France – Sketch to Paint Holiday – Châteauponsac

Thursday 6th September – 13th September

I will be joining Lydia Hudson as we explore the delights of the Châteauponsac Village and surrounding area on this painting adventure in beautiful rural France.

Flying out on Thursday 6th September we will spend a week in the home of our hosts Elaine and Mick Toft who will be looking after us, providing food, wine and transport, we return on Thursday 13th.  The photograph to the right is the entrance to their home and I will be blogging with further details on Châteauponsac village, photographs of our accommodation together with Elaine’s ideas for the menu… I will keep you updated of any changes. 

This is an all inclusive holiday with all painting equipment, flights, transport (including to surrounding painting locations and trips), accommodation, food and wine included.  Spaces are limited to eight painters and two non-painters, we have two additional places for non-painting partners.

As we are a small group of painters there will be the opportunity to develop your drawing and painting skills and experiment with new ideas and techniques under the guidance of both myself ( Debs) and Lydia.  We will be able to undertake sketching, keeping a holiday sketch record of all the locations that we visit, using graphite, ink and watercolour to record locations, buildings and capture the moment.  We will also be taking watercolours and acrylic paints outside to paint en plain-air.  For those that have not painted outside before you will enjoy experiencing capturing the bright colours and creating a painting that portrays the scene and atmosphere quickly on canvas.

One thing that we can’t guarantee is the weather, although it is generally beautiful in September in this region allowing us to paint outside…  We do, however, have a covered outside area where we can paint and complete canvases that were started on location or experiment with new mediums or methods.  We will always be on hand to give advice and tuition whilst encouraging those who want to use their own styles to do so – we want everyone to get the best from their holiday.

All painters will be provided with a work bag containing basic equipment such as pencils, ink pens, watercolour and acrylic paints (acrylics may be available in larger bottles to share).  A sketch pad and canvases will also be provided.  We are aware that many painters have favourite pencils, brushes or other mediums they like to use so if this is the case please bring them with you.  You will also need to take photographs of your subject for reference, to enable you to finish your painting later so your Camera Phone / IPad (or similar) will be essential.

If you have any queries or wish to book a place please don’t hesitate to contact me.  If you wish to book I will send you out a booking form which will need to be returned with a deposit.  

Venue: Chateauponsac, Haute Vienne, France, 87290 

Flights: East Midlands Airport to Limoges on Thursday 6th September returning Thursday 13th September

£1400.00 – All inclusive including tuition, painting materials, food and drinks, accommodation and transport. 

This is an all inclusive holiday with flights and airport transfers from your door, trips, accommodation, food and drink are all included.  Tuition, equipment and painting materials including acrylic, watercolour and pencils are also included within the painters price.  We would recommend you bring your own brushes although we will have brushes available. 

Please note you will need to provide your own own travel insurance.

We will have both painting and recreational trips organised.  An itinerary will be available prior to departure, meanwhile I will be blogging about places we intend to visit so you can familiarise yourself beforehand.