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"Angela, I just want to thank you for a fantastic painting holiday. I've always found painting en plein air difficult but with your encouragement, inspiration and wonderful patience, you have given me the confidence to tackle this aspect of painting head on. Thank you for the best painting holiday.

Karen Greenfield

"I have just had a wonderful watercolour week with Kevin. He spent time getting to know each of us and what we wanted from the week and then responded to our needs. His gentle humour, patient teaching and incredible personal skill level meant I made huge progress in a lovely atmosphere. He gave both individual coaching and also really useful demonstrations and structured teaching sessions. Kevin was so generous with his time and expertise and an excellent holiday companion too. Thank you Kevin for a great week."

Antonia Lee


Drawing, sketching, or painting

Shades of France has had the pleasure of working with all of our tutors in past years, Angela, Kevin, Mark and Sue. We are delighted to welcome them back for our 2021 season.

Our Painting tutors are committed to their teaching, and are happy to give encouragement and advice whether you are a complete beginner or a more advanced painting student. Should you be interested in one of our courses, and would like to talk to your chosen tutor please contact Mike or Sara for their telephone number.


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Angela Corben

12th June - 19th June 2021
3 Bedrooms Available





Sue Ford

26th June - 3rd July 2021
Fully Booked
31st July - 7th August 2021



kevin dean

17th July - 24th July 2021
1 Bedroom Available




All forms of drawing

Sue Ford

11th September - 24th September 2021
2 Bedrooms Available



Water colour

Mixed media


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"I always promised myself , one day I would have a painting holiday. What a wonderful experience it was too. A group of strangers became a group of friends. Mark guided us through our week with support, encouragement and enthusiasm. I can honestly say that I had a really amazing time. Thank you Mark for your time and organisation of such a splendid occasion. You’ve inspired me to keep up my painting and taught me to be more observant , improved my colour mixing and loosen up!” "


"I wanted to thank you Sue personally for the time you spent patiently tutoring out shreds of knowledge, with my limited creative ability over the last week.
Apart from that, I will cherish lovely memories, captured in sketches of course, of painting en plein air - who would have imagined!- and enjoying giggles and generous G&Ts, in the sunshine. You are a gem. "


painting holidays in france