Painting Tutors


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

 September 23 - 30th  2018   

         £690.  -  £720 / 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.

September 23 - 30th  2018         Some places available

For more information on Alex click here

Or follow him on Facebook here



         Artist and Tutor Rachel Toll 

        Wildlife, landscape and flowers

 APRIL 25th - MAY 2nd   2019     

   £690 - £720 / Person / 7 nights

 We are delighted to welcome watercolour Artist and Tutor, Rachel Toll, as our first guest artist in 2019. 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 and restaurant and visiting the breathtaking Flower festival and market in Fources, one 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.

            Some places available

   To see more of Rachel's work click here

     Or follow her on Facebook here


  Watercolour and Acrylic

              Landscape, Dance, Figurative, Equestrian

      June  3 - 10  2019         £690 - £720 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.

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

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 Williams 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.

       £690 - £720 Per Person             


Learn more about Stuart here               



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

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

   7 or 15 Nights    7 - 14 July and 15 - 22 July 2019

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).

    7 - 14 and 15 - 22 JULY 2019         £690 - £790/ 7 Nights      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 2018

Artist Pam Cox and fellow tutors Keith and Clare Benge will be here again in 2018 to share their combined skills with soft pastels and mixed media. A fantastic opportunity for lots of individual tuition for students with 3 experienced artists sharing their knowledge.

Pam's teaching style is relaxed and encouraging. Through demonstrations, experimental workshops with textures and effects obtained with colour, layering and mark making, Pam aims to develop confidence, skills and individuality in students of all levels. All presented and carried out with endless enthusiasm and humour making for a memorable holiday with lasting results which enables students to develop independently.

Pam was born into a family of artists. She is inspired by the beautiful landscapes of Devon and Cornwall which surround her and more recently by the undulating landscape of south west France. Light and mood play a large part in her paintings where she captures the splendour of the ever changing seasons. Pam paints her atmospheric landscapes continuously from her cottage in Devon and exhibits around the South West selling her work to buyers in the UK and abroad.

For more information click here

Or follow her on Facebook here



Keith, began a career in engineering design, producing  artists impressions of proposed structures to be presented to the Royal Society of Arts. He began painting regularly in both oil and pastel as a result of his association with Gregory and Janet Davies.

He has exhibited in London and abroad and together with his wife Claire, former teacher and co owner of the Mayfield Gallery in Sheffield, they present workshops on the techniques of pastel painting, experimenting with various media and textures including, watercolour, ink and guache.  Keith's architectural background shows in his expert use of perspective and composition. His subject matter varies, from landscape to café or street scene while Claire paints small intimate corners of the landscape exploring effects of colour and light.  

For more information click here


Course dates - 3rd - 10th September 2018  £620 - £720 per person         



Contemporary Portraiture, Figurative Paintings and landscapes.  6th - 13th July 2018

  Acrylic, Oil

A big welcome to Gregory Mason who will be sharing his knowledge and artistic skills at La Salle for this fantastic week. The Gers will be looking it's glorious best with the buzz of Summer and golden fields of Sunflowers surrounding us, some wonderful venues and restaurants to visit. What could be better!

Greg is an Honours Graduate of St Martin’s, London, and South West Academician. A professional artist and contemporary realist, Greg gained recognition on SKY Arts Portrait Artist of the Year in 2017, with his winning portrait of actor Trevor Eve - going on to paint BAFTA-winning actress Imelda Staunton.


As Professional Ambassador for Cass Art in the UK, he teaches a wide variety of classes designed to develop core painting skills and at Palettes de Gascogne he will deliver a special selection of these must-have techniques in a week-long workshop designed to take your painting to the next level.


Suitable for beginners and more experienced artists, Greg’s workshop will look at:


• ‘Starting with a blank canvas’ - understanding composition and drawing

• ‘Establishing tonal values’ – making a strong start

• ‘Colour layers’ – brushes, palette section and colour application 


Working predominantly in acrylic, but with the opportunity for using oil, classeswill combine practical demonstration and fully-tutored sessions with lots of one-to-one support.


Greg currently lives in Devon, UK and his practice resonates with classictraditions of figurative art (focussing on portraiture, figure studies and landscape), whilst retaining a modern approach that is both authentic to the subject matter and grounded in contemporary mark making. 


His work has been exhibited in the Wallace Collection, Mall Galleries in London and is held in private collections around the world. He was recently chosen by Saatchi Art as one of the key emerging artist in the UK, so this is an exciting opportunity to study with a real painting master in a beautiful, relaxed holiday setting.

For more information click here                                                                  

Or follow him on Facebook here 

Course dates - 6th - 13th July 2018 - 7 nights  £620 - £720

                                                                           FULLY BOOKED


SALLY SCOTT        MIXED MEDIA   Watercolour, guache, ink, soft pastel, charcoal and pencil drawing.

AUTUMN BEAUTY        13th - 20th SEPTEMBER 2018

We are delighted to welcome multi talented artist Sally Scott to our little corner of France at this beautiful time of year.

 Sally originally taught full time at Birmingham Art School for two years, then part time at Hornsey College of Art and Middlesex University for several years.

More recently she has taught several short courses in glass engraving at West Dean College.

Sally exhibits regularly at the Burnham Grapevine, Burnham Market, in Norfolk, and several mixed exhibitions.

A member of the Chelsea Art Society, she shows with them each year.

She also shows with lithographs annually in the Mini print International at Cadaques and Barcelona and Bages. She is a member of Richmond Printmakers, exhibiting regularly and also a member of the Art Workers Guild. Her studios are open annually for two weekends in October.

For more information on Sally click here 

Or follow her on Facebook here 

Course dates 13th - 20th September 2018  £620. - £720.       SOLD OUT

NICKI SAUNDERS         20 - 27th JUNE   2019 (places available)


                                                                     Including 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

                          7 nights   £690 - £720     Places available                                          

   Jane Smith         23 - 30th 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 

 £690-£720 / Person / 7 Nights