Paintings & Drawings by Janet

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Pastel Painting in France-Loire Valley -  OCTOBER 20-27, 2019

Immersed in autumn farmland and quaint Loire Valley villages, Janet will guide you with daily demonstrations, techniques and individual instruction to boost your confidence while you capture an exciting sense of depth and atmosphere in your work. We’ll learn what makes a strong composition, how to capture that fleeting southern French light, what to leave out, and when to stop. You’ll cultivate a deeper sensitivity to color as you explore the immediate and intense pastel medium to give your work its unique quality.

  • 7-nights at “Circle of Misse” 19th c. chateau situated in verdant farmland, on the Southern edge of the Loire Valley in France.
  • All meals and drinks, daily appetizers and aperitif before each dinner.
  • Your own private bedroom, bathroom, hairdryer, and USB charger.
  • Daily painting, morning and afternoon trips into the countryside, gardens, vineyards and other chosen painting locations.
  • Easels, trays, extra pastel and drawing supplies provided.
  • In case of inclement weather, the charming studio offers an opportunity for all to paint.
  • Sightseeing to the medieval town of Chinon, visit Henry II castle, the market, winery and nearby 15th c. Chateau d’Orion, covered in murals of the Fontainebleau painting school.
  • Pick up and departure from Poitiers train station or airport.

Pastel painting on location in Misse, France

I would love to share this unique, affordable, convenient, and personal workshop/retreat experience with you. Limited availability for five students, so reserve your space today for an incredible retreat and journey of a lifetime.

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Pastel Painting - July 26 & 27  2019
Interlochen College of Creative Arts, Interlochen, MI
For More Info:   231.276.7340
Student Testimonials:
"I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your soft pastel workshop.  I learned so much from your instruction and demonstration in those few days.  I am also very grateful, as your enthusiasm has helped to rekindle my passion to do art and I think I have found my medium in these soft pastels!!  As you suggested,  I have carved out a space in my home where I can keep my easel and supplies and leave them out to have access whenever I want."     Kim Plahna

"Wonderful Class, Janet was fantastic, enthusiastic and a great critiquer. Please have Janet back again"
"Best Instructor I've had for a long time. Time was managed with constant information."  
"I felt completely respected for my lack of experience and for the $'s I spent."  Maggie Sokoloff