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Join us for a relaxing watercolour painting holiday in the south of France, Tuscany, Spain and Morocco in 2024.

Our holidays were featured on a New Life in the Sun in 2020 and 2021 on Channel 4 in the UK.

Imagine yourself embarking on an unforgettable painting adventure. With our expertly curated painting holidays, all you need to do is arrive and let your creativity flow.

Return home with a renewed sense of inspiration, a portfolio of stunning artwork, and a heart brimming with unforgettable experiences.

Join us for a relaxing watercolour painting holiday in the south of France, Tuscany, Spain and Morocco in 2024.

Our holidays were featured on a New Life in the Sun in 2020 and 2021 on Channel 4 in the UK.

Imagine yourself embarking on an unforgettable painting adventure. With our expertly curated painting holidays, all you need to do is arrive and let your creativity flow.

Return home with a renewed sense of inspiration, a portfolio of stunning artwork, and a heart brimming with unforgettable experiences.

South of France – Vineyard and Villages

When

1 JUNE – 8 JUNE 2024

Tutor

SIMON ROBERTS

Medium

WATERCOLOUR

Duration

7 NIGHTS

From

FULLY BOOKED

Including

ALL MATERIALS, ACCOMMODATION, TRANSPORT DURING THE HOLIDAY & MEALS

Tuscany with Strada Toscana

When

16 JUNE – 22 JUNE 2024

Tutor

SIMON ROBERTS

Medium

WATERCOLOUR – TRAVEL JOURNALLING

Duration

6 NIGHTS

From

$3,175 PER PERSON

Including

ALL MATERIALS, ACCOMMODATION, TRANSPORT DURING THE HOLIDAY & SOME MEALS

South of France – Oil Painting en Plein Air

When

15 JUNE – 22 JUNE 2024

Tutor

ROB LUNN

Medium

OIL PAINTING

Duration

7 NIGHTS

From

£2425.00 PER PERSON

Including

OIL PAINTING KIT, ACCOMMODATION, TRANSPORT DURING THE HOLIDAY & MEALS

South of France – Vineyard and Villages

When

7 SEPT – 14 SEPT 2024

Tutor

SIMON ROBERTS

Medium

WATERCOLOUR

Duration

7 NIGHTS

From

£2275.00 PER PERSON

Including

ALL EQUIPMENT, ACCOMMODATION, TRANSPORT DURING THE HOLIDAY & MEALS

Costa Brava, Spain – Villages & Coves

When

21 SEPT – 28 SEPT 2024

Tutor

SIMON ROBERTS

Medium

WATERCOLOUR

Duration

7 NIGHTS

From

£2625.00 PER PERSON

Including

ALL EQUIPMENT, ACCOMMODATION, TRANSPORT DURING THE HOLIDAY & MEALS

Morocco – From Kasbah to Coast

When

9 OCTOBER – 19 OCTOBER 2024

Tutor

SIMON ROBERTS

Medium

WATERCOLOUR

Duration

10 NIGHTS

From

£3250.00 PER PERSON

Including

ALL EQUIPMENT, ACCOMMODATION, TRANSPORT DURING THE HOLIDAY & MEALS

OUR WORKSHOPS

Unleash Your Inner Artist – Whether you’re planning a hen party, a creative family activity, or an art tour, we can create a bespoke painting workshop for your group. We’ve catered to groups of all sizes, from small groups of 4 people to lively excursions of up to 25 participants.

OUR ACCOMMODATION

We’ve handpicked stunning accommodations each offering double or twin rooms with a private bathroom.

Traditional French village houses. An old farmhouse in Spain. A beautifully restored riad in Marrakech and a kasbah style dar in Essaouira.

chic picnics at painting in france

FINE FOOD AND WINE

Your painting holiday is a journey of discovery, not just for your artistic expression but also for your palate. Embark on a culinary adventure with us and savour the delectable flavours of each country.

OUR WORKSHOPS

Unleash Your Inner Artist – Whether you’re planning a hen party, a creative family activity, or an art tour, we can create a bespoke painting workshop for your group. We’ve catered to groups of all sizes, from small groups of 4 people to lively excursions of up to 25 participants.

OUR ACCOMMODATION

We’ve handpicked stunning accommodations each offering double or twin rooms with a private bathroom.

