Oil Painting
in Trôo, France
May 27 - June 3, 2023
With Keith Wicks

Taught in English

Join us for a very special painting week in Trôo, a uniquely beautiful troglodyte village in the Loire Valley, with lodging in a lovely 18th century château.  The Château de la Voûte is located within the village but discreetly tucked away in a gorgeous private setting offering magnificent views over the river Loir.  Keith Wicks, professor/instructor for the Academy of Art in San Francisco for over 20 years, will lead the workshop, painting "en plein air" at sites in and around Trôo.

 

As all participants will stay in the charming rooms at the Château, we will be able to gather in the elegant salon in the evenings (or on the terrasse with a pastis!) to share,  ask technique questions, discuss, get feedback, or simply to relax.

 

Three delicious farm-to-table traditional French dinners will be served at the Château, as well as breakfast each day.  Lunch will either be a picnic lunch, or a bistro lunch when we are offsite.  A Welcome wine and cheese soirée on Saturday night and a Farewell gastronomique dinner at a wonderful restaurant on Friday night are also included.

 

We will be walking up and down hills -- participants should be comfortable with carrying their gear on steep slopes, footpaths and stairs.  Not recommended for people with limited mobility.

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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 200 euro discount discount for sign up by Jan. 27

  • 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. 27 and receive a 200 euro discount! 

​plus

 

20% discount for non-painters

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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Painting Instructor Keith Wicks

Keith Wicks has over 30 years of experience as a master painter & instructor and is a signature member of the California Art Club.  Keith founded the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation as well as co-founded Telluride Plein Air.  A professor/instructor for the Academy of Art in San Francisco for over 20 years, Keith is involved in many charities to promote art education in public schools.  He is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.  Keith has painted all over the world and has hundreds of paintings of France and Italy in his portfolio.

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.

 

Paintings by Keith Wicks

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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 haute cuisine dinner at Le Manoir de Saint Quentin

Not Included
  • Air fare

  • Travel insurance

  • Medical insurance

  • Train fare

  • Art supplies

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

 

 

 

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

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Sign up by Jan. 27

and receive a 200 euro discount! 

 

20% Discount for non-drawing participants

Typical Schedule 

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

 

Saturday
Arrival at Vendome TGV station -- van pick up, check in to the Château de la Voûte

 

Saturday night 

Welcome wine and cheese soirée on the terrace of the Château de la Voûte

Sunday 

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 painting session 

7:30 pm Dinner 

 

Monday

8:00 - 9:00 am breakfast

9:30 am - 12:30 painting in Trôo

12:30 - 2:00 pm picnic lunch

2:00 - 6:00 pm painting in Trôo

7:30 pm Dinner

Tuesday

8:00 - 9:00 am breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm painting at the Château de Courtanvaux

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

2:00 - 6:00 pm painting at the Château de Courtanvaux

7:30 pm Free Dinner on your own7:30 pm Dinner out at bistro of your choice (not included)

Wednesday

8:00 - 9:00 am breakfast

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

12:00 - 2:00 pm picnic lunch

2:00 - 6:00 pm free painting session in Trôo 

7:30 pm Dinner

 

Thursday

8:00 - 9:00 am breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm painting in Lavardin

12:00 - 2:00 pm bistro lunch

2:00 - 4:00 pm painting at Lavardin

8:00 pm Dinner

 

Friday 

8:00 - 9:00 am breakfast

9:00 am - 12:00 pm painting in Trôo

12:00 - 2:00 pm picnic lunch

2:00 - 5:00 pm free painting session 

5:30 - 7:30 pm public vernissage

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

 

Saturday

8:00 - 9:00 am breakfast

Check out of accommodation and van transport to Vendôme TGV station 

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