Welcome to Adam Cope Painting Holidays 2021

Because the world is more

beautiful when you paint

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Where would you like to paint?

In a medieval abbey?

A wine castle in the Dordogne?

Or, maybe,  an old stone farmhouse in the South of France? 

Our mission is Extraordinary art courses in Out-of-the-ordinary settings… And we have two decades of experience in running painting holidays.  As recommended by Time Out London and France Magazine.

We chose our venues with care so they suit your needs as an artist. You’ll discover a wealth of subject matter within easy walking distance, so you won’t be herded into a mini-bus. Here you can explore the sights & colours.  Relish an authentic experience of ‘La France Profonde.’ Find unspoiled landscapes off-the-beaten path.
But it’s not all hard work… Enjoy the relaxed holiday atmosphere & friendly hospitality whilst we take care of you.  And with a professional french chef, ‘la table est bonne’! So if you’re looking for a residential painting holiday, why not join in the fun with other like-minded painters?

Pourquoi pas?

NEW 2021 – a year’s subscription to Learn2Paint.fr included when you buy a painting holiday. We’ll also do a group Zoom meeting before the start dates so can ask any questions. etc or just say Hi to the other students & me.

 Choose your 2021 Painting Holiday Destination


Saint Avit Sénieur

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UNESCO world heritage site.
 A fortified medieval abbey set in an authentic, pretty French village in the unspoiled Dordogne.
The seventeenth century Presbytery is now a beautiful, spacious art studio. A ten day or twenty day course where you can develop your painting in a historic & holy setting. Competitive price. 

Le Château de Sanse

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Three Star Hotel listed in the Michelin Guide.
An old stone demeure in peaceful wine country near St. Emillion in the lower Dordogne.
Stunning views of rolling hills, vines, woods & fields. Now a comfortable friendly hotel with its elegant restaurant and inspired chef. Suitable for those seeking a high standard of French style, comfort & hospitality. We offer a cooking course for non-painting partners.







 Roussillon les Ocres

Four star quatre etoile meublé de Tourisme France
Four Star Villa in Provence
A character Provençal farmhouse nestled in the vines, cypresses & lavender fields.
Where film stars stay, including Liz Taylor & Leonard Cohen. Near ‘the ochre village’, the source of seductive colours from the South of France. Find out why the Mediterranean light has inspired artists since time immemorial…





When you paint…

You start seeing, your perception changes

& the world becomes more beautiful in your eyes.

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This painting course is for you, if you want to:

*   Learn how to paint in watercolour, oils, alkyds & acrylics. Paint ‘en plein air’ in the warm southern light. Or, if you want, try some studio painting, flowers or semi-abstract landscapes.
*   Take time for your own painting in this artists’ retreat. Recharge your creative batteries. Make your own personal discoveries. You can paint all day if you like!
*   Get feedback from a professional painter who is also a qualified teacher. Learn techniques. See demonstrations. Easy to understand tuition that ensures you make real progress. Opt in or opt out, as you like.
*   A warm welcome to all adults, all abilities and all levels. From absolute beginners to those looking for an advanced level painting course.
*   You learn best in a friendly, stimulating atmosphere. Sometimes there’s laughter; sometimes there’s the silence of deep concentration.
*   Meet people from all over the world (yes, it’s a real compliment that students travel so far to get to us). Painters have always sought friendly exchange with other painters. This gives you a golden opportunity to share this strange passion.


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



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  The Tutor : Adam Cope

B.A. hons; Further Education & Adults Teacher Cert; Foundation Dip. Art Therapy
Adam Cope paints in watercolour & oils. He has lived & painted in the Dordogne for over twenty years. Intimate with the local colours, the little secret corners & the stories that belong, he’ll share his insider knowledge with you. He enjoys the good life in the warm hearted South West of France.  A convivial teacher, Adam believes that painting holidays should be great fun. He also likes to listen to his students & help with their learning. When choosing a painting course, it’s important that you chose a teacher whose paintings you like.

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NEW 2021 : Online Courses with Adam Cope

Exercise 12 :
Paint your own Painting
using an
Analogous Pair


FREE with every 2021 holiday :


When you come on a painting holiday, you will be invited to meet the tutor online in a Zoom session with the rest of the enrolled group. This is designed to prep you for your painting course & answers your questions.


An introductory course to the material list for our painting holidays. So you will know exactly what to pack.



50 % DISCOUNT for follow-up online courses in the next 12 months. So you can continue your learning curve after your painting holiday.



« I gained a great deal of understanding about mixing and using colours, something that I have always struggled with and didn’t understand why. Adam went into great detail about how colours interact with each other and how that translates in your paintings. The colour wheel now makes sense to me and now I know how to use it. It is my ‘go to’ before I put paint to paper. The homework projects were interesting. Having to work within set parameters really underlined how colours work. » – Bridget, ‘Colour – Chapter One’

Online Painting Courses available at Learn2Paint.fr

* Colour : The Split-Primaries (What they are, how to mix with them & how to paint with them)

* Foundations of Drawing : A Non-Linear Line.

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