During the autumn migration tens of thousands of common cranes from Scandinavia and the northern Baltic states congregate in Hungary’s Hortobágy National Park to rest, feed... Read more
Date05 Oct - 08 Oct 2021
Location(s)HortobagyEUROPE / Hungary
Tour contentSketching, watercolour, pastels, birds and landscapes
Tutor(s)John Threlfall, Mary-Anne Bartlett
During the autumn migration tens of thousands of common cranes from Scandinavia and the northern Baltic states congregate in Hungary’s Hortobágy National Park to rest, feed and gather their strength before the last part of their journey to wintering sites in Northern Africa.
In this corner of eastern Hungary on the Great Hungarian Plain (Puszta), you feel as if you have stepped back in time. It is an area with deep pastoral roots going back millennia, where herdsmen tend rare ancient breeds of animals like racka sheep with their corkscrew like horns, curly haired pigs and grey steppe cattle. It is also a place to hear lively folk music, see traditional dances and eat some of the best goulash!
The scenery and wildlife of the puszta have inspired many artists throughout the centuries. When we visit in October, the mosaic of grasslands and wetlands form a palette of autumnal yellows, brick reds, ochre and burnt sienna. Dusk and dawn are particularly special times, as the cranes fly low to and from their roosts, wonderfully silhouetted against the rich colours of the boundless skies.
During this virtual workshop, we will encounter many special birds including Common Cranes, Great Bustards, Imperial Eagles, and Long-Eared Owls and spend time observing them and learning to draw and paint them.
We will have the chance to draw from stills and video footage as Mary-Anne and John share their techniques for drawing wildlife as well as how to capturing the essence of a landscape.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
All sessions start at 2pm BST
Day 1: Meet Mary-Anne and John on Zoom for three hours of art demonstration and tuition time.
They will include a slide talk about some of the people who have painted in the region and show you examples of their sketches on location in Hungary.
You will have the option to paint from a variety of images to suit your taste from a library of photos you will receive as part of the course package.
You have time in between sessions to complete your work and submit images of your paintings for feedback on our private Facebook group or by email.
Day 2: We meet again the following afternoon to tackle a second painting through the same process.
Day 3: The third day is free for you to paint all day.
Day 4: We hold a slightly shorter final meeting (around 2hrs) to review and share your work and insights from the course.
The workshop will be recorded so you will be able to watch the video online afterwards.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
To help you get prepared you will need:
VIRTUAL TOUR COST:
This virtual Hungary painting tour costs £140pp
The joining point for your Hungary tour is wherever you have internet and feel ready and comfortable to paint.
OUR PRICE INCLUDES:
All online Zoom tuition, copious resource material and ideas, recipes and email contact.
OUR PRICES EXCLUDE:
Art materials, internet access, personal expenses.
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