Welcome to Adam Cope Painting Holidays

Extraordinary art courses in out-of-the-ordinary settings  …  Paint in historic chateaux, medieval abbeys & pretty french villages in the Dordogne, south west France. Established 1997. As recommended by Time Out London and France Magazine.

These residential painting workshops will inspire you with a wealth of great subject matter to paint & explore. Come & enjoy an authentic taste of ‘La France Profonde.’ No need to get into a mini bus to find something good to paint.  Relax & enjoy hospitality in a friendly holiday atmosphere. And with a professional french chef, ‘la table est bonne!’ So, if you’re thinking of a painting holiday, why not be inspired by these beautiful places to paint? …. Pourquoi pas…



Saint Avit Sénieur

A fortified medieval abbey which is a UNESCO world heritage site & its presbytery, now an art studio in an authentic, pretty french village. A ten day course where you can really develop your painting in a spacious studio & inspiring setting.
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Le Château de Sanse

An old stone demeure in peaceful wine country near St Emillion. Now a comfortable three star hotel with an inspired chef. We also offer a cooking course for non-painting partners.


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Le Domaine de Fumel

A charming hamlet of old stone cottages now character three star gites. Set in the vines, with views over the southern Dordogne, a quiet & luxurious place with lots to discover.


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Painting Courses in Watercolour, Oils, Alkyds & Acrylics

Come & paint ‘en plein air’ in the fresh air & warm southern light. Or maybe try some studio painting, flowers & semi-abstract landscapes. Paint all day long, stimulate your creativity & make your own personal creative discoveries. You will learn techniques & paint ‘en plein-air’ in the unspoilt landscapes of south west France. Opt in or opt out, as you like, cool. Easy to understand tuition that ensures you make real progress.  The course welcomes all ages, all levels and all abilities.  A warm welcome to painters of all levels of experience, from absolute beginners to those looking for an advanced level painting course.

Starting to paint, I felt gloriously free, quiet, and matisse vignettealone – Henri Matisse

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‘A Perfect Beauty’ Watercolour by Adam Cope


The Tutor : Adam Cope

B.A. hons; Further Education & Adults Teacher Cert; Foundation Dip. Art Therapy
Adam Cope paints in watercolour & oils. He is based in the Dordogne & has painted the area for many years. He knows intimately the light, the local colours, the secret little corners of the landscape & the stories that belong to the region. He is a convivial teacher, who likes to listen to his students. He enjoys the creative exchange & sharing his passion for the visual arts.
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What these unique Painting Holidays offer

    •    eight or ten day painting courses
    •    For all levels – from beginners to advanced
    •   A qualified, experienced teacher
    •    Watercolour, oil, alkyds, acrylic, drawing
    •    Equipped studio so you can travel lite
    •    Small groups
    •    Inspiring historic settings
    •    Unspoilt countryside to paint ‘en plein-air’ in the south west France
    •    At St Avit, visit to a Prehistoric Painted Cave
    •    French Cuisine & the beautiful wines from South West France
    •    Charming accommodation
    • At Sanse, a cooking course for non-painting partners

“…Thank you for finding such a gorgeous place for painting. The south of France is close to heaven. “- Kay, USA

“Easy to understand tuition that ensured that we made real progress.” – Sandy, UK

“It was a great experience and I will never forget the week we shared together. Painters are interesting people and a pleasure to be with! I hope to see you again some day.” – Manfred, Canada

“Hi Adam
At last Im getting around to say thank you so much for a wonderful week at Bedeur. I really enjoyed every element of the course and learned so much from yourself and also our fellow artists. The setting, the teaching, the weather, the food and the company was first class. You have developed a great course with all the right accessories which add to the experience. You are a good teacher Adam and that is so important.
Give my regards to Sue and Eric. Really enjoyed meeting both of them. Best wishes to you and all involved for the future. Keep the course intimate as I think it works so well. We had a great diverse group and such good conversations. I promise I’ll recommend the course in Ireland. Cheers and best wishes.”  – Marie, Ireland

testimonial faceIt was a great experience and I will never forget the week we shared together. Painters are interesting people and a pleasure to be with! I hope to see you again some day. – Manfred, Canada