JUST ANNOUNCED - Painting Holiday in a French chateau - September 2022! + Workshop availability




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hello and I hope all is well.

Painting at Chateau Vary in the Loire Valley 4th – 11th September 2022

I am excited to announce that I have been put together a Painting Holiday with Paul & Benedicte at Chateau Vary in the beautiful Loire Valley, France. (September 2022)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     This holiday will enable you to experiment with sketching and painting in a truly gorgeous location, while sampling a bit of luxury in a beautifully renovated French Chateau.

What's more flights to Nantes are currently (at the time of writing) less than £30 each way!!

The itinerary has been thoughtfully put together to include locations such as other chateaux, gardens, and the river Loire.

I will demonstrate how not to be afraid of using colour in the landscape and how drawing and sketching can inform and further your ‘plein air’ painting. You will have fun experimenting with techniques and processes. If you have ever wanted to try painting outside or indeed develop this further, come and join me in September 2022.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Chateau Vary – Loire Valley

It provides accommodation of the highest quality either in the 8 en-suite chateau rooms or in the cottages set in the grounds. It has recently undergone total refurbishment to an exceptionally high standard. Genuine reviews posted on Booking.com show an average score of 9.6 from 110 guests. Vary is set in its own grounds of 50 acres, which is a mixture of garden, lawns, forest and farmland. It provides a unique setting for a stay in the Loire Valley. It has an outdoor pool and a heated indoor pool, access for forest walks, table tennis, jet spa, petanque court, use of bikes, etc….

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The views of chateaux stretching along the Loire river have captured the imagination of painters for centuries. From the fortress of Angers, the symmetry of Saumur, the elegant spires of Azay-le-Rideau and the crumbling ruins of Chinon castle, the majestic Loire flows through a series of magnificent backdrops that provide stunning landscape subjects.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

  • Joseph Mallord William Turner 'Saumur, Loire Valley' (Not mine!)
  • This depiction of the old bridge and château of Saumur as seen from the west is one of several colour studies of this town which Turner worked up from his 1826 tour of the Loire Valley


Sunday 4th Reception drinks and dinner.  

Arrive and settle in.

Monday 5th Chateau landscapes

A selection of compositions from around the chateau grounds. Looking at composition/structure with lunch at the chateau.

Tuesday 6th Local landscapes

Painting the rolling fields surrounding the chateau. Lunch at the chateau

Wednesday 7th Saumur  

Painting from the river towards the chateau. Picnic lunch by the river.

Thursday 8th Villandry & Azay-le-Rideau

Villandry & Azay-le-Rideau. Visiting and painting the castles and gardens. Lunch in Azay-le -Rideau.

Friday 9th Angers

Free day. Possibility of visiting Angers castle, Cathedral, Musée de Beaux Arts. Lunch taken in Angers.

Saturday 10th Completion of Chateau landscapes

Evening display and reception, farewell dinner.

Transport UK – Nantes with Ryan Air

Manchester and Stanstead (Available to book now)

(21/11/21- Flights currently less than 30€ each way)

4th September:

Depart Manchester 13.10 arrive Nantes 15.40

Depart Stansted 13.35 arrive Nantes 16.00

11th September:

Depart Nantes 16.10 arrive Manchester 16.40

Depart Nantes 16.25 arrive Stansted 16.45

Chateau Vary - Nantes Airport transfer included for the above flights.


The course fee covers all aspects of your holiday:

1 person €1990 chateau €1840 cottage.
(Remember this is in Euros so at the time of writing €1990 = £1669 and €1840 = £1543)

€100 reduction for 2nd course participant sharing a room.

€200 reduction for 2nd non-course participant sharing a room.

• all tuition fees and accommodation

• local transportation (including transfers to and from Nantes airport; including our painting excursions).

• all meals including breakfast, gourmet picnics on location, pre-dinner aperitifs, dinner at the chateau or at the local restaurants with regional French dishes and wines.


€500 non-refundable deposit

Balance due 1st July 2022

Rooms allocated on a first come first served basis.

Participants are advised to purchase a holiday insurance. Covid regulations will apply.

To book or see more about the course/venue on their website click here... https://www.chateauvary.com/com/painting

It can be found on their 'Accommodation' drop down tab or in their 'Blog' section.

To make your booking contact Bénédicte at info@chateauvary.com
If you could also copy me in to any correspondence that would be great. (or drop me a line if you have any questions)

It should be a fantastic week!

Workshops at Shrewsbury Museum & Art GalleryAvailability (at the time of writing)

Workshops so far this year have been fully booked up, although a couple of places still available on forthcoming workshops...                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saturday 4th Dec 21 - Soft Pastel Workshop
You can book securely here.. www.brushmark.co.uk/product/soft-pastel-landscape-soft-pastels-at-shrewsbury-museum-art-gallery-shropshire

Saturday 15th Jan 22 - Path in the Heather - Acrylics

Saturday 12th Feb 22 - Shropshire Landscape 2 - Acrylics

You can book securely here.. www.brushmark.co.uk/product/shropshire-landscape-2-workshop-sat-12th-february-2022-acrylics-shrewsbury-museum-art-gallery

Saturday 12th March 22 - Town Crier Portrait (Shrewsbury Town Crier as model)
You can book securely here... www.brushmark.co.uk/product/town-crier-workshop-sat-12th-march-2022-acrylics-shrewsbury-museum-art-gallery

Saturday 2nd April 22 - Life Drawing Day
You can book securely here... www.brushmark.co.uk/product/life-drawing-workshop-sat-2nd-april-2022-shrewsbury-museum-art-galleryUpdate on my 'Horatio's Garden' Residency in the next newsletter...

Thanks again for your continued support and interest in my courses and work.
If you are a member of an art group/society please feel free to forward this on. (or you know of any one who would be interested in this)

As always... any questions at all, just contact me through my website www.brushmark.co.uk

I post lots of current work on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter and if you would like to follow that would be great?

Instagram - @artmarkwarner
FB -markwarnerartistandtutor
Twitter - @markwarnerart
Email - brushmarkuk@gmail.com

Best wishes and happy painting!


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