Painting at Misse

Painting at Misse

Join painter Janette Hayhoe as she takes you through the fundamentals of Still Life painting from life in oil during this one week workshop. Our focus will be on developing the foundation skills of drawing, understanding proportion, analyzing light and form, perfecting value arrangement in rendering form and the principles of colour.

Janette will share her process through step by step demonstrations that will cover:

  • Subject and composition
  • Lighting your subject
  • Preparing your surface
  • Laying out your palette
  • Mixing and applying paint

Each day will begin with and talk and demonstration of one stage in the process. Short exercises will be introduced to help students focus on specific aspects of the process. For the remaining time, each student will work on their own set-up and benefit from one on one instruction. Space is limited (5 participants) meaning that quality time and instruction can be given to each student.

This course is designed to suit all levels, no prior experience is required. The goal is to develop a process that allows you to accurately represent three dimensional objects on canvas. With this clear, step by step approach, you will be able to approach your subject with confidence through a better understanding of how to look at, analyze and represent what’s before you. Whether you are a beginner or want to refine your skills, this course will empower your art process. All materials will be supplied. Just bring your eagerness to learn and enthusiasm for painting!

You will also have time to explore, daydream and relax while being looked after in wonderful style by the same crew who operate our renowned cookery school and food and wine holidays. Take a look at our TripAdvisor reviews to see what a fabulous time you’re in for.

Painting at Misse

Course Dates for 2018:
2017 was a huge success. 2018 Dates to be announced soon! Janette will also offer a landscape (plein-air) course in addition to the Still Life. Sign-up for email updates to the be first to know.

Course Length:   Saturday to Saturday (7 nights)
Schedule:   Morning and afternoon sessions each day. Excursions to area attractions such as markets, vineyards, oil presses, artisan food producers and chateaus built into programme. Free time available each day.
Accommodation:   You will stay at the Circle of Misse house, a 19th century maison de maître situated in verdant farmland in the oxbow (the place where the river ‘circles’ back on itself) of the Thouet River in the small village of Misse on the Southern edge of the Loire Valley in France. Thus, the ‘Circle of Misse’. It has beautiful private ensuite rooms with double beds, wardrobes, and writing desks.
Meals & Drinks:   Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day, including wine & cocktails. Coffee, tea, juices, soft drinks and snacks available all the time.
Cost:   €895 (includes EVERYTHING except travel to France). To secure a place a deposit of €300 is due at the time of booking; the balance is due 45 days before the course starts.


Why Circle of Misse?

  • A home away from home
    The Circle of Misse house is homey and welcoming. You’ll get a private, en suite bedroom with a double bed and writing desk. There are sitting areas in the house and garden for working, and chatting when you’re in the mood.
  • Set in the romantic French countryside
    Surrounded by farms and farmland, we’re in the small village of Misse, with our closest neighbours being a church, abbey, cows and pheasants. We’re near the market town of Thouars but far enough away from the action that you can focus on your work.
  • One on-one mentoring and intimate group size
    We keep our group of guests small: classes are never more than five participants.
  • Gourmet lunch boxes, nightly dinner parties
    All meals and wine served at the house are included — Every day, you’ve got a personal picnic. Every night, it’s a dinner party.


Learn more about the Creative Holidays at Misse


Painting at Misse


Still not sure? Just get in touch to ask us any questions.