Traditional French village houses. An old farmhouse in Spain. A beautifully restored riad in Marrakech and a kasbah style dar in Essaouira.

chic picnics at painting in france

FINE FOOD AND WINE

Your painting holiday is a journey of discovery, not just for your artistic expression but also for your palate. Embark on a culinary adventure with us and savour the delectable flavours of each country.

What our guests have to say

Fantastic week painting in the South of France

I saw Simon’s add for classes in France on line and although an oil painter I decided then and there that I would do it. I wasn’t disappointed. The painting time was wonderful, having the chance to paint everyday and then enjoy the beautiful picnic lunches by Monica, and the Fab meals at french cafes, which were to die for. Our accommodation was a beautiful B& B in Pezenas. Transport by Simon every day to paint. We were welcomed into Simon and Monica’s lovely home and studio as well. Nothing spared on this holiday. Value for Money. Simon is a talented artist and a great teacher. I had a wonderful time and would love to go back.

Valda - Canberra, Australia
A Trip of a LIFETIME…

I found Painting in France’s website a few months back and decided.. what the heck…”just do it”! And what a wonderful decision it was. I made the trip on my own, (From Texas) and was joined by another watercolorist from Scotland, we had both booked the week long painting holiday. Simon is an accomplished and talented teacher, and his style of teaching is relaxing, unintimidating yet, will lead you in the right direction to fit your style of painting, be it your own style, or a new technique that your open to try, he is right there to help and guide if needed. Each day Simon would load up the car with all the supplies needed, (including coffee) and off we would go to find a place to set up and paint, be it a beautiful Chateau in the French countryside, the vineyards with a country village in the distance or the sea! It was all there. Simon’s wife Monica would then show up with the most beautiful picnics. She is an accomplished chef, and since I was there for the weeklong holiday, we were invited into their beautiful home where she would cook amazing dinners. For a solid week, Simon and Monica thought out everything to the final details! Also included were accommodations at a beautiful B&B, where the host and hostess made you feel completely at home. I would recommend this Painting Holiday for anyone that not only wants to sketch and watercolor a bit, but see the South of France, eat wonderful cuisine, and not have to think about anything except what will we be painting next and what will we eat! Oh, and the wine!!!! Totally AMAZING.

Cindy - Texas, USA
Wonderful Experience Not to be Missed!

While on extended holiday in France I sought out an opportunity for creative expression, and found Simon’s workshop. It far exceeded my expectations in uncountable ways! I took his workshop in his studio, which is in a lovely village in the south of France. With its art-covered walls, stocked supplies, and perfect tunes in the background, the studio is welcoming and inspiring. As I was a beginner with watercolor, Simon was extraordinarily patient, encouraging, and a highly skilled teacher with his instruction and methodology. To my surprise, I left the workshop with two pieces of my own artwork that I am very proud of, and have already purchased watercolor supplies as I am hooked! An unexpected benefit of the workshop was the restoration and peace I felt for spending three hours on something so meditative – much needed during a busy holiday. I can’t recommend Simon’s workshop highly enough! It will add so much to your experience in France, whether you are here for a quick holiday or a permanent stay.

Tammy - USA
2 day painting course – Brilliant for families too

My teenage daughter and I enjoyed a brilliant 2 days painting with Simon. We saw some beautiful places that Simon took us to, we learnt a lot about the local area, ate wonderful food (thank you Monica) and were so pleased with our paintings that a couple of them will be framed and will be up on the wall. Fantastic change of pace and a unique way to see parts of France you may not see otherwise. We loved it – Thank you Simon

Chris - UK
A magical time painting in France

The moment I first met Simon at the train station he made me feel welcome and I knew I was to experience something wonderful. What a magical time I had! The experience was a dream come true and exceeded my expectations in every way. Simon is a very talented and accomplished artist and was so generous to all of us with his time and instruction. The locations for our en plein air paintings were just breathtaking and Simon never took a shortcut to get there, choosing the most picturesque routes. Simon and his wife Monica were the best hosts you could imagine, opening their lovely home to us, letting us use the studio, garden and play with Millie, the most gentle of dogs, and hosting exquisite dinners and lunches. I need to mention Monica’s chic picnics, a lovely and artistic presentation of delicious foods in the most beautiful settings!
The accommodations at the Maison Dix were lovely, restaurant choices, including dining at the chateau and my favorite, Bistrot La Galerie, were all excellent! I could write a poem about this enchanting experience but at this time I will just say: I loved every moment of it and wholeheartedly recommend it!

