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Inspire your creativity with all your senses – in the south of France

Come and join me for a summer in the south of France at the foot of the Pyrenees – blue skies and plane trees shadowing the streets, charming alleyways winding between old houses, and crickets chirping in the midday heat;  the  aroma of fresh “baguette” in the morning and a fragrant coffee on the terrace of a sports bar in the afternoon.

This could be your dream come true!

In the setting of the vibrant and exciting music festival in Chalabre, I will offer a 5 day art class program entitled:

Inspire your creativity with all your senses

For 5 days, from August 4th to 8th , we will meet  in either the bright morning light or the warm afternoon sun to paint the  endless inspiration bestowed upon us by this beautiful ancient town and its modern-day music festival. Each day we will work together for 3 hours at various locations and return for an evening hour of review. Daily downtime will provide you the opportunity to continue drawing and painting on your own and explore the rich festival program with musicians and artists from all over the world.  You may choose to wander in the spectacular surrounding landscape or enjoy a refreshing swim at lac de Montbel.

Please register as soon as possible, as this class is limited to a maximum of 10 participants.  The price, inclusive of all materials, is 500 Euro.

For accommodation, you will find ample and affordable offerings including the beautiful  Yobaba-Lounge  (images above) as well as other local hotels, bed & breakfast and Airbnb options in the region! Due to the popularity of the festival I recommend you book your accommodation early. And getting there is easy, from Luxembourg you can now get direct flights to Toulouse or from Brussels Charleroi to Carcassonne. Most accommodations offer a transport from and to the airport for an extra fee or you can rent a car at the airport and are able to explore the beautiful region. Montsegur, Carcassonne, the Niaux caves are all within driving range and are clearly beautiful locations not to be missed.

Chalabre en Sérénade

Chalabre is a charming little town over 800 years old nestled at the feet of the Pyrenees. It has a rich history with Romanesque roots and was, in mediaeval times, one of the cradles of troubadour singing. Despite the growth of a local weaving industry at the beginning of the last century, with the passing of time Chalabre  found itself drifting sleepily towards obscurity.

 Chalabre was brought back to life with the inception of the music and art festival Chalabre en Sérénade created in 2017 by the well-known musician and artist Vinx De’Jon Parrette and his wife Jennifer as a summer festival and “startup” bootcamp for young music artists from all over the world. It soon became an annual highlight, reinvigorating a less favored municipality on the outskirts of modern life in big cities and the profitable tourist’s inrush of other regions. The festival has brought renewed energy and vitality to Chalabre, allowing a sleeping beauty to open her eyes once again. 

Under the art-conduct of Vinx, professionals meet young talents in masterclasses, develop their ideas and present them in front of the audience of Chalabre’s citizens and summer guests. Throughout the run of the festival, musicians perform their work on stages in the streets, in the main market-square, and in the small village theatre. The week is culminated by a promenade with singing from the juliet balconies of the town’s houses, marrying perfectly with Chalabre’s rich  troubadour history.

Experience the exciting atmosphere of this unique, outstanding cultural event and allow your senses to be inspired in the most manifold of ways, to boost your creativity during my Summer art class.

Salut et á bientôt á Chalabre,

Sonja x

“From inspirational spark to fearless mark” – mixed media workshop

In this explorative art class over 6 weeks the participants are introduced to creative play and discover methods to create freely in different art materials – I am guiding you through a mindful creation process, that is fun and relaxing at the same time and provides you with surprising outcomes.

You will learn how attitudes and believes influence our creations and that self limiting and blocking ideas can be overcome with creative play and fun mindful creation processes that will let you be surprised by the outcome every time.  

We will be working with crayons, ink and acrylics on paper and examine the expressive power of line, tone, texture, touch, movement and space, black and white paint and any other mixed media materials you might like to introduce. 

In each session we will explore a different kind of stimulus and spark with these materials, bringing alive the visual, the sensual, the imagined and felt. Searching for a free artistic expression of the experienced.

The explorative way in which we will use the materials is great for beginners and experienced artists a like, as a new use of the materials can unblock those who have been stuck in rut for a while. The participants will be encouraged to trust themselves and their painting process and will learn to creatively react to challenges that might appear on their paths.

The art classes take place at my atelier in Belair on Monday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00 and will start on the 24th/25th February. The participants number is limited to 8 students per class, so please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

The course fee for the set of 6 classes is 360€ and includes all materials. In order to book the classes or in case you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share the information with your friends. 

I am looking forward to an exciting new workshop!
Kind regards, 
Sonja

“From creation to presentation”

In this class over six weeks we will create individual creative works & paintings and learn how to present and share your creations in an exhibition. 

