WATERCOLOUR PAINTING RETREAT IN THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE 
Manoir La Grange, Yviers, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
May 11th-18th 2021

 

'Join artist Michele Illing on a watercolor painting retreat in the French countryside and draw your creative inspiration from beautiful vine covered hills and picturesque villages. Receive expert individual tuition, stay at a beautiful country house, embrace the freedom to paint en plein air, and enjoy delicious homemade meals. UpTrek painting retreat inclusions: 7 nights of accommodation - All meals and drinks - Painting and sketching classes, individual tuition, and demonstrations with artist Michele Illing - Painting trips to Chalais, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, Saint-Émilion vineyards - Easels, art boards, water containers - Wine and cheese tasting - Traditional French market visit - Private transportation'.

For details of this holiday, please visit visit uptrek.com or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com.

I would love for you to join me on this wonderful painting holiday at Manoir le Grange fully organised by uptrek.com. The holiday is suitable for all abilities and open to anyone who wishes to embrace the freedom that painting en plein air gives us.

There is much to draw our creative inspiration from in the beautiful landscape surrounding Manoir la Grange, with its charming countryside surrounds, historic villages and stunning natural vistas.

I will be giving group and individual tuition with demonstrations throughout the course of the holiday on drawing and painting techniques. We will look at perspective, composition, colour, tone and how to create atmosphere in your paintings.

You will be encouraged work at your own pace both in the studio and on location in a relaxed holiday atmosphere. Alongside larger paintings you will be expected to use sketchbooks; drawing, pen and ink and watercolour journaling is a great way to capture memories when travelling and these loose spontaneous sketches are always a great inspiration for larger works.

Day 1. Arrival: Michele and hosts will meet you at Manoir La Grange, where you can take your time to settle in, meet your fellow participants and take a tour of the house and its surroundings. Later we will meet for drinks and discuss the week ahead, no doubt discussing what we all wish to accomplish throughout our 8-day stay. Then later enjoy a delicious three-course dinner served with local wine and beer.

Day 2: On our first painting day we will stay at Manoir la Grange, drawing and painting in the beautiful gardens with its charming countryside surroundings, or on the studio terrace. It will be a relaxed day, getting to know one another and settling in.

Day 3: We shall explore the surroundings of Manoir La Grange on a painting trip to the charming nearby village of Chalais, with its beautiful Medieval Church and picturesque Chateau before returning to the venue for lunch. After lunch we shall travel to Yviers to sketch.

Day 4: We will visit the lovely village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne ‘’one of the most beautiful villages in France’’ where there is so much to inspire us including an underground Monolithic church. We can either have a plein-air session and break for a picnic or return to the retreat venue for lunch and continue painting on the premises.

Day 5: On day 5 we will visit the prestigious Saint-Émilion vineyards and stop for a wine and cheese tasting at Château Saint Emilion Premier Grand Cru. After a gourmet three-course lunch in a charming little restaurant in the heart of Saint-Émilion, we shall paint on location before returning to Manoir La Grange for dinner.

Day 6: We shall stay close to Manoir la Grange exploring the surrounding countryside, sketching and painting from the landscape.

Day 7: We will spend the morning at the colourful and lively market in Chalais where we can take in the sites and sketch if wished, then return to the retreat venue to finish working on our paintings. Later we will meet for drinks and an exhibition of all your hard work.

Day 8: Enjoy breakfast together before departing to Bordeaux Airport or Bordeaux Saint-Jean TGV Station.

Simple daily schedule:

  • 08:30 a.m. - Breakfast

  • 09.30 a.m. - After a relaxed breakfast we will either stay at the venue or travel a short distance to our chosen location where we will draw and paint historic towns, villages, rolling rivers and stunning flowers. Michele will instruct, demonstrate and give individual tuition during the course of the day.

  • 01:00 p.m. - Lunch

  • 02:00 p.m.-04:00 p.m. - Tutored painting session or free time to continue painting, relax or review our day’s work. 

  • 07:30 p.m. - Dinner

N.B. Depending on the groups interests and progression, the suggested timetable may vary slightly.

For full details of this holiday and to book, please visit visit uptrek.com or get in touch at contact@uptrek.com.

“Michele is a wonderful artist and teacher. She is extremely encouraging and patient and helps you tap into your creative side by trying different techniques allowing you to develop your own painting style. During the painting holiday with her, we visited lots of different places which gave us all a chance to explore the varying subjects and it was delightful to have the opportunity to paint them in the open air and in the process, learn a lot about perspective, creating light and using a range of painting techniques to produce paintings which we actually felt pleased with!                                                        

It was a most enjoyable and relaxing week in an idyllic part of France- thank you, Michele.”

