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Landscape Painting 

in Oils and Acrylics


Caroline Bays

Monday 3rd July - Monday 10th July 2023


We are delighted to welcome Caroline back for the fourth year, to lead this unique course. You will have the opportunity of painting the beautiful French landscape on location and in the grounds of the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of Maison du Guit. This will be an exceptionally inspiring experience; Caroline, a talented artist and teacher, has designed the course to support individual interests and abilities.

The course is suitable for students of all levels and will include demonstrations by the tutor, advice on drawing & painting techniques; designing your composition; colour mixing for landscape & still life and creating recession and depth in a painting.

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 Typical day








Around 1pm



Around 8pm


Continental breakfast with cereals, yogurts, eggs, bread, croissants, chocolatines, fresh orange juice, coffee and black or herbal tea

Studio session/en plein air session at Maison du Guit, or on location in a local village

Tea, coffee, biscuits and fruit

Lunch: salads, omlettes, pizza etc

Finish painting/trip out/play tennis, table tennis or croquet/relax by the pool/siesta!


3 course dinner: plant-based/fish/free range meat

served with local wine

Price of the holiday


7 nights, full board (except for one evening when the group will pay for their own meal at a local restaurant) and 5 days of tuition in a:

Shared room (large room with 4 single beds)

£800 per person

Single occupancy £995

Double room (double bed) £850 per person

Single occupancy £995

Double ensuite room  £950 per person (double bed/2 single beds)

Single occupancy £1 100 

Small single room ensuite single bed/bunk beds) £995

Large double ensuite room (double bed + one single) £995 per person

Single occupancy £1 200

Travel arrangements


There is a complementary airport pick up and drop off for this course:

Ryanair flight number 522 on Monday 3rd July, leaving Stansted at 12:45, arriving at Lourdes-Tarbes at 15:40.

Ryanair flight number 523 on Monday 10th July, leaving Lourdes-Tarbes at 16:10 arriving at Stansted at 17:05.


We are also able to arrange a pick up/drop off at Mont de Marsan SNCF station.

Wednesday 3rd July for train arriving at 12:14

Wednesday 10th July for train leaving at 10:46

Caroline has studied both painting and graphic design and she has a Bachelor of Art in painting and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Caroline brings a fresh eye to the various subjects she undertakes, including portraits, landscapes and still life painting, which she elevates on to a new plane. Her work is distinguished by a calm meditative quality, and although echoing the work of 20th century painters as diverse as Euan Uglow and Mary Fedden, it is entirely her own, hard won in form and detail.

Caroline was awarded the ‘Conté à Paris’ Award in 2011 and regularly exhibits with The Royal Society of Portrait Painter. She is a member of the ‘Pastel Society’ and has been shortlisted for the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize, The Hunting Prize and The Discerning Eye.

Caroline shows her work in galleries in London and the provinces, and has her work in private collections in Europe. She is taking part in the Pastel Society exhibition at the Mall Galleries from 17th until 27th February 2022.

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'I booked this course in oil and acrylic with some trepidation as I was a complete novice having painted only using watercolour.  I was eased into acrylic and found the experience very enjoyable.


The other members of the course and Caroline Bays, the tutor, were most encouraging and I felt I learned a lot about the technique of using a new medium.  The charm of the countryside surrounded by vineyards, the lively delicious dinners enjoyed with the local wine, not to mention the delightful accommodation at Maison du Guit all added to the pleasure of the week. 


Claire and Martin couldn't do enough to ensure that everything ran smoothly to make the course a really good fun learning holiday, which I hope to repeat.'

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