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Workshop in the Dordogne

The Castle workshop is now being planned for 2022.  

“Elaine’s last workshop in France was the trip of a lifetime, unforgettable!”

-Betsy Breakell, artist

Dates & Price: August 22-30, 2022

Level 1- Professional Artist- no instruction, but transportation and logistical support along with 2 optional group critiques. $2800

this is a wonderful opportunity for experienced and professional artists to paint in a beautiful area with a support group to make your painting easier and more productive.

Level 2- Artist with ½ day all-level instruction: $3000

For those who are looking for a plein air workshop with instruction, there will be a 1/2 day session each morning or afternoon at the castle or nearby painting site. We will be at the same locations as the artists who choose the no-instruction option. I will also do several demos during the week.  You are welcome to paint in your choice of media. but I recommend you use oils or water-based oils or slow-drying acrylics. You do not need to have previous “plein air” experience, but some experience painting and the desire to improve your plein air painting skills necessary. You have the option of continuing to paint in the afternoons or do other activities. A full supply list will be provided on registration.

Level 3 -Non-artist companion: $2050.00 (must share room with artist)

bring your non-painting partner or spouse, there will be opportunities to bike and visit vineyards for wine-tasting. All levels include all meals, lodging, transportation to and from the train station, transportation to and from painting sites each day.

*A deposit of $500 per person USD is due upon registration. Please do not purchase airfare until you receive confirmation.

NOTE: artists who choose to share a spacious room with each other will each receive a discount of 10% off the total price.


We will be staying in a genuine fortified Medieval castle in one of the most beautiful, unspoiled regions of France! Each artist will stay in a private room with a private bath. The living quarters and bedrooms are richly decorated with period antiques and art throughout, while providing ultimate comfort with updated modern amenities.

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