Jewellery making holiday

South West, Gascony, France

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Holiday Itinerary

During the week you will perfect the art of jewellery making with talented artist Caroline using a range of materials all set in a beautiful 19th century farmhouse sitting in 50 acres of countryside, ensuring your holiday is a relaxing haven.

Unleash your creative side and learn to make your own beautiful pieces of contemporary hand-made jewellery using materials such as silver, copper, bronze metal clays, polymer clay, glass, porcelain and more. This holiday is the perfect introduction to learn how to craft your own pieces of jewellery or even to expand existing skills.

With expert tuition from your talented tutor Caroline, you’ll learn the art of jewellery making in the well-equipped studio and will design and make exquisite jewellery to take home with you at the end of your trip. Perfect souvenirs of a wonderful holiday!

Stay in a stunning renovated farmhouse in the glorious region of Gascony in South West of France with its own swimming pool and 50 acres of land. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind and your hosts Adam and Caroline will be on hand at all times to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. There are also no single supplements for solo travellers, making this a fantastic holiday for singles.

Emphasis is on having a fabulous time in a relaxing setting with wonderful food and wine while you get more from your holiday and learn to make jewellery in Gascony. Enjoy warm hospitality, great food and wine, stunning surroundings, and skills to treasure for a lifetime.


Suitability
- This jewellery making holiday is suitable for all levels from beginners to those looking to expand their skills
- Minimum age 18
- Your hosts and tutors speak English and French and lessons will be taught in English
- Dietary requirements will be catered for if these are communicated in advance of booking
- There is a maximum class size of 6 people on this holiday making it great for individual attention and also for a fun social holiday


Travelling solo?
- These holidays make great singles holidays as there are NO single supplements and you will have your own private room for no additional cost
- There is a discount for 2 people travelling together and sharing a room, please see the 'Costing and extras' tab for more details


Jewellery making holiday start days
- This course starts on Saturdays and runs on set dates year round
- Courses run for 7 nights / 8 days
- If you can’t find the date you want, we can request additional dates so please email us on hello@golearnto.com and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival


Jewellery making holiday itinerary
The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

Day 1: Arrival day
- Arrive at Agen train station in the afternoon (check in from 4pm) to be greeted by your friendly hosts before being driven to the farmhouse where your holiday will begin (airport collections can be arranged upon request for a supplement - please see the ‘Costing and Extras’ tab for more details)
- Settle into your delightful room before getting to know your fellow students over delicious aperitifs
- Enjoy a social evening with a 3 course gourmet dinner served in the farmhouse kitchen along with a short introduction from your hosts about what to expect over the next few days

Day 2: Workshop and wine tasting
- This morning after breakfast you will go to a local delightful village market to explore the area to discuss your first project designs with the rest of the group and your tutor Caroline
- You will then return home to begin your first jewellery making class
- A delicious lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen
- This afternoon, you will learn about the processes of designing, creating and finishing your pieces, including how to use tools such as kilns and torch burners, sanding and polishing tools
- Late afternoon you will visit a beautiful chateau famous for its aperitifs and wines for an afternoon of wine tasting
- Dinner will be served back at the farmhouse giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool firstly, or to take advantage of one of the onsite activities such as table tennis or cycling

Day 3: Workshop and Armagnac tasting
- After a leisurely breakfast, you will choose something natural of your choice, such as a leaf, to influence your jewellery designs today
- Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen with views of the countryside all around to help inspire your creative side
- Early evening, you will visit a family run Armagnac distillery (which Gascony is famous for) and learn how it is made and the history behind it and, more importantly, tasting the Armagnac and local produce
- A 3 course gourmet meal will then be served back at the farmhouse kitchen accompanied with local delicious wines

Day 4: Free day
- Today is a free day for you to spend at your leisure
- Choose to spend more time perfecting your jewellery making techniques and working on your pieces in the studio, or take time to relax by the swimming pool with a good book
- All meals are included today

Day 5: Workshop, market and chateau visit
- This morning after breakfast you will go to a local delightful village market to explore the area and see local galleries
- You will then return home to begin your chosen workshop. This may be a jewellery workshop using some of the materials discussed such as metal clay; glass, polymer clay or porcelain. You may have chosen one of the other options such as cooking. If you have chosen cooking the afternoon will be spent making dishes from the fresh produce you have bought at the local markets in the morning.
- Late afternoon you will visit a beautiful chateau famous for its aperitifs and wines for an afternoon of wine tasting
- Dinner will be served back at the farmhouse giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool firstly, or to take advantage of one of the onsite activities such as table tennis or cycling

