Bombel. 24290, St Amand de Coly, Dordogne, France | GPS: N45° 01.915 / E 001° 15.295 | Tel: 0033 (0)553 302405
A Painting Holiday in France
A relaxed friendly painting holiday in France where you will have a lovely time painting, drawing and seeing the sights...
Do you fancy a friendly hands-on painting holiday where you can soak up the French life and learn to paint or draw the way you've always dreamed?
Do you feel frustrated by not being able to translate that beautiful view, building or still-life into an accomplished masterpiece?
Learn skills that are already within you...
Well, our experienced friendly artists say that it's all about showing you how to really 'see' with artist's eyes.
Build a successful painting while, using patient guidance and gentle encouragement, they gently tease out skills that are already in you.
Watch your new-found skills flourish ...
In just a few idyllic days under the patient guidance of our experienced friendly tutors you'll learn to paint and draw with skill and flair, enhance your painting technique and have a lovely time in great company and peaceful surroundings.
So, come and join us for a wonderful painting holiday in the Dordogne, France.
"The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting" (Vincent Van Gough)
All subjects and media covered...
Between them, our tutors cover the complete range of subject matter:
Buildings and architecture
...and the most popular media:
Pencil and charcoal
A painting course for the credit crunch...
Want to beat the recession? Well, once you book a painting holiday with us you'll have nothing more to pay. Everything's included, so, once you're here, you can just sit back and enjoy yourself with no more exchange rate blues!
We're friendly, English-speaking and cater for all skill levels...
Our great value painting holidays (prices start from just €130 EUR per person) are conducted in English and are designed to cater for all skill levels. So, whether you're an outright beginner, keen amateur or budding professional, you'll always be in good company.
Tell us what you want to achieve...
When you email us, or phone 0033 553 302405, we'll have a chat about what you want to achieve. Then, we'll tailor the course to suit you and your fellow guests by gathering together similarly skilled painters on the same course. How simple is that?!
So, if you enjoy painting among friendly like-minded people in a warm relaxed atmosphere, come and learn to paint with us because you'll quickly feel very much at home.
We're great value, too...
|How to pay
Terms and Conditions
|All inclusive Five Day/Five Night residential painting holiday
(per person, based on two people sharing a room):
One, Two, Three & Four-Day multi-day courses
(Per person, per day.
Additional B&B accommodation available on request. Evening meal €17 per day):
Non-painting friend or partner
(Five day/five night - lunch @ €12 & dinner @ €17 per person per day):
(1/2/3 Day courses - at venue or local B&B. Per person, per night):
|Return airport/rail transfers
(Per person. Agreed times only - see below. Email us prior
to booking tickets):
Single occupancy supplement (5 day/5 night) for an exclusive en-suite room all to yourself (waived when sharing):
RETURN AIRPORT/RAIL TRANSFERS:
We pick you up in our own seven-seater vehicle each Monday afternoon and drop you off the following Saturday morning. Destinations include Limoges airport, and Brive la Gaillarde and Sarlat train stations (see details of our airport and rail transfers).
If you want a transfer at another time or on another day, please EMAIL US or Tel: 0033 (0)553 302405 in order to discuss the possibilities.
Transfers are conducted on a first come first served basis. Detailed dates and times are to be agreed with us prior to booking your travel arrangements, so please do not
book tickets until you've agreed them with us.
Accommodation is normally on-site, but, under exceptional circumstances, 1 & 2 day guests may be accommodated at a very pleasant nearby B&B 5km away.
The optimum number of participants on a course is six, but sometimes we have fewer than that and have occasionally taken up to ten.
The itinerary may be subject to change according to the seasons and local weather and
is variable in order to take advantage of regional festivals and holidays.
If you can organise a party of six or more, you can come for FREE !
That's worth £695 (Email for further details)
Cheap and easy to get to...
Because of the proliferation of cheap flights and tumbling ferry prices your painting holiday in France represents great value for money.
We'll even pick you up and drop you off at our nearest train stations at Brive la Gaillarde or Sarlat, both of which have Hertz, Avis or Europcar car rental outlets on their doorstep.
