A Review and a Preview!

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Dates for 2017!

Now in our 6th year, L’Atelier au Chateau is committed to bringing quality art education to high school students from across the globe.  Join our family in France this summer and add to your portfolio, enjoy the cuisine, and revel in the unmatched countryside that is the Champagne region.  We look forward to working with you!

Dates for 2017:  Monday, July 3rd -Sunday July, 16th



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We are safe

We are safe and sound. Just waking up to the news. Utterly devastating. We will maintain a low profile today and our students return home tomorrow. Thank you for all have reached out in concern.

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We stopped to smell the flowers


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Blog Block?

One might think that after years of periodically witnessing our art students wander aimlessly up and down the grand hallway searching desperately for inspiration, I might have been more sensitive to the burdens of a creative block. I guess you can’t know until you’ve been there- and more than ever, in the last 14 days, I’ve been wandering that hallway myself.  I had a moment of self-realization last week, and pumped out some thoughts that came straight from the heart- but that’s about all I’ve had.  Now, I’m fessing up.  I am standing on a wordless dead end corridor. By admitting it, I’m hoping that I can turn around, go back down the stairs and wander back to where I started,  finding the inspiration I’m looking for without the pressure of production. That said, I also suspect you’ll all sleep fine without my blogs and will happily make do with the more visual posts on FB and Instgram.

So, what did I want to write lengthy and lovely blogs about?  Adventures in the historic marketplace at Troyes juxtaposed with a visit to their impressive modern art museum, musings in the garden and atelier of the one of my personal favorites, Pierre August Renoir, and finally, a wonderful visit from our dear friend Claude and his lovely granddaughter Zoe, as he returned once again to share in his talent and passion for water color.

So, there may be some slight irony here- I am writing this bit, aren’t I? Fingers crossed this self-proclaimed block is close to over, and I can stop wandering aimlessly in the hallway.

A bientot,


PS- The students are having fun and working hard! They are not wandering helplessly and will have lots of fabulous work on Friday night for their exhibition.

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Work and Play

The days are longer here, but we are finding this to always be a good thing. As darkness doesn’t arrive until after 10:30 pm, time is on the students’ side to do both what they need and what they like to do.  The drawing session are rigorous and require a stillness and degree of concentration that would make most people squirm.  These seven dedicated students however have not once questioned the need to spend seven hours a day on their work.  They are using both traditional and unfamiliar mediums and methods, challenging themselves, and creating an artistic dialogue with the other students and their teachers.  Such good work is balanced with enough free time that the students are able to re-energize themselves while taking in some wonderfully authentic experiences.  For example, during one of their breaks yesterday, they actually all played an energized game of cat and mouse with our children.  Legs, bikes, and even Remy’s favorite “mobile” were employed, and this game went on long beyond dusk.  Without those extra hours of sunlight, it would be harder to find a balance of work and play.  We are grateful for the daylight and all that she affords us here.IMG_0353

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Off to Troyes!

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Today this students are headed off to Troyes with JP and Bud. Here’s an interesting article, written by our new friend from Essoyes, about the dazzling little city.


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