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

Painting holidays in France with Simon and Monica

Our Holidays
Imagine a week’s painting holiday in the South of France. From the Mediterranean’s ancient ports and villages as well as amongst lush green vineyards and shady olive groves. We’ll take care of all everything including excellent accommodation, gourmet meals, transport and materials and equipment.
We featured on “A New Life in the Sun” 2020 and 2021. And if you want to read more about our journey we wrote an article about it here.
Our Workshops
Don’t have time for a full week’s painting holiday in France? No problem. Simply book in for a few days within our holiday dates or join one of our morning classes. If you’re planning to travel with a group, we can tailor workshops to fit in around your plans.
Our Accommodation
A home away from home on your painting holiday in France – all of our accommodation is located in beautifully renovated French village houses and offer private double or twin rooms with their own bathroom. There’s even an option to stay in a local French Chateau.
Our Food
Fine food and wine – from 3 course chic picnics under the trees, gourmet dinners paired with wine from local wineries in our beautiful French courtyard to a variety of restaurants, our holidays are about so much more than just painting.
chic picnics at painting in france

What his students 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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