France, Provence

The Six Castles of the Loire Valley
plein air with Slava Korolenkov

28 April - 5 May 2018
1550 Eu per person
When we were kids we wanted to get into the fairy tale. It seemed that the wonderful world is out here. Now we're grown men. We are swamped, have a lot of work's problems and family obligations... Sometimes we think: "And that's all?" But! It's great to be an adult, because we can do the fairy tale for ourselves - wonderful trip! We go to travel across the Castles of the Loire Valley!
There are more than 300 castles in the Loire Valley. For our first art tour we choose only six - the most famous and the most picturesque.

The Six Castles of the Loire Valley

which we will visit
Why we decide to travel by car. We want to be free! Any moment we can stop and paint. Or maybe we would like to go into any villages to check the local boulangerie and to buy a hot baguette.
We'll live in Blois, one of the most charming cities in France. It's a really wonderful town. There are the Royal Castle with 3 museums. Every day we'll go to a open air in the Castles according our schedule. As well we can go to the neighboring cities - Orleans, Amboise, Tours if we can time in the evening.
Slava Korolenkov
Moscow painter, impressionist
He graduated at the Stroganov School for Technical Drawing. He is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia. He is a permanent employee of the exhibitions "Art Salon in the Central House of Artists", exhibitions organized by the Creative Union of Artists of Russia and a participant of international workshops in different countries.
He exhibites in galleries of Russia, France, USA. His works are in private collections in Japan, America, Germany, France and other countries.
The last 6 years he has been teaching master classes in Russia and also around the world – Montenegro, America, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Latvia.
Slava Korolenkov
Moscow painter, impressionist
He graduated at the Stroganov School for Technical Drawing. He is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia. He is a permanent employee of the exhibitions "Art Salon in the Central House of Artists", exhibitions organized by the Creative Union of Artists of Russia and a participant of international workshops in different countries.
He exhibites in galleries of Russia, France, USA. His works are in private collections in Japan, America, Germany, France and other countries.
The last 6 years he has been teaching master classes in Russia and also around the world – Montenegro, America, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Latvia.
Slava Korolenkov
Moscow painter, impressionist

He graduated at the Stroganov School for Technical Drawing. He is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia. He is a permanent employee of the exhibitions "Art Salon in the Central House of Artists", exhibitions organized by the Creative Union of Artists of Russia and a participant of international workshops in different countries.
He exhibites in galleries of Russia, France, USA. His works are in private collections in Japan, America, Germany, France and other countries.
The last 6 years he has been teaching master classes in Russia and also around the world – Montenegro, America, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Latvia.

What we are going to paint

Slava Korolenkov says:
"We go to the Loire Valley. I haven't ever been there. I am exited about new discoveries. We will paint landscapes generally. And I will explain you compositions and the laws of painting. And you will build your personal style on this base".
"I will study you to see colors, nuances and tones. We will study trees, water, houses and reflections. We will paint castles like a part of the scenery and don't count all towers and windows. May be owners of the castle allow us to paint inside the building. It would be great!"
What we have to take for master class
Paint
Titanium White
Bone black
Cadmium yellow lemon or Strontium
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Orange
Cadmium red light
Cadmium red dark
Alizarin crimsonpink durable
Alizarin crimson violet
Burnt Umra or Van Dyck
Caputmortum or Thioindigo red-brown
Shinazar Red
Red Ochre
Gold Ochre or Sienna
Ochre Yellow
Royal Blue
Ultramarine
Cobalt Violet
Cobalt Blue or spectral
Phthalocyanine Blue
Emerald Green
Chromium Oxide
PhthalocyanineGreen
Anything yellow-green
Brushes
Bristle and sintetic brushes
Bristles large sizes - 25 mm and less
Round and flat synthetic brushes
Other
Paint thinner for oil preferably odorless
Small canvas
The maximum 12 / 16` (31 * 41 sm)
Palette
Tripod or sketchpad
Garbage bags and paper towels
Umbrella for a tripod
Portable cassette for wet works
What have we time to do

  • Write a few works and sketches under the leadership of Slava Korolenkov in the famous French Castles La-Ferté, Chambord, Montrésor, Chenonceau, Azay-Le-Rideau and Château de Blois.
  • Take a walk through the medieval castles where this reeks with the past centuries.
  • Have picnics in the Cstles's gardens. The French baguette with cherry tomatoes, soft cheese and wine… All we need we have!
  • Walk up the famous stairs of the master Leonard to the top of Chambord Castle.
  • Have a dinner at the magical Chateau Chenonceau which is listed in the castles of Europe, where ghosts live. Don't worry! White Lady cries only at night.




Schedule day by day

28 April - 5 May 2018
Sunday
April 28
Arrival, accommodation in the hotel in the Montparnasse. Have a walk through Paris and dinner in cafe. We'll get acquainted and discuss our plans. We stay in Paris this night.
Monday
April 29
We go to the open air in Chateau La-Ferté-Saint-Aubin. The castle is located in a very picturesque place. We have a picnic in the garden. In the evening we go to the hotel in Blois.
Tuesday
April 30
Plein Air in Chateau Chambord. It is the most famous among the castles of the valley. Castle-fortress, castle-celebrity according guidebooks. 200 fireplaces, 400 rooms. We have a picnic in the garden.
Wednesday
1st of May
Plein air in Chateau Montrésor. Beautiful view of the building from the side of the lake and the village. The castle isn't as famous as "neighbors" but it is kept in pristine condition. The lord runs a tour himself. We have a picnic in the garden.
Thursday
May 2
Plein air in Chateau Chenonceau. The castle is called female because there were women owners only. Photographers like to take pictures near the river. We have dinner at the Castle. In the menu: vegetable soup, tart with fresh goat cheese, salad from vegetables, fish fillet with celery puree and rice with mushroom sauce, pork roast on beer, pumpkin puree and garnish of wheat, omens Chenonceau, fruit tart.
Friday
May 3
Plein air in Chateau Azay-Le-Rideau. It is called a diamond. It was built on the bank of the river and surrounded by a magnificent English garden where we will have a picnic.
Saturday
May 4
A master class in Blois or in the Royal Chateau. The Château de Blois is the favorite residence of French kings during the Renaissance. It is one of the most popular and famous castles of the Loire. We have dinner in Blois in the evening.
Sunday
May 5
In the morning we go to Paris.
The weather in Provence
April and May this is the time when everything blooms and smells in France. Cherry blossom, apple, magnolia, almonds, peonies, daffodils, roses blossom ... Everything is filled with bright colors and floral scents. May is one of the best time for trips and picnics in the parks. The tourist season is just beginning. The temperature is about 15-18 degrees.
The price is
1 550 Eu per persona
What is included?
1
Transfer
Airport – hotel.
Travel by car to the plein air and back.
2
Hotel
Twin share room, supplement for sole use of a hotel room. Breakfast included.
3
6 plein air
Each plein air lasts 6 hours with a picnic.
Materials not included.
4
Supply
Three suppers according in the schedule. One of them is in the castle. And also entrance tickets to all the castles.
We can help
To make the best route and
to buy the cheapest tickets.
Prepayment – 500 Euro.


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