Jun
25
12:00am12:00am

PROVENCE IN LAVENDER SEASON • SUMMER 2018

PROVENCE IN LAVENDER SEASON

SESSION #1: JUNE 25-JULY 3, 2018

SESSION #2: JULY 6-JULY 14, 2018

Visit southern France at the peak of lavender season! Paint in the gorgeous fields; enjoy quaint local markets; sample all the food and culture the area has to offer; and luxuriate in our private villa with pool.

THE FIELDS

Discover the picturesque fields of lavender not far from our village of St. Cécile-les- Vignes. From a high vantage point we discover rolling hills of lavender, vine and wheat forming a patchwork you will never forget and might want to capture on canvas. We visit these fields in the morning and at sunset, a magical time of day in this incredible setting.

THE VILLA

The villa is a private home, and will become your home for the time that you are here, so that you can unpack and relax. The kitchen is fully equipped if you'd like to cook or just enjoy the fresh goodies you find at the market. We have a pool, small library, TV, WiFi and washing machine for your use. The very large game room is great for painting, yoga, ping pong, pool or meditation. All the bedrooms are large and there are great areas to congregate within the house and property, yet enough space to find some privacy as well. Because of the size of the house, the tour is only available to a maximum of 12 people.

LUBERON & ROUSSILLON

Start the morning with a visit to the grounds of the 11th century Abbey de Sénanque, tucked into a scenic valley in the region called the Luberon. The monks plant and harvest lavender in this idyllic and tranquil setting. We will also see the stunning hilltop village of Gordes. Then it’s on to Roussillon, home of the ochre mines used to tint the plaster of the beautiful buildings of this village of orange and pink. Learn about pigment and paint during our private workshop located in the old ochre factory.

ST. RÉMY-DE-PROVENCE (vanGogh's asylum) & CARRIÈRES DE LUMIÈRES

Vincent Van Gogh committed himself to the St. Paul-de-Mausole asylum where he stayed for only 1 year and produced over 150 works of art. Visit his room at the asylum as well as the beautiful grounds where he freely roamed and painted the olive trees and nearby Alpilles mountains. We head to elegant St. Rémy-de-Provence for lunch and a stroll around town under the shade of the ancient plane trees. This afternoon we enjoy a multi-media art show in an ancient quarry nearby.

VAISON LA ROMAINE

Visit this beautiful village, with many remnants still remaining of it’s Roman past. On market day, experience the sights, sounds and scents of a typical Provencal Market. Cross the Roman Bridge (still in use today) to the Medieval part of the town with meandering streets and alleys, inviting terraces and cool hidden fountains.

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• 8 nights accommodation at our private villa

• Instruction and lectures from Glen Kessler

• Various tours of local cultural hot spots

• Breakfast provided each morning

• 3 lunch and 5 dinners provided (restaurants and our villa's kitchen are available for other meals)

• All land transportation (to/from airport & daily excursions)

• Critiques and lectures on art

• Organizational meeting on March 24 10am-12pm

 

SESSION #1: JUNE 25-JULY 3, 2018   (only 3 spots left)

SESSION #2: JULY 6-JULY 14, 2018   (only 4 spots left)

Total cost is $3099**. A deposit of $400 is required to reserve your spot. The balance will be due at our organizational meeting in March.

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** All prices are per person based on double occupancy. Please email TheCompassAtelier@gmail.com to inquire about single occupancy.

 

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Nov
16
to Nov 17

NEW YORK CITY MUSEUM & GALLERY TOUR • NOVEMBER 16-17, 2016

NEW YORK CITY MUSEUM & GALLERY TOUR

TRIP DATES: NOVEMBER 16-17, 2016

$45

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Travel up to NYC for 2 days of museum & gallery touring with Glen Kessler. As galleries publish their list of exhibitions we will formalize our itinerary, but it will be sure to cover a range of high-technique, high-concept art at the heart of the New York scene.

One guaranteed highlight is the opening reception of Israel Hershberg's solo exhibition at Marlborough Gallery. Israel is one of the greatest representational artists of this generation. His work is collected internationally. He teaches in Jerusalem and Italy at schools of his own creation. See his work at IsraelHershberg.com.

Those interested in traveling together will be given our bus and hotel choices on October 26, though setting up reservations is the job of the individual participant. Cost above covers your tour and logistical assistance only.

Proposed itinerary (subject to change):

  • WEDNESDAY:
  • Vamoose Bus departing Bethesda 8:10am Wednesday
  • Arrive in NYC-Penn Station just after noon
  • The Frick Collection then Marlborough Gallery for Israel Hershberg opening
  • Stay overnight at midtown hotel (~$150/person, based on double occupancy)
  • THURSDAY:
  • Chelsea galleries
  • Vamoose Bus departing NYC-Penn Station 4:00pm Saturday
  • Arrive in Bethesda around 8:00pm

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May
6
to May 7

NEW YORK CITY MUSEUM & GALLERY TOUR • MAY 6-7, 2016

NEW YORK CITY MUSEUM & GALLERY TOUR

TRIP DATES: MAY 6-7, 2016

SOLD OUT

 

Travel up to NYC for 2 days of museum & gallery touring with Glen Kessler. We will spend one day exploring museum(s) and the other day hitting the galleries. As galleries publish their list of exhibitions we will formalize our itinerary, but it will be sure to cover a range of high-technique, high-concept art at the heart of the New York scene.

