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Watercolour with Michał Jasiewicz in Baztan Valley, 5-11 June 2020

Baztán Valley, a paradise for artists in the north of Navarre, where tiny Basque villages are surrounded by rocky mountains, rivers and forests. On the border with French province of Labourd, close to the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees. This region is known for its whitewashed houses with stone and wooden decoration. There is a plenitude of wine and cheese to choose from, and thousands of perfect places to enjoy them!

Your tutor will be Michał Jasiewicz, a renowned watercolour artist with broad experience in giving painting courses. An architect by profession, a painter by passion.  Contrary to his technical education he perceives watercolour as a category of painting/ art rather than graphics.  Elements of architecture frequently appear in his works, though they are rarely represented directly; they are usually part of a broader cultural landscape. The coexistence of the natural landscape and human artifacts makes a remarkable material which enables the artist to create a half-realistic, half-poetic vision of the world, a vision as elusive as the changing light or seasons of the year. The resulting works are  quite often inspired by a flash of light on a facade, shimmering surface of the water, billowing sky rather than by a particular object.

All levels are welcomed, so don’t worry if you are just a beginner. Beware – his classes fill up fast! There are going to be 25 hours of painting with tuition and 24 h access to the studio if you feel like painting a bit more after coming back from the plein airs.

What we offer:

  • 6 nights accommodation in private rooms with en-suite bathroom in Elizondo
  • breakfasts and lunches (6 breakfasts at accommodation, 5 lunches – restaurant meals and a catered picnic including selected wine
  • transfer from Pamplona airport/bus station in the evening of day 1 or in the morning of day 2, return transfer to Pamplona in the morning of day 7

 Cost: 1000 euros

  • min. 25 hours of tuition
  • some painting material (easels, drawing boards and seats, masking tape, shade umbrellas)
  • transport to painting venues
  • entrance fee to Zugarramurdi Cave (witches’ cave)
  • a chance to meet local people, artists or art lovers (check ‘Inspire’ section for details). There is a possibility to exhibit the work you make during your holiday (shipping costs have to be covered separately, please ask for details if interested).

Cost: 600 euros

If you are a painting participant, sum up both columns (1600€). Non-painting partners pay 1000€. Artist sharing a room -10% each (1440€).

If you have never painted before and need some help with your shopping for painting materials, contact us prior to arrival. We can also order it locally if you prefer to travel light.

Not included in the price:

travel insurance, dinners (except on the arrival day), transfer from anywhere apart from Pamplona (unless it is located on the way between Pamplona and Elizondo), materials apart from the ones mentioned above

Baztan Valley region:

The Baztan Valley stretches across northern Navarre in the shadow of the Atlantic Pyrenees. Its hilly landscape with green forests, open pastures and picturesque stone villages attract many tourists every year.

It used to be a land of minor nobles and indianos, people who returned from the Americas with a great fortune which they invested in the valley. This shows in the palaces and great houses built by those wealthy of the valley. There are the monasteries and mediaeval bridges over rushing rivers, megalithic monuments and caves. Witches, smugglers and pilgrims who also left their mark on the customs and the culture.

Baztan has a rich heritage of folklore, which materialise in the general use of the Basque language, the alboka and the txalaparta musical instruments, and in dances to the sound of the txistu flute and the kettle-drum. These rich lands have a lot to offer in its cuisine, based on fresh product, served with wine or cider. In Elizondo, its main town, they make the best chocolate with hazelnuts in all Navarre.

Watercolour with Michał Jasiewicz in Baztan Valley, 5-11 June 2020