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 16, 2022


May 26, 2022

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 30, 2022


June 9, 2022

Fresh and exciting watercolors with David R. 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 13, 2022


June 23, 2022

A French Dream Painting Holiday 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.

June 27, 2022


July 07, 2022

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 12, 2022


July 22, 2022

Painting holiday with Sandy Maudlin


Returning to Le Vieux for the sixth 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 summer for an inspiring painting retreat.

August 22, 2022


September 01, 2022

Watercolor Sketching with Leslie Fehling


Leslie Fehling is a watercolor artist, teacher, blogger, and enthusiastic sketchbook journaler who enjoys sharing her love of travel with sketchers from around the globe. Her 10-day workshop at Le Vieux Couvent promises to be the perfect blend of painting, exploring, relaxing, and making memories. Immerse yourself in art for ten fun-filled days and create your own illustrated watercolor travel journal that captures the experience of visiting the Dordogne region as no photograph can. Leslie’s in-depth instruction and encouraging teaching style guarantee that, no matter what your experience or skill level, you will learn and grow as an artist during your time in this special place.

September 06, 2022


September 16, 2022

Painting holiday with Jeanne Salucci and Rita Carpenter


Come to beautiful France and explore and paint with NY artist and teacher, Jeanne Salucci, known for her relaxing and friendly workshops, and Rita Carpenter, a fun loving artist and teacher from Wisconsin.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. Rita will teach you the spontaneous art of watercolor journaling.

September 20, 2022


September 30, 2022

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.

October 5, 2022


October 15, 2022

Painting holiday with Karin Richter

Come spend 11 fabulous days in this enchanting place to renew your batteries! Le Vieux Couvent is the ideal place to relax in the company of other art-minded people. Here you’ll find your muse as you sketch and paint your surroundings without distractions. Your days will be filled with excursions to neighbouring towns and countryside, time to sketch and paint on location or in Le Vieux Couvent’s studio. Accommodations are comfortable and the food is something to look forward to after an artful and inspiring day!

October 19 , 2022


October 29 , 2022

Painting holiday with Ginnie Cappaert

Ginnie Cappaert has traveled extensively and her paintings have always been inspired by her surroundings. Join her for a 10-day workshop at Le Vieux Couvent and enjoy a fun filled vacation combined with a painting experience in the Dordogne, Southwest region of France.
Ginnie will work in oil and cold wax and share her techniques with this medium to beginner and intermediate students, but students are encouraged to bring any medium of their choice. The workshop will include daily demo’s, group discussions and exercises, lots of one-on-one and studio time, fabulous food and time to relax and explore the French countryside and neighboring villages.

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+33 565 245 013

Le Vieux Couvent Frayssinet 46310 FRANCE,  Email: