Portrait and Landscape Painting
in Oils and Acrylics
Caroline Bays and Antony Williams
28th August - 4th September 2024
We are delighted to welcome Caroline Bays and Antony Williams RP back to Maison du Guit for their fifth year, to lead this unique course. You will have the opportunity of painting portraits and 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 is a talented artist and teacher, and
Antony is one of the UK’s well-known portrait artists and has painted members of the royal family, politicians, international sportsmen and actors.
Their course is suitable for students of all levels and will include demonstrations by the tutors, advice on drawing & painting techniques; designing your composition; colour mixing for landscape & still life and creating recession and depth in a painting.
This exciting course at Maison du Guit offers a rare opportunity to work side by side with leading artists, and it will include painting landscapes, figures in a landscape as well as portraits in the studio using a model. Caroline and Antony’s laid back, inclusive and informal approach guarantees an insightful and stimulating week discovering new methods of creative expression.
Caroline has studied both painting and graphic design and she has a Bachelor of Art in painting and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She 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.
Brian Sinfield Gallery - Winter Exhibition
Pastel Society exhibition at the Mall Galleries
24th January - 10th February 2024.
Russell Gallery - Summer Exhibition
June - September 2024
Antony is one of the UK’s best-known portrait artists and has painted members of the royal family, politicians, international sportsmen and actors. He painted Queen Elizabeth II in 1996
Antony, who was elected to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1996, exhibits his work in the UK and in Europe.
Leandro Navarro Gallery
Amor de Dios, 1 · 28014 · Madrid, Spain
Typical Course Day
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
'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.'
Price of the holiday includes:
All meals, except for one night when the group goes out for a restaurant meal.
Large room with 4 single beds
Single occupancy of this room is £1 075.
Please note: shared occupancy rate of £950 per person is only applicable
if the room is shared by 2 or more people
Double room (double bed) £950 per person
Single occupancy £1 075
Small single room ensuite single bed/bunk beds) £1 075
Double ensuite room £1 075 per person (double bed/2 single beds)
Single occupancy £1 275
Large double ensuite room (double bed + one single) £1 075 per person
Single occupancy £1 275
Other accommodation : depending on the course size we also use large double rooms in neighbouring houses/gîtes, in the village.
Non-course participating partners are very welcome - they will receive a 15% discount on the full price.
There will be a small supplement (dependent on numbers) for airport pick up and drop off.
If you would like any further information about the courses please contact us on
07850 438732 (Claire)
07802 481068 (Martin)
You can secure a place on one of our courses by phoning or emailing us to check if places are available.
We will send you a booking form to complete, sign and send back to us.
There is a non-returnable deposit of £300 to confirm your booking.
We can only accept payments by bank transfer.
Maison du Guit reserves the right, should the situation arise, to cancel or alter any workshop and to offer alternative dates or refunds.
We cannot accept responsibility for any aspect of your holiday arrangements affected by matters over which we have no control. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. Deposits are non-refundable.
The following scale of refunds (for the full fee) applies:
Up to 4 weeks before departure 30% refund.
Up to 1 week before departure 10% refund.
You must have travel insurance covering you for accidents, medical expenses and cancellations etc.
You also need to have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance Card (UK GHIC) to recover any medical expenses.
There is a complementary airport pick up and drop off for this course:
Ryanair flight number 522 on Wednesday 28th August 2024, leaving Stansted at 12:35 arriving at Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées at 15:30.
Ryanair flight number 523 on Wednesday 4th September 2024, leaving Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées at 16:15 arriving at Stansted at 17:10
We are also able to arrange a pick up/drop off at Mont de Marsan SNCF station.
Wednesday 28th August 2024 for train arriving at 12:14
Wednesday 4th September 2024 for train leaving at 10:46