 

“Just to say I had a really enjoyable week in the Dordogne with Michele. She is an excellent teacher and took us to some very picturesque places where we could paint to our hearts content. I learnt so much in a week, painting outside is a totally different experience and Michele and Elizabeth were great fun to be with. Where we stayed was really lovely and peaceful and I am really looking forward to the next trip.”
Jan

PAINTING HOLIDAY IN THE HEART OF ITALY

Luxury Boutique Hotel Leone, Le Marche, Montelparo

18th - 25th September 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will be taking a painting group to Italy next year. It will be my first year teaching at Le Marche and I am very much looking forward to it! The accomodation is luxurious to say the least, the food mouth watering and the abundant views and painting opportunities outstanding. I do hope you'll join me for what I'm sure will be an amazing experience.

 

Where you will stay
 
Hotel Leone is a restored pre-1500’s palazzo which has been transformed into an award winning luxury boutique hotel. It sits at the foot of the ancient hilltop town of Montelparo and rests elegantly between the Sibillini Mountains and the Adriatic coast. It's a picture-postcard, medieval setting, with winding streets, well-worn stone steps and shaded courtyards, interwoven between historic piazzas and panoramic viewpoints.  

The property has been completely restored to a high standard with as many environmentally friendly features as possible incorporated in an old historic building. Boutique Hotel Leone pride themselves on their attention to detail in delivering the ultimate in guest comfort and hospitality.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will stay in a luxury en-suite bedroom in a beautifully restored 11-bedroomed palazzo in the medieval hilltop town of Montelparo. 

 

All rooms are wonderfully spacious, some have balconies and internet radio and all have tea and coffee making facilities, air-conditioning, TV’s with hundreds of free inhouse movies, plump towels and high thread count linen. There are central honesty mini-bars on each floor if you don’t want to join us for a cocktail in the Empire bar.

 

Twin rooms (2 single beds) x 2
2 x bed suite (1 king bed, 2 x singles) x 1
2 x bed suite (2 x king beds) x 1
Superior double (king bed) x 3
Deluxe double (king or super king bed) x 2
suite (super king bed) x 1
Apartment suite (king bed)  x 1

 

 

The Course

Experience painting and drawing in the beautiful landscape of Le Marche, where we will draw our creative inspiration from the wonderful scenery around us. Embrace the freedom that painting en plein air gives us, painting and drawing in historic villages and stunning natural vistas around Montelparo.

Throughout the day I will be giving group and individual tuition on techniques, perspective, composition, colour and tone with demonstrations throughout. Work at your own pace in a relaxed holiday atmosphere. What better way to increase your confidence and improve your drawing and painting skills!  
 

Suitable for all abilities: Drawing and sketching, pen and ink, watercolours, acrylics, pastels

 

Painting holiday prices start from €1,349 per person which includes the following:

  • 7 nights luxury en-suite accommodation

  • Local transportation including group transfers to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso (station or bus stop)*

  • All meals including breakfast, lunch or gourmet picnics on location and evening meals

  • Delicious local house wine with lunch and evening meal

  • 5 days painting tuition including 3 days’ excursions to stunning locations

  • one day "Taste of Le Marche" excursion visiting artisanal cheese, olive oil and wine producers with tours and tastings

  • Unlimited use of lockable studio

  • Easels, boards and painting chairs supplied

 
 
What’s included in the cost of the holiday

7 nights luxury en-suite accommodation on a full board basis, delicious house wine with meals, 5 days painting tuition, group transfer on day of arrival and departure to and from either Ancona airport or Pedaso train or coach stop and “Taste of Le Marche” experience on free day: a full-day guided tour visiting a family run cheese producer, an olive oil producer and a vineyard - includes tastings at each and lunch.


 Our hosts will look after everything from the moment we arrive at the airport. 

They will organise airport transfers (pick ups based on the groups arrival times either into Ancona airport or at the local train or coach stops), menus and excursions. Their goal is always to deliver a first class and personal service from start to finish. 


Boutique Hotel Leone: Prices start at €1,350 (depending on room type) per person based on two people sharing. Single occupancy is an additional €300 for the week.  
 
Tuition Fee: Michele’s tuition fee is £240 per person and is payable directly to her. A non refundable deposit of £40 is required on booking (the accommodation fees are charged separately to Boutique Hotel Leone hence the two separate payments). 

 

*Please be aware, as places are limited early booking is essential.

 

If you would like to book your place or have any queries, please send me your Name, Address, telephone number and email via my contact page and I will be back in touch shortly. 

 

*Please visit www.hotelleonemarche.com where you will find a 'Painting Retreat Fact Sheet' which includes full details and conditions. 

''I have just returned from a marvellous painting holiday at Manzac d'en Bas in SW France , tutored by Michele. She was so helpful, patient and encouraging and made all my efforts fun! Highly recommended. Pauline D.''

''My husband and I have recently returned from a fabulous painting holiday in the Pyrenees, which was organised by Michele my painting Tutor. The holiday was a huge success well organised, calm and relaxing. Thanks to Michele we learnt more about the art of painting outdoors with perspective and learning about shadows through out the lovely hot weather. This we found a completely new experience and we are both hoping to go on the next organised holiday. One of the best for many years. Thank you Michele. Lesley and Rob x''

PAINTING HOLIDAY in SW FRANCE

16th - 23rd July 2020

I will be  taking a painting group back to South West France this July. Last year’s holiday was most successful and I very much hope you will join me for another exciting week of painting and relaxation in a heavenly location overlooking the rolling countryside of the Pyrenees.