One guaranteed highlight is Alyssa Monks' first solo exhibition at Forum Gallery (closing May 7). Alyssa is a friend of The Compass Atelier, having visited in September 2015 for an unforgettable Weekend Workshop. There may even be a chance for a personal tour from Alyssa herself.

Those interested in traveling together will be given our bus and hotel choices, though setting up reservations is the job of the individual participant. Cost above covers your tour and logistical assistance only.

Proposed itinerary:

  • Vamoose Bus departing Bethesda ~8:10am Friday
  • Arrive in NYC-Penn Station just after noon
  • If weather is nice, go to uptown galleries (Forum, Marlborough) then Chelsea galleries
  • If weather is not nice, go to a museum (The Met, MoMA)
  • Stay overnight at midtown hotel (~$120/person, based on double occupancy)
  • On Saturday, do whichever we didn't do on Friday (galleries or museums)
  • Vamoose Bus departing NYC-Penn Station ~4:30pm Saturday
  • Arrive in Bethesda around 8:30pm

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Mar
27
to Apr 3

FRANCE STUDY ABROAD • SPRING 2016

PARIS, VERSAILLES, ROUEN, HONFLEUR, NORMANDY

TRIP DATES: SUNDAY, MARCH 27 - SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016

   PLUS:

PRE-TRIP INFO SESSION: SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016  10AM-12PM

POST-TRIP ART REVIEW: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 12-4PM

 

Our Study Abroad programs are the absolute BEST for artists traveling with a spouse or a friend and pretty darn fun for solo travelers too! We've never understood why you'd spend all the time and expense to fly half way around the world only to stand in one spot all day making a painting. Sure painting en plein air is great, don't get us wrong, but if your time is limited isn't your time better spent truly experiencing the locale rather than seeing it from just a single spot all day? And for those trained on how to use the photo and memory, images can easily be painted once back at home with all the joy and spontaneity of plein air. Oh yeah, and if your travel partner isn't a painter, they either read a book with you while you paint or go off and have a great time exploring. Either way, you have not shared what could have been/should have been once-in-a-lifetime memories.

So we say, share the memories, learn about the culture, connect with the art and artists of the region, and enjoy it all with art friends, teachers, and guides sure make your trip amazing. Oh, yeah, and for this trip do it all in luxury accommodations and with the finest cuisine. Read on to hear more...

THE PLAN

After a decade of teaching students how to successfully work from photographic sources, Glen Kessler designed The Compass Atelier's Study Abroad trips to focus on actually touring the cities you travel to, learning about the art of the past that the region has produced, and gathering your own gorgeous photographs that we will later paint from. This combination of art and culture will make for lasting memories abroad as well as beautiful artwork produced once back home. 

A pre-trip info session will discuss trip specifics, provide a brief art history lesson on Impressionism, and cover some helpful tips for shooting better photographs to paint from. A post-trip review of artwork produced based on our trip scheduled for late September (with French refreshments) will provide an excellent bookend to our experience. You may also choose to enroll in Glen Kessler's 'Painting Through The Lenscourses in the Summer and/or Fall 2016 to produce your post-trip paintings (PLUS take a $100 discount off either or both of those classes). Finally, an exhibition of your work allows the world to enjoy your amazing experience as seen through your eyes and hand.

Leave the planning to us as we let you focus on enjoying yourself and allow you to soak up the art and culture of this amazing region. We've got your entire trip covered from port to port including meals and excursions. We will travel in luxury aboard UniWorld's River Baroness riverboat. All of our delicious gourmet meals and drink are included. Each day in France we will enjoy art, culture, and one another through a superb travel itinerary. For a more detailed look at our daily activities, please click here.

 

INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGE:

•Total cost of the cruise (8 days/7 nights on UniWorld's luxurious River Baroness)

•All food and unlimited drink (including alcohol)

•Tours from both instructor Glen Kessler and a local specialist

•Pre-trip Info Session (includes a lecture on Impressionism, how to use your camera more effectively, and general trip logistics)

•Post-trip Review Of Artwork produced based on our trip (catered with light snacks and drink to remind us of our trip)

•Automatic inclusion in an exhibition of artwork from our trip at a beautiful local gallery

•All land transportation (to/from airport & daily excursions)

•$100 shipboard credit

•On-board fitness room and Wifi

•$100 credit towards Glen Kessler's Summer and/or Fall 2016 'Painting Through The Lens' class

 


STANDARD ROOM (FRONT & BACK LOWER LEVEL)  •  $4125** (ONLY 1 MALE ROOMMATE & 1 FEMALE ROOMMATE LEFT, SEPARATE ROOMS)


DELUXE ROOM (MIDDLE LOWER LEVEL)  •  $4635 **


PREMIER ROOM (FRONT & BACK UPPER LEVEL)  •  $5200 **


** prices are per person based on double occupancy. Email TheCompassAtelier@gmail.com to book or inquire about single occupancy, suites, or any other questions.


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