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Chateaux Painting Holidays:
Established in 1997, Chateaux Painting Holidays provides 8-day residential art / painting courses in the stunning countryside of South West France. We give a warm welcome to painters of all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to those looking for an advanced level painting course. Courses feature easy-to-understand tuition that ensures you make real progress. Come & enjoy 8 days of creativity that will stimulate & help you with your own personal creative discoveries. We also offer 1-day painting programs.

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About Chateaux Painting Holidays:

Our painting courses that take place in an authentic rural French setting - either a beautiful French renaissance chateau, or a UNESCO world heritage medieval abbey. You will learn techniques as well as paint ‘en plein-air’ in the beautiful light & charming landscapes of south west France.

8-Day Residential Art / Painting Courses in South West France:
- Small groups (12 max)
- Suitable for beginner to advanced level painters
- Specializations in watercolor, oils, alkyds, acrylics and pastels
- 1-Day courses available

Our Tutor:
- Adam Cope (BA hons, Further Education & Adults Teachers Certificate,Foundation Dip.Art Therapy)

Student Testimonials:

"I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the week. The people within the workshop, our wonderful teacher, yourself, and the ambient surroundings of the chateau will remain in my memory always. In fact, whenever it is possible for me, I’d like to take the workshop again."
– Kay, USA

"I had such a great time at the Chateau. An experience that I will never forget, and hope to revisit at some time, but I don’t think I will be able to in 2005 as I have put in an application to go to university next year. I included the above paintings in my portfolio. Hope I get in!"
– Vanessa, Australia

"I came home from France with so many inspiring painting ideas and the paintings started in France that I am eager to finish!"
– Joan, UK

"It was a great experience and I will never forget the week we shared together. Painters are interesting people and a pleasure to be with! I hope to see you again some day."
– Manfred, Canada

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Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2023-06-07 were from:

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