Dates & Prices for St. Avit 2020

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 great studio for you. The first course is for beginners & is seven nights/eight days, where we look at the basics. The second course is for intermediate & adavnced painters, and is a ten day painting course.  Competitive price. This course is for the semi-autonomous who can prepare their own breakfast & decide whether they wish to self-cater or enjoy the ‘menu-du-jour’ in the bistro together convivially with fellow students or dine out in the nice restaurant in the village.  If you would like a holiday with all meals provided, why not take a look at our other venues  Le Château de Sanse or Roussillon les Ocres.

Dates 2020

Saturday 22 May – Monday 25 May 2020  :  This 8 day/7 nights course  is suitable for both beginners as well as intermediate and advanced. Suitable for absolute beginners.

Wednesday 3 June to Saturday 13 June 2020 :  This 10 day/9 nights course is for intermediate and advanced. Good for confident beginners. Not suitable for absolute beginners.

Course times are 16hr first day & after breakfast last day. There’s also the option of doing both courses with a break of a few days in-between.


Average temperatures for May are normally between 15 to 23°C ( 59 – 72°F), agreeable to those who don’t like heat. It soon warms up in the strong southern sun.  Expect a few days painting in the studio. May is late spring, bright southern light, flowers, blossom & lengthening days.

Average temperatures for June are 24°C (75°F) with a good chance of sunny days. June is early summer, high grass, wild flowers & the return of the swallows. The light is bright & the dusk falls after dinner.


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

oil painting of path in woods autumn colours semi abstract

‘Path in the Woods’ oil. 25x23cm

Prices 2020

The price for this workshop is suitable for those on a budget, who wish to have a long painting course.

You pay the course fees separately from the accommodation & cuisine. So the total price is made up from these:

  * 650€ for the 10 Days Painting Course, unlimited use of the studio & transfers. Payable directly to Adam Cope. Online payment with credit card or bank transfer. 
 * 235€ for 9 Nights Accommodation. In a three star gite. No single person supplement. Payable directly to the gite owner. Couples can rent a private gite for themselves.
  * Count about 215€ for self-catering & the other meals taken together in the Bistro (@ about 13€ for the ‘menu-du-jour’).

TOTAL = 1100 euros

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.
* Painting furniture (easels, boards, sun umbrellas, stools, etc) & solvents, rags, pots, etc.
* Sketching in a colourful local market.
* Transfers to Bergerac airport or Lalinde train station on start & finish days. Pick up on start day before 15h30 fo rcourse start time at 16hr.
* 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 painting materials (except solvents, rags, boards & painting furniture which are supplied so you can travel lite).
* Possibility of renting a set of acrylics, alkyds or oil paints so that you can travel light. 35€ 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 (50€ extra per person, minimum three inscriptions, max six. Entrance to prehistoric cave @10€).  Or you can chose to stay at St. Avit for a day of untutored painting.
* Your Food & Drinks.
* Your Accommodation.