Painting holiday

Languedoc, Beziers, France

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Come and spend 7 nights in the south of France with like-minded people painting and enjoying the local culture and cuisine.

This all-inclusive painting holiday is set in the rolling foothills of the Montagne Noire, in the Herault, a vineyard-filled region just inland from the Mediterranean Sea.

You’ll be based in a traditional guesthouse for your stay and your hosts, Simon and Monica, will be taking you out to varied nearby painting locations every day.

These will include Mediterranean fishing ports, picturesque villages, ancient wine domains, old water mills and spectacular mountain panoramas.

Each day your hosts will help you set up the equipment and suggest a number of possible compositions of the scene. Occasionally, your art tutor, Simon, will do a quick demonstration but the emphasis will be on helping you develop your skills.

During the week, you’ll be enjoying a mix of local restaurants and delicious chic picnics, using locally sourced ingredients, as well as a number of dinners at Simon and Monica’s house where you’ll be wined and dined in their courtyard garden.

Who is it suitable for?
- Suitable for all levels of painting experience from beginners to advanced
- The course is focused mainly on drawing and watercolour painting techniques
- All materials and equipment will be provided
- Minimum age 18 with no upper age limit

I'm travelling solo - can I join?
- No problem; singles are very welcome, in fact, most of their clients are single
- You will have your own ensuite double room at no extra charge

When can I start?
- Painting holidays start on selected dates in spring and autumn
- Painting holidays are for 7 nights/8 days
- If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you
- All holidays are on request so please email us at hello@golearnto.com and we’ll check availability for your preferred start day as quickly as possible

Typical itinerary
The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:
 
- After a continental breakfast at your guesthouse, Simon will pick you up and drive you to the painting location for the day for some painting ‘en plein air’
- He’ll then help you set up, suggesting the best composition and techniques for that particular scene, often with a quick demonstration
- Chairs, easels and boards plus all materials are supplied, but feel free to bring your favourite brushes and paints
- You’ll paint till around 12.30pm, then break for lunch which will either be in a local restaurant or a chic picnic under the trees
 - After lunch you’ll have the chance to continue painting at the venue or back at their airy studio
- Simon will return you to the guesthouse late afternoon for some relaxation time before returning to take you out to dinner
- Dinner will be served at a nearby restaurant, or in their own courtyard garden

Please note that during your stay, you will have a free day to spend sightseeing or relaxing. Transport will be available where needed.

Your painting tutor
- Simon Roberts is a professional artist and tutor, born in England with over forty years experience as a commercial artist
- He’s worked for advertising and design agencies as well as publishing houses and film production companies in the UK, Germany and Austria
- Simon, and his wife Monica, now live in the south of France having fallen in love with the landscape and way of life eight years ago, this local knowledge really helps for finding those perfect painting locations
- Students say that he has an easy going and enthusiastic nature and really enjoys sharing his experience and his love of watercolour painting to help you to improve your techniques

What will I learn?
- How to improve your drawing and painting skills
- How do produce looser watercolour paintings
- How to add drama to your pictures
- The rudiments of Perspective; 1, 2 and 3 point
- The importance of sketching and composition
- How to capture light and shade
- How best to work with a limited palette

What should I bring?
- Please bring suitable footwear for walking as you will be spending some time outdoors exploring different areas and subjects, fear not, there’s nothing too extreme
- Bring a swimming suit for some relaxing time in the pool
- Sun hat and sunscreen
- Light, layered clothing as daily temperatures can vary

Where will I be staying?
- A number of local high end guesthouses are used where you’ll be enjoying bed and breakfast
- Rooms are all ensuite, either double or twin beds
- There are no single supplements, however, if you are travelling with someone and share a room, you can apply a discount of £420 per person
- Accommodation is included for 7 nights / 8 days
- WiFi is available
- Check-in is after 4pm on day 1 and check-out by 10am on day 8, however, they will do our best to work around your personal travel plans

Restricted mobility access
Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help

- Please note that guesthouses do not have disabled access
- The hosts will do their best to place you in a ground floor room where available (please check availability first)
- All showers are walk-in
- The artists will do their best to find easily accessible painting venues but cobbled streets are common in this part of France

Are meals included?
- On the first night of your painting holiday, you will enjoy a drinks reception where you will meet your fellow painters
- 7 continental breakfasts are provided at your accommodation each morning
- 5 lunches are included which will be a mixture of restaurant meals and chic picnics including wine and soft drinks
- Please note that lunch is not provided on your free day giving you the flexibility to dine where you please
- 7 dinners are provided and will be a mixture of local restaurant meals and dinners served in our courtyard garden, these include selected local wines and soft drinks

What can I do in my free time?
- Visit Pézenas, a very pretty medieval town about a 15 minute drive away that is really worth exploring
- Go to Béziers on your free day; your hosts will drop you off and pick you up at the end of the day
- Visit the Spa and restaurant at the local Chateau, your hosts can arrange appointments for you
- Join Simon, Monica and their English Springer Spaniel, Millie, on a walk through the local vineyards