Hosted by: Plein Air France Holidays
May 20-27 & September 23-30, 2017
Le Château de la Voûte, Trôo, 41800 France

Exceptional plein air painting holidays in the Loire Valley, May 20-27 & Sept. 23-30, 2017

Treat yourself to an exceptional week of painting and discovery in the magical troglodyte village of Trôo. Perched above the river Loir in the northern Loire Valley, this remarkable village features unique cave houses dug into the hillside that provide stunning views over the village, river and valley.  This will be our base for painting, with van excursions to nearby picturesque locations.

New format!  Deluxe 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.

Spring 2017: May 20 – 27 

Fall 2017: September 23 – 30

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.

Video: Plein Air France Holidays October 2015 Workshop

Plein Air Painting Instructor Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes has been a professional artist – having finished his last actual job in 1992 – for 20 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.  His work has been featured in American Artist Watercolor magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur, for which he painted the magazine’s publisher Eric Rhoads’s portrait in oils.  Tom Hughes 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.

Plein Air Painting Workshop Director

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  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.

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