Painting Itinerary

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Cost: What's included 

1,600 euros per person (this is based on a solo traveller if you would like a quote for sharing with a friend please let us know) 

Included: All meals, accommodation in a double room with ensuite bathroom, painting materials and 5 days of art tuition. Transfers to the studio from the hotel and the excursions. 


What's not included:

Flights or travel to the hotel, insurance. Additional drinks or alcoholic beverages. 


Non painting partners: 

We are happy for non painting partners to come and stay with you at the accommodation this will be at an additional cost and quoted on request.


We can arrange airport pickups for you and an additional cost. The nearest airport's are an hour away. Biarritz or Pau. Nearest station Orthez. 

We are situated in a rural area with limited public transport. If you wish to we can recommend car hire places for you.

The Week 


Arrive at the Chateau d'Orion for a relaxing evening with a beautiful three course French meal. Decompress and meet the other members of the group. Learn more about the accommodation here.



8.45am -9.45 am

A continental breakfast awaits you. Transfer to the studio in Laás to start the day.

10 am- 12.30 pm 

We will start with a drawing lesson exploring proportions and planes of the human head. Exploring how to build up tone using one colour. 

Lunch - At our local French restaurant.

1.45pm-4.45 pm 
Working from photographic reference we will work on a small painting to understand the principals of oil painting. 
We will prepare the canvas and continue to develop the underpainting. 
Looking at how to see tonal ranges in a portrait we explore how to set up a work space and oil palette developing colour mixing and creating flesh tones. 

Students will learn to mix solutions for painting and how to use them. Getting ready for our next day of painting.

5pm- Transfer to the hotel

7pm- A three course meal for dinner.

Followed by your own relaxation time.



8.45am-9.45 am

A continental breakfast awaits you. 

9.45am -10am 

Transfer to the studio

10am -4.45pm 

Day of painting in the studio in Laás.

Kate will teach you the next steps to successfully create a portrait using layers to build up your piece. This will give you the confidence before we work with a life model.
Lunch 12.30-1.45pm

In a local restaurant 
5pm- Wine tasting in a near by village. We will explore the wines of the region. 
7.30pm- Dinner at the hotel 

Followed by your own relaxation time.



8.45-9.45 am

A continental breakfast awaits you. 

10am- 12.30pm

At the chateau we will work from a life model.

Students will stay at the chateau and work directly from the model. Developing colour studies of the subject, we will explore the narrative in portraiture. 
12.30pm-1.30 pm Picnic lunch 


Students continue to develop colour studies from the model. 
You will take a photo of the model and develop your own concept.
5pm Freetime 
7pm Dinner at the hotel 
9pm Drinks and an artist talk. Local artists will come and discuss their work with you. 



An early breakfast 
Visit to the morning market in Salies de Béarn. 
Taking a break from painting we will explore the thermal town and it's traditional French market. 
11.30am-12.30 pm 

Return to the studio.
Prepare your canvas for our final painting. 
12.30pm-1.45pm -Lunch in a local restaurant 
Sketching out your painting and underpainting.


Breakfast at the hotel 
9.45 am Transfer to the studio 
Continuing to work on our final painting we will begin to build up layers adding glazes. 

Students will develop their own art piece exploring the narrative in portraiture. 
12.30pm-1.45pm Lunch at a local restaurant.
We will discuss glazing and how to explore further techniques in your painting.
5pm transfer back to hotel 
7pm Night out in the medieval walled town of Nauverrenx for our final evening together. 


Breakfast and goodbyes.