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, 2023


May 11, 2023

Painting holidays with Rita Carpenter and Kathy Strouss 


Come Enjoy southwestern France (with a Paris add on)with us!

May 15, 2023


May 25, 2023

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 29, 2023


June 08, 2023

Painting holidays with Rae Andrews  FULL (waitlist only)

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Walk on the Wild Side  in Southwest France with Rae  Andrews. Watercolor.

June 12, 2023


June 22, 2023

Fresh and exciting watercolors with David R. Smith Full (wait list) 

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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 27, 2023


July 07, 2023

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 11, 2023


July 21, 2023

Painting holidays with Jeniffer Hutchins (Full wait list)




Join artist Jeniffer Hutchins for a 10-day retreat to stimulate your senses and nourish your creative Spirit. Step away from routine as you explore the beautiful Lot region of Southwestern France through the eyes of your inner artist. Take in the sights of rural towns and historic villages; indulge your taste buds with regional food; train your ear to the French language and moments of silent meditation; find rest among the freshly scented gardens. Capture it all in the smooth flow of your favorite art media during regional excursions and in-studio experiences. With over 20 years of experience as an artist and art workshop facilitator, Jeniffer offers gentle guidance that will help you loosen up, find your focus, and express your unique voice. Beginners and advanced artists welcome.

September 04, 2023


September 14, 2023

Painting holidays with Jeanne Salucci and Christine Clark.  Full, waitlist only 




Come to beautiful France and explore and paint with NY artist and teacher, Jeanne Salucci, known for her relaxing and friendly workshops. You will be good hands as this is the fourth workshop for both of them at glorious Le Vieux Couvent. Jeanne will show you how to see gorgeous France “through the eyes” of an artist while guiding you in the enjoyable technique of painting outdoors en Plein Air in watercolor.

Join Christine for this incredible experience. This is my 3rd time to Le Vieux Couvent I have loved every minute and I know previous students have too. The opportunity to go again is very exciting. This, like my other painting holidays, will be fun, relaxing and friendly workshop retreat, perfect for all artists whether you are a Novice or a Master. We will paint, sketch, shop and have a great balance ofexcursions, en plein air and studio time, while I guide you with your own

September 18, 2023


September 28, 2023

Painting holiday with Ruth Korch FULL (waitlist only)


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.

October 2, 2023


October 12, 2023

Painting holiday with Karin Richter.

Full, waitlist only 


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 17, 2023


October 27, 2023

Painting holiday with Sandy Maudlin


Returning to Le Vieux for the 8th 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 medium is welcome 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 in October for an inspiring painting retreat.

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Le Vieux Couvent Frayssinet 46310 FRANCE,  Email: