Dates & Prices for St. Avit 2019

vignette st avit abbey france

This ten day painting course gives you an extra two days at a competitive price. It’s an inspiring place to paint, a great studio & a chance to experience friendly french village life.  It 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 2019

Saturday 18 May – Monday 27 May 2019  :  This week is suitable for both beginners as well as intermediate and advanced. Suitable for absolute beginners.

Thursday 30 May – Saturday 8 June 2019 :  This week is for intermediate and advanced. Good for confident beginners. Not suitable for absolute beginners.

Course times are 16hr first day & after breakfast last day.


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 2019

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:

  * 585€ 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. 50 euros last minute reduction
 * Between 140€ to 250€ for 9 Nights Accommodation. Price depends on whether it’s a two or a three star gite. No single person supplement. Payable directly to the various gite owners.
  * About 220€ for self-catering & the other meals taken together in the Bistro (@ about 16€ for the ‘menu-du-jour’).

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.