Art in the Occitanie

Painting and Printmaking in the Occitanie Landscape

My friend, artist Rebecca Holtom and I invite you to join us on a week long residential art workshop and culinary experience in the South of France. 

Drawing at the pont du diable Art in the Occitanie workshop drawing outside

 

Based in and around two neighbouring villages in the Occitanie region of SW France; Arboras where Kate and Rebecca became friends as children in the 1970s and where Kate has a house and studio still. And Montpeyroux (3km down the hill) where Rebecca has lived permanently since the 1990s.

During the weeklong workshop we spend the mornings out in the local landscape sketching, drawing and painting; the afternoons we head into the studio to learn different printmaking techniques. Using our morning sketches as inspiration to learn monoprint, linocut and drypoint etching techniques.

LEARNING DRYPOINT ETCHING ART IN THE OCCITANIELinocut studio South of France

"Thank you Kate and Rebecca for a great week. It was lovely meeting everyone and I think we all thoroughly enjoyed the workshops, food, wine, location and conviviality!"
Phil - May 2023

ALL INCLUSIVE

  • 6 hours of guided artwork a day

  • All your art materials and use of studios and equipment

  • 7 nights full board in a private room in a local gite

  • Continental breakfast, lunches & evening meals of delicious French cuisine (including wine) - all locally sourced

  • Gallery visit with lunch at a restaurant in Montpellier

£1,195

 

YOU NEED TO ORGANISE YOUR OWN TRAVEL AND INSURANCE

"I had the most wonderful week in Montpellier with Kate and Rebecca. The were endlessly generous in sharing their homes, food and expertise with us. It felt like a home away from home, and I left full of inspiration and energy!"

Helen - October 2023

Monoprint with watercolour review of the food Art in the Occitanie
Sarah, May 2023

NOW BOOKING

Numbers strictly limited to 6 per workshop, book early to avoid disappointment.

Autumn 2024

October 4th to 11th - 2 spaces left
Ryanair - Luton to Beziers
Easyjet - Gatwick to Montpellier
 April 2025
Dates to be confirmed
If you'd like to know when dates are released

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Monoprint and watercolour on the terrace in Arboras, Occitanie
Monoprinting on the terrace in Arboras with the view!
 

Meet the artists

Rebecca Holtom

Artist Rebecca Holtom in her studio 
Rebecca Holtom is a painter and printmaker who has lived in the Occitanie since 1990. She studied Fine Art at Norwich School of Art, since which she has worked as an artist as well as teaching many types of artistic creativity to children and adults for many years; printmaking, painting, drawing and papier mache.
You can find out more about Rebecca and her work on her WEBSITE

Kate Guy

Kate Guy Prints Painting and Printmkaing in the Occitanie
Kate Guy studied Graphic Design Norwich School of Art and also holds a PGCE in Art and Design from Middlesex University. She was Head of Art and Design at a large Academy school in North London for 14 years and now teaches printmaking to small groups of adults and children as well as running her own design business.
You can find out more about Kate and her work on her WEBSITE
 
Painting and Printmaking in the Occitanie 
Elaine working in the studio in Arboras
"I booked onto the Residential art and cuisine experience (as a total novice) on a whim after meeting Kate at a craft fair. What a great decision that was!
Spending the week in the most scenic french countryside, surrounded by vineyards and birdsong with a really lovely group of people was very special.

Thank you Kate and Rebecca, for a week that I will not forget and enjoyed so much. A slower pace of life with time to get absorbed into creating"
Elaine - May 2023
Art in the Occitanie kitchen garden produce
All the meals are made from fresh local produce, most of it coming from Rebecca's beautiful kitchen garden
THE DAY
Breakfast is provided in the gite, also there is a boulangerie a 2 min walk and an epicerie (grocer's) with cafe that opens at 8.30am
Approximate timings...
9 am to midday - morning session
12.30 pm - lunch 
2 pm to 6 pm - Afternoon Session
8 pm - Dinner
"I really liked the way there was a different plan for each day - both in terms of the type of project and seeing a new village/viewpoint. It was nice to explore a new bit of the region each day, and have that fresh in our minds as inspiration for the afternoon"
Sarah - May 2023

ITINERARY 

This will give you an idea of how it works and what we do each day but may vary slightly.

Travel day

You will arrive at Montpellier or Beziers airport or train station, we will collect you and bring you to the village, there will be an optional late supper and you can settle into the gite.

Day One

Breakfast in the studio
Get to know the group and the artists, discuss plans for the week.
Morning
We will visit a local market, soak up the atmosphere, have a coffee in a cafe and do a little sketching and/or take photos

 

Afternoon

We will head to Rebecca's large kitchen garden for a BBQ lunch. The afternoon will be spent drawing and watercolour sketching surrounded by her fabulous vegetables and flowers.

Painting and Printmaking in the Occitanie Landscape

Day Two - Monoprinting

Morning

Landscape drawing in the vineyards and olive groves that surround the village of Montpeyroux. Followed by a picnic lunch 'au plein air'.

"As well as working in two amazing art studios learning art techniques and experimenting, we had the opportunity to visit outdoor locations with our picnic chairs under our arms, sitting to draw/paint wherever took our fancy, be it a vineyard, beside the river or in Rebecca’s beautiful garden. So idyllic."

Elaine, May 2023

Afternoon

We will head back to the studio where Rebecca will run the first print workshop - developing and experimenting with monoprint techniques and materials.

Rebecca Holtom monoprint class Occitanie
Rebecca's studio in Montpeyroux

Day Three - Linocut

Morning

Drawing and watercolour sketching at the river (swimming optional). The famous local landmark 'Le Pont du Diable', a historic bridge over the Herault river.

 

Afternoon

Up to Kate's studio in Arboras for lunch in the road and linocut printing.

Printmaking in the Occitanie under 12th century arches
 Kate's studio in Arboras with 12th Century arches that once formed the entrance to the village
Linocut print Art in the Occitanie residential workshop
Marilyn's Linocut of the Landscape
The wiggly road as viewed from Arboras Elaine's first linocut showing the wiggly road as viewed from Arboras
Elaine's first ever linocut showing the view from Arboras with the iconic wiggly road

Day Four - Gallery visit

Trip into the well preserved medieval centre of Montpellier. We will have time to explore the town, visit a gallery and have 'Plat du Jour' lunch in a local restaurant.
 
We will return to Montpeyoux at about 4pm for a bit of studio time before the evening meal

Painting and Printmaking in the Occitanie Exploring Montpellier

Historic old town Montpellier  

"I loved our tram visit to Montpellier, looking around the museum and having lunch at a local restaurant and our impromptu visit to the 1000 year old Olive tree.

Every mealtime was a treat with everyone sitting around Rebecca’s kitchen table chatting and enjoying freshly prepared local food and wine, on 3 evening’s prepared by guest chefs. We were truly spoilt and ate so well"

Elaine, May 2023

Day Five

Drawing, painting or printing in the studio or in the landscape followed by a BBQ lunch in the courtyard of Rebecca's house/studio

Painting and Printmaking in the Occitanie

Lunch in the courtyard

Day Six

To be confirmed - by this point artists are often immersed in their personal project and so will be working independently in the studio or our in the countryside. Rebecca and Kate are both on hand with further instructions and guidance as needed.

Travel Day

After breakfast we will drop you back at the airport or station of your choice

Want to join us? - EMAIL ME now to book.
Deposit needed to secure your place with full payment a month before the start date.
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 Sunset from Arboras
Sunset from Arboras