Painting Holidays and Courses in France 2017

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.

chateau-webLoreto has been invited to host her next painting holiday in the beautiful historic Chateau de la Chesnaye in June – September 2017. La Chesnaye is located near the cultural city of Orléans. 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.

SunflowersHere you will be in the heart of the sunflower fields and vineyards of the Centre-Loire in the Loiret region, 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.


Artist's DreamThe Loire Valley region, an immense UNESCO heritage site which has endless subjects to paint and places of cultural interest to visit, is an artist’s dream. At every glance there is a subject waiting to be captured. The French Impressionists Millet, Rousseau and Corot all painted here, paving the way for the younger generations.

champs-elyseesWe will spend an afternoon in the city of Orléans, the city associated with Joan of Arc and its graceful Gothic cathedral.

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.

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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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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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