What is it about the light in the French countryside that draws painters here? Is it the air quality, the evocative tilt and angle? There is a magical quality to how it bathes the fields of sunflowers, the crumbling chateaus, barns and antique heirlooms in a soft luminous glow. It’s definitely captivating as it’s drawn countless painters from Da Vinci to Matisse to plop down an easel and get to work.
Find Your Inspiration, Hone Your Skills
Whether you’ve just recently picked up a brush, have been dabbling for years, or are a seasoned painter looking for a new challenge, our courses unlock this visual paradise for you. Our course leaders gently guide you through improving your skills while also enjoying every moment.
Imagine escaping to a quiet place to reflect, explore and put brush to canvas under the encouraging and helpful eye of a working artist. Beautiful surroundings, amazing food, relaxing comfortable accommodations, and all supplies provided, means you will be inspired, get out of your day-to-day routines and learn to see the world more creatively. You will pick up new painting skills, learn more about our gorgeous region of France and truly relax. All you have to do is sit down and paint. What are you waiting for? Your easel and brushes await.
What to Expect from the Week
Each day will begin with a 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 subject and benefit from one-to-one instruction. Space is limited (5 participants) meaning that quality time and instruction can be given to everyone.
These courses are 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 capture your subject with confidence through a better understanding of how to look at, analyse and represent what’s before you. 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.
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12-19 September 2020 – NEW!
While exploring the autumn farmland and quaint Loire Valley villages, seasoned professional painter and teacher, Janet Kohler will guide you with daily demonstrations, techniques and individual instruction to boost your confidence while you capture an exciting sense of depth and atmosphere in your work. You’ll also learn what makes a strong composition, how to capture that fleeting southern French light, what to leave out, and when to stop. You’ll cultivate a deeper sensitivity to color as you explore the immediate and intense pastel medium to give your work it’s unique quality. Full details ...
25 Apr-2 May & 2-9 May, 2020 – NEW!
You’ll focus on painting the colorful spring landscape of the Loire Valley in oils under the guidance of accomplished professional painter and teacher Janette Hayhoe. She will guide you in looking at the landscape and figuring out how to take the essence of what you see and put it on the canvas. We will learn to understand what makes a strong composition, evaluating what makes a good subject and how to think about it. We will explore the use of colour and value to give a sense of depth to your work. Full details …