Art in the Tarn refers to future projects based on one at the Moulin de Cajarc that was developed just before Covid made its appearance. Naturally we cancelled. For the moment (October 2022) I have not found a new venue for drawing workshops, but I'm working on it, so watch this space for developments!
My description for the workshop still works to express my ideas for its structure, so please read below...
Photo courtesy of Pierre Blanc
My workshops will be artistic adventures for people of all skill levels, with the goal of creating a travel journal for each participant. The experiences recorded might reflect a physical or mental journey, and usually include both. The idea is to spend as much time as possible drawing outside during the day, and to use the evenings to discuss and exchange ideas about our work, after or during a great French meal, of course! All media are encouraged, including digital media (ipads are a great way to record your travels!) I will offer mini-workshops tailored to your skills and brief lectures on the history of the area and our drawing subjects. Cordes-sur-ciel is a medieval hill town with a history intimately linked to the Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade, located about forty miles north of Toulouse. The medieval mansions of Cordes and their sculptures are unique in southern France.
I am a retired architect and professor of art and architectural history; an American Institute of Architects Emerita who holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Art and Architecture. I have published on the history of Cordes and of Languedoc, and I have taught many courses in Architectural Sketching at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, USA.
Below is a little gallery of images from the area.
The brick cathedral in Albi, begun in 1282 and built to defy the Cathars
One of a pair of facing hybrids on the Maison du Grand Fauconnier, Cordes