Kasia - USA

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What our guests have to say

Fantastic week painting in the South of France

I saw Simon’s add for classes in France on line and although an oil painter I decided then and there that I would do it. I wasn’t disappointed. The painting time was wonderful, having the chance to paint everyday and then enjoy the beautiful picnic lunches by Monica, and the Fab meals at french cafes, which were to die for. Our accommodation was a beautiful B& B in Pezenas. Transport by Simon every day to paint. We were welcomed into Simon and Monica’s lovely home and studio as well. Nothing spared on this holiday. Value for Money. Simon is a talented artist and a great teacher. I had a wonderful time and would love to go back.

Valda - Canberra, Australia
A Trip of a LIFETIME…

I found Painting in France’s website a few months back and decided.. what the heck…”just do it”! And what a wonderful decision it was. I made the trip on my own, (From Texas) and was joined by another watercolorist from Scotland, we had both booked the week long painting holiday. Simon is an accomplished and talented teacher, and his style of teaching is relaxing, unintimidating yet, will lead you in the right direction to fit your style of painting, be it your own style, or a new technique that your open to try, he is right there to help and guide if needed. Each day Simon would load up the car with all the supplies needed, (including coffee) and off we would go to find a place to set up and paint, be it a beautiful Chateau in the French countryside, the vineyards with a country village in the distance or the sea! It was all there. Simon’s wife Monica would then show up with the most beautiful picnics. She is an accomplished chef, and since I was there for the weeklong holiday, we were invited into their beautiful home where she would cook amazing dinners. For a solid week, Simon and Monica thought out everything to the final details! Also included were accommodations at a beautiful B&B, where the host and hostess made you feel completely at home. I would recommend this Painting Holiday for anyone that not only wants to sketch and watercolor a bit, but see the South of France, eat wonderful cuisine, and not have to think about anything except what will we be painting next and what will we eat! Oh, and the wine!!!! Totally AMAZING.

Cindy - Texas, USA
Wonderful Experience Not to be Missed!

While on extended holiday in France I sought out an opportunity for creative expression, and found Simon’s workshop. It far exceeded my expectations in uncountable ways! I took his workshop in his studio, which is in a lovely village in the south of France. With its art-covered walls, stocked supplies, and perfect tunes in the background, the studio is welcoming and inspiring. As I was a beginner with watercolor, Simon was extraordinarily patient, encouraging, and a highly skilled teacher with his instruction and methodology. To my surprise, I left the workshop with two pieces of my own artwork that I am very proud of, and have already purchased watercolor supplies as I am hooked! An unexpected benefit of the workshop was the restoration and peace I felt for spending three hours on something so meditative – much needed during a busy holiday. I can’t recommend Simon’s workshop highly enough! It will add so much to your experience in France, whether you are here for a quick holiday or a permanent stay.

Tammy - USA
2 day painting course – Brilliant for families too

My teenage daughter and I enjoyed a brilliant 2 days painting with Simon. We saw some beautiful places that Simon took us to, we learnt a lot about the local area, ate wonderful food (thank you Monica) and were so pleased with our paintings that a couple of them will be framed and will be up on the wall. Fantastic change of pace and a unique way to see parts of France you may not see otherwise. We loved it – Thank you Simon

Chris - UK
A magical time painting in France

The moment I first met Simon at the train station he made me feel welcome and I knew I was to experience something wonderful. What a magical time I had! The experience was a dream come true and exceeded my expectations in every way. Simon is a very talented and accomplished artist and was so generous to all of us with his time and instruction. The locations for our en plein air paintings were just breathtaking and Simon never took a shortcut to get there, choosing the most picturesque routes. Simon and his wife Monica were the best hosts you could imagine, opening their lovely home to us, letting us use the studio, garden and play with Millie, the most gentle of dogs, and hosting exquisite dinners and lunches. I need to mention Monica’s chic picnics, a lovely and artistic presentation of delicious foods in the most beautiful settings!
The accommodations at the Maison Dix were lovely, restaurant choices, including dining at the chateau and my favorite, Bistrot La Galerie, were all excellent! I could write a poem about this enchanting experience but at this time I will just say: I loved every moment of it and wholeheartedly recommend it!

Kasia - USA

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