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Awarded the Bronze medal at The Salon des Artistes Françaises
Salon des Artistes Françaises at the Grand Palais Ephémère
from February 15th to February 19th, 2023






2023 Calendar of Master Classes available now!



Decorative Painter's Foundation Course
from September 19th to December 21st, 2022!



Graining and marbling course with Michel Nadaï


Module I - Graining and Marbling
Autumn/winter 2022 session



The Art of Pastel
with Cuong Nguyen
July 25 to July 30, 2022


Still Life




Master Class Still Life
with Michel Nadaï




The Spirit of Nihonga
with Michel Nadaï




Graining and Marbling Master Class
with Michel Nadaï
mai 2022




The Art of iconography with Nikita Andrejev
of the Prosopon School of Iconology


Master Class Le Portrait avec David Gray
mars 2022


Master Class Nature Morte Techniques Classique et Alla Prima
mars 2022


Février 2022
Salon des Artistes Français

Salon des Artistes Français février 2022



Calendar of workshops for 2022!
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Click here to see the modules of our Decorative Painter's Foundation Course.




August 2021 - Qualiopi!
Atelier Nadaï is happy to announce that it received the quality label Qualiopi for its courses and workshops.


Master Class The Spirit of Nihonga!
When the West looks toward to East!

July 19th to July 23rd, 2021


Graining and Marbling intensive workshop!
from May 17th to May 28th, 2021


Happy May 1st!!


April 2021

A big thank you to students who came to this fun Art of Faux Marble workshop!
It's was nice for Michel to get off the 'beaten track' and include marbles that he doesn't usually teach.



March 2021

The Art of Grotesca
A magical week at Atelier Nadaï with Caterina Manisco.
Art will always be the best remedy!



The Art of painting an allegory in the style of Raphael with Stefano Luca!
Another magical week at Atelier Nadaï!



March 2021

A big thank you to Caterina Manisco and Stefano Luca for two wonderful workshops!

February 2021

Few places left in our upcoming March workshops!



January 2021

Check our latest newsletter by clicking on this link!

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Flash back on a year of Resistance that we wanted rich in savoire-faire and colors. Thus was 2020.
May 2021 be alive with as much strength and hopes.  Happy New Year to all of you and your loved ones.  May these new days ahead bring you the best, health, work and abundance.




December 2020



Last workshop for 2020 ends with the ocean sky.

November 2020

Module II - Moldings and ornaments painted in trompe-l'oeil at Atelier Nadaï!



October 2020

Module I - Graining and Marbling course at Atelier Nadaï!




September 2020

The 2020 edition of my book Art & Techniques of Décorative Painting is now available !
And yes it’s bilingual - French and English! You can pre-order your copy
from our online store!

Click below to see our lastest instagram post!

August 2020

Delighted to be participating in the Salon d'Automne's special exhibition at the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan!


June - July 2020

We are delighted to announce that our atelier is open and resuming workshops!

Click here to see images of our
Graining and Marbling intensive workshop and our Esprit du Nihonga workshop (Japan inspired workshop!).


March 2020

Click here to see images from our icon painting workshop with Nikita Andrejev!

Icon painting workshop march 2020

December 2019


Decorative Painter's Foundation Course autumn/winter 2019 session
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June - Octobre 2019
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May 2019

Some photos taken during the Master Class "The Spirit of Nihonga with Michel Nadaï"!



April/May 2019

Some photos taken during the two master classes with Stefano Luca - The Art of Grisaille and The Art of Mezzo Fresco!




Mezzo Fresco with Stefano Luca

March 2019

Photos taken during the workshops Still Life - Classical and Alla Prima Techniques, and Half-Figure Portrait with David Gray!





February 2019

Some photos taken during the Art of Iconography workshop with Nikita Andrejev!





January 2019



December 2018



October 2018

Preparing the design for our trompe-l'oeil class that will start on October 22nd...
Making the pounce patterns for my students is the most complicated and tie consuming part...

preparing for trompe-l'oeil class


September 2018

Back to school!

The Decorative Painter's Foundation Course has resumed on September 17th, 2018.

Here are some photos of subjects studied during Module I.




August 2018

Click here to discover our latest newsletter and find out about our upcoming courses and workshops!


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!


July 2018

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.




June 2018

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.

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Michel Nadaï featured in June-July issue of Artistes Magazine for an article on how to paint an ocean front!






April 2018

Michel Nadaï sur France 3 Aquitaine from ATELIER NADAÏ on Vimeo.

March 2018

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.

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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.

Galerie Septentrion
Chemin des Coulons, 59700 Marcq-en-Barœul

Tel: 03 20 46 35 80

Galerie Septentrion à Marc-en-Baroeul

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!

Atelier Nadaï

8 rue François Arago
47000 Agen

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
May 2017


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Still Life and Portrait Master Class with David Gray
April 2017

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Portrait class

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A successful workshop - the Art of Iconography with Nikita Andrejev!
Click here to see more photos!

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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 happy to be member of the Artistes de Ecole de la Champagne and participate in its Christmas Salon!



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:



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.

Decorative Painter's Foundation Course


Compilation of photos from past 2016 Master Classes

Photos from
Japanese Pictorial Art
with Yaeko Kurimata workshop


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Photos from
Painting the Sea with Michel Nadaï workshop


Master Class Classic Still Life and Portrait with David Gray

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Photos from Pickled Oak and Trompe-l'oeil
with Michel Nadaï workshop

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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.