Dates & Prices for St. Avit 2023

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.  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 2023

Ten day course, Thursday to Saturday : Early June 2023

This course is suitable for intermediate & advanced painters as well as confident beginners. Not Suitable for absolute beginners (the course at Château de Sanse or Roussillon is good for you).

Course times are 16hr first day & after breakfast last day. There’s also the option of arriving a few days early & staying in the village.


Average temperatures for early June are normally between 18 to 25°C ( 59 – 80°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. 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

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 2023

675 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 to Bergerac airport or Lalinde train station on start & finish days. Pick up on start day between 13h – 15h30 for course 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 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 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 (100€ extra per person, minimum three inscriptions, max 4 persons. Entrance to sies at your cost).  Or you can chose to stay at St. Avit for a day of untutored painting.