Painting Tutors

STUART WILLIAMS- Oil, acrylic   15 - 22 May 2019

'DISCOVER BETTER PAINTING' in Springtime at La Salle  

A big 'Bienvenue' to 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 butterflies, bees and birdsong in the gardens providing inspiration and a wonderful itinerary awaiting. 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 out what the students are having trouble with and working towards lasting solutions to painting problems.

              Awaiting new dates for 2020   


Learn more about Stuart here               


  'How to see with Hannah'      Hannah Twine 

     Awaiting new dates for 2020  


        watercolour, oil, soft pastel, pencil, charcoal, pen and ink.

   Hannah is a professional artist and tutor... exhibiting and selling her work in galleries and specialising in animal and human portrait commissions.  In addition to this, she runs regular workshops for adults across South West England.
 Hannah trained with Nicholas Beer, Senior instructor at the Charles Cecil Studios, in Florence, Italy. In addition to portrait works, Hannah often paints landscapes ‘en plein air’ enjoying the energy and spontaneity that painting outdoors offers.
'My teaching style is very friendly and designed to give confidence, offering plenty of one to one support.  I tend to specialise in 'living subjects' such as wildlife and animal and human portraiture, but I also cover Landscape subjects making this a diverse and interesting workshop. Learn valuable techniques to help you ‘see’ and transcribe the world around you more easily, enabling you to draw and paint ‘free hand’.  The skills you will learn are very versatile and can be applied to strengthen all areas of your art. Use of proportion, shape and colour, values and modeling, will all be covered whilst working on your individual chosen subjects.

You can work in the medium of your choice… Pencil, charcoal, coloured
pencil, pastel, oil and watercolour.

                 Fully booked    


  Watercolour and Acrylic

              Landscape, Dance, Figurative, Equestrian

      June  3 - 10  2019         £720 - £790 Per person / 7 nights

A big 'Bienvenue' to Artist and Tutor David. With a wealth of experience as a Tutor to students of all ages, David's guidance and expert advice in watercolour and acrylic painting techniques will be invaluable on this 7 night painting holiday. The week will include wonderful excursions to markets and one of the listed 'plus beaux villages de France'. A wine tasting and Chateau tour and a visit to the fabulous Waterlily gardens of Latour Marliac or the beautiful Gardens of Coursianna.

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 ( yes the Cadbury one ), 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


Breaking through limiting thoughts to help you reach your artistic potential.

Gregory demonstrates in acrylics but encourages artists to bring their preferred medium.

                     7 - 14 July 2019       Fully booked

   7 Nights    15 - 22 July 2019      places available

A big welcome back for the 3rd year to Gregory Wellman, a UK based, self taught artist and tutor who has been a commissioned artist for 25 years. He works mostly in acrylics and pastels but also enjoys oils and watercolour work. His friendly, inclusive and humorous approach has been enjoyed by many art societies and groups in the U.K., and in 2013 he led his own 10 day art safari in Tanzania.

"I began demonstrating and leading workshops 10 years ago after many requests. As soon as I realised that all I need do is share my experience and technique with others, instructing became a rewarding and thrilling experience. I make it a point when I am instructing to find out what it is that people want to develop, and show them practical  techniques they will understand and use in current and future work."

Having worked with people of all ages and abilities, Gregory has a knack of getting on people's wavelength. "It's important to recognise what people want from a tutor, whether it's a reassuring presence, a guide and advisor or a step by step teacher. I adapt to my fellow artist's needs.  I'm very much looking forward to coming to South West France in July!"

A member of the SAA, Gregory has demonstrated at shows in Bristol and London.  His painting has taken him to the USA, Africa and New Zealand, where he has painted on location at the movie set for The Hobbit.  Magazine articles including Art in Devon and International Artist. His paintings have been exhibited in London and patrons include Sir Kenneth Branagh. He was featured on Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year (2013) and took part in Landscape Artist of the Year (2015).

    15 - 22 JULY 2019         £720 - £790/ 7 Nights      Some places available

For guests reserving 2 weeks consecutively, the night of 14 July is included with no extra fee.

You can follow Gregory on Facebook

He is also a member of Artists for Conservation and that work can be seen here


3 - 10th Sept 2019

Artist Pam Cox and fellow tutors Keith and Clare Benge will be here again in 2019 for their 6th visit to La Salle but this time in a less structured tutorial roll. This will be an opportunity for artists who want new inspiration to meet and to paint together in their preferred medium, sharing and developing skills, exploring ideas and knowledge in an encouraging environment.

 The holiday includes all the hospitality, fabulous excursions, full use of the studio and equipment and pool as described. See more of their work below. Non painting partners welcome.

