Still Life and Landscape Painting 

in Oils and Acrylics


Caroline Bays

Saturday 18th July - Saturday 25th July 2020

Still life & Landscape Painting

in oils & acrylics


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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A Typical Course Day

9 am                  Continental breakfast with

                           cereals, yogurts, eggs, bread,

                           croissants, chocolatine, fresh  

                           orange juice, coffee and tea

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

11.30 pm          Tea, coffee and biscuits


Around 1 pm   Lunch (salads, omelettes, 

                           pizzas, fruit)

2 pm                  Finish painting/Trip out/play                               tennis/relax by the pool/siesta                

7 pm                  Aperitifs

Around 8.00   3 course dinner (3 courses           

                           plant based/fish/free-range  


Price of the holiday


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

Shared room £75o per person (large room with single beds)

Single occupancy £895

Double room £750 per person (double bed)

Single occupancy of double room £895

Double ensuite room £775 per person (double bed/2 single beds)

Single occupancy of double room ensuite £975

Single room ensuite £895 

There is a complementary airport pick up at 16:30 on Saturday 18th July from BIARRITZ, and drop off at 14:30 to BIARRITZ on Saturday 25th July.

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.

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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 the 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 La 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.'