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 will host her Autumn painting holiday in this beautiful authentic Chateau in the historic Pays-de-la-Loire in August – September 2017. It has been lived in by the family of its current owners for over two centuries. The location is near the cultural city of Le Mans and the region is well known for its famous chateaux and vineyards.
This beautiful spacious chateau is the perfect place to paint and relax and is our 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 Pays-de-la-Loire, known the world over for its many chateaux. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy painting outside in inspiring surroundings while being spoiled with delicious French cuisine served of course with some of the region’s well known wines.
We will spend an afternoon in Le Mans, setting for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the gruelling round-the-clock car race. But it’s also an ancient town, with Roman walls, a beautiful cathedral and plenty of museums to see.
Paris will be given a full day to see first hand the paintings of Monet, Manet and the Impressionists at the Musee d’Orsay with some time to shop in the city of fashion.
I’ve just returned to England following a week in France! Loreto’s course was splendid and as a novice ‘artist’ I learnt so much in 7 days. She is an encouraging, enthusiastic teacher who offers positive advice yet with suggestions of how I might improve my work. Nothing was too much for her and I never felt belittled or dismissed as a non-painter. Marie with her yoga was an inspiration too. The morning sessions set the pace of the day and allowed me to feel relaxed yet invigorated. A truly memorable week – for many reasons! Sally Edwards, Exeter
Thank you Loreto , for a wonderful week in the amazing chateau de Brussons, loved every minute, especially the painting in the very inspiring surroundings of the chateau, amazing food and of course all the great wines. Marie’s yoga each morning was so good, especially after the late nights. Thank you again for all your encouraging words and patience. Looking forward to going back once again in 2018. Maura Harty. Dublin
I have just returned from a wonderful week painting with Loreto in the lovely sunny Loire Valley in France. As a beginner I was encouraged by both Loreto and the rest of the class, she is an excellent teacher and was always available for support. All good quality materials were provided and we were introduced to various locations and landscapes which catered for students of all levels. The group comprised of many nationalities, abilities and friendly people who all shared a love of painting , good food, local wine and a sense of fun . I would thoroughly recommend this type of holiday to my friends and I am looking forward to going again next year. Breda Fordham, Essex
A 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 … Continue reading →
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.
Anyone who ever approached a canvas with the intention of starting a painting feels the tension of getting it right. However according to Loreto that shouldn’t ever be the approach. There is no right. According to Loreto it’s like taking a plunge into a river.