Painting Holidays and Courses in France 2015

P621004352e105658cebc.JPGIf 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 will host her next painting holiday in the sunny South of France in June 2015. The course will be based in her unique 17th-century home located in the historic village of Quarante with its beautiful abbey, dating from the year 1000. Here you will be in the heart of the vineyards of the Languedoc-Roussilon region, known the world over for its delicious wine. This is an ideal opportunity to experience life in a charming French village. Next to our house is the locally renowned boulangerie, and each morning the wafting aromas of freshly baking breads and croissants are part of the waking experience.

Lunch at La Croisade

Lunch at La Croisade

At lunchtime we join the locals for ‘menu du jour‘ in the nearby bar restaurant or for the ‘menu du marche‘ in Capestang on the Canal du Midi. In the evenings we meet for an aperatif in the courtyard, and share dinner together. This is a lovely time and place to relax after a productive day and chat over a glass of delightful local wine.

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Botanical Drawing and Painting Course

Botanical Drawing Nature gives us an abundance of colours, shapes and textures. Nowhere is this more evident than in  sunshine of the South of France. Fields of sunflowers, rows of lavender, groves of figs, peaches and   pomegranate fill the region with their aromas and colour.

In this course, Loreto will demonstrate how to draw the vibrant colours and varied shapes of a variety of these natural forms, whether in their entirety or a selected detail which is particularly rich in design.

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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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Handmade Ceramics and Pottery

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.

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Her range includes:

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

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The Painter, the Eye and the Mind

There are two things in the painter, the eye and the mind; each of them should aid the other.
Paul Cezanne


To look at a landscape can be awesome, to work out how to begin painting it is even more so.
A small thumbnail sketch is not only helpful, but essential. This focuses the mind on an area.
What is large, small, dark, bright, upright, horizontal. In this way many of the important elements in the painting which follows can be worked out before ever taking out brush and paints.

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Looking and Seeing

Looking and seeing

Looking and seeingMonet once said that he wished he’d been born blind and later gained sight. That way he would be able to look at the world, not know what objects were and so their colour would be the sole focus.

Maybe it is because there are often grey skies here in Ireland that I am so drawn to the effect the sun light has when it pours onto the village in France in the morning, slowly painting every old building with an orange and rose hue, or over the valley in Monterosso, where a sleeping series of greys begin to change to gradations of blues, purples and greens.