Gail Sibley, Sept 2017

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2017, Sept 2nd – 9th

This workshop will be about finding a balance between your analytical and precise mind and your intuitive and expressive soul. It will combine working en plein air and working indoors in the large fully-equipped studio on location at the Hotel Gloria where we’ll be staying. This beautiful corner of Croatia on the Istrian Peninsula (think quaint villages, fishing boats, olive groves, the seaside) will inspire our creative endeavours and self-expression. There will be demonstrations and plenty of one-on-one guidance.
We’ll spend some of the time sketching and painting on location where we’ll observe and record what we see, noting also our emotional response to a scene and why we want to paint it. We’ll break down the process of painting en plein air – selecting a scene, simplifying the many bits and pieces into big shapes, creating a thumbnail value map and trying out different compositions, layering pastels to achieve mood, complexity, and luminosity, all while working quickly to capture the shifting light.
In the studio, we’ll prepare for the outdoor work doing exercises and studies to develop our pastel and artistic vocabulary, and also paint from still life set-ups.
Focus will be on developing your own unique voice as well as the fundamentals of values, colour, composition, edge, and mark-making. We’ll also head to the studio at the end of a day to review our work hopefully with a glass of wine in hand!
Since you will undoubtedly capture the beauty of the place in photos as well as pastels, we’ll also look at how you can get the most out of these images when you return home to paint from them. The aim will be to achieve the fresh colour and spontaneous marks you make while painting from life. We are artists and our purpose isn’t merely to copy what we see (especially from a photo). Our purpose is to react and share our understanding of the world – both inner and outer.
Join me on this voyage of exploration and discovery both in geography and in your painting. Leave your comfort place at home. Be bold and fearless! Challenge yourself to learn new ways to express yourself. This workshop will be a safe place to play with pastels and to revel in the creative process. You’ll return home feeling inspired and empowered to jump right into a new piece.
Experience using pastels would be helpful.

If you love using pastels, you will definitely love Gail’s blog.

If you are interested in this workshop, please register here and we will contact you with more information shortly.


Total Workshop Prices (7 days, per person)

shared accommodation single accommodation non-artist (in shared room)
Total for workshop 1,495 € 1,655 € 755 €


The workshop fee includes:

  • Half-day bus tour around Istria
  • Pula airport pick-up/drop-off on the arrival/departure day.
  • Poreč harbour pick-up/drop-off on the arrival/departure day if you come by boat from Venice.
  • Ground transport where we go as a group
  • Teacher tuition
  • spacious workshop studio only for our use
  • Basic field easels for your use during workshop
  • Drawing boards, masking tapes, scissors, knifes, vine charcoal, wet wipes…
  • Accommodation at villa Gloria with breakfast and dinner.

Not included in the price:

  • Your travel cost
  • Airport pick-up if you can’t arrive with others in the group. We can still arrange your pick-up
  • We can arrange airport pickup from Venice, Trieste, Krk, but you pay for it.
  • One dinner in the local restaurant (optional)
  • Lunch is available to order at villa but not included in the above price.
  • Drinks
  • Wine tasting (optional)
  • Transportation and meals if you decide to take a day off and explore Istria on your own.



Cancellation policy

€500 deposit is non-refundable.
If you paid the whole amount but canceled 61 or more days prior to the event, the whole amount minus the deposit of €500, will be refunded.
In the case when a teacher cancels the workshop, the whole amount will be returned.
Cancellations received 60 or fewer days before the departure will result in a loss of all monies paid, but a friend of yours can come instead.
No refunds for services not utilised while on the workshop will be provided.
All cancellations must be sent to, and will be effective on the received date.

If you are interested in this workshop, please register here and we will contact you with more information shortly.