Patient guidance on your painting holiday in France...
If you're looking for a painting holiday in France you've come to the right place: patient guidance and jovial encouragement are the sentiments espoused by our experienced friendly tutors, Gill Mitchell and Lynn Ralph.
Depending on your desired media and skill level, we'll select which tutor will be available that week. Through them, you'll learn by using tried and tested hands-on techniques honed and perfected through years of experience.
"Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it" (Salvador Dali)
Ever wanted to paint beautiful landscapes, accurately capture the human form and draw evocative still-life...?
Here at Bombel you'll be painting, drawing and sketching all manner of subjects either outdoors, or in our fully equipped converted barn.
This area of France, the Dordogne, is awash with:
Ancient honey-coloured stone villages
Colourful street markets
Lush rolling countryside
A warm gentle light
Take home fantastic new skills, and enjoy your new-found enthusiasm...
Patiently guided and encouraged by your tutor, rapid improvements in your painting and drawing will follow.
By the time you leave here, you'll have learned everything you'll need to paint with flair and imagination back home.
No one ever said on their deathbed:
"I wish I'd spent more time in the office" (Anon)
It's not all painting and drawing...
You'll have a lovely time here, which is why we describe Learntopaintinfrance as a painting holiday.
When not out and about painting and sketching the beautiful vistas and villages of this perfect region, you can just chill out and relax.
Feel free to lounge around by the pool, stroll our seven acres of lanes and woodland, read that novel you've been promising yourself, or just crash out under a parasol with an ice cold G 'n' T!
Bustling markets and stunning scenery...
There'll also be painting-related visits such as a trip to Sarlat's bustling Wednesday morning market, and you'll also get the chance to experience the sights of this beautiful region.
There'll be food, too. Good food! In fact, when in use as the venue for your painting holiday, the barn is also the venue for our cooking courses.
Whether painting and cooking courses are held together or on separate weeks (see our combined painting and cooking holidays), the chef will still be the same, so you'll be eating some cracking gourmet food!
And if you're vegetarian or have special dietary needs, i.e. if you're gluten intolerant or diabetic, just let us know and we'll adapt the menu to your liking.
While on your painting holiday you'll be staying in our superb centrally heated en suite accommodation in a beautifully renovated stone barn (or, if this is full, a lovely local B&B just three minutes up the lane).
Or maybe you'll be on holiday and staying in a gite nearby, in which case just come and learn to paint on our one-day, two-day or three-day painting courses.
But if you wanted to paint all week, nobody's going to stop you!
"There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. " (Pablo Picasso)
Want to bring a friend or partner?
Do you have a non-painting friend or partner who would like to come along? No problem: non-painting guests are very welcome and, what's more, the price can be about half that of the painter's rate.
Booking is easy, and only an email or phone call away, so why wait? Strike while the iron's hot - book a painting holiday in France now and share an experience you'll never forget!
Recent guest, Ellie, with her accomplished painting
Gwen, learning to
for the first time...
and loving it!
Your tutors: artist
How about one of our gift vouchers for the perfect Easter, Birthday or Anniversary gift...
Recent guest, Peter
include everything you'll need on a residential painting holiday in France:
- Tuition in English
- Paints & Brushes
- Canvas & Paper
- Aprons (incl your very own logo'd apron)
- Transportation to and from painting sites
- Centrally heated en suite bedrooms (5 day/5 night painting holiday)
- Lunch & Dinner (5 day/5 night painting holiday)
Novice painter, Nelleke, having a very successful
Skills you'll be learning on your painting holiday in France:
The church at St Genies, our local village
- How to see
- Chiaroscuro (the use of light and dark)
- Preliminary sketches
- Preparing various supports
- Pictorial composition
- Mount cutting
- Colour basics
Depending on your particular style, you'll use a range of media, such as:
- Pastel (dry and oil)
- Pencil (monotone & colour)
La Tour, one of the many beautiful local subjects
The world famous market at nearby Sarlat
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