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Art and Mixed Media Courses

(Group bookings only)

Artists or would-be artists will discover challenging and innovative ways to express themselves by traversing creative boundaries and exploring more experimental methods during our daily workshops.

We welcome mixed groups of beginners, those who want to re-awaken their artistic instincts or the advanced artist who may not require tuition, but who would like to develop their skills in one of the most magnificent and beautiful areas of France.

We will explore themes such as landscapes, villagescapes, still life and portrait sessions, carried out in your preferred medium.

Whether you are drawing, painting, or taking the more experimental mixed media route, you will develop your own ideas at your own pace with plenty of personal support and tuition, the aim being to encourage, stimulate and inspire in an informal atmosphere.

Art & Mixed Media Course

Course Tutor: Susan Keverne

Day Time Activity
Wed 4 pm onwards Arrival, tea and cakes. Settling in
7 pm onwards Aperitifs on the pool terrace. Welcome talk
8 pm Dinner at home
Thurs 8.00 am onward Breakfast
9.00 am Session One
Drawing: A process of observing and becoming familiar with the subject. We will use the beautiful and evocative countryside of Southern France as our starting point and explore perspective, composition and the effect of light and shadow
12.30 pm Lunch
Afternoon Free
4.30 pm Coffee/tea and cakes
6 pm In-house tasting of selected local wines
Evening Eating out at a restaurant
Fri 8.00 am onward Breakfast
9.00 am Session Two
Developing our work and introducing colour
Demonstrating the variety of media
1. Pastels, 2. Oil pastels, 3. Water colours, 4. Mixed media
12.30 pm Lunch
2 pm Guests’ free time.
5 pm Coffee/tea and cakes
7 pm Pre-dinner drinks
8 pm Dinner at home
Sat 8.00 am onward Breakfast
9.00 am Session Three
Developing our own technique with advice and help when needed
12.30 pm Lunch
Afternoon Free
3.30 pm Local wine-tasting outing to vineyard (optional)
4.30 pm Coffee/tea and cakes
7 pm Pre-dinner drinks
8 pm Finale Dinner at home
Sun 8.00 am onward Breakfast
9.30 am Final Session
Completion of Paintings and a chance to evaluate our own work and appreciate those of the other course members
12 noon Lunch
1.30 – 2.30 pm Departures


After a formal art education, Susan Keverne pursued her personal interests in Chinese art, fashion and textiles which led to jewellery-making, mosaic work, book illustration and numerous commissions for paintings, murals and greeting cards.

She has taught art in both the state and independent school sectors to students between the ages of 7 to 18 years fulfilling National Curriculum requirements.

Says Susan: ‘My approach to teaching art is relaxed, informal but constructive with individual and sensitive tuition encouraging development of style, skills and technique’.