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              £720 /  per person    Fully booked     


NICKI SAUNDERS            12 - 19 September 2019

     'WATERCOLOUR MAGIC and MIXED MEDIA'                            

 Includes inks and Brusho crystal techniques.

I am a self-taught artist based in Norwich, Norfolk specialising in watercolour which I find can be seductively subtle yet exciting and eye catching. Early on in my painting career, I favoured flower painting. Being able to capture a likeness and radiance of a flower was inspiring and captivating to me.

 Over the years I have been drawn to many subjects and now find it hard to find a favourite theme. As my painting subjects have changed, so have my painting styles. Instinctively I am a detailed painter with some pieces almost achieving photographic realism but I also love the freedom of loose work which has an abstract feel to the finished work.

I have been painting for over 30 years and teaching through various means including private classes, one-day workshops, visiting art groups as a guest tutor and running local Adult Education Courses. I have the PTTLS teaching qualification.

Recently, I have experimented with inks and Brusho Crystals. Adding these mediums to watercolour paintings I find can create amazing results.

 I am delighted to be teaching here in France. The course content will be flexible and designed to meet the needs of the individual painters ensuring that beginners know where to start and advanced painters are developing their styles. Throughout the course, I will share my knowledge and experience to ensure you achieve your painting ambitions.   

        For more information on Nicki click here
         Follow her on Facebook here  Nicki Saunders - Artist

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   Jane Smith         22 - 29th September 2019 

      'A sketchbook and linocut journey with Jane' 

       in watercolour, pen and ink, pencils, crayons, and oil pastels.

A big 'Bienvenue' to Artist and Illustrator Jane who will take you on a sketchbook journey to some of the beautiful towns and villages nearby. She will show you techniques to draw and paint the architecture, markets, restaurants, people and landscape we visit, using a variety of media including linoprint. (Linoprint will take place in the Studio)
 'I am an artist and Illustrator based in east London. I love drawing and have been doing it ever since I could hold a pencil. After completing a Foundation Course in York, I graduated from Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic (now University of Northumbria) with a BA (hons) in Graphic design and I moved down to London a few months later in 1985. Quite by chance I found myself working for the BBC Radio Times Magazine, as a temporary junior layout artist. As a would-be illustrator, my colleagues began to commission me to do illustrations for the magazine, quite often in wood engraving, linocut and scraperboard. This led eventually to a freelance illustration career that has lasted until the present day. My Previous clients include Marks and Spencer, Jamie Oliver, Ted Baker, Greenpeace and many others. I exhibit widely in Galleries, Cafes and shops around London. 
 I currently run monthly linocut workshops for the staff at Facebook and they are proving to be very popular. I also run workshops in various other places on request.
 In my personal work, aside from the illustration, I have travelled widely, often going off with my rucksack, walking boots and sketchbooks for three months at a time, all over the world. These days I concentrate on Europe and the UK. I never go anywhere without at least a small sketchbook in my pocket. If I am away for more than a couple of days, I will pack a variety of sketchbooks and art materials, a box of watercolours and a few pens and brushes. To me there is nothing better than sitting sketching outside a cafe somewhere, with a nice coffee or cold beer, totally in the ‘zone’, with the sounds, smells and general ambiance of life going by, whether in a back street in Naples, or the beautiful countryside of South West France.  

To see more of Jane's work see  

or follow her on Facebook        Jane Illustration 

 £720-£790 / Person / 7 Nights        Places available



  Learn to paint from life in the 'Alla prima' manner, studio and 'plein air' including landscapes, floral, figurative and still life.

   2 - 9 October 2019     places available

         £720.  -  £790 / person / 7 nights


We are delighted to welcome Artist and Tutor, Alex Kelly who will be working from life, in this exciting painting week. Suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced artists and taking inspiration from all there is to offer in our beautiful region of Gascony. Alex's expert tuition and guidance, fabulous excursions, and wonderful food and wine combine to make for an unbeatable experience. Bienvenue! 

Alex currently lives and works in Birmingham, UK. In his college years he had a strong affinity for both science and art and initially followed a university degree in science but later decided to pursue an artistic career and consequently gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art specialising in sculpture. He went on to set up a studio making ceramic sculpture, as well as teaching art at schools and community colleges. Currently he is developing a new body of work, primarily oil paintings in the alla prima manner.

Alex's work in oil is usually painted directly from life study. Alla prima, direct painting, usually wet-in-wet, is exciting and often surprising because one is often responding spontaneously but with great concentration on the subject. 

Alex will be sharing the passion and inspiration he finds in all kinds of subjects from flowers to landscape and still life. He feels that creating work starts with developing a sensitivity to the beauty present. Beauty means whatever moves, inspires, intrigues or is simply interesting enough to want to study more deeply. Most often it is the quality of light which inspires.

For more information on Alex click here

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