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Landscape Composition in Watercolor

Program Number: 14985RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/21/2013 - 7/27/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Eastern Townships, Quebec
Price starting at: $835.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Painting
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Capture your inner artist at a 140-acre mountain retreat in Quebec’s Eastern Townships known for its breathtaking sunsets, freshly prepared food and warm family atmosphere. A local watercolor artist provides intimate lessons in the subtle, graceful shapes and tone of watercolor. Discover observation and composition techniques and hone your skills in daily workshops. By the end of your studies, gain a greater appreciation for both art and the nature that inspires so much of it.




Highlights

• Learn specific planning and compositional approaches that will motivate you to create, no matter what your skill level may be.
• Use Sutton Valley’s peaceful, bucolic location amid rolling hills, ponds, pastures, forests and brooks for inspiration.
• Mold 12 daily hours of open studio time and free rein of your surroundings into a program tailored to your own creative rhythms.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking; some uneven terrain.



Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.




Date Specific Information

7-21-2013

The focus for this session will be on floral composition. Be inspired by the green meadows, wild-flower filled pastures, woodlands and gardens.




Eastern Townships

The Appalachian foothills of southern Quebec contain some of the most fertile soil and bucolic scenery of the province, attracting visitors to its lakes, country villages, local gastronomical delights and Quebecois culture.



Accommodations
Mountain inn with hiking trails, shared bathrooms, some private baths available.
Meals and Lodgings
   Auberge Schweizer
  Sutton, QC 6 nights
 Auberge Schweizer
Type: Inn
  Description: Nestled high above Sutton Valley, The Schweizer Auberge & Farm has become an historic landmark in the Eastern Townships. There are 12 bedrooms, some with private bathrooms, as well as three spacious chalets. One of the chalets can accommodate 30 people in a conference room. Our cozy and rustic dining room provides an ambiance of tranquility with panoramic views over the valley. You can bring your own wine. Sit back and relax, you’ll feel yourself relaxing as you enjoy the smell of baking bread and freshly made desserts, just out of the oven. Every meal is created from scratch with fresh salads, herbs and vegetables from our organic garden. Begin your day with a hearty breakfast, made up of a wide variety of options such as french toast, cereals, hot or cold, fruit, and eggs from our very own farm. Enjoy an aromatic cup of coffee and our own maple syrup drizzled over Peter’s pancakes. We serve a full four-course meal every evening, with two different menu options, which change daily. Our guests always enjoy our outstanding soups, which are never the same twice. Our meals are well-balanced, with fresh vegetables and salads picked from our garden daily. Swiss-style dishes are a common fare. Even if you cannot pronounce "Geschnetzeltes" you will probably ask for "seconds" after having tasted this gourmet delight. We use veal steak cut into small pieces, served in a mushroom-cream sauce to which a splash of white wine is added.
  Contact info: 357 Schweizer Rd
Sutton, QC J0E 2K0 Canada
phone: 450-538-2129
web: www.aubergeschweizer.ca
  Room amenities: There is a shared living room with satellite television.
  Facility amenities: Year round, guests enjoy a variety of outdoors activities and beautiful scenery. Come spring, visitors are invited to observe our extensive maple sugaring operation. In summer, enjoy swimming and tanning at our own two private ponds, or hiking one of the many magnificent trails nearby. In September and October, we are right in the midst of blazing colors as nature displays a glorious finale before winter arrives. Cross-country and downhill skiers will be in their element here in winter.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: The property consists of several buildings - some are chalets. Some rooms have private bath which are assigned on a first come first served basis - contact Heidi at Auberge Schweizer for details or to reserve. Sink in every room.
  Additional nights prior: Call for current rates. Based upon availability.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for current rates. Based upon availability.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to Sutton, QC. Check-in after 2:00 p.m. You will be staying at Auberge Schweizer that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures from Sutton, QC after breakfast. Check-out is 10:00 a.m You will be staying at Auberge Schweizer the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORTS: Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date information on required documents.
  Parking availability:
We have plenty of parking free of charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sutton, QC
  Nearest city or town:  Cowansville
  Nearest highway: Highway #139
  Nearest airport:  Burlington, Vt.; Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Sutton, QC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Montréal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
747 Express - Aeroport P.E. Trueau/Centre-Ville
phone: 514-786-4636

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $9.00 CDN one way (exact change - coins only)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 - 45 minutes 

   

Express bus service - 747 Aeroport P.E Trudeau/Centre-Ville will take clients from the Montreal International airport to the bus station in downtown Montreal; 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Visit http://www.stm.info/english/info/a-747.htm for fare and schedule information. Purchase a bus pass in advance at Airport on the Arrivals level; the $9 fare can also be paid in cash with exact change on board the bus. Only coins are accepted (no bank bills). Taxi from airport approximately $40 - $50

 

Montreal

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Veolia Transport/Montreal Bus Terminal
phone: 514-842-2281

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approx.$20 one way, less if senior
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

   

Bus from downtown Montreal to Sutton (and return). The bus leaves from the bus terminal in downtown Montreal at 505 de Maisonneuve East. Phone the bus terminal at 514-842-2281 for information, schedules, fares. The phone number for the bus company Veolia Transport is 877-348-5599 (recommend that participants call the bus station for information).

