Painting Tutors


Artist and Tutor Rachel Toll 

Wildlife, landscape and flowers

23 - 30 APRIL   2020     

£850 -£950 / Person / 7 nights

We are delighted to welcome back watercolour Artist and Tutor, Rachel Toll, as our first guest artist in 2020. We have a fabulous itinerary awaiting, that will include painting with Rachel in the Studio or gardens around the house and being inspired by nature. We will be eating out in a  local Auberge, visiting one of the fabulous local gardens and visiting some of the listed 'Plus beaux villages de France' and much more!

'I am a self-taught artist living in rural mid Devon with my family. I have been painting with watercolours for 30 years. It is only in the last five years that I have taken up painting professionally and I get much of my inspiration from Mid Devon, the wildlife, high hedges, lanes and wildflowers. I like to paint loosely but there is usually a focal point in my work and with animals it is invariably the eye. I like to capture the essence of what I am painting. Movement is another subject I have returned to time and time again.

I have been shortlisted 3 years in a row for the David Shepherd Foundation Wildlife Artist of the year, as well as working for the Michelin starred chef Michael Caines who commissioned me to paint more than fifty pieces for his new hotel. I have exhibited in several exhibitions, but I gain the most joy from painting, I love the process of painting and when someone likes my work then that gives me a lot of pleasure.

My teaching style is very relaxed. I want to paint alongside people and let them watch my processes and hopefully show some new ways of working. We will be painting wildlife and flowers, being inspired by what is around us. I will demonstrate how I do things and let people find their own style, problem solving along the way. It should be fun and absorbing all at the same time.

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                  12th - 19th Jun 2020

    landscape, still life, portrait

        £850-950 / 7 Nights        Places available

 We are looking forward to another visit by Artist Stuart Williams who will be sharing his knowledge and skills at this beautiful time of year in the South of France. Artists and nature lovers won't be disappointed with wildflowers, bees and birdsong in the gardens at La Salle providing inspiration combined with a wonderful itinerary of visits which include, an impressive local gallery and the beautiful Jardins de Coursiana. We will be painting 'en plein air' in a fabulous location and in the studio and visiting the local 'Flea market' for Stuart's '3 Euro challenge' Come and join us for a fabulous week.

Stuart comes from a family of artists. He trained in illustration at the Slade, Byam Shaw School and Falmouth College of Art. He has an impressive portfolio of commissioned work to his credit with work for Terry Pratchett calendars two years running and book covers for Philip Pullman, Enid Blyton and many top publishers.  

His work in sculpture has lead to some important commissions for period design projects,  undertaking design, manufacture and installation.

His oil painting technique is exemplary, being able to replicate the styles of old masters or working in his own reflective and poetic style.  

Students can expect as much one to one time as is possible and will focus on aspects relating to the inner world of creating a painting. For example, keeping yourself motivated when all seems to be going a bit wrong. Looking at the relationship between the pallet and the painting, how to mix rich and more complex colours and generally finding lasting solutions to painting problems.


    £950 / person 7 nights


Learn more about Stuart here                



Artist and Tutor Kaye Parmenter

9 - 16 July 2020

   £850 - £950 /person / 7 nights     Places available

We are so looking forward to welcoming fabulous watercolour artist and tutor Kaye Parmenter to La Salle for her first visit in Summer 2020. We will be heading to some of the beautiful nearby towns and gardens, visiting a vibrant farmers market and be inspired by the local landscape which is at it's magnificent best, with rolling fields of Sunflowers all around us. We will be winetasting in a nearby Chateau and taking part in the 14th July celebrations in our local village. On our final evening, we will be wining and dining 'al fresco' at 'Chez Vous', our lively local restaurant. 

I am an artist based in the heart of the Somerset Levels and have 18 years experience with my much loved medium, watercolour.  I am self taught and a professional member of the Society of All Artists.   I really enjoy busy days, juggling working in the studio, supplying galleries and exhibitions and also holding both my own workshops in Somerton, together with traveling further afield to art groups and clubs.


The most common comment I receive from my students, keen to develop their own watercolour techniques,  is that “I would love to loosen up with my watercolours but, when I try, I end up with a mess”. I can help you with this.  There seems at times to be a huge number of ways that watercolour pigment can be applied to paper and this can lead to confusion and frustration.   During the week I hope to approach a variety of subjects with different methods, all with the aim of helping you relax and enjoy this lovely yet challenging medium.  I will give lots of demonstrations, alternating and exploring techniques. I will be with you to give help and guidance.  


Being resident for the week in the most beautiful of surroundings, we will draw inspiration from around us and have a fun and varied week enjoying and exploring watercolour.  





 DAVID WILCOX   'Finding your voice'

    WATERCOLOUR   September  17 - 24 September 2020  

           Figurative, Dance, Landscape and Equestrian

              £850 - £950 / 7 Nights        Places available

A big 'bienvenue' to tutor David Wilcox for his second visit to La Salle at this beautiful time of year. Lots of fabulous Autumn colour in the landscape and perfect painting weather.

David has been a professional artist and teacher for over 30 years, with a wide range of subjects from landscapes to dancers. He studied at Bournville School of Art, then graduated with honours from Wolverhamton College of Art, finally gaining a P.G.C.E. with Distinction at Birmingham College of Art. More recently David has been collaborating with the Birmingham Royal Ballet producing images of 'The Dance' in both watercolour and acrylic paints. His well established teaching technique is based on demonstration and then encouragement for everyone to find their own personal “voice”, working either from photographs or responding to the landscape. 'Sharing the joy of looking and understanding through observation of how light and shade shape the way we see'. In constant demand from Art Societies for demonstrations and workshops David has wide experience of working with adults. Come and paint the beautiful landscape all around or beautiful dancers of the Birmingham Royal Ballet from photographs.

    Find out more about David here

                                                                 Places available