Still Life and Landscape Painting 

in Oils and Acrylics


Caroline Bays

Friday 8th July - Friday 15th July 2022


We are delighted to welcome Caroline back for the third year, to lead this unique course. You will have the opportunity of painting a still life in the studio, or 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 £775 per person (large room with single beds)

Single occupancy £920

Double room £775 per person (double bed)

Single occupancy of double room £920

Double ensuite room £800 per person (double bed/2 single beds)

Single occupancy of double room ensuite

£1 000 

Small Single room ensuite £895

of the holiday


Travel arrangements


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

Ryanair flight number 522 on Friday 8th July, leaving Stansted at 14:10, arriving at Lourdes-Tarbes at 17:00.

Ryanair flight number 523 on Friday 15th July,

leaving Lourdes-Tarbes at 17:30 arriving at Stansted at 18:20.


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

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.'