Painting Holidays and Courses in France 2017

Pool (1) (2)If you have always wanted to draw or paint, you can do so under the tutelage of Loreto Reilly, a fully qualified art and design teacher, with over 20 years professional experience, including 12 years running this course. Loreto is an adept and accomplished teacher as well as a successful Irish artist who exhibits regularly at home and abroad.

Loreto has been invited to host her next painting holiday in the beautiful historic Chateau de la Chesnaye in June-July and August-September 2017. La Chesnaye is located near the cultural city of Orleans.DSC_7781 in the Unesco Heritage Site that is the Loire Valley. This beautiful spacious chateau is the perfect place to paint and relax and is our exclusive home for the duration of our stay. The gardens are filled with sunshine but also with many shaded areas to sit and sketch, read or have a cool glass of wine. There is always the option to stroll through the woods, cycle or walk through the stunning surrounding area.

Here you will be in the heart of the sunflower fields and vineyards of the Centre-Loire Valley in the Loiret region, known the world over for its many chateaux. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy painting in inspiring surroundings while being spoiled with delicious French cuisine served of course with some of the region’s well known wines.


This region is an artist’s dream. At every glance there is a subject waiting to be captured.DSC_7738 The Irish Impressionists The warm  weather means we can enjoy the sunshine while painting outdoors. Capestang is a picturesque village, with views which stretch as far as the Pyrenees with the summer haze softening the hues. The Canal du Midi, a UNESCO heritage site, is always a joy to paint. Boats drift past under the leisurely 11km speed limit. Reflections are a mirror image of the trees and grasses, and the Vermillion coast of the Mediterranean is close at hand. Artists like Matisse have been drawn here for its unique light. Gruissan and Collioure are two stunning costal towns we will visit and paint.


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Thrilled to have another opportunity to paint in south of France! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the previous painting holidays in Italy and last year in France and am delighted with and proud of the work I took home!
Can you book me in on Course 3 please. I am looking forward to it already!
Katherine Kennedy, Longford

I love the Art du Midi course…the art teaching is top class and very well structured, but you also have plenty of time and space to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the village and beyond. Everything is laid on: accommodation, food, transport and art materials. All the student has to do is show up! It is all very relaxing and stress free. I would highly recommend the course to anyone, whether you are an absolute beginner, as I was, or a ‘want to improve’, as I now am.”
Eileen Mann, Dublin

“The Art du Midi course is the most wonderful experience from start to finish. From the moment you are greeted by Loreto you get a sense of the vibrancy that is about to unfold. Enjoyment is the essence of the week where even the most novice artist is encouraged to find and set free the artist within through a series of steps that make it seem easy. Variety and fun, delicious food, great company and incredible sing-songs made the week a truly memorable adventure.”

Margaret Sweeney, Dublin
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About the Artist

Loreto FranceA graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Loreto Reilly is a successful Irish Artist who divides her time between Kells, County Meath, the Languedoc Region of Southern France and Calabria in Southern Italy.

The exploration of colour and form through paintings and ceramics is integral to Loreto’s work.  A fluidity suffuses her work, in the soft outlines of her watercolours, and in the malleability of unfired clay. Loreto takes her inspiration from the natural environment around her, from the olive groves of Southern Italy to the bog cotton of Ireland.
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Loreto’s Ceramics

Handmade Irish ceramic and pottery pieces by Irish artist Loreto Reilly are individually formed by hand. Clay is an unyielding material when fired, but to work with is soft and malleable, and these qualities are retained in her finished work: Irish handmade ceramics and pottery of the finest quality.

Her range includes:

  • Lamps
  • Vases
  • Candle-lights
  • Platters
  • Bowls
  • Personalised Dinner Sets12.Ceramic-Hand-basin-.jpg

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