Circle of Misse

Classic Painting Courses

Working on a still life
Janette helps a group forget what they thought they knew, to gain fresh perspectives 

These two-day and one-day painting experiences provide you with an inspiring break in the Loire Valley countryside to immerse yourself in a world of beauty, sensory exploration, experimentation, and artistic growth. Work with encouraging and talented painters to guide you through the experience and you have the perfect painting escape.

Who Attends? - Everyone. Intended for painters of all levels—from absolute beginners to highly experienced—these courses are tailored to your goals and skills; whether it’s merely to try it out, or master new techniques. We use teaching techniques that meet you where you are in terms of knowing your way around the palette and canvas. These courses suit any skill level. For more experienced painters, our teachers will conduct sessions to help you experiment with new methods and chart a course for continued growth. For novices, they will suggest next steps and exercises to improve skills. We provide all equipment, but feel free to bring your own if you have it.

How does it work? - Whether you are an experienced painter or have never picked up a brush, these one-day and two-day courses will effortlessly guide you through all the things you need to get started or move to the next level. It's the perfect addition to your Loire Valley holiday and a great way to capture the beauty and spirit of the region.

Our painting courses are social, convivial and a lot of fun, but we will also have you painting at a level that will inspire you, improve your skills and broaden your interests and abilities. Along with further developing painting skills, these courses are also the perfect key to unlocking the real 'joie de vivre' opening the door to the romance and allure of France filling you with the joy, excitement and appreciation of its beauty and cultural richness. It will help you to get most out of your time in the country. After booking, we’ll ask you about your interests in painting, things you’d like to know more about, or are curious about, as well as your experience and goals. We’ll use this information to shape the course to suit you.

What will I take away? - You’ll discover the joys and challenges of working 'alla prima' while acquiring and enhancing your basic knowledge of drawing, composition, colour mixing and value structure. One of our professional painters will teach you to see with a painter’s eye, translating your subjects to canvas with truly gratifying results. Whether painting “en plein aire” at one of our favourite spots in the countryside, or capturing the sheen of an oyster in a still-life, you will have plenty of time to paint and receive feedback and encouragement. The creative process gives the artist the opportunity to contemplate and reflect on his or her surroundings. Our world, be it of objects or ideas, elicits an emotional response which the artist endeavours to communicate. Besides more confidence and appreciation for the beauty of objects and the art of painting, you'll also leave with a completed painting.

Practicalities

2 Day Painting

Course Length: 2 days/1 night

Schedule: Schedule: Two-Day courses start at 09:30 on Day One, with an introduction to skills and a discussion about approaches and techniques. The exact content of this session will depend on the skill level of the participants and may consist of separate skill application sessions depending on the level of those taking part. This will be followed by hands-on application of these techniques during guided painting sessions. We will have lunch mid-day, cocktails around 18:30, followed by dinner around 19:30. On the second day we start at 09:30 and introduce some more advanced techniques that follow the organic path set by the participants on day one. The painting sessions on this day will focus on supporting beginners as they continue to develop and encouraging more advanced painters to take some risks and push themselves further. We finish circa 17:30.

Prior painting experience required?  No. Suitable for the absolute beginner, experienced, and seasoned painters, along with those who are simply curious. Our teaching methods allow for multiple levels to explore at their own comfort level, while also being challenged.

Travel Details: You can drive directly to the Misse house (we’ll provide directions) or we can pick you up and drop you off at Thouars rail station.

Accommodation:  The course includes accommodation in one of our properties on the night between the two days of the course. An additional night or nights can be added either side of the course at a special rate if that is more convenient for you. Please inquire. The Circle of Misse comprises three beautiful properties located minutes from each other on the Thouet River. The main Misse House, where all courses are taught and most meals are served, River House, a lovely riverside villa with stunning views and immaculate gardens, and The Townhouse a romantic 18th century house with a charming private courtyard perfect for reading, and enjoying a glass of wine. All three properties have beautiful rooms with double beds, wardrobes and desks. Most share a bathroom. Due to the nature of how we schedule courses, we regret that we cannot take requests for particular properties or rooms.

Cost: £350  Includes two days course tuition; one night bed, breakfast and dinner accommodation (single or double occupancy); all meals (including wine and cocktails); beverages and snacks throughout the day; and any admission fees for local excursions. To secure a place a deposit of £125 is due at the time of booking; the balance is due 45 days before the course starts.

1 Day Painting

Course Length: 1 day/1 night

Schedule: Schedule: One-Day courses run from 09:30-17:30 and begin with an introduction to skills and a discussion about approaches and techniques. The exact content of the sessions depend on the skill levels and interests of the participants.

Prior painting experience required?  No. Suitable for the absolute beginner, experienced, and seasoned painters, along with those who are simply curious. Our teaching methods allow for multiple levels to explore at their own comfort level, while also being challenged.

Travel Details:  You can drive directly to the Misse house (we’ll provide directions) or we can pick you up and drop you off at Thouars rail station.

Accommodation (optional):  The course includes accommodation in one of our properties on the night of the course. An additional night or nights can be added either side of the course at a special rate if that is more convenient for you. Please inquire. The Circle of Misse comprises three beautiful properties located minutes from each other on the Thouet River. The main Misse House, where all courses are taught and most meals are served, River House, a lovely riverside villa with stunning views and immaculate gardens, and The Townhouse a romantic 18th century house with a charming private courtyard perfect for reading, and enjoying a glass of wine. All three properties have beautiful rooms with double beds, wardrobes and desks. Most share a bathroom. Due to the nature of how we schedule courses, we regret that we cannot take requests for particular properties or rooms.

Cost: £195  Includes course tuition, one night bed, breakfast and dinner accommodation (single or double occupancy); all meals (including wine and cocktails); beverages and snacks throughout the day. To secure a place a deposit of £75 is due at the time of booking; the balance is due 45 days before the course starts.

Accommodation not required:   All of our courses include bed and breakfast accommodation as standard. We encourage you to stay as it allows you to fully enjoy your time at Misse. We offer one day courses without accommodation for £149. Due to French drinking and driving regulations we strongly advise you to nominate a "designated driver" or to arrange for somebody to drop you off and pick you up.