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Portrait and Landscape Painting 

in Oils and Acrylics


Caroline Bays and Antony Williams

28th August - 4th September 2024

This unique course offers the opportunity of painting the figure and the beautiful French landscape on location, and in the grounds of Maison du Guit.


Caroline will be teaching landscape; she will start by explaining how to create recession with scale, colour and perspective, using a limited palette.


We will also look at compositional themes for landscape and practice using various painting techniques. There will be demonstrations and advice given by the tutor on the craft of oil and acrylic painting.


Antony will be teaching painting the figure in the landscape. There will be an emphasis on composition and how the figure relates to the landscape. We will also be looking at how to tackle the challenge of capturing the figure in different lighting effects.





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 

2nd December 2023 - 3rd February 2024

Pastel Society exhibition at the Mall Galleries

24th January - 10th February 2024.

Russell Gallery - Summer Exhibition 

June - September 2024

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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








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

'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 accommodation.

All tuition.

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

4 bed chambre d'hôte

Double room (double bed) £950 per person

Single occupancy £1 075

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Small single room ensuite single bed/bunk beds) £1 075 

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Double ensuite room  £1 075 per person (double bed/2 single beds)

Single occupancy £1 275

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Large double ensuite room (double bed + one single) £1 075 per person

Single occupancy £1 275

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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.

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Booking procedure


If you would like any further information about the courses please contact us at


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.

Travel arrangements




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

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