About us

Overview:

There is a magical atmosphere at En Olivier – the panoramic views of the rolling landscape surround this 17th century farmhouse with the Pyrenees and Montagne Noir mountains in the distance, these views do not fail to inspire. Courses are designed for both beginners and more experienced painters. There is always something to learn from the creative process.

During the courses we visit the local market which is large and colourful, lots to buy and lots to paint. We also organise trips to the Toulouse Lautrec Museum in Albi and the Bemberg Collection in Toulouse when requested. In the evenings we have a discussion in the studio and review the work and at times watch a documentary on a variety of artists at which the tutor will also give a talk.

There is plenty for the non-painting partners or friends – the house is within half an hour from TOULOUSE, CASTRES and the market towns of REVEL and LAVAUR and within an hour from LAUTREC, GAILLAC, ALBI, CORDES, CARCASSONNE.

There is plenty of WALKING in the immediate area and in the mountains. There are three GOLF COURSES within half an hour and TENNIS and RIDING nearby. We have a HEATED SWIMMING POOL and plenty of places for everyone to paint/read/sleep/sunbathe without disturbance and even indulge in a MASSAGE with our local masseuse and not forgetting the delicious gourmet French cooking provided by our local chef Yannick Hervouet.
Prices include all food, drinks, alcoholic or otherwise, tuition and use of art materials. There is much to paint from the extensive gardens and grounds of the house and the car is there for those who wish to go further afield.


Accommodation /Facilities

All bedrooms are en-suite with a shower and/or bath and of a very high standard. Prices vary according to luxury or standard rooms and participants on the course sharing or taking single occupancy or sharing with a non-painting guest.

There is plenty for the non-painting partners or friends – the house is within half an hour from TOULOUSE, CASTRES and the market towns of REVEL and LAVAUR and within an hour from LAUTREC, GAILLAC, ALBI, CORDES, CARCASSONNE.

There is plenty of WALKING in the immediate area and in the mountains. There are three GOLF COURSES within half an hour and TENNIS and RIDING nearby. We have a SWIMMING POOL and plenty of places for everyone to paint/read/sleep/sunbathe without disturbance and even indulge in a MASSAGE with our local masseuse and not forgetting the delicious gourmet French cooking.


Example of Course Program:

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There is a large studio at En Olivier. Easels and a comprehensive supply of equipment and materials (courses only) are available, all free of charge.

The course program runs as follows:
overvi38.30am Breakfast
9.30am Morning painting session often starting with some warm up exercises or a demonstration with the tutor.
11.00am Refreshments
1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch and siesta
2.00pm  Afternoon painting session
4.30pm  Tea
7.30pm  Meet for drinks and tapas.
8.00pm Dinner
Occasionally we will show a film either before or after dinner followed by some discussion
One evening during the holiday we have dinner out at a local restaurant.
Saturday we visit the local market, ideal sketchbook subjects.