French Village Life at the End of A Brush

By Valerie Kent

Sometimes there is a mystery to be solved and you are the very person to solve it.

Yes, you are that person who can discover this paradise which is unknown to most North Americans, but is a very perfect place to have an art holiday.  The answer is the stunning region of the Dordogne in France.

Valerie Kent is going to take a small group of art lovers to paint in the Village of

Lavilledieu, France in May and the first week of June.  There will be a number of

levels of expertise, including beginners, and that is just okay. 

The adventure will be to live in a beautifully renovated home called Residence Terrasson in a French Village, and the challenge will be to slow down, enjoy leisurely 2 hour lunches, buy your own food at the local butcher, bakery and go to the weekly Thursday market.  All this while you will be painting the images around you. At the end of each week there will be an art exhibit of

the week’s art work.

The inspiration is served to you in the square, the rolling hills, winding rivers, home to the

first pre-historic cave paintings.  There are chateaux, medieval towns with stunning

markets overflowing with figs, truffles, walnuts, cheeses and Bergerac wines produced

for hundreds of years by local farms and chateaux.  Dordogne is a Painter’s Paradise.

Included in the price of the trip are:  6 nights accommodation, daily delicious breakfasts,

daily paint sessions with Valerie Kent, transportation to and from painting sites as needed,

one private Chef meal, an afternoon visit to Lascaux Museum, an optional Bergerac wine

tour and all your paint materials. Food in restaurants is reasonable.

Dates for the 4 planned trips are:  Tues. May 15 to Mon. May 21st; May 22 to Mon. May 29th;

Tues. May 29th to Mon. June 4th; and June 5th to Mon. June 11th.  We are now filling Group 1.  Very limited numbers.  Only 8 per trip.  Register asap if you wish to go.

The entire trip, flight transportation and local transport from airport is as follows:

Session Fees:  Weeklong courses run from Tuesday through Sunday. 

CA $1600* per person based on double occupancy.

CA $1300 for spouses or partners (non-painting)

CA $1900 for single occupancy (only if available)

$1000 for additional 2nd week session.

Single participants are expected to share 2 per room (single beds).  Session fees do

not include airfare.  You may need to make your own flight arrangements to Bordeaux.

For booking and contact please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The Artist

Retreat is organized out of Peterborough, Canada.  They offer over 30 years of extensive

knowledge of the Region of the Dordogne.  For further information, please visit

the website at   Get together at Valerie Kent’s

for the participants to get to meet and know each other before departure.

Your workshop leader is Valerie Kent, B.F.A.,B.Ed.,M.F.A. specializing in painting

plein air and landscapes. She has taken many groups to France.