Painting holiday

Limousin, Creuse, France

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Holiday Itinerary

Escape to the ‘valley of the painters’ on this 6 night painting holiday in France, tucked away near in the department of the Creuse in central France.

You will find your charming country home accommodation, and base for this painting holiday, in the region which has inspired painters for decades. Take some time out for yourself in the peaceful, lush countryside which you can explore and bring to life on paper.

During this extraordinary painting holiday, your tutor Glyn will be with you daily to help you find your own talents and capabilities in art. When the week is finished, you will leave with refined skills and techniques that will take your craft to the next level.

Your hosts, Clare and Peter, will supply you with comfort and plenty of activities for you to try your hand at in your free time; everything from boules (to get in the French spirit), to archery, to a dip in the onsite swimming pool.

You can even bring the family and the dog and explore the lush countryside together, as well as discover the tastes of the region with Clare’s homemade, 4 course classic meals.

Your French painting home will be in one of two lovely houses, with a room that best suits your needs. You’ll feel right at home in the cosy kitchen, lounging in the den, or going for a fresh morning dip or soak in the hot tub at night after a revitalizing day of discovery and creating.

Located right on the doorstep of St-Sebastian, you can stroll to town, get lost in the woods, or for the more tamed, stick to a meandering marked hiking trail and head into the surrounding countryside.

Who is it suitable for?
- Suitable for all painting levels from beginners to advanced
- No minimum or maximum age - this makes for the perfect family holiday (bring the dog)!

I'm travelling solo - can I join?
- This French art holiday makes a great singles holiday as there are no single supplements for solo travellers
- This means you will have your own private room for no additional cost

When do I start?
- Arrival days are on Sundays on set dates from May to September
- Painting holidays are for 6 nights / 7 days
- If you wish to stay for extra nights, please email to check availability for your preferred duration and we will do our best to accommodate you
- You can add on additional nights (€70-80) and meals (€18-20) upon availability and pay for them locally with your host
- All holidays are on request so please email us and we’ll check availability for your preferred day of arrival as quickly as possible

Typical itinerary
The itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change depending on the group’s needs and wishes but is typically as follows:

Day 1 - Sunday
- Arrive at Limoges airport/train station to be greeted by your hosts and driven to your country home for the week
- Settle in on Sunday evening with a welcoming BBQ, drinks, and meet your fellow artists, tutor and hosts

Days 2 – 6
- Start each day with a gorgeous breakfast spread, coffee and drinks
- 10am-12:30pm: Morning art tuition
- 12:30-1:30pm: either a picnic lunch on site or a lunch back at the house
- 1:30-4:30pm: Art tuition and creating (if it is raining, you can still be inspired outside, yet covered)
- Please note that 3 of these days will be painting ‘en plein air’ at a new painting ‘hot spot’ in the countryside that has been inspiring impressionists for decades, and the other 2 days will be in the studio
- In the evening, there is time for relaxation, a lovely 4 course meal, and a night to do as you please

Day 7 - Saturday
- Your final breakfast and departure

Your art tutor
- Your art tutor, Glyn Smith, hails from Yorkshire and studied at Sheffield Art College before going on to spend 18 years living as a local artist in St Ives in Cornwall, thriving in the art community there
- For new inspiration, Glyn has since moved on to this region in the Creuse, and has taken on art tutelage in the past few years, working with students of every age and level
- His students’ art work has been exhibited at the English Library at La Souterraine on two occasions this year, with great success
- He enjoys guiding and encouraging artists of all levels, to build solid skills that will allow the artist to find their own expression in their art
- Glyn’s aim is to ensure that you enjoy yourself, and gain both confidence and increased skill levels, along with finding like minded friends, artists, and supporters

What will I learn?
- Develop skills using techniques of watercolor and pencil drawing (however, not limited to)
- Feel free to bring your own paints if you use a different medium or you would like to develop a specific medium
- If you are a beginner, you will first learn how to look at and draw subjects, before moving on to colour and paint while you develop your comfort levels and skills
- Learn to use a grid system to acquire proportion and perspective skills
- Build good solid skills that will allow you to develop your own personal expression in art
- Explore new techniques that will help you build upon the skills you already possess
- Gain confidence
- Try many aspects such as pointillism, cubism, stylised images and using graphite and rubbers to create snow scenes
- As this is the region that has inspired the impressionists, it will be very easy to capture new subjects in your own unique way

What should I bring?
- A full list of what to bring will be sent to you prior to your departure
- There are art supplies available to use; however feel free to bring your favourite paints and brushes

Where will I be staying?
- There are no single supplements for travellers coming alone who would like their own room
- Between the gite and house on the property, there are 5 rooms that sleep up to 15 people
- WiFi is available in the house (unavailable in the gite)
- Toiletries and bathroom towels provided (please bring your own towel for pool/hot tub use)
- Snacks, wine and drinks all sold and available on site
- Both the house and gite have been renovated in a cosy, charming French style

- Family room: 1 double bed and 2 single beds
- 2 bedrooms with double beds
- Bathroom upstairs (bath/shower with WC and basin)
- Lounge area
- Kitchen and dining room
- Bathroom downstairs (shower with WC and basin)

- 1 garden room with a double bed and 2 single beds
- 1 front bedroom a double bed and a single bed
- Shared guest bathroom (bath/shower with WC and basin)

Both the house and the gite offer the same communal outdoor areas:
- Pool area
- Outdoor dining area and inground pool
- All rooms have shared bathrooms
- The 2 guest houses are surrounded by gardens, lovely lounge areas, and walking trails galore
- The studio is new, spacious, and equipped with art supplies for you to use
- The studio also has plenty of natural and artificial light
- Accommodation is included for 6 nights / 7 days
- Check in anytime after 4pm on day 1 and check out by 10am on day 7
- You’re free to stay until your flight, but please make sure you have checked out of your room

Restricted mobility access
Please find below some information regarding the accommodation and location of the holiday which may be useful when deciding if this is the right holiday for you; should you have an further questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help
- This location does not have official disabled access, but there are 4 steps into the property at the front, and 1 step at the rear
- There are 2 rooms available on the ground floor of the Gite, one of which has a walk-in shower with 1 step
- If a person is able to walk but has 'some' restrictions, please voice your concerns and your hosts can choose sites to accommodate any painting en plein air

Are meals included?
- Every morning you can help yourself to a fresh continental breakfast, including: cereals, yogurts, cold meats and cheese, French bread, croissant, pain au chocolat, fruit juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate

- Lunches will consist of a packed picnic when you’re on the move or a sit down lunch cooked fresh on the property

- Coffee, tea and cake

- 4 course dinners will be served around 7pm in the gazebo (weather permitting) or in the dining room
- The meals are always freshly cooked and will include many traditional French dishes, along with a glass or two of regional house wine
- If you have dietary requests, these must be communicated to us at the time of booking

What can I do in my free time?
- You are in the perfect location to fully take in the stunning French countryside
- There is a lovely pool and hot tub for you to use anytime
- Feel free to borrow a bicycle and explore the countryside
- St-Sebastian is 1.5 kilometres in the way, perfect for a stroll or bike ride
- Explore the private lake just a 10 minute walk away and try your hand at fishing for a small equipment charge
- Your host will be happy to provide maps of the area, or you can hit one of the marked trails and see where you end up
- Visit local markets
- Play boules in the garden
- In St-Sébastien, you’ll find that there’s no light pollution; therefore leaving a wonderfully dark sky for stargazing
- If you’re not one for walking or cycling, your hosts can give you a lift into St-Sebastian