We will very practically discuss, plan & execute all steps for the setup of a show at the Maison de la culture in Diekirch in April. The workshop ends with the Vernissage of the exhibition at 7pm on Thursday evening 2nd April. So please note the date already and share with your friends & family! 😉

By the end of the course you will have

  • the understanding and confidence to present your art, 
  • exercised all steps to develop an idea into an action plan,
  • learned how to market and document your exhibition, as writing & preparing invitations and press releases,
  • practically framed, presented, handled and installed your works and
  • finally experienced the exciting experience and atmosphere of your own first vernissage.

The art classes will take place at my atelier in Belair on Wednesday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Thursday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00 and will start on the 26th/27th February.  The participants number is limited to 8 students per class, so please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

The course fee for the set of 6 classes is 360€, but please expect extra cost for the setup of the exhibition shared by all participants and framing costs. 

In order to book the classes or in case you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share the information with your friends. 

Collage & mixed media art class – January 2020

Do you like to have fun experimenting and combining various materials for original collage & mixed media art projects? Discovering a wide range of  styles and techniques, from fun and quirky looks to the more sophisticated one’s?

In this six weeks workshop, we will be drawing, collaging, painting to your hearts desire – everyone at their own specific level. This workshop is targeted at everybody from the interested beginner to the artistically advanced! And the class is structured in such a way that we will start at outset with an inspirational group exercise, but that you then will be able to develop your own personal projects to follow up on.

The workshops take place at my atelier in Belair on Wednesday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Thursday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00. The classes will start on the 8th/9th January and the dates go through to the 12th/13th February.

The course fee for the set of 6 classes is 360 € and includes all materials. To book the class or in case you do have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share with your friends.

Boost your creativity – Start into the new year with new creative projects & new found energy!

Do you want to bring more creative projects into your life, would you like to learn how to express your inner artist, having fun, enjoying the flow of the creation process and sharing the experience with like minded others?

I have developed a set of 6 classes with eye opening exercises that will allow you to connect to your inner artist and counter act any limiting self belives you might have. To playfully try out new materials, sharing inspiration with like-minded others, feeding your inner soul, opening your eyes and encouraging you to express yourself in new creative ways, more and more often! 

The program is targeted at everybody from the interested beginner to the artistically advanced – a stepping stone to take new perspectives! An invitation to bring more creativity to your life!

The workshops take place at my atelier in Belair on Monday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00. The classes will start on the 6th/7th January and the dates go through to the 10th/11th February.

The course fee for the set of 6 classes is 360€ and includes all materials. As the spaces are limited to ten participants, please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

To book the workshop or in case you do have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share with your friends.

Looking forward to the start of an exciting new season,

Sonja x

The elements of art & composition – An explorative painting workshop starting in October

This fun and expressive painting workshop over seven classes is structured around the exploration of the different elements of art and composition. It is a class in which we will creatively discover painting possibilities of abstract & concrete elements, the impact of colour and the use of different materials, in order to identify individual preferences that will put the participants on a path to develop their own personal style.

The explorative way in which we will use the materials is great for beginners and experienced artists a like, as a new use of colours and materials can unblock those who have been stuck in rut for a while. The participants will be encouraged to trust themselves and their painting process and will learn to creatively react to challenges that might appear on their paths.

The workshops take place at my atelier in Belair on Wednesday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Thursday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00. The classes will start on the 23rd/24th October, then there is a break of a week during the autumn holidays and the dates go through to the 10th/11th December. As the participants number is limited to ten students per class, please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

The course fee for the set of 7 classes is 350€ and includes all materials. In order to book the classes or in case you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share the information with your friends. I am looking forward to meeting you!
Kind regards,
Sonja

Flowers in art – Painting workshop starts October

Flowers have been forever a big theme in art and in this 7 weeks course we will dive into the creation of flower paintings from different angles. We will be looking at the subject in art history and try to establish a very personal, contemporary view. You will be encouraged to look at flowers and plants around you and learn how to creatively capture them.

The class is a freeing, process driven painting workshop for all level of students that want to learn how to express themselves with colours and learn how to develop a theme. The explorative way in which we will use the materials is great for beginners and experienced artists a like. The participants will be encouraged to trust themselves and their painting process and will learn to creatively react to challenges that might appear on their paths. Due to the small number of participants each student will be encouraged at a personal level.

Even though I also plan to be working from real flower set ups, in preparation for the class I recommend to chose at least 5 photos of different flowers, plants or pictures of blossom that inspire you to capture them, may it be close detail pictures, a still life set up in a vase, a potted plant or plants in their natural habitat. The workshops take place at my atelier in Belair on Monday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00. The classes will start on the 21st/22nd October, then there is a break of a week during the autumn holidays and the dates go through to the 9th/10th December. As the participants number is limited to ten students per class, please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

The course fee for the set of 7 classes is 350€ and includes all materials. In order to book the classes or in case you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share the information with your friends. I am looking forward to a fun class!

Kind regards,

Sonja

Memories of a summer – Mixed media art class

Prolong your holidays with “Memories of a summer” a six weeks art class in which you will learn how to put your memories into beautiful art pieces. In this art class we will be drawing, collaging and painting to your hearts desire inspired by your personal photo memories of your summer.

The class is a freeing, process driven mixed media painting workshop for all level of students that want to learn how to express themselves with colours and learn how to develop a theme. The explorative way in which we will use the materials is great for beginners and experienced artists a like. The participants will be encouraged to trust themselves and their painting process and will learn to creatively react to challenges that might appear on their paths. Due to the small number of participants each student will be encouraged at a personal level.

Even though I also plan to prepare some working images for the class I recommend to chose at least 5 photos of different summer memories that inspire you to create, may it be close up detail photos of objects that have a special meaning, a still life set up, landscape pictures – what ever makes your inner creator jump with joy. The workshops take place at my atelier in Belair on Thursday nights from 19.00 – 21.00 or on Friday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00. The classes will start on the 5th / 6th September and take place every week until 10th/11th October .

The course fee for the set of 6 classes is 300€ and includes all materials. In order to book the classes or in case you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share the information with your friends. I am looking forward to a fun new class!

As the participants number are limited to eight students, please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

Kind regards,

Sonja

Colour explosion – an expressive painting workshop

This fun and expressive painting workshop over six weeks is structured around the exploration of different colours & art materials, as gouaches, ink, acrylics, crayons etc. It is a class in which we will creatively explore the painting possibilities of the different materials, in order to identify individual preferences that will put the participants on a path to develop their own personal style. You will learn how to work with your inspirations and yet keep an open end process in order to avoid a painting by numbers effect.

The explorative way in which we will use the materials is great for beginners but also for experienced artists a like, as a new use of colours and materials can unblock those who have been stuck in rut for a while. The participants will be encouraged to trust themselves and their painting process and will learn to creatively react to challenges that might appear on their paths.

The workshops take place at my atelier in Belair on Monday evenings from 19.00 – 21.00  or on Tuesday mornings from 10.00 – 12.00. The classes start on the 2nd/3rdSeptember and go through to the 7th/8th October incl. and the participants number is limited to eight students. As the spaces are limited, please do book early in order to avoid disappointment!

The course fee for the set of 6 classes is 300€ and includes all materials. In order to book the classes or in case you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me and please feel free to share the information with your friends.

Newsletter May 24th 2020 – Small artistic steps on a still shifting ground

Art & creativity for the soul
Dear all, 

I hope my e-mail finds you well! The last few weeks have been difficult in so many ways and I hope to be able to provide you with small steps that can reconnect yourself and/or your children to your/their inner artist – for moments of mindful creation, where we can forget the humdrum of daily life and gather new strength for the challenges ahead. 

  • For all those of you, who contacted me over the past few weeks in order to start their summer planning, I am sure you will be happy to know that the lists for the kids summer art classes 2020 are now open. I hope that by early July I am able to offer small group classes of max. 6 children when we strictly follow the hygiene rules given by the Luxembourgish government. For all further information, please check the web site here
  • Since the 18th May individual art classes are under strict hygiene rules also possible at the studio again. The prices for individual art classes at the studio or online via Webex life streaming cost 70 Euros for 1h or 105 Euros for 1.5h and are very personalised art coaching sessions for all levels of students. You can also buy them as a treat or a present for a loved one or a friend, for appointments and vouchers please contact me here.
  • The last few weeks I have been diving into my own work like I haven’t been able to do in a long time and I have started to upload some of these mono prints on my website for you to enjoy and purchase if you want toThey are unique expressions of a time in lockdown that started for me on the 13th March. If you are interested you can buy them in a lockdown subscription, the first one at the normal price and all following purchases of the coming weeks at a 20% reduction, so that you can build a collection of works as a memory of a special time.

For more information about adult group classes, online and at the studio and a summer art workshop for adults now most likely in Luxembourg, please stay tuned when I have more news hopefully in the coming days. I am wishing you a good start into the new week, stay safe and I look forward to seeing you and/or your children life or online soon again!

Warm regards,
Sonja x

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