Paintings & Drawings by Janet

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Contact: regarding ongoing classes, private and semi-private or specifically this French Pastel workshop: 

Pastel Painting in France - 
SEPTEMBER 18-25, 2022 - Loire Valley

Immersed in 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 River Valley.
  • All meals and drinks, daily appetizers and aperitif before each dinner.
  • Your own private bedroom and bathroom, desk, hairdryer, and USB charger.
  • Daily painting, morning and afternoon in the countryside, gardens, vineyards, and other chosen painting sites. 
  • Easels, trays, pastels, sanded paper, 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 specific locations, details upon registration or enquiry.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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

Student Testimonials:
"I learned so much that week and that was all from you! 
Your direction and patience with me throughout that whole week 
was just what I needed." Jeanne Pylar

 "It was beyond my expectations, I created so many pastel paintings,
 the accommodations and food were all spectacular."   Ann Miller

"Janet is a great teacher, I learned about composition and 
use of complementary colors."  Barb Boyce

Pastel painting setup on location in Misse, France

Plein Air Painting using Pastels

Ongoing private and group lessons.  Drop-in on Wednesday mornings*

*Email: to find out the exact location 

Depending on the weather, we meet at several specific sites in the Ann Arbor area and sometimes we meet indoors.

Online critiques $25/three paintings 

(email your images for critique)

"What a great lesson yesterday! 

That lovely location had such a variety of scenes, 

it was hard to choose. 

Your explanation of learning to pick and choose what was in a landscape to make a pleasing composition of it was so much more detailed than what others have tried to teach me that I feel more comfortable in deciding what to paint from what I see."  

Lynda Bancroft

Pastel Painting - 2022 (Dates TBD)
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

"Outstanding instructor! I feel so lucky to have experienced an artist who also knows how to teach effectively - a rare treat!"      Marie English
"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