Day 6: Workshop and visit to local historical towns
- After a leisurely breakfast, you will continue with your chosen workshop whether it be jewellery or cooking
- Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen with views of the countryside all around to help inspire your creative side
- Early evening, you will visit a family run vineyard for some tasting
- A 3 course gourmet meal will then be served back at the farmhouse kitchen accompanied with local delicious wines
- Caroline and Adam will also be happy to suggest activities in the area during your stay

Day 7: Day group excursion
- Relax with a delicious breakfast this morning before heading out on a fun excursion for the day
- Today you’ll enjoy an excursion to a location of your choice!
- Your hosts will take you on a day excursion to a destination based on the groups preferences
- Explore the stunning scenery and relax on your final day, and enjoy lunch whilst you out
- This evening you’ll return home for your final dinner, where you’ll reflect on the week and how much you have learnt

Day 8: Departure day
- After breakfast, guests are asked to check out by 10am
- You are welcome to relax and enjoy some free time if your flight is not until later in the day, before being taken to the airport or train station for your return journey
- You will return home with fantastic memories, beautiful unique jewellery, and memories and new skills to last you a lifetime


Your jewellery tutor
- Your friendly and enthusiastic tutor is Caroline, who has been a qualified jewellery teacher for over 20 years and has experience in setting up and running training centres teaching practical skills
- She is a senior instructor in both PMC and Art Clay and has experience in using a wide range of materials for making Contemporary jewellery.
- Her love for teaching is reinforced every time a student looks in wonder at what they have designed and created themselves
- Caroline is passionate about jewellery and creative design, and she will be on hand at all times to assist you and help you to create beautiful jewellery
- Caroline’s husband Adam will also be happy to suggest activities in the area and will be cooking delicious gourmet meals during your stay and for those choosing cooking as an option, Adam will be teaching you how to make delicious meals with ease.


What will I learn?
- You will learn the fundamentals of contemporary jewellery making with some of the above materials and gain a greater understanding of what the materials are.
- How to use a range of machines such as the kiln and torch burner to achieve different effects
- How to unleash your creative side and design your own jewellery
- Take home beautiful unique jewellery to be proud of, and skills which will last you a lifetime


Your accommodation
- You will stay in the beautiful Baron Figres, a 150 year old farmhouse in the lovely Gascony countryside with a renovated gite attached
- The farmhouse has been renovated to a high standard combining natural features with modern touches
- The farmhouse has 3 twin/double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
- There is a large, homey kitchen in the farmhouse which has a table that can seat 14 people
- There is a beautiful gite attached to the farmhouse which has 2 twin/double ensuite bedrooms with sweeping views of the countryside
- Downstairs there is a spacious living area with satellite TV and music system, perfect for relaxing evenings
- There is a fully equipped kitchen which guests are welcome to use
- Outside there is a BBQ terrace and the farmhouse boasts its own private outdoor swimming pool (12m x 6m, May-September)
- The farmhouse is surrounded by 50 acres of meadows and woodlands
- Accommodation is included for 7 nights/8 days
- There are no single supplements for solo travellers and you will automatically have your own private bedroom for no extra charge
- Check in any time after 4pm on day 1 and check out by 10am on day 8


Meals
- All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and refreshments (wine, tea, coffee, etc.) are included for this course
- The jewellery school use fresh, local produce where possible and Caroline’s husband Adam is a keen cook making the most of the delicious local foods and wines in his cooking
- If you have dietary requests these must be communicated to us at the time of booking, vegetarians can catered for


Free time in Gascony
- During your free time, there is plenty to do at your farmhouse accommodation including relaxing by the heated swimming pool (May-September)
- The school offers a range of extracurricular activities onsite which are free of charge including table tennis, basketball, shooting, archery, cycling and board games to name a few!
- There are numerous fêtes, music festivals and exhibitions in the surrounding areas through the year and your host Caroline will be happy to advise you during your stay
- The closest towns are Nérac and Condom, and your host will be happy to suggest activities and transport should you wish to explore these during your stay


Learn to make unique contemporary jewellery in a beautiful renovated farmhouse in the countryside on this jewellery making holiday with a difference.