 

 

Our hosts will be Giles and Louise Nevill who moved to France in 2003 and spent five years restoring an old farm, Manzac d’en Bas, in the beautiful, peaceful and unspoilt countryside of the Ariege with spectacular views of the Pyrenees.  For lots of pictures and much more information on their venue, please visit their website – www.manzac.com

 

Giles and Louise have been hosting painting holidays since 2008 and have been hosting up to ten painting holidays per year since then. Please see the 260+ Excellent Tripadvisor reviews which can be viewed on the following link - https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1484792-d1453136-Reviews-Manzac_d_en_Bas-Castex_Ariege_Occitanie.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manzac d'en Bas is set in really beautiful countryside with wonderful views of the mountains. Within a very short distance of Manzac there is a great range of subject matter to suit all interests - beautiful countryside and rivers, stunning architecture, local towns and villages, and amazing flowers.

 

In addition to the very comfortable gite accommodation, in 2012, Giles and Louise included a purpose-built 50m2, light, spacious, fully equipped studio which has proved to be an invaluable asset for our exclusive use.

 

On our first day at Manzac we usually stay onsite, drawing and painting at the farmhouse.  Manzac has all the inspiration we might want, panaramic views, picturesque building, little nooks and crannies and a roomy, cool studio to work in if wished. It’s a relaxed day, getting to know one other and settling in.

 

The next few days, after a relaxed breakfast, we’ll up sticks around 9.15am and travel a short distance to our chosen location where we’ll be drawing and painting mediaeval towns, villages, rolling rivers or stunning fields of flowers. I will instruct, demonstrate and give individual tuition for you during the course of the day.

 

At midday, Giles and Louise bring us a delicious picnic lunch, with a glass of wine. You then have the opportunity to go back with Giles to Manzac to relax a little or use the studio if wished, or stay with me to continue painting for another hour or two. Giles will pick us up and return us to Manzac when we’re ready to review our days work in the studio. Then it’s off to the pool for a swim or a siesta! Louise is a wonderful chef and will no doubt cook us amazing dinners, where we can relax with another glass or two of wine at around 7.30pm.

Our holiday will be all-inclusive apart from flights, plus one lunch out and one dinner at local restaurants. The cost includes transport, both to and from the airport, and locally to painting locations and restaurants. 

 

The price per person for the Manzac aspects of the holiday (less two visits to local restaurants which are payable at the time, normally about €55 - €65 euros for both) - ie. accommodation, food, drink and transport, is €850 (about £758.31).

For those guests who share a room it is €765 (about £682.48) per week. Non painting partners are most welcome.

Painting tuition from Michele, to be paid for seperately is £240. A non refundable deposit of £40 is required on booking and the final balance due 4th June 2020 (The accommodation fees are charged separately to Giles at Manzac hence the two separate payments). 

 

Why not treat yourself! Manzac is a magical place, a wonderful retreat in a stunning location. I can honestly say Giles and Louise offer the warmest hospitality and most wonderful food, but

please be aware, early booking is essential - only 10 places available!

Whether you're a master or relative beginner and would like to book your place, please send me your Name, Address, telephone number and email via my contact page and I will be back in touch shortly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

''I have just returned from a marvellous painting holiday at Manzac d'en Bas in SW France , tutored by Michele. She was so helpful, patient and encouraging and made all my efforts fun! Highly recommended. Pauline D.'' (2019)

''My husband and I have recently returned from a fabulous painting holiday in the Pyrenees, which was organised by Michele my painting Tutor. The holiday was a huge success well organised, calm and relaxing. Thanks to Michele we learnt more about the art of painting outdoors with perspective and learning about shadows through out the lovely hot weather. This we found a completely new experience and we are both hoping to go on the next organised holiday. One of the best for many years. Thank you Michele. Lesley and Rob x'' (2019)

“Michele is a wonderful artist and teacher. She is extremely encouraging and patient and helps you tap into your creative side by trying different techniques allowing you to develop your own painting style. During the painting holiday with her, we visited lots of different places which gave us all a chance to explore the varying subjects and it was delightful to have the opportunity to paint them in the open air and in the process, learn a lot about perspective, creating light and using a range of painting techniques to produce paintings which we actually felt pleased with!                                                        

It was a most enjoyable and relaxing week in an idyllic part of France- thank you, Michele.”

Liz (painting Holiday 2014)

 

“Just to say I had a really enjoyable week in the Dordogne with Michele. She is an excellent teacher and took us to some very picturesque places where we could paint to our hearts content. I learnt so much in a week, painting outside is a totally different experience and Michele and Elizabeth were great fun to be with. Where we stayed was really lovely and peaceful and I am really looking forward to the next trip.”
Jan (painting Holiday 2014)

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