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Grand Pruneau Show – Agen
“Pruneau d’Agen” – the dried plum of Agen – is the product that puts the town of Agen, in the Lot-et-Garonne department of the southwest France, on the map!
It is obtained from a specific variety of plums, called Prune d’Ente, dried for 24 hours in a special oven at a temperature between 70 and 80 °C.
The plum tree came to France during the Roman occupation of Gaul (it came to the Roman Empire from China via the Silk Road) during the first centuries AD. In the 12th century one Arnaud, abbot of the Clairac Benedictine abbey near Agen, brought a new variety of plums at his return from a crusade in the Holy Land. The monks of the abbey grafted the new variety on the old Roman trees and obtained the “d’Ente” plum that became the “plum of Agen”. Throughout the centuries the dried plum of Agen achieved such a reputation that it became the chief export item of the region; in 1893, 73,000 tones of dried plums were exported to New York only!
Each year, at the end of August, Agen celebrates its most famous fruit with a festival called “Grand Pruneau Show”. This free event features street music and theatre, sport competitions, gastronomic workshops centered on the plum, and the mandatory dried plum tasting, all taking place in the center of Agen!
A different way of showing off the beautiful French countryside by visiting mysterious Aude with world-famous musician and conference speaker Ani Williams.
The trip ended with a quick stop in Paris and Versailles, to admire French architecture from varying periods.
The Spirit of Nihonga with Michel Nadaï
A five-day workshop during which students explored the art of nihonga with a French touch.
For this workshop, Michel used the Fusion Mineral Paint Metallics to create an aged silver ground.
The rest of the panel was painted with Turner's Acryl Gouache.
Some gilding around the moon added a decorative touch to this beautiful Nihonga painting designed by Michel.
Michel Nadaï featured in June-July issue of Artistes Magazine for an article on how to paint an ocean front!
Not our usual week... Michel teaching a private class in Spanish while being interviewed by France 3 Aquitaine (in French!), a local TV channel...
and a special program for this special week...
Portor marble painted with acrylic paint and colorful marbles that our Spanish student asked Michel to teach him.
Exhibition at the Galerie Septentrion in Marc-en-Baroeul, Lille, France from October 20th to Novembre 26th, 2017!
From October 20th to November 26th, Michel's paintings will be exhibited at the prestigious Septentrion Gallery in Marc-en-Baroeul, France (in Lille), along with the paintings of Julie Mériel and Christophe Ourdouillie. Together, the three artists have created the association Art Vitam Aeternam and plan to create an annual rendez-vous to exhibit their works of art. The official vernissage (opening) of the exhibit is on Saturday November 11th, 2017 from 3pm to 8pm.
Chemin des Coulons, 59700 Marcq-en-Barœul
Tel: 03 20 46 35 80
We are pleased to inform you that Atelier Nadaï has moved to a new location! We are still in beautiful southwest France but we decided to move to a more convenient location to facilitate our students and clients to reach our atelier. We are now located in the historic center of Agen in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. Our atelier is at walking distance to Agen train station from where you can catch the French bullet train (TGV) to Toulouse, Bordeaux and even Paris. There are also a variety of hotels, plenty of restaurants and cafés, shops and local farmers market - all at walking distance to our atelier!
8 rue François Arago
Tel: +33(0)5 53 67 09 75 (landline)
Our website and email addresses remain the same.
We look forward to receiving you at our new location!
Photos from some of our spring Master Classes!
Painting a seascape with Michel Nadaï
A successful workshop - the Art of Iconography with Nikita Andrejev!
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A very Happy New Year 2017 to all!
We are happy to start this new year with a bright new color, perfect to warm us up during those cold winter days!
♦ New color!
Outback Petticoat is the newest color of Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint. It's rich, earthy and full of fire like the Outback settlers and pioneers. A gorgeous shade that is warm, classic and bold, its name makes reference to the stained hems of petticoats by women in the 1800s and early 1900s.
Click here to go directly to page and discover this lovely color!
♦ New from our bookstore!
Back in store - The Art & Techniques of Grotesca by Carolina d'Ayala Valva
Exquisite book on the art of grotesca written by a very talented artist who shares 25 beautiful step by step projects.
Click here to order your copy. Only 5 in stock!
Michel Nadaï is very happy to be part of the expo 'Inspiration de Champagne' in celebration of the first anniversary of Champagne listed as World Heritage Site.
For more information visit: http://petitepinacotheque.com/
Visit our webpage to view our calendar of workshops and Master Classes.
►Decorative Painters' Foundation Course
Our signature course, The Decorative Painter's Foundation Course, started as scheduled on September 26th, 2016.
This course consists of 3 modules that can be taken as a complete package course or as individual courses.
For more information visit the web page by clicking here.
Compilation of photos from past 2016 Master Classes
Photos from Japanese Pictorial Art
with Yaeko Kurimata workshop
Photos from Painting the Sea with Michel Nadaï workshop
Master Class Classic Still Life and Portrait with David Gray
Photos from Pickled Oak and Trompe-l'oeil
with Michel Nadaï workshop
Start of class at Atelier Nadaï!
Our signature course, The Decorative Painter's Foundation Course, will start as scheduled on September 14th, 2015.
You can find out more on how to register to this course by clicking here.