Nadia Dalziel

My passion for painting and art brought me to the south of Burgundy where I discovered an unspoiled corner of paradise, the Brionnais. With its rich history and peaceful landscape, this corner of paradise will truly inspire you.

I would like to share with you the magic of the Romanesque churches, the medieval villages, the warm ochre of the stones, the Loire and also the excellent cuisine and wine that have made this region famous.

I run my courses from Briant, a tiny village of 234 inhabitants with one restaurant, a church and our local family bakery.

The clock stopped ticking here years ago. I invite you to join me.


5 Full Days of Intensive Painting

Course Dates - Summer, 2016

1 - 5 August with Jacques Desplanches dit (called) Jacquin
Structure and Light

We will work en plein air and in the studio.

More details to follow

29th August - 2nd September with Richard Colson
Painting the Landscape

This course is designed to build your experience in painting and drawing and we will focus on figures in a landscape setting. The river setting near the Loire will provide perfect subject matter. To learn as Plato said: "you have to do” and this is the philosophy of Arts in Burgundy. You will learn by painting and modifying the medium as you gain experience.

Some photos from the recent course

What people are saying about Richard Colson's Courses:
"Just a note to thank you very much for organising and leading a great week in Norfolk at Bintree Mill. Wonderful location, lovely models, great company and expert tuition…….. I really enjoyed it all and learned a lot.
I’ve put next year’s dates in my diary and will come again if I possibly can."
(Contact details supplied on request)


Our painting courses start on Monday morning and end on Friday evening. This is 5 full days or 30 hours of tuition:

Each day is typically organized as follows:

9am - 12pm Tuition en plein air or in the studio (depending on the weather)
12pm - 2pm Lunch at the Auberge de Briant (next to the Studio). Lunch should cost approximately £10/ €12 per person
2pm - 5pm Tuition en plein air or in the studio
730pm Dinner (optional) in one of the local restaurants ₤25/ €30 per person .


Expert, Highly Talented Artists

Richard Colson

Richard is an artist based in London. He is a gallery artist with the Jack House Gallery, Portsmouth, the Minster Gallery, Winchester and with the Russell Gallery in London. He founded the Cheyne Drawing Studio in 2011. The classes meet in a double height studio in Chelsea, London.

He has been giving instruction in life drawing and painting at the studio since then and has helped many people to progress in their understanding and skill. He loves teaching and sharing his knowledge and has assisted both beginners and those who are already accomplished in their practise. His work is in great demand and his recent contributions to RCA Secret were in the first 20 to be sold (from 3000 entries)

Henriette Heidstra

Henriette Heidstra founded Clara Teken & Schilder School in 2001. She teaches from her studio, situated high above the roofs in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, her hometown.

Henriette studied Fine Arts at the Art-Schools of ‘s- Hertogenbosch and Utrecht in Holland. After working three-dimensionally and painting landscapes for 20 years, Henriette now paints mainly water-reflections en plein air or in her studio. She has exhibited in Italy (Pisa, Siena, Lucca, Volterra, San Gimignano), in Germany (Trier) and in 2013 at the “Zomerexpo” of the Haags Gemeente Museum (The Hague). Her next exhibition will take place in Venice.

Henriette also teaches at Villa Palagione, an International Cultural Centre in Volterra, Tuscany.

Prices (courses in 2016)

Date Subject Price
August 1st - August 5th "Structure and Light" £220/ €275
August 29th - September 2nd "Painting the Landscape " £250/ €312

How To Enrol

To enroll in one of our courses, simply email Nadia Dalziel on niaco27@gmail.com

The course enrollment deadlines are as follows:

Jacques Desplanches's "Structure and Light", (August 1st - 5th)
Enrollment Deadline: June 14th, 2015

Richard Colson's "Painting the Landscape Course",  (August 29th - September 2nd)
Enrollment Deadline: June 28th, 2015

Suggested Accommodation:

I can highly recommend staying at the Domaine de Noyer, you can read more about this gite here. The Domaine de Noyer is a gite that is a quick 5 minute drive from the studio in Briant. If you would like to stay there, then please call to reserve ASAP as the gite only has 8 bedrooms.

To book a room, please call the secretary, Laura Bajard at 00 33 385 251010. Laura's email is contact@natura-meeting.fr

Please remember to mention that you are from "Arts in Burgundy" and Laura will give you a special rate. For two people in the same room, the cost is €100/ per night. For one person, the cost is €89/ per night.

Your accomodation at the Domaine de Noyer also includes breakfast.

I can also suggest the Château de la Chaix, that is more expensive, but still located in close proximity to Briant. You can read more about the Château de la Chaix here.

Another option is a delightful old water mill, a few kilometres from Briant €60/ £50 per night. You can read more about this here.

And finally, if you are looking for a simple bed and breakfast, and are happy to share a bathroom, then I will be happy to put you in touch with one of the local bed and breakfasts.

How To Find Us

Briant is a very small medieval village in the heart of France. The closest airport is Lyon St Exupéry. The distance between the airport and Briant is 132 kilometres which is one and a half hours drive.

Le Brionnais

South of Burgundy, France

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Please contact me via email niaco27@gmail.com or by using the contact form by clicking the below button.

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