Welcome to ArtPhoto
Art Courses Photography Courses
in the beautiful Charente-Maritime, France

Short, exciting, fun, productive
Art Photography
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!

For Visitors

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.

For Residents

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! 

For Groups

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.

We are so confident you will enjoy your course and leave happy we offer a no-quibble
money back guarantee!

Full details in our Terms & Conditions

Course details

Learning easier and faster!


Creative, Skilled - or both!

Painting requires knowledge of the way paints interact with different papers, using different tools - before you have any chance of getting an image from your head to a finished work. Photography is, if anything even more confusing, full of crazy-looking numbers on every bit of a camera. How do you find an image to work with (creativity) and how on earth do you produce a result that please you (technique)? Clearly, you need both.


Quite apart from our environment we have plenty of ideas to inspire you to see new images in your mind's eye.- and show you new ways to think about your art.



Let us clear the fog and confusion. Learn technique and new skills as you learn to create your images.

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Gain skills & Ideas

Whatever level of experience you bring, you will leave with increased skills and new impetus to take your personal creative journey forward.



Watercolour, acrylic, oil, mixed media - all can be covered (though usually only one per person in two days!) Whether you have yet to pick up a paintbrush or have been painting for years, are looking for a new, hobby challenge or new style you will find the welcome friendly and helpful. Our indoor art studio is 50m2 in size and the grounds outside cover a hectare - crowding is not a problem! We have many varieties of papers, paints, brushes and other tools for you to try and a variety of easels you are welcome to use.



Beginner or expert - whether you have a simple 'point&shoot' camera or bag full of pro camera gear we all have something to learn - and we have something to teach. If you have never turned your camera out of "automatic" you will before you leave here! If you're a dedicated manual shooter you'll be challenged with subjects no manual mode will capture. We have a large range of camera gear - from the simplest to pro camera outfits that you can try yourself - as well as a number of image editing computer workstations and printers.



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".

food and drinks

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


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Your tutors

You couldn't get in better hands

Louise Perfect

Louise Perfect


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 Perfect

George Perfect


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

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Contact Us

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.

Chez Guiet
17130 Expiremont
France: 05 81 63 37 39
UK: 0191 543 8401
Intl: +33 5 81 63 37 39

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What Other People Say

Very best opinions

"A very atmospheric painting, evoking a feeling of mystery . Beautiful colours and range of tones subtly painted to give a sense of depth and perspective."
France Avenue 1
Sue Bolton
Art Teacher
Ghana schoolgirls
"Great photo George"
Thierry Butler
"Love the Hedgerow pictures Louise."

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