prize in 1993 and was previously three
    times a finalist in Camberwell's Travel Scholarship Award, winner of the 1989 Camberwell Watercolor Prize and
    also the Travel Study Scholarship in 1989. He has also won many other awards, including the Camberwell Rotary
    Art Show's Best Oil in 2004, the Camberwell Rotary Watercolor prize in 1989, 1992, 1995, and 2006, the
    Camberwell Rotary Travel Scholarship in 1989, and in 1989 and 1993 he won the Alice Bale Award. In 1994 the
    National Taiwan Art Institute asked Herman to participate in a book and traveling exhibition with selected artists
    from Australia, USA and Taiwan. Herman exhibits his work regularly in the USA. His works are featured in the
    books Australian Impressionists and Realist Artists  which features Australian Artists and was compiled by Tom
    Roberts; 120 years of Watercolourist by the Australian Realist Artists; Artists and Galleries of Australia and New
    Zealand by Max Germaine and Profile on Contemporary Watercolours.

Herman Pekel

“Painting Paris and the Surrounds”,
watercolor - plein air

Beginning to Advanced students

June 8 - 15, 2019 Paris/Versailles area

Cost $3400 Painters
$3000 companions

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Class Information -

    This is an informative and hands-on workshop designed for artist with some experience, based on the solid
    fundamental approach championed by the impressionists and realist. The first lesson in painting is, don't ever start a
    painting until you know why you are doing it. Next, is how you are going to do it. Think things through and you will
    backtrack and correct less often. There is much to be said about spontaneity as long as you plan for it. Before you
    start a painting, stop and look at your subject and decide some key issues. Ask yourself questions and study your
    answers. Most of the answers we understand; we just don't know the proper questions. Where is my hardest edge?
    Where is my softest edge? Where is my lightest light? Where is my darkest dark? The answers to these questions
    will help you to organize your work into something that may not be so overwhelming right from the beginning. Once
    you have a few of these anchor points, you will no longer feel lost and can start to work with some confidence. You
    no longer feel that your subject has been lost, and feel that you can begin with a clear path in mind. on procedures
    and materials.

    In this workshop, students will work with the instructor to articulate their own vision and particular challenges. The
    intention is to meet each individual exactly where they are and to support them in the production of work in the
    workshop that expands their practice in a personal way. The format will lean heavily on individual instruction and
    will also include lecture and discussion and demonstrations of particular technique. A step by step process will begin
    with a fast foundation painting and will end with final approach options that are easy to learn and thought provoking.
    Instructional methods are based on direct observation and the techniques to interpret those observations in paint and
    will include instruction and personal critiques.

    Expect to have lots of fun and a good laugh each day.

    Here is our tentative schedule. (Activities subject to rearrangement.)

    Saturday June 8, 2019 - arrival
    Meet at pick-up (TBA) in Paris and transfer to Chateau.
    Settle into our rooms
    Dinner and Reception at Chateau, professional Chef
    7:00 Dinner and wine

    Sunday June 9, 2019 - Chateau
    Class 9 am - 4 pm
    Companion option: local village visit
    Lunch at Chateau
    Dinner and wine out at a local restaurant

    Monday June 10, 2019 - Giverny
    Class 9 am - noon
    Sack lunch on the road.
    Monet's Gardens from arrival  - 6 pm
    Class 3 - 6 pm on location in Giverny
    Dinner in Giverny - 6:30 pm

    Tuesday June 11, 2019 - Versailles
    Class 9 am - noon
    Travel to Versailles - * Lunch on your own
    Class 2:30 - 5 pm on location in Versailles
    Companions can visit Palace or town
    6:00 Dinner in Versailles with wine

    Wednesday June 12, 2019 - Chateau/ Rambouilett
    Class 9 am - 4 pm
    Lunch at Chateau
    Companions to Chateau Rambouilett after lunch
    Dinner at Chateau, professional Chef

    Thursday June 13, 2019 - Paris
    No Class today
    8 am off to Paris
    *Lunch will be on your own
    Your day will include admission to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and a River Seine dinner cruise. There will also be
    free time built into the day so you can choose some activities or sights of your own.
    We will return to our chateau after the dinner cruise.

    Friday,  June 14, 2019 - Chateau/ Rambouilett
    Class 9 am - 4 pm
    Lunch at Chateau
    Dinner and wine out local restaurant

    Saturday June 15, 2019 - Chateau departure