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Painting Holidays

Painting Holidays in France

The joy of France

The Dordogne is a painter’s paradise, and one of France’s most beautiful regions, we invite you to discover it.

Our relaxing and inspiring Saturday to Saturday residential painting courses give you the opportunity to paint in the studio or “plien air” and are tailored to meet your own individual needs.

Painting Holiday Dates



Sat 04 May – Sat 11 May 2024

Sat 01 Jun – Sat 08  Jun 2024

Sat 29 Jun – Sat 06  Jul 2024

Sat 10 Aug – Sat 17 Aug 2024

Sat 07 Sep – Sat 14 Sep 2024

Sat 05 Oct – Sat 12 Oct 2024

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Great Tuition

Steven Reed is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher who ensures that all students have plenty of opportunity for personal attention. Groups are limited to a maximum of 8 participants.

Beginners receive sensitive instruction in the basics of drawing and painting in the medium of their choice. You will also be encouraged to develop your own style, in an environment that is both stimulating and structured with demonstrations of techniques provided as required.

Beginners or experienced painters

For the more experienced artist, the Dordogne offers an inspiring and refreshing environment.

There are many historical chateaux, exciting local markets, breathtaking landscapes and peaceful river scenes to make your brush quiver …. The tutor can create an individual programme to develop a particular aspect or type of subject matter the experienced artist wishes to develop.

Experiment with mixed media

Steven offers tuition in a wide range of media; watercolour, pen and ink, oil painting, acrylics, mixed media, pastels & drawing and encourages you to experiment widely during your stay.

Don’t forget the regional food and wine

During your stay you get the opportunity to have a “taste of France” and experience a range of local and regional cuisine and try the delicious wines of the area. There are also many leisure activities for non-painting partners in the locality.

An example of a weeks holiday at L’Atelier des Arts

Many people ask us what happens during a typical week. We have provided an example below, but we are VERY flexible when it comes to planning your perfect painting holiday.

Arrival, welcome chat. Set-up materials in the studio – discuss what you hope to achieve during the course.

Go for a walk or cycle ride and discover the Perigordian village of St-Severin d’Estissac. Aperitifs and dinner at 7:30 with your hosts in the courtyard.
(Evening working) Students may have evening access to the studio.

Daily timetable.
8:00- 9:00 Breakfast, Continental style.
9:00-1:00 Morning classes (with a coffee / tea break).
1:00-2:30 Lunch in the garden.
2:30-5:00 Afternoon classes (with a coffee / tea break).
7:30 Aperitif.
Dinner in the courtyard, or the Dining room by candlelight.

Demonstrations and work in the studio on methods and techniques. Paint, tutor on hand.

Studio time in the morning. After lunch visit a local place of interest.

All day field trip with picnic.

Local Market. St.Astier. Studio time in the afternoon. Dinner in local restaurant.

Working in the studio and working outside. Review of the week’s achievements farewell evening dinner.

Departure. (It is possible to stay an extra day for a small supplement if your flight times require it).

Book early to avoid disappointment

These popular painting holidays get booked up quickly, so to avoid disappointment, just check to see if there are places available on your ideal holiday dates.

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