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Enquire About AvailabilityShadow Boxes and Tunnel Books

Saturday 13-20 July 2019with Su Blackwell

About the Workshop

You’ll find yourself drawn into a fantasy world of magic and fairytale on this workshop with Su Blackwell, a British artist who works with the simplest of materials - paper.  Su expresses her unique style through incredible book and paper sculptures which she crafts with great delicacy and immense skill.  

Su has an enviable set of skills which she has developed and honed since leaving London’s Royal College of Art.  With her guidance you will design and make both a shadow box and tunnel book specific to your stay at the Chateau.

You’ll begin by sketching and taking photos around the Chateau to use as inspiration for your projects before starting your template design for a shadow box. You’ll discuss design and grouping, depth effects and how to create a dramatic visual result before creating the layers for your shadow box story.  You’ll find you are fully absorbed as you learn and practice different techniques for working with a range of media.

After a fascinating overview of the history of tunnel books you’ll begin your own concertina style tunnel book. It will consist of at least four panels which when viewed together create the illusion of depth and perspective. Su will discuss the best way to visualise your scene and how to develop the design working from your initial sketches. 

The clever use of lighting can add dramatic effect to your tunnel book story and Su will dedicate time to discussing this aspect and demonstrating how to wire LED and battery packs.  Finally, an embellished cover board will make a beautiful finishing touch to your beautiful handmade book.

During the week there will also be a visit to the nearby atmospheric Sunday morning food and craft market in St Antonin-Noble-Val, the medieval town where the films Charlotte Gray and The Hundred Foot Journey were filmed.

Su Blackwell

From art-direction for British Airways to fabric design for Liberty London Su Blackwell’s work is sought after by international clients. Her set design for theatre and book illustration have charmed audiences and raised the profile of paper as an artistic medium. Always recognisable, Su’s beautiful pieces convey a sense of childhood wonder but don’t shy away from exploring the vulnerability and quiet melancholy that is sometimes part of those early years.

www.sublackwell.co.uk

One week of Dumas nourishes me for a whole year. Fiona W, Africa

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Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Delicious homemade meals including wine with dinner (one dinner out at guest's own cost)
  • 5 days full-time tuition
  • Trips to a farmer's market and other local excursions
  • All materials are included

Not Included:

  • Flights to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau
  • One dinner out in a restaurant at guests' own cost

Additional Information:

  • We have bedrooms available from: Single occupancy ensuite bedroom: 2950E: Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom adjacent : 2800E : Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom: 2650E : Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom from: 1950E per person
  • The non-participating partner cost of 1400E includes accommodation, meals and trips out and excludes the workshop tuition
  • A non-returnable deposit of 550E is required to secure your place with the balance due 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • You can pay by Visa/Mastercard on our website or by bank transfer
  • The initial deposit is non-refundable and there are no refunds after the balance has been paid
  • Chateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city centre and Toulouse Blagnac international airport
  •  We strongly recommend that you take out travel and health insurance before travelling to France
  • The workshop will run with a minimum of 7 participants

Workshop:
Shadow Boxes and Tunnel Books

Starts on:
13 July 2019

Length:
7 Days

Prices From: 1950 Euro

Non-Participating Partner Price: 1400 Euro


Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Delicious homemade meals including wine with dinner (one dinner out at guest's own cost)
  • 5 days full-time tuition
  • Trips to a farmer's market and other local excursions
  • All materials are included

Not Included:

  • Flights to Toulouse and travel to the Chateau
  • One dinner out in a restaurant at guests' own cost

Additional Information:

  • We have bedrooms available from: Single occupancy ensuite bedroom: 2950E: Single occupancy bedroom with own bathroom adjacent : 2800E : Single occupancy bedroom with shared bathroom: 2650E : Shared double bedroom (2 beds) with ensuite bathroom from: 1950E per person
  • The non-participating partner cost of 1400E includes accommodation, meals and trips out and excludes the workshop tuition
  • A non-returnable deposit of 550E is required to secure your place with the balance due 12 weeks before the start of the workshop
  • You can pay by Visa/Mastercard on our website or by bank transfer
  • The initial deposit is non-refundable and there are no refunds after the balance has been paid
  • Chateau Dumas lies one hour north of Toulouse city centre and Toulouse Blagnac international airport
  •  We strongly recommend that you take out travel and health insurance before travelling to France
  • The workshop will run with a minimum of 7 participants

Because of nature of our workshops, and the small number of places available, we will need to manage orders personally. If you are interested joining us on this workshop, please fill in the details below and we will get in touch shortly.