 

Montreal

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
747 Express Aeroport P.E. Trudeau/Centre-Villle
phone: 514-786-4636

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$9.00 (exact change required on board the bus. Only coins are accepted (no bank bills).
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

   

Take 747 Express Aeroport P.E. Trudeau/Centre Ville bus from downtown Montreal to the Montreal airport. Purchase tickets at the Arrivals Level at the airport or pay the fare in cash with exact change on board the bus. Only coins are accepted (no bank bills). Visit http://www.stm.info/english/info/a-747.htm for up to date fare and schedule information. OR Taxi from airport to downtown bus station - approx $40 - $50.

 

Montreal

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $20 (senior discount available)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hours 

   

Bus from Sutton to downtown Montreal bus station. The bus arrives to the main bus terminal in downtown Montreal at 505 de Maisonneuve East. Phone the bus terminal at 514-842-2281 for information, schedules, fares. The phone number for the bus company Veolia Transport is 877-348-5599 (recommend that participants call the bus station for information).

 
Driving Directions
  Montreal Travel time l 1/2 hrs. Take highway 10 East (Sherbrooke autoroute) Take Exit 68 to Highway 139 South Highway 139 South to Sutton Drive through Sutton (about 1.5 miles) As you approach four corners (lumberyard to your left) turn left onto Schweizer road. Keep going until you see the Schweizer sign. You have arrived!
  Richford, Vermont Highway 139 North to Sutton (7 miles) Before entering Sutton turn right at the four corners (lumberyard on your right) turn right onto Schweizer road. Keep going until you see the Schweizer sign. You have arrived!
Equipment Requirements: You will need to bring watercolor paint in tubes, brushes, watercolor palette with cover, paper (at least 3 sheets), masking tape, and sketchbook.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration and Orientation
(Sunday, July 21)
   
 Afternoon: CHECK-IN: Independent arrivals to the auberge - registration between 2:00 - 5:30 p. m followed by dinner and a welcome and orientation session. Space will be assigned to participants in the studio for their supplies.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Auberge.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: At 7:00 p.m. we will gather for an icebreaker and introductions. The Auberge is the perfect setting for painting workshops, offering 140 acres of green meadows, wild-flower filled pastures, woodlands, ponds, a brook, gardens, animals, a sugar house, and breath-taking sunsets. Auberge Schweizer is also equipped with a classroom for group instruction.
   
Accommodations: Auberge Schweizer
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Watercolour Workshop/Studio Time/Free Evening
(Monday, July 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Auberge Featuring, juice, hot or cold cereals, followed by eggs & bacon, homemade bread toasted, tea or coffee.
 Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE:Watercolor Workshop 9:00 - 12:00 noon. Whether you are a beginner, or an experienced artist, you will be inspired by the painting workshops offered at the Auberge for over ten years. You will paint the beauty of the 'Eastern Townships - in Quebec, Canada' in a loose and free style. Subject matter will vary - from landscapes and buildings to flowers etc. We will paint both indoors and out - weather permitting. We will use a limited palette of primary colours, larger brushes, with lots of bold colour and wet paint. Come and enjoy the peace and beauty of this wonderland.
 Lunch: Lunch at Auberge featuring salads from our garden, cold buffet with our homemade breads. Cookies or squares, coffee or tea
 Afternoon: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Watercolor Workshop continues. These workshops will leave you with lasting memories, and friendships with people from all over North America and beyond. Studio is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm for participants.
 Dinner: Dinner at Auberge Homemade soup, followed by main course, (Chicken, fish or red meat) Fresh garden vegetales. Dessert, tea or coffee.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Take time this evening to paint, take a walk or relax and enjoy our spectacular sunsets.
   
Accommodations: Auberge Schweizer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Watercolour Workshop/Studio Time/Musical Evening
(Tuesday, July 23)
   
 Breakfast: At Auberge
 Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Watercolor Workshop 9:00 am - noon
 Lunch: Lunch at Auberge
 Afternoon: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Watercolor Workshop continues.
 Dinner: Dinner at Auberge
 Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Family Singing. Enjoy the entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Auberge Schweizer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Watercolour Workshop/Studio Time/Evening Entertainment
(Wednesday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Auberge
 Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Watercolor Workshop 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
 Lunch: Lunch at Auberge
 Afternoon: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Watercolor workshop continues.
 Dinner: Dinner at Auberge
 Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Schweizer Family History
   
Accommodations: Auberge Schweizer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Watercolour Workshop/Studio Time/Free Evening
(Thursday, July 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Auberge
 Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Watercolor Workshop 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
 Lunch: Lunch at Auberge
 Afternoon: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Watercolor Workshop continues. If you wish, enjoy some free time in the afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at Auberge
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Free evening to watch sunset, relax, take a walk, paint, etc.
   
Accommodations: Auberge Schweizer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Watercolour Workshop/Studio Time/Farewell Dinner and Evening
(Friday, July 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Auberge.
 Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Watercolor workshop.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Auberge.
 Afternoon: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Watercolor workshop continues.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Auberge.
 Evening: FAREWELL EVENING: On our final night together we will enjoy farewell activities and entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Auberge Schweizer
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Independent Departures
(Saturday, July 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Auberge
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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