Friday 3 November 2023

The Hangar Spring Trip 2024 testdrive!

It is a true Hangar tradition, the Hangar Spring Trip. For the last one in 2022, we went to Les Alpilles and settled  in the lovely village of Fontvieille. We drew and painted that breathtaking area for a long weekend (Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday morning). (To see the pictures click here). Teachers Marina T and Marina K made sure everyone got the best out of their talents, and next to a great creative exercise, it was incredibly refreshing and convivial. Everybody loved the location so much that we decided right there that the next trip was going to be in the same area. So, our Chief Organiser Ina Carels researched and found a different but just as interesting place to draw and paint: Arles.

Arles is a city in the Bouches-du-Rhône, annexed to his empire by Julius Caesar in the 1st century BC. He made it the capital of Roman Provence. The town prospered and the Amphitheatre, Théâtre Antique and Thermes de Constantin were constructed (they still stand today).

As the Roman Empire collapsed during the 5th century, Arles went into decline, but large parts are still there, ready to be drawn and painted! All those monuments are inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1981. And as you all know, Arles was also home to the painter Vincent van Gogh.

The Marinas and Ina went there last weekend to check if it was as promising as it seemed, and YES! we experienced SO much beauty, interesting sites and feelings of awe with the old Roman structures, buildings and artefacts. And on top of that, the paintings of van Gogh, who lived in Arles for some time and was quite productive there. So - if it was good for him, it will be for us and indeed there are great spots to draw and paint everywhere!

Decision made, we will go there for the 2024 Spring Trip. We have even booked a hotel and decided on the dates: 7,8 and 9 June. You can already subscribe, just let Ina or one of the Marinas know. All the details and more info are in the mail that you will receive shortly. 

We already look enormously forward to it!

Thursday 19 October 2023

La version française suit ci-dessous.

Starting today, the Hangar launches an Instagram competition amongst its members. The theme  is "SOUTH OF FRANCE LIVING andART".

We invite you to participate; do as many postings as you like, - in the form of a reel or picture (even a series of pictures). Use your Instagram account with the hashtag #artcenterhangar. The subject should in some way be connected to the theme above. Use your artistic freedom and skills combined with your social media competency, to create some outstanding posts.  The final day of the comptetion is January 15th 2024. At our 2024 New Year’s reception we will announce the winners. 

With this initiative, we hope to expand social media exposure for the Hangar, combined with a social happening in the Hangar community. We sincerely hope you will join us in this artistic initiative and are looking forward to seeing all your posts.

À partir d'aujourd'hui, le Hangar lance un concours Instagram parmi ses membres. Le thème est "L'ART ET LA VIE DANS LE SUD DE LA FRANCE".

Nous vous invitons à participer; faites autant de publications que vous le souhaitez, - sous la forme d'un reel ou d'une image (même une série d'images). Utilisez votre compte Instagram avec le hashtag #artcenterhangar. Le sujet doit d’une manière ou d’une autre être lié au thème ci-dessus. Utilisez votre liberté et vos compétences artistiques, combinées à vos compétences en matière de médias sociaux, pour créer des publications exceptionnelles. Le dernier jour du concours est le 15 janvier 2024. Lors de notre réception du Nouvel An 2024, nous annoncerons les gagnants.

Avec cette initiative, nous espérons étendre la visibilité du Hangar sur les réseaux sociaux, combinée à un événement social dans la communauté du Hangar. Nous espérons sincèrement que vous nous rejoindrez dans cette initiative artistique et sommes impatients de voir tous vos messages.

Sunday 15 October 2023


    and house rules now  /
on a des nouvelles statutes et règles de fonctionnement

OUR  ANNUAL  General Meeting that took place last Friday evening, was a very productive one .

The atmosphere was good, the
 Board's President gave an extensive overview of what has been done this year and what the board has planned to do more this coming year.
Main things that were mentioned are the website update, more attention to internet marketing, beside our standard program.
This coming spring , the Hangar art trip will be back too!
The president thanked all volunteers.

A clear and transparent financial overview was given
 and the budget was agreed on.

The vice- president then explained the necessity of the update of our statutes that originated from 1999, the year that our association was founded, and the implementation of house rules.

They will be available at the hangar .

The board continues without Thecla Brand , she was thanked for her great help.

There was time for questions and ideas were exchanged about better visibility of the Hangar.
 The board can not do this all on its own. 
So please , if you have a bit of time and want to help our great community continue to flourish......please let the board know.

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We then ended with a drink and a nibble together.

 Merci beaucoup 
the Hangar Board


Thursday 21 September 2023


On Wednesday 20 September, the last Hangar drawing day trip was organized, and 12 enthusiastic drawers travelled to Cabris. They were actually quite brave, because the weather forecast was far from good! 

We arrived around 10 and quickly set up to draw the amazing landscape, the quaint little streets - and each other...

It wasn't exactly sunny, but not cold and the view was misty and wonderful. We had a fantastic time creating a lot of sketches, in everyone's personal styles and materials. The teachers (both Marinas) were over the moon with the variation of good results! [Story continues after the sketches]

Around 12.30 the first raindrops started falling - we had all brought umbrellas and raincoats and we made it, more or less dry, to the restaurant. Had a nice and reasonably priced meal, and of course wonderful chats, about art and about life. And in the meantime, the rain splashed on the roof - and then it was sunny all of a sudden - and then the rain started again. 
Four of us called it a day and went home after lunch - they had crazy storms on the way back. And the die-hards - they stayed! We found us a nice covered terrace of the local pub, with as other guests some French regulars, who stayed inside, and outside, keeping us company, a group of English Rugby enthusiasts on holiday. We drew the view from the pub, and we drew the group of guys (who were singing and telling jokes, and were delighted to be our free-of-charge models) 

 The participants who weren't there will be sorry they missed out, because we had so much fun that we actually forgot the time! It will probably be next year before we go on day trips again, but we already look forward to it. It definitely got the best out of all of the artists!



Friday 15 September 2023


The NEW CLASSES have started !

Les NOUVEAUX COURS ont commencé !

Monday/Tuesday 18th/19th the theme will be DRAWING.
You'll see that's it's much easier than one could imagine...if we use our artistic approach. We'll see that with the topic of animals.

Lundi/Mardi 18/19 septembre, le thème sera le DESSIN.
Vous allez voir qu'il est plus facile de ce qu'on peut penser, si on s'y prend avec un œil artistique ;-). On verra ça avec le sujet d'un animal.

A bientôt & see you soon ! 


Thursday 7 September 2023

                       2023-2024 Hangar Class schedule


We are delighted to share with you our new class schedule. A new class is added on Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening, next to our familiar program.

Nous sommes ravis de partager avec vous notre nouvelle horaire de cours. Une nouvelle cours a été ajoutée, le Lundi après-midi et Mardi soir, à coté de notre programme habituel.