Loire Plein Air Painting Workshop

Treat yourself to a week of painting taught by Tom Hughes May 20-27, 2017 while discovering the magical troglodyte village of Trôo. Perched above the river Loire 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.  

The workshop is open to students of all levels from outright beginners to experienced outdoor painters.  The fundamentals (proportion, values, color) will be explained and demonstrated, as well as such finer points as aerial perspective, color harmony, use of mediums  (thin vs. thick paint) washes and ways to hold the brush. More info: //www.pleinairfrance.com/

The workshop is based at the Cave Yuccas Heritage Museum owned by Kate Kilbourne, who bought the place in a coup de coeur in 2000 while on holiday.  Since then Kate has spent every spring and fall in Trôo, her two favorite seasons.  She lives the rest of the year in San Francisco, California. She has restored the cottage above the cave which she now rents out as a vacation home. Info: //www.cave-yuccas.com/ Says Kate “Having lived in France and studied French my whole life, it seemed to be my destiny to live, at least part time, in France.  I became enchanted by Trôo while on a romantic vacation with a boyfriend in 2000. It was a combination of the charm of the cave village, the sheer beauty of the views from the property, and the amazing local food and wine. It’s been over 16 years since, and the enchantment has not yet worn off!”