Painting Holidays and Courses in Provence France

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 14 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 hosts painting holidays in this beautiful Provencal home in June and July. The location is among olive groves which surround Fayence, one of the most beautiful villages in Provence.Courtyard

This spacious hillside home is the perfect place to paint and relax. The extensive gardens are filled with sunshine but also with many areas shaded by the olive trees and cypresses to sit and sketch, read or have a cool glass of wine. The pool is set in a picturesque spot close to the house and the terraced olive groves give amazing views towards the mountains and in the evening stunning sunsets.Swimming pool


The villa is just a ten minute walk from the lively centre of Fayence, one of the famous 10th century “villages perchés”, nine medieval hilltop villages built around their castles in Provence,  with fragrant squares, olive terraces, and panoramic views towards the mountains and sea.

The market twice weekly is a must, with its local produce, delicious cheeses, wines, olive oils, lavender products and much more. Nearby is Lac de Saint Cassien, the sea at Cannes is thirty minutes away. With the perfume capital, Grasse, just 30 km, lavender fields are never far away.

Fayence Hotel de Ville


Thumbnail sketching

The course is all about painting your own original landscape. Beginning with selecting a subject, learning how to make a preparatory sketch and then working that to a finished painting. Each step is demonstrated to the group and then developed through one to one tuition. Students are encouraged to work at their own level of art experience, whether a complete beginner or experienced painter.

Painting by the lakeDuring the course of the week, you will sketch a number of subjects, often completing several paintings by the end. Following this course, whenever you encounter a striking subject, at home or while travelling, you will have the skills to sketch and paint it.

The group is kept to a maximum of eight, in order to ensure that every student receives the maximum assistance and encouragement from the tutor at all times. The synergy of working together with like minded people brings its own rewards, and many of our students have become close friends. Many people also return from year to year.Artist's Dream

Among the painting and drawing media used are graphite pencils, oil pastels, acrylics on canvas and watercolours if requested.

All materials are included in the holiday cost to make it easier for you to travel and to ensure that all students have the best painting equipment. Painting in the open

Yoga and Mindfulness

Each day we begin with an hour long session of Yoga and Mindfulness. Marie, a qualified teacher of yoga, will guide us through a gentle series of movements to free the body and mind of all unnecessary tension and stress. This class is complementary and of course optional.Yoga Outside


All care is taken that your stay be an enjoyable experience while attending the course and this includes the accommodation.Room 1

Some rooms have their own en suite bathroom. Others share modern spacious bathrooms. All are double rooms, spacious and bright. Toiletries and towels are provided so you can travel light. Room 2

There is no single supplement fee for students who do not wish to share a room.

The house, gardens and many terraces of the house are open to all students and wifi is available throughout the building.View from the house

Living Room



What is Included:

Three hours dedicated painting tuition each morning.

– Drawing and painting materials, canvas and easels.

– One hour yoga and mindfulness each morning with yoga mats provided.

Airport transfers (Nice airport)

Accommodation Comprising of

– Private bedroom.  (No single supplement fee)

– Seven nights bed and breakfast: fresh bread and croissants, coffee/tea, locally produced seasonal fruit and yogurt.


Aperitif time

– Evening meals, including wine will be
prepared and shared together on the
terrace with panoramic views or in the
dining area*


Lunch and dinner on day trip lavender fields/Grasse

Farewell dinner on last evening in local restaurant.

– Wifi in all areas of the house

Afternoon Time to Yourself


Fayence Village


– Stroll into the village and visit one of its many cafe terraces, watch the world go by, or in the evening enjoy the provencal sound of a game of boules.Time for wine

-Enjoying one of the many picturesque walking routes in the local area or exploring scenery further afield, if car rental is chosen.

–  Indulge in wine tasting in one of the local wineries

– Personal painting development (materials and easels are available at all times)The pool

– Or simply relax in these beautiful surroundings and take a siesta by the pool.

Car rental, shared or otherwise, is the ideal way to explore this fascinating area and is highly recommended. Information on alternative private transport can be provided.

Not included in price:

– Flights.

– Travel insurance, which is obligatory

– Cost of transport for optional afternoon trips

To book today or for more information please contact Loreto

Getting There

There are a number of airports to which you can fly. There are direct flights from Dublin and London Stansted to Nice which is nearest airport (40 minutes)  Marseille also has direct flights, 2 hours )

Artist at work


Irish Times Review


Another fantastic week with Loreto painting in France. This year we were in the beautiful chateau de Brussons, an authentic French secluded chateau on beautiful grounds where we were blessed with options to paint whichever way we turned.

This year we had the added bonus of yoga each morning with Marie. We stretched and meditated and with Marie’s encouragement, we grew to love and enjoy the morning yoga. This was so (early!!) relaxing and set the tone for the day. Food was excellent, as usual and the wine flowed and sing songs and laughs with this lovely group made the experience very relaxed and enjoyable.

Loreto’s expertise and gentle tutoring coaxed us along ensuring we grew in confidence and learned to experiment and put our new learning into practice, The culmination of this was our Exhibition on our final evening. We celebrated with champagne with Veronique and her husband, owners of the chateau, who were affirming and appreciative of our weeks work all based on the chateau de Brussons.

I now equipped myself with the basic paint colours, brushes and boards and have the confidence to go forth and paint!

Many thanks Loreto and Marie!
Katerine Kennedy, Longford

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, to Provence.
Breda Fordham, Essex

Thank you Loretta and Marie for painting and yoga in chateau de Brussons. Lovely meals and wines. Trips to Le Mans and Tours. Going to France with Loretta and Marie for many years each year brings new things. Looking forward to 2018 in Provence.
Maura Rooney, Longford

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