Painting September 2019

Enhance experience of creative process through mindfulness, learn how to manage the anxiety inherent in any creative endeavour; gain confidence in observational and drawing skills; explore the use of colour and composition in creating mood/emotion. A step by step look at creating a meaningful piece of art from your sketches, memories, dreams and longings!

Aims of 3-day workshop.

My goal is that you come away from this experience feeling inspired and confident to develop your own unique style and pace of working, rather than completing a formulaic ‘finished piece’. On all three days we will begin and end each session with a short grounding/mindfulness meditation and will aim to spend part of the day outdoors, either sketching, stretching or ‘taking a breath’. We will be using sketchbooks (provided) which will hopefully be quickly filled throughout the course, and you are encouraged to make notes on your sketches and keep a journal (in the sketchbook or elsewhere) of your feelings (positive, negative or ambivalent!) and observations. Journaling is a very helpful tool in developing creativity, unearthing ideas/themes, and processing the unconscious thought patterns that may inhibit or block your expression. I am intentionally leaving the end-product of this workshop open, because what I want the participants to experience, is how to trust in the creative process, which is inherently open-ended!

Day 1:  We will become immersed in line and flow with some classic hand-eye freeing exercises. For me, very strong drawing skills form the basis of my paintings – I always start with sketches and begin nearly all my paintings with a drawing.

Day 2 will be devoted to colour and ‘mess’! After drawing skills come colour awareness, and the courage to experiment. We will be looking at how to layer colours for maximum effect, and how to use colour to express mood/emotion. We will explore how to make the most of ‘happy accidents’ and when to stand back and take a breath in the process. We will be considering the creative process as a whole and exploring how to manage the anxiety that is inherent in any creative endeavour.

In Day 3 we will be embracing creative freedom… This means either ‘consolidating’ what you have been learning in Day 1 and 2 (i.e. more drawing, or more experimenting with colour and composition), OR if you feel like developing a piece of work from your sketches/experiments, this is your opportunity to do so, with the support and guidance of me, as mentor. No one should feel pressure to create a finished piece at this point though, and my aim with this workshop is the experience of ‘process’ over ‘product’, so if you’re enjoying being in the flow of drawing and experimenting, then that’s what you can devote the third day to.


The cost for the 3 days Art workshop for those who are not residential is 180 euros which includes 3 days with all materials & lunch

The workshop with accommodation is 580 euros per person

Cost and payment:


Twin/double rooms with linen and towels provided

En suite bathrooms or a max of 2 rooms sharing a bathroom.

Full board: Continental breakfast, packed lunch and 3 course set evening meal (1st meal: Tuesday 10th September evening meal- last meal: Saturday 14th – breakfast and picnic

If you would like to stay any extra nights please contact me directly – Emma –


Extra Drinks


Travel to Chez Hawkins

To secure your place half the full amount is required and the balance 1 month before the workshop

Bank details:

Credit Agricole Britline – Name – Emma Hawkins

Code establishment 16606, code guichet: 25112, Ac no. 84846678947, Clé 12

IBAN no. FR76 1660 6251 1284 8466 7894 712