One stunning location, many amazing artists

Artists with students who are interested in coming to Le Vieux Couvent should contact us by E-mail for further information.

May 5, 2025


May 15, 2025

Painting holidays with Fran Mittelstet and Carol Spohn 


Carol and Fran will be working with watercolor, mixed media and journalling  as  we lead you through projects incorporating the charm and beauty of this area of France

May 19, 2025


May 29, 2025

Painting holidays with Ruth Korch SOLD OUT (wait list available)


Ruth Korch is a professional artist, calligrapher, teacher and art coach.  She lives in a beach town on the California Coast with her golden doodle puppy, Jax.  While she enjoys many mediums, she especially loves the lively and sensitive expression that watercolor affords.  Additionally, Ruth feels that it is perfect for pairing with another of her loves – text & letterforms.  Art journaling has proved to be the ideal landing place for both these loves, as her stacks of completed journals prove. She takes great pleasure in incorporating hand lettering and calligraphy scripts in her journals and page layouts.

June 02, 2025


June 12, 2025

Painting holidays with David Smith 

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Join me for the experience of a lifetime as the Watercolor Journey takes us to the beautiful Dordogne region of southern France.

June 16, 2025


June 26, 2025

Painting holidays with Jessica Henry




Jessica Henry’s Oil Painting plein air workshop courses are aimed at simplifying the complex. With 25 years of experience teaching thousands of students personally and online, Jessica has developed a system of approaching plein air painting that takes the intimidation out of this most adventurous and exciting of painting disciplines. At her Le Vieux Couvent workshop, she will focus on three essential topics; values, composition and efficiency. The insights she will present have also been captured in a printed workbook, which will be given to each participant. And with her engaging personality, Jessica keeps the course fun while inspiring each participant to “own” their personal journey as a Plein Air Artist!

July 01, 2025


July 11, 2025

Painting holiday with Ming Franz FULL (waiting list available)




Embark on a unique artistic journey with Ming at the picturesque Le Vieux Couvent in southwest France, a rare opportunity to learn from her rich expertise and experience.

Le Vieux art workshops are intimate, unique, and informed by their decades-long experience in the region and art workshop organization. If you want a painting holiday with a difference, then Le Vieux is waiting for you.

July 15, 2025


July 25, 2025





Please contact Le Vieux Couvent for more information

September 01, 2025


September 11, 2025

Painting holidays with Kathie George


This is a Mixed-Media workshop, and I will demo in watercolour and/or acrylic with occasional dabbling into collage and texture. We’ll work both on location and in the studio. Advanced painters or the adventurous will be able to wander through the villages to find your own painting location and work at your own pace.

September 15, 2025


September 25, 2025

Painting holidays with Sue Primeau and Nancy Olker


Join Sue Primeau, art instructor and Nancy Olker, master certified pilates instructor in a fun-filled, wonderfully relaxing painting excursion in the breath-taking and historically rich Dordogne region of France.

We will be staying in a beautifully restored convent, complete with a studio set up for all our creative needs. Daily we will visit nearby villages, towns, historic sites and the French country side.

September 29, 2025


October 09, 2025

Painting holidays with Karin Richter


Karin Richter, German-born Canadian artist is a veteran leader of painting holidays in Canada and Europe, on land and at sea. She is proficient in all mediums and enjoys mentoring artists to develop their own unique voice. For this special time in France, participants are encouraged to work in any medium.

October 13, 2025


October 23, 2025

Painting holidays with Sandy Maudlin


Returning to Le Vieux for the 10th time, Sandy invites you to imagine this – being total immersed in CREATING ART for 10 glorious days in the southern France countryside. You’ll be so inspired as you create your own, one-of-a-kind artwork in our studio in this tranquil paradise. Sandy will guide you with ways to improve the composition of each painting you do, offering daily demos and helpful instruction. Any watermedia may be used in this creativity focused workshop, and both experienced artists as well as beginners are welcome. Sandy is an award winning, Watermedia artist who has taught art classes and workshops for over 30 years and holds a degree from Indiana University in Art Education. She is passionate about painting as well as teaching others what she has learned along the way. Please join her October for an inspiring painting retreat.

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