Welcome to ArtPhoto
in the beautiful Charente-Maritime, France
Short, exciting, fun, productive
courses in beautiful SW France
Our courses aim to teach you more in 2 days than you might learn in a week-long residential course. How? Because each course has no more than six attendees assuring you of plenty of personalised attention. Beginner or experienced at your craft, courses are individually tailored to your needs and expectations.
Unlike other courses we don’t spend half the day travelling to “scenic spots” to provide your inspiration. We have plenty of inspiration (ideas!) in our heads and our base is surrounded by scenic beauty. And your tutors are very experienced!
Combine attendance on one of our courses with a holiday in this most beautiful part of France. After a couple of days you will have the rest of your holiday to practice your new skills – and can look forward to showing friends and family your results when you get home.
Residents from across SW France and beyond can find accommodation suggestions on our Places to Stay page. Make your course attendance part of a short break or longer stay – the choice is yours!
We offer discounts to small groups – perhaps members of an art or photographic club – and we are happy to tailor course content to your interests and skills. Contact us to discuss your requirements or check availability and guarantee your slot on our Course Calendar.
Learning easier and faster!
We are based in the heart of beautiful French countryside in a 100 year old former Cognac producer's house, surrounded by vineyards and fields full of sunflowers, wheat and poppies. The air above us is full of migratory birds and the eagles, hawks, owls and smaller birds that live here year round. Deer, hare and other wildlife run through our garden and local woods. Our garden has a large variety of colourful trees, flowers and interesting objects.
Courses run throughout the summer months (April to September). Come around June~July and meet the owls!
Our premises are fully accessible
with flat, wheelchair access from the parking area, accessible toilet and wheelchair access throughout the ground floor. Please contact us to discuss your access needs before you book - we're here to help .
Courses are conducted in English - sometimes "Franglais" - Les cours sont donnés en anglais - parfois en "franglais".
Keeping you fuelled
Soft drinks and snacks are available throughout both days and a light lunch prepared from local ingredients is provided each day - all included in the course fee.
Most of the main images on this site were produced right here!
All were produced by your tutors
You couldn't get in better hands
Louise is a highly regarded, exhibited artist who has been painting and sketching for over 50 years. See some of her work at her website LouiseArt
George has been taking photos since the age of seven. His work has been published, appears in books and magazines and has won awards. See some of his work at his website George Perfect Photography
We are always happy to answer enquiries or messages. Us the adjacent contact form, phone (we maintain contact numbers in France and the UK) or write us and we will respond as soon as possible – usually the same day, sometimes 2~3 days.