Dates & Prices for St. Avit 2024

st Avit Seniuer Dordogne arts workshop
vignette st avit abbey france

St Avit is an authentic & historic place to paint. Best of the Dordogne, this is a chance to experience friendly french village life. There is a dream studio for you. This course is for the semi-autonomous. You stay in a B&B with evening meals provided. You choose what you wish for lunch : the ‘menu-du-jour’ in the bistro, or dine out in the nice restaurant in the village or self-cater. 

Dates 2024

Tuesday 27 May to Thursday 6 June 2024 (open for reservations October 2023). Nine nights.

Course times: 16hr first day – About 10hr30, after breakfast, last day (transfer times here).


Average temperatures for early June are normally between 18 to 28°C.  Expect a few days or afternoons painting in the studio. The light is bright. Dusk falls after dinner.


Adam Cope – BA (hons) ; Further Education & Adults Education Cert; Foundation Diploma Art Therapy

watercolour, aquarelle, st avit abbey,architecture perigordienne, unesco world heritage site, adam cope, dorgne watercoloure
‘La Transmission – Abbaye Saint Avit, Apse Sud.’ Aquarelle. 56 cm x 47 cm

Prices 2024

750 euros Painting Course Fee

What is included in the painting course fee:
* 10 day painting course with Adam Cope, one day of which is free time untutored where you can either paint in the studio or go out for the day.
* Max 10 students.
* UNESCO world heritage site, set in an authentic friendly rural french village.
* Spacious art studio in a historic building. Unlimited use.
* Tea bar in the Studio
* Free ebook guide to materials & plein-air painting written by Adam. Online course for introduction to painting workshop.
* Painting furniture (easels, boards, sun umbrellas, stools, etc) & solvents, rags, pots, etc.
* Sketching in a colourful local market.
* Transfers Lalinde train station on start & finish days. Pick up on start day 14:15 Lalinde for course start-time at 16hr. Drop off last day Lalinde 11h49.
* Easy to get to! Bergerac airport.  See our travel page

What is not included in the painting course fee:

* Your travel. See our travel page.

* Your Food & Drinks.
* Your Accommodation.
* Your painting materials (except solvents, rags, boards & painting furniture which are supplied so you can travel lite).
* Possibility of renting a set of alkyd paints so that you can travel light. 45€ normal usage. Just bring your own brushes, canvas/canvas paper & drawing equipment.
* An optional day trip out to visit a prehistoric painted cave (with an in-depth presentation to prehistory)  & sight-seeing in the Vézère valley (100€ per person, minimum three inscriptions, max 4 persons. Entrance to sites at your cost).  Or you can chose to stay at St. Avit for a day of untutored painting.