Poitou-Charentes has been a popular region for artists and art lovers for many years because of its rich architectural and cultural heritage and profusion of striking scenes. If you are looking to do something art or creativity-based as part of your holiday, there are many options open to you here in the area. Whether it be painting, sculpting or photography, we hope we have found the people and places to inspire you to realise and express your talents!
All year round, be inspired by the beauty of our region, from the clear, intense light and the startling blue sky, the colours of the architecture – honey coloured stone buildings with the soft Mediterranean pinks of the old roof tiles. The mix of rolling landscapes, woodlands, rivers and wildflowers. There is a wealth of subjects to capture the imagination.
For people who love to draw and paint, feel free to set up in our garden or courtyard. Take a trip out and seek inspiration in the many beautiful villages here, the fields of sunflowers or the beautiful, soft coloured buildings on the Il de Re and around the Region.
For those wanting something a little more structured, throughout the year there are varied English-speaking art courses being held near us, for example:
A 3 day course of Mosaic making, using a range of materials such as glass and ceramic tiles, millefiori and glass gem beads. A very comprehensive three days, with all tools and materials supplied. Also included is a two course lunch with aperitif, wine, tea and coffee. You take home a beautiful mosaic artwork made by yourself. The cost is €140 per day. This course is a 25 minute drive from here. All materials and tools are provided.
General Art Class
A general art class in oil painting and drawing. These classes are run on Mondays from 14.00 – 17.00, and are €15 a class. Life drawing and painting from a live model can be organised for groups of 5 or more, these classes are €20. Private lessons can be organised for a minimum of 2 hours at €25. These classes are a 20 minute drive from here. Materials and tools can be provided, but feel free to bring your own paints, etc.
Carving and Clay Modelling
A 3 day workshop in clay modelling, stone or wood carving, tailored for all skill levels, from just wanting to takie up the art of sculpting, to improving existing skills. The workshop is large with good light, there is also a courtyard for outdoor work. The clay course introduces you to tools and materials, then starting on your piece, finishing off, drying in the kiln.
The stone course teaches you how to handle the tools and the stone. Although the discipline cannot be mastered over 3 days, you will have produced a piece of carved stone to be proud of and the momentum to continue. The 3 days courses are €225 and refreshments are provided throughout. This course is an hours drive from here. All materials & tools provided although you can bring your own piece of stone if you wish.
Multi-medium art classes
Multi-medium art classes from half a day to a full week, watercolour, oils, acrylics and pastels. Geared towards the beginner through to someone looking to improve their skills. These are informal and friendly classes restricted to a maximum of 8 people. Half day classes take place on Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesday, morning and afternoon sessions, at €18 a class. One to one classes are on Thursdays and Fridays at either €45 for a half day or €80 for the full day. Lunch is inclusive for full day groups or one to one classes. These classes are a 30 minute drive from here. All materials are provided.
If you would like to enhance your gite holiday here with creative activities, please get in touch by completing the contact form below and we can provide you with additional information, prices for a particular course and hopefully provide you with some artistic inspiration!
Art Holiday Contact Form