Creating a travel diary in sketches and watercolours

The Urban Sketching package combines hiking and sketching.

In one week you explore the landscape of the Gorges d'Allier, a beautiful walking area offering an overwhelming experience of nature, beautiful scenery and small villages. During one of the walks you will explore a small part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

Go out daily with Jaap and up to 10 other students.There are various walks around Saint Bérain (distances between 8 km and 12 km); on foot you will discover the beautiful natural environment. In your sketchbook you will draw, with charcoal, pencil, watercolour or ink, all the impressions you gather while walking.

On Sunday, we begin with a brief exploratory walk and you make your first sketches accompanied by Jaap van der Wal. During the course week, different aspects of making sketches like composition, spatial representation and use of colour are fully explained.

The focus is on personal development and creating a personal travel journal.

The walking and sketch weeks are only suitable for students with some hiking experience. At the beginning of the course week you will receive a sketchbook, sketching and auquarel materials and tools. Drawing or painting experience is not required.

The course price always includes materials and the cost of accommodation on a full board basis. The cost for the urban sketching is related to the choice of your room. There are three price levels. 

Sculpting / Painting
Open workshop
Urban Sketching