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Discovery Formula

For a day or over several days, explore a massif, its trails, mountain pastures and forests: Drawing and watercolor combined with hiking allow you to take the time to stop and observe in depth the landscapes that surround us. surrounds and the nature in which we find ourselves.

We will discuss the basic techniques for drawing and painting the pages of a mountain notebook that will transcribe your artistic gaze, your emotions and observations, all in a setting that invites contemplation.

Place  :   massive choice

Level  : All levels

hike: Easy

duration  : a day at 
1 weekend

Price :  from 50 € (+ travel expenses)


Beforehand: We discussed together your aspirations, your desires and your level. I selected a place and a route based on them. We validated together the route and the meeting place .

How is a day organized:

Arrival in the morning at 9:00 am at the car park or meeting point, we quickly check the equipment in our bags and we set off on the trails.

Depending on the approach time, we start to draw around 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
At noon we take a break ( plan your snack ) until 1 p.m. and take the opportunity to do some observation, then the rest of the day we move to go draw in other places or stay on site depending on the themes you want to work on.

At 5 pm we are back at the starting point and do a little debriefing.

Over a full weekend , the schedule may vary as we have more time to walk and draw.



Drawing material:
In principle, I provide the equipment, but you can choose to bring your own if you already have the necessary or to buy it before leaving (I can also advise you), here is the list of recommended equipment:

  - a fine , black, water-resistant felt

- 2 pencils with hard and soft tips type 2B / HB and 5 / 6B or a mechanical pencil according to your preferences

- a notebook or sheets of watercolor paper with a grammage greater than or equal to  200g / m2, fine grain  (type CANSON XL Aquarelle, Hahnemuhle, Arches etc.)

- 1 watercolor box (with watercolor in pots or tubes, such as La Petite Aquarelle by Sennelier, Daniel Smith essentials set, Windsor and Newton, Van Gogh etc.) for a box with tubes, remember to take a box in which you will be able to mix colors.


To give you an idea of my field palette, it mainly consists of the following colors:

Yellow Hansa Clair (Daniel Smith)

  Gum Gutte (Daniel Smith)  

  Rose Quinacridone (Daniel Smith)

  Pyrrole Scarlet (Daniel Smith)  

  Phthalo Blue (Daniel Smith) 

Ultramarine Blue (Daniel Smith) 

Neutral Tint (Daniel Smith) 

Indigo  (Daniel Smith) 

Idanthrène Blue (Sennelier)

Transparent Red Oxide (QOR) 

Siena Land (QOR) 

Burnt Umber (QOR) 

Hookers Green (QOR)

Sap Green (QOR)

Phthalo Green  (QOR)

May Green (Schimncke)

White "super covering" gouache Lefranc Bourgeois Linel


Brushes : Choose synthetic, animals will thank you! (most of the brushes are made from Petit Gris squirrel hair or Kolinsky marten, pony, goat etc.)

Depending on your experience, you can take ready-made brush packs.

I often use Pentel tank brushes which have a fine point, are resistant and go anywhere (there are 3 different sizes.)

The brushes you will need in the field are:

- a wash brush (ex: Raphael Softaqua n ° 4 series 805)

- one or more round brushes with more or less fine point of number 3,5 and 8.

- a flat brush with soft bristles

As you learn, you can expand your collection.

- a cup for water 

- a small cloth or towel like "chamois". (I use the small Nabaji towels from Decathlon which are light and efficient)

  You can also take a sturdy plate to fix your notebook, and a small stool or groundsheet (WildSeat type)

I advise you to buy your materials in a creative hobby store to support our merchants, but if you are far from this type of business, here are some useful links to buy art materials:


Individual equipment recommended for hiking:

  •   a backpack (30/35 liters are sufficient)

  • hat or cap

  • collar size

  •   type of insulating clothing: fleece or down jacket, don't forget that we will remain static, it can be cold in the mountains even in the middle of summer!

  •   waterproof and breathable windproof jacket with hood if possible (gore-tex type

    or equivalent)

  • a pair of sunglasses  

  • a gourd (provide minimum 1.5l / person) or "Camel back" type water bag with pipette

  • Something to nibble on 

  • a personal care and first aid kit (with sunscreen between index 30 and 50, survival blanket, whistle, headlamp, bandages, compresses, bandages for compeed-type blisters)

  • your art materials. In a pencil case or small pouch

  • you can take sticks according to your preference

  • take shoes suitable for hiking in the mountains (high or low upper but with a notched sole)  and clothing adapted to the practice as well.

For the weekend we can either sleep in a lodge , or in a refuge or in a bivouac .

I will then provide you with a list of additional equipment.

 Registration and Cancellation

To register, just click on the "registration" button and complete the form, I will contact you upon receipt of it. 

Registration is final when a deposit of 30% of the total price has been made before the course. The rest of the amount to be paid is made on the day of the course.

Regarding cancellations : 

I reserve the right to cancel or postpone a course in the event of bad weather conditions which could compromise the outing or in the event of special conditions. I will contact you ASAP.

Regarding cancellations on your part, you have until the day before the appointment to withdraw.

For a cancellation on the same day, you will be reimbursed with the exception of my travel expenses which will be counted (in some cases it is likely that I will move and sleep in the massif the day before)

Security and Insurance  

Evolving in the mountains can involve certain dangers.

Even if the routes taken are safe, risk 0 does not exist. I provide you with the "artistic" service and accompany you on the trails with my years of experience in the field, but under no circumstances do I make you pay for the "mountain service" as would a Medium Mountain Guide or Guide of High Mountain . We therefore operate under our own respective responsibilities.

As for the practice of mountain activities, there are multisport insurance.

In addition to your equipment, I recommend that you have with you an identity document, your vital card and possibly attach a small information sheet in case of emergency (ex: blood group, allergies, person to contact in case of emergency. emergency etc ...) I always have one with me during my personal outings.


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