Thursday, June 9, 2011
Since its start in 2001, the Festival International du Pastel, organized by the Société des Pastellistes de France in partnership with the village of Feytiat, holds reputation as one of the most prestigious art festivals in the world dedicted to pastel.
Each year the festival receives near 20000 visitors desirous to see the near 300 works by pastelists from around the world.
Several workshops will take place during the festival, offering participants the chance to improve their techniques, learn from the experience of master pastelists and put in practice the acquired knowledge.
The workshops, in the number of four, will cover the following themes and subjects: still life, florals, nude, portraiture, landscape, seascape and animal portraiture.
Starting with a welcome cocktail followed by a dinner on Monday at 19h00, the workshops will start on Tuesday (10h00 - 12h30; 14h30 - 17h30 ). Participants will enjoy a lunch with the artists in a convivial atmosphere.
Regular fees to attend the workshops start at 100 Euro per day (subjected to availability) and go up to 400 Euro for complete workshops.
Children between the ages of 10 and 14 can attend a two days workshop (no lunch included) for 174 Euro.
Feytiat inhabitants are eligible for special prices.
Download the poster and the form for the workshops.
This year's edition will count with artists from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada (including from Quebec), Colombia, England, Finland, France, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Japan, Poland, Russia, USA, Spain and Vietnam.
Violette Chaminade is this year's guest artist.
The Festival International du Pastel will take place at the Espace Georges Brassens in the village of Feytiat near Limoges (Limousin, France) from July 2 through September 4, 2011.
Entrance is free, with the following schedule: (14h00-19h00 Mon-Fri) and (10h00-12h00; 14h00-19h00 Saturday, Sunday and holidays).