The first day of your art holiday will be spent in Marseillan, a port town based on the Etang de Thau. A town that has a history that stretches back to Grecian/Phoenician times and is one of the oldest villages in France. It was established as a port during the Roman era where many Roman legionnaires retired and with their land grants establishing vineyards. These still form the backbone of the local industry today.
In the morning paint the local port scene in Marseillan as the sun glistens on the waters of the lagoon.
Break for lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch continue painting here, at our studio in Pouzolles or back at your accommodation.
You will spend the second day of your art holiday at Domaine Pradine le Bas. This wine domaine that has now been transformed by new owners into a successful olive domaine and gallery. Francine the owner produces some of the regions best olive oils from the local olive varieties.
Spend the morning painting in the grounds of this exceptionally beautiful olive domain.
Lunch will be a catered chic picnic on the lawns of the shady gardens of the domaine.
After lunch you will be invited to take partake of an olive oil tasting and a quick tour around the press. You can also wander around the gallery space enjoying the work of local professional artists.
Now you have a choice of going back to your accommodation to continue working or our studio in Pouzolles.
A city overlooked by a large cathedral on the plains about 15km from the Mediterranean, Narbonne will be the inspiration for your third day of your art holiday. The city established in Roman times where it served as a prosperous port before the river silted up and changed course. The result of this is that today it sits on the canal de la Robine that links it to the canal du Midi. It is a lively centre with one of the best indoor markets in the South of France.
Take a trip to les Halles in Narbonne to photograph the local market stalls and buy ingredients for a still life to be worked on in the studio in the afternoon
Coffee in the market before making out way back to Pouzolles for a light lunch
Afternoon working in the studio from photos and sketches on a still life
Canal du Midi
This day of your art holiday will be spent on the Canal du Midi. 241km long and it runs from Toulouse to the Mediterranean in the south. In the 17th Century the canal was considered one of the greatest construction works of it’s time. Together with the Canal de Garonne it forms the Canal des Deux Mers, joining the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.
You will spend the morning painting a typical French canal scene.
Take a break for lunch in one of the local restaurants.
After lunch, painters have a choice of going back to the studio or continuing to paint “en plein air”.
This exceptionally beautiful village sits in a narrow valley in the Hérault river gorge. It is situated on the Chemin de St Jacques (St James’ Way) pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella. It acts as another dramatic backdrop for another day’s painting on your art holiday.
Spend the morning painting a scene in St Guilhem.
Meet the non-painters for a light lunch in a local restaurant.
After that you have a choice staying on to paint or continuing your painting at our studio.
Domaine la Sarabande
We’ll spend the day at small boutique winery on your last day of your art holiday. Their vineyards are set amongst rolling hills with beautiful views of the mountains to the north. The vistas offer an opportunity for some stunning landscape painting.
Spend the morning in the vineyards of Domaine la Sarabande while you learn to paint in France.
Enjoy a chic picnic lunch in the vineyards.
After lunch there is the choice of continuing to paint at our studio in Pouzolles or doing a wine tasting at the domain.
All days are subject to change at the discretion of the organisers.