“Tod is the most encouraging and illuminating teacher. He corrects and challenges one's work and inspires you to do better. I learned more in one week on his horse painting course than I could have imagined.”
Do Burgess


“In my experience, anyone can paint if he doesn’t have to... During my apprentice days I felt encouraged by the advice