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Frequently Asked Questions


Will we really stay in the chateau showed on the picture ?

Yes ! Each of us will have one of the 14 rooms. If the chateau is indeed a 16thcentury construction, the inside has been entirely refurbished to offer modern comfort. During our week we are the castle's "owners", with only our cook coming in to help us.


I have never drawn a single line in my whole life. Do you accept beginners ?

Yes, don't worry, there are many beginners and we are here to help you, whatever your level.


Are the art supplies included ?

No. It is possible to rent them for 90€. The materials provided are shown on the list of art supplies. Light folding stool rental : 10€.


Are the art supplies expensive ?

The cost depends on brands and shops. More or less 120€. Of course, you can save money buying only one or two brushes (do not have only small ones) and only the primary colors (Carmine red, Cobalt blue and Lemon yellow) and black and white.


Who are the other participants ?

People aged from 16 to 80, generally beginners or amateurs, sometimes professionals (graphic designers, painters or architects) who share a common interest in drawing, and art and culture as a whole.
The group is often cosmopolitan. There are American and Canadian students for example, but we also greet people coming from as far away as Asia, Australia or South America. In total, more than 40 different nationalities have participated in our workshops, from Japanese to Alaskan ! Such diversity of ages and origins makes the week an enriching cultural experience and gives the opportunity for us to see paintings arising from varied sources of inspiration.


Is the Castle isolated, in a deserted place ?

No, it is located in the center of the village and the town of Amboise with its royal castle, bars and restaurants is only 3 miles away. One can easily get to Amboise by car, bike or taxi from our Castle.


Can I bring a friend or relative who doesn't draw or paint ?

Yes, the price for an accompanying person is 1100 Euros. When registering, please have the deposit paid for the accompanying person as well.


Can I arrive the day before at the Castle ?

Unfortunately, we cannot host you if you get there on Sunday. In this case, we recommend that you book one night in a hotel in Amboise (through www.booking.com for exemple). Choose a hotel in the city center, close to the "Château d'Amboise".


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