Summer courses in France
Summer courses held in Lagrasse, officially one of the 100 most beautiful villages, just 40 minutes south east of Carcassonne in the South of France.
Cormac’s three story medieval town house, set in the heart of the village, in ancient ramparts of Lagrasse, Corbieres plays host to a summer series of workshops each year.
Beautiful views, inspirational surroundings, local wine, cuisine and the flow of the Orbieu river sets the scene for an unrivaled break, with a creative experience. When you go home you will have your own personalised silver creations to remind you always of a trip to remember.
As in Dublin, the workshops are suitable for those starting from scratch or experienced, as each student has projects to suit their own interest, where possible!
Students can work in silver and fine silver clay (PMC3) together with enamels and setting -precious stones, try some cloisonné enamel on silver clay, all included in the fee. If you wish to work in gold, no problem - talk to me and we will explore the options!
Sample course Itinerary
Everybody meets at Cormac's townhouse on the first weekend at 7.00pm before setting off to explore the local cuisine and enjoy new wines of the canton!
Each morning we meet at 9.00 at the boulangerie to buy breakfast, and take it across road for coffee! Work starts at 9.30am - 12.30pm with a break for lunch before returning to the workshop at 2.30pm -5.00pm. The two hou lunch break will allow you to have lunch and/or a swim under the trees by river in Lagrasse or the glacial rock pools at Ribaute!
Introduction to the tools in the workshop, there use and hearing what you would like to make and if it’s possible! Perhaps a pendant, earrings or a ring by recycling scrap silver. This gives you confidence to use the tools and torch in the workshop safely.
Make a Bracelet, with long silver wire links to your own design, which is a great way to improve your soldering skills.
Make a piece with Precious Metal Clay to be fired the in the eco friendly electric kiln at 700C - uses 80% less electricity than a hair drier! Try some enamel to give colors on the PMC.
The final day, take the ultimate challenge and create your masterpiece using all the skills you have now mastered!
The day will end with a class exhibition and photographing of every ones work. The photographs will be taken throughout the workshop as you are creating and sent to you at the end of the course.
Travel & Accomodation
Book early for cheap flights to Carcassonne, a Ryanair travel hub for 10 European destinations. Aer Lingus flies to Perpignan, Toulouse and Barcelona (Girona) with fast train links to Carcassonne or Narbonne, ask for further info!
Lagrasse is about 45 minute drive from the Carcassonne airport.
If you are not hiring a car, I can make arrangements to have you collected at Carcassonne airport or Railway Station, about €40 each way, the cost can be shared if other students are sharing the car. The taxi fare is €130 each way.
There is some accommodation available in my townhouse or in the village - from €35 per night.
On request, we will send you information and notes on getting there, accommodation and lots more!
Why not stay a few days longer, in the heart of the Corbiers, on the cusp the Mediterranean?
2018 Summer Course Dates
Course 1: Friday 29th June - Monday 2nd July
Course 2: Friday 6th – Monday 9th July
Village Event: EN BLANC ET NOIR Festival of Piano
Friday 6th - Wednesday 11th July 2018, for more information, please see http://www.enblancetnoir.com/
Course 3: Friday 13th – 17th July
Village Event: Bastille Day Celebrations and fireworks!
Course 4: Friday 20th – Monday 23rd July
Village Event: Abracadagrasses Music Festival
Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July, outdoor music festival in the medieval village of Lagrasse, for more information, please see http://www.abracadagrasses.fr/
Course 5: Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th July
Village Event: Danse à Lagrasse with The Royal Ballet
Friday 26th & Saturday 27th July 2018, for more information, please see https://www.muse-a-muse.com/juillet-2016
Maximum of four students per course to ensure personal attention.
Course fee includes all materials and tools (sterling silver, fine silver and enamels and some semi-precious cabochons stones).
Non-refundable 25% deposit required to confirm booking, balance due 6 weeks before start date of course.
Course 1 Fee: €560
Courses 2 -5 Fee: €590