painting holidays in france


Our painting courses are held in our large well equipped studio, walled courtyard and peaceful gardens, as well as in the beautiful countryside and quiet villages surrounding the farmhouse.

For our 2021 season, we'd like to welcome back to Shades of France tutors Sue Ford, Kevin Dean and Angela Corben who have worked with us for many years and for the second consecutive year, painting tutor Mark Warner.


Angela Corben - Artist

Oils, watercolours, acrylics and pastels

On this course Angela will aim to communicate the mood of the place and subject through using light and colour and simplicity of brushstrokes. She will aim to sketch and paint outdoors whenever possible, which will give a directness and impulsiveness to the painting due to the need to paint quickly, energised by heightened emotions, and the need to trust your instincts. Angela’s art work is fundamentally about expressing her passionate love of and connection to nature. As a tutor, she is empathetic, kind, and enthusiastic. Her multi-disciplinary background enables her to tailor her teaching to suit an individual’s experience level, and personal thought process. Her teaching style is very practical, simplifying a complex subject into manageable stages whilst always allowing room for individuality.
Anglela may give demonstrations/tutorials in the evening before the visit, however she loves to demonstrate on location, as time and weather permits, then set out to put that idea into practice.
She is flexible and adaptable, and passionate in encouraging personal expression, so there is always room for improvisation.
Her preferred media are acrylic or watercolours, and she tries to demonstrate using 2-different media at some point so that she accommodaties different approaches. She is also proficient in pen and wash, and watercolour pencils and water based oils.
Kind and encouraging, Angela ensures that she makes time to give each of you one to one help whilst on location.

Angela Corben

12th June - 19th June 2021

3 Bedrooms Available

Caroline James

Acrylics and pastels

Mark Warner is a practicing artist and ‘plein air’ tutor based in Shropshire, UK. Sketching is at the heart of his work. This is integral to the development of a piece and can indeed form part of the painting itself. Mark draws inspiration from the landscape, although subject matter and application at times can be very different.
He adores using colour and line while interpreting the light, weather conditions and a love for the materials. He works directly in the field (literally on many occasions!) from sketches created outside as well as notes and photographs taken on location. This is then developed back in the studio. Mark has numerous works in private collections and has exhibited widely in both England and Wales.
His course in the Périgord Limousin region of South West France will focus on aspects of colour, line and composition. With a relaxed yet informative manner, Mark will demonstrate how not to be afraid of using colour in the landscape and how drawing and sketching can inform and further your ‘plein air’ painting. Sketch book work coupled with regular 1 to 1 tuition, will help you develop your personal style. You will have fun experimenting with techniques and processes during a productive and relaxing week in a truly fantastic location.

Mark Warner

26th June - 3rd July 2021

Fully Booked

31 st July - 7th August 2021


Kevin Dean

Watercolour, Acrylics, Gouache and all forms of drawing

Having taught drawing and painting in universities, workshops and schools in the UK and around the world, Kevin believes that an individual's confidence, is of as much importance as their painting skills. Fostering confidence and encouraging people not to be afraid of failing is one of Kevin's keenest interests. He offers a mixture of stimulating exercises and informal classes along with individual tutoring, his approach is both gently encouraging and inspiring - always delivered with a sense of humour. Kevin has several styles and has worked on a wide range of creative projects, he works in various mediums, including oils and printmaking but watercolour is a great favourite of his. He enjoys painting with spontaneity and expression but all with a lightness of touch.You might also be intrigued by his unconventional method of painting in watercolour from dark to light. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced artist who is looking for new ways of working, you will benefit from Kevin's vast experience, both as a tutor, artist and designer.

Kevin Dean

17th July - 24th July 2021

1 Bedroom Available

Sue Ford - Artist

Pastels, watercolour, collage, mixed media and acrylics

The aim is to stretch all students regardless of ability, to form a foundation of artistic techniques whilst developing their own style in a relaxed learning environment. Each student will be guided through each painting stage carefully throughout the day from initial demonstration to get you started, followed by patient, professional tuition throughout the holiday so that all paintings created by each student will inspire them with confidence to move forward in their own artistic direction in the future. With a natural ability to draw she can demonstrate a variety of subjects sue will show students different painting techniques, explain about materials, the importance of composition and getting the best from your photos and sketches. Sue’s main objective is to encourage students to achieve their goals and creative ideas.

Sue Ford

11th September - 18th
September 2021

2 Bedrooms Available

painting holidays in france