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© 2019 by Kate Kilbourne

I am thrilled to be leading my first workshop in the Loire valley and the village of Trôo. The expansive vistas, gardens, river, beautiful village with its charming cave houses, amazing chateau accommodations and fabulous food will all make for an incredible experience. 

 

I encourage artists of ALL levels. Groups of no more than 10 insure that I can work individually with you and develop my days according to your needs. We will be working in sketchbooks and doing pastel in our morning and afternoon sessions which will be peppered with demonstrations and in progress feedback of your work. 

 

After 40 years, teaching continues to give me great pleasure and I look forward to getting to know each of you and your goals. Hope to see you this summer!

Pastels & Sketchbook Drawing

in Trôo, France

June 8 - 15, 2020

With Diane Olivier

Taught in English

Exquisite lodging in Trôo at

Le Château de la Voûte

Stay in this beautiful "petit chateau de charme" with it's manicured gardens, towers, troglodyte swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and gym in the old stables.  Studio space for painting indoors available.

The bedrooms are decorated with authentic period antiques, hardwood floors, and tastefully appointed en suite bathrooms.  Fabulous views from all rooms, including the ground floor dining rooms and salons where you can read, play the piano, or a game of chess in the library.  There are caves housing a game room and the swimming pool, and a double jacuzzi in a tower.

An exquisite family-owned bijou of a chateau in an extraordinary cave village setting... it's the best of both worlds.   

Click here to see photos of bedrooms.

At A Glance

 

  • small group allowing personalized instruction at all levels

  • 7 nights

  • lodging in an extraordinary chateau

  • Breakfasts, lunches and 3 home-cooked gourmet dinners included

  • Welcome wine & cheese soirée

  • Group exhibition open to public (participation optional)

  • Farewell haute cuisine dinner

  • Van excursions to the best  destinations: local chateaux, markets, wineries & landmarks

  • Early bird 20% discount for sign up by Jan. 15

  • 20% discount for non-drawing participants

Cost

Le Château de la Voûte

All inclusive cost (see above):

2500 euros for the week

per person, based on double occupancy

 

Single room option:

add 350 euros

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Sign up by Jan. 15 and receive a 20% discount! 

​plus

​20% discount for non-painters

Registration closes March 8, 2020

New format!  Deluxe lodging in Trôo at

Le Château de la Voûte

Le Château de la Voûte

Stay in this beautiful "petit château de charme" with it's manicured gardens, towers, troglodyte swimming pool, sauna, steam bath and gym in the old stables.  Studio space for drawing indoors available.
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Drawing Instructor Diane Olivier

Drawing has always been my primary media, working with both traditional and nontraditional materials on scales ranging from small book size to mural size. My subject matter ranges from figurative, landscape and cityscapes to non-representational. The media ranges from charcoal to graphite, to full color pastels to non-traditional mixed
media. The sense of touch between the tools and the paper and the immediacy of the mark are important element in my process. It is a dance between the eyes, the hand and the soul.

Holiday Director Kate Kilbourne

Holiday Director Kate Kilbourne

Kate Kilbourne has owned the Cave Yuccas property since 2000.  In 2005 she began restoring the cottage above the cave which she now rents out as a vacation home (see cave-yuccas.com).  Kate is an excellent bilingual guide to the local markets, chateaux, and vineyards, and she will do everything she can to make your week in this ancient troglodyte village a magically memorable holiday.

 

Drawings by Diane Olivier

Click to enlarge

Included in Holiday
  • 6 days of instruction

  • 7 nights lodging in Le Château de la Voûte

  • All breakfasts & lunches plus 5 dinners

  • Van transport to and from Vendome TGV station

  • Local van excursions

  • Welcome wine and cheese soirée

  • Farewell 3 course haute cuisine dinner at Le Cheval Blanc -- wine not included

Not Included
  • Air fare

  • Travel insurance

  • Medical insurance

  • Train fare

  • Drawing supplies

  • Two dinners (on Tuesday & Thursday -- allows you to try the local restaurants)

  • Wine with Farewell dinner

 

 

 

Cost

The cost for the 7 night holiday, inclusive of everything listed under "Included in Holiday", varies according to whether you prefer a single room or are planning to share a double.  Accommodation is in the extraordinary Château de la Voûte.  Visit the Lodging page for more details.

 

Double Room: 2500 euros 

Per person

 

Single Room: 2850 euros 

Per person

 

20% Discount for non-drawing participants

Typical Schedule 

Subject to change depending on weather, desires of group, or other unforseen circumstances.

 

Monday
Arrival at Vendome TGV station -- van pick up, check in to the Chateau.

 

Monday night 

Welcome wine and cheese soirée on the terrace at the Cave Yuccas

 

Tuesday 

8:00 - 9:00 am breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm instruction

12:00 - 2:00 pm picnic lunch

2:00 - 6:00 pm free drawing session 

8:00 pm Dinner

 

Wednesday

8:00 - 9:00 am breakfast

9:30 am - 12:30 sketching at the Château de Courtanvaux

12:30 - 2:00 pm lunch in local bistro

2:00 - 4:00 pm more drawing and possible chateau visit

4:30 - 6:00 sketching back at our Chateau

8:00 pm Dinner

Thursday

8:00 - 9:00 am breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm instruction

12:00 - 2:00 pm picnic lunch

2:00 - 6:00 pm free drawing session 

8:00 pm Dinner

 

Friday

8:00 - 9:00 am breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm instruction

12:00 - 2:00 pm picnic lunch

2:00 - 6:00 pm free drawing session 

8:00 pm Dinner

 

Saturday

8:00 - 9:00 am breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm sketching at farmers market in Montoire-sur-Le-Loir

12:00 - 2:00 pm bistro lunch

2:00 - 4:00 pm sketching at Lavardin

8:00 pm Dinner

 

Sunday 

8:00 - 9:00 am breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm instruction

12:00 - 2:00 pm picnic lunch

2:00 - 5:00 pm free drawing session 

5:30 - 7:30 pm public vernissage

8:00 - 10:00 pm farewell dinner at Le Manoir de St. Quentin

 

Monday

Check out of accommodation and van transport to Vendôme TGV station