ART IN NATURE WITH NILS-UDO
25/07/2018

SESSION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Make art in nature under the personal support of one of the most influential artists in this field
  • Create one or more new works in the spectacular landscape of the high Pyrenees
  • Combine classroom work and discussions with active field work
  • Subsequent exhibition opportunities in the UK, France and Germany
  • Full board including room, meals and drinks
  • Unlimited use of our Pro Tools recording studios, arts library, digital editing suites, dark room and other facilities
  • Optional mountain expeditions including ascent of Mont Ceint and the spectacular Cascade d'Ars
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NILS-UDO began his artistic life as a painter, before shifting focus to working with environmental art in the early 70's, and soon became a representative figure for the "art in nature" movement. His iconic nests, water-houses and natural altars are unmistakable, the result of a process of "bringing out" elements of the landscape, combining natural materials into new arrangements to form ephemeral artworks, natural configurations which degrade and are weathered, preserved only in the large-format photographs which he produces of his installations. His materials are alive, his works have a lifespan, are mortal.

NILS-UDO's session will explore the various aspects, possibilities and approaches to working in and with nature. Discussion and one-to-one conversations at CAMP will lead to work in the forests, mountains, valleys and pastures of the Haute Couserans region, and different works, installations or interventions in the natural environment will be created using exclusively the materials found at the respective location.

Every participant will, under the personal supportive direction of NILS-UDO or alone, set up one or even several smaller interventions. It is also conceivable that several participants work together to set up a larger work.

As NILS-UDO says: "We are not sculptors. We do not decorate nature with prefabricated objects or artifacts! The work of art is nature herself! We will respond carefully and sensitively to the respective situation we find in nature and work in and with it. The result is always a reaction to the situation encountered. It can be fleeting or even of a more permanent character."

A photographic record will be made of each work, under different lighting conditions and at different times of day. Interventions are also possible that take into account the time factor and which are specifically and exclusively designed for video. These records of the work created during this session will form a new exhibition at Fuse Art Space in 2019, with subsequent touring of the work to France and Germany.

WHERE AND WHEN?

The course takes place at our residential centre in Aulus les Bains. It's two hours south of Toulouse, high in the French Pyrenees, very near the border with Spain. For detailed travel information, see the transport section. The course starts on Wednesday, 25/07/2018. We advise that you arrive the evening before (24/07/2018) - dinner and accommodation that night is included. The course runs for five days, ending on Sunday night. Accommodation on Sunday night is included, then we leave on Monday morning (30/07/2018). If you decide to take the minibus with us, you will be picked up in Toulouse at 6pm on 24/07/2018, and will be back in Toulouse at 11am on 30/07/2018.

HOW TO BOOK

To book your place on the course, you have two options: either click "ENROL NOW" at the top of this page, and pay for your place in full; or click "SPLIT OVER 4 MONTHS". In the latter case, a monthly payment plan will be put in place, so your card will be charged 25% of the fee today, and 25% each month (on the same day) for an additional three months. All card payments are handled by Stripe, and are extremely secure. We don't store any card data ourselves - all of this is handled securely off-site by Stripe.

If you have a discount or grant code, click "ADD CODE" next to the course price, paste the code in the box, and hit enter - the page will refresh, and should show the new price. Once you book, whether in a single payment or by starting a payment split, you will receive a booking confirmation email with details about how to book the minibus transport, how to get special requests to us, and so on.

INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: FIVE DAYS OF CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES, A COMFORTABLE PRIVATE ROOM AT CAMP, ALL MEALS - BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT CAMP, DINNER AT AN EXCELLENT LOCAL RESTAURANT, UNLIMITED USE OF OUR RECORDING STUDIOS, EDITING SUITES, REHEARSAL STUDIOS, LIBRARY AND OTHER FACILITIES, POST-COURSE BENEFITS & SUPPORT (SEE BELOW)
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: TRAVEL
STUDENT LEVEL: ALL WELCOME
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: BRING VARIOUS SMALL TOOLS: SHARP POCKET KNIVES, PRUNING SHEARS, SMALL HANDSAW, SMALL SHOVEL, PAPER AND COLORED PENCILS. IN ADDITION, ALL PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING THEIR OWN CAMERAS, OUTDOOR CLOTHING AND STURDY SHOES.
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: ONGOING ARTIST SUPPORT, EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE UK, FRANCE & GERMANY