Our flexible study programs


Our residential art/design holidays, courses and workshops are for all abilities working in small groups or individually, and in all media.

We offer all-year-round or summer-school structured programs with qualified tuition that is made to measure your own personal requirements, working at your own pace in small groups (on most of our programs) in an empathetic and supportive non-judgemental learning environment.
Our courses/workshops are delivered in English by an experienced, qualified teacher who is also an accomplished exhibiting artist and we include transport to work at a variety of key sites that are carefully chosen for their picturesque attraction, history and inspiring views. So you could be working either en plein air around our region on day trips, in the studio or in

the watermill grounds set in a rustic area of rolling hills and sleepy ancient villages in the pastoral Ariège countryside. It is a veritable artist’s paradise full of gentle landscapes, picturesque views, colourful and characterful subjects, as well as the light of southwest France.

Our art and design study programs incorporate tuition for all media including:
For Fine Art and Design: pencil, charcoals, pen and ink, colour pencils, colour pens, watercolours, pastels, acrylics, oils and collage.
For Other Media: printmaking, sculpture (with modroc, papier mache, etc), modelmaking (with found materials) and reliefs (in clay).

Our courses and workshops are tailor-made for each student based on an individual program devised once you book with us from information we ask you to provide about your ability and personal requirements. Our small groups are therefore often of mixed ability working in different media but where everyone gets plenty of individual tuition and the opportunity to interact creatively. Start/finish times for our courses are flexible and can be arranged to suit you, with time off if required.

We offer courses/workshops for Beginners and Intermediate, or masterclasses for Experienced and Advanced students via one or a combination of the following:

  • Traditional disciplines, skills and techniques covering drawing, draughtsmanship, colour, composition, painting styles, and a variety of other art/design elements and principles.
  • Development of creative expression and experimentation, incorporating how to unlock your creativity and imagination, overcoming inhibitions, interpretation and creating abstracts.

Discover (or rediscover!) the artist within:
We provide individual and sensitive tuition encouraging you to develop your own style, skills and techniques as well as soak up insights, inspiration and hands-on learning with an expert practitioner.

Creativity takes courage
Henri Matisse

Our flexible, comprehensive art and design study programs

Subject to your choice of program you could be working on mixed topics and exercises via one or a combination of the following for you to immerse yourself in – and have fun with your Art!

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