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© 2019 by Kate Kilbourne

Our one week painting holidays take place in the beautiful cave village of Trôo.  They are designed for all levels of painters, from pure beginners to the most experienced plein air artists.  Instructor Tom Hughes' workshops include demonstrations by the artist, individual instruction and critique, universal encouragement, and lots of laughs.

 

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.

Painting Holiday in Trôo, France

May 25 - June 1, 2019

Oils with Tom Hughes

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

 

  • 10 students maximum

  • 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

  • 20% discount for early registration before December 31st

  • 20% discount for non-painters

  • French box easel rental option: $50

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

20% discount for early registration before Dec. 31st

20% discount for non-painters

French box easel rental option:

add 50 euros

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 painting indoors available.
Taught in English
Plein Air Painting
Spring 2019: May 25 - June 1
Fall 2019: September 14 - 21
Instructor: Tom Hughes

In this workshop, participants will be instructed/coached at each person's individual skill and experience level, from outright beginner to experienced outdoor painter.  The fundamentals (proportion, values, color) will be explained and demonstrated as much and as individually as students desire, with finer points like aerial perspective, color harmony, use of mediums, thin vs. thick paint, washes, scumbles, ways to hold the brush, etc., addressed at any time.

 

This workshop is meant to be an intensive hands-on learning experience for those who desire it:  it's a chance to build or reinforce skills and try new things without the pressure of having to make "finished" paintings that you have to sign.  Have you always wanted to make painterly pictures with big fat brushstrokes but couldn't quite bring yourself to carry it through?  Would you like to be able to draw a bit better, make things look their proper sizes, but can't always figure out why things don't look quite right?  Maybe practice mixing colors from a limited palette?  We can do any of these things -- the instructor is there to give you ideas, technical advice, moral support, demonstrations -- whatever insight he has accrued from 22 years of full-time painting.

Tom Hughes painting instructor

Painting Instructor Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes has been a professional artist for 25 years.  He paints figures, portraits and landscapes in various media: oil, acrylic, watercolor and alkyd.  He has had solo exhibitions at galleries in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, the New England states, and France.  In 2017, Hughes was invited to become a member of the Plein Air Painters of America.  His work has been featured in Plein Air magazine, American Artist Watercolor magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur. Winner for Best Landscape​ in PleinAir magazine's Oct-Nov 2017 Plein Air Salon  Competition, and prize winner in the 2018 Annual Plein Air Convention competition, Tom is one of the artists whose work is featured in a book about watercolor painting skills, Watercolor Painting by Tom Hoffmann, published in 2012 by Watson-Guptill.

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.

 

Included in Holiday
Not Included
Cost
  • 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

  • Air fare

  • Travel insurance

  • Medical insurance

  • Train fare

  • Painting Materials (we will provide paint thinner)

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

  • Wine with Farewell dinner

 

 

 

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

French box easel rental option:

add 50 euros

 

20% Discount for non-painting 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 Chateau.

 

Saturday night 

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

 

Sunday 

10:00 am painting demo 

10:30 - 1:00 pm plein air painting

1:00 - 2:30 pm picnic lunch

2:30 - 5:30 pm plein air painting

7:30 pm Dinner

 

Monday

Full day painting in Trôo (see above), dinner at Château at 7:30 pm

 

Tuesday

9:30 am depart Château in van

10:30 - 1:00 plein air painting on location at local landmark such as the Château de Courtanvaux or the Château de Poncé  

1:00 - 2:30 pm lunch in local bistro

2:30 - 5:30 pm more painting and possible chateau visit or wine tasting, depending on group's desire

 

Wednesday

Full day painting in Trôo (see above), dinner at Château at 7:30 pm

 

Thursday

9:30 am depart Château in van

10:30 - 1:00 plein air painting on location at local landmark such as the Château de Courtanvaux or Jardins de Sasnieres

1:00 - 2:30 pm lunch in local bistro

2:30 - 5:30 pm more painting and possible chateau visit or wine tasting, depending on group's desire

 

Friday 

9:30 am - 1:00 pm plein air painting -- finish up work

1:00 - 2:30 pm lunch

2:30 - 5:30 pm Optional participation: students hang work in troglodyte gallery

5:30 - 7:30 pm public vernissage

8:00 - 10:00 pm farewell dinner at Le Cheval Blanc

 

Saturday

Check out of accommodation and van transport to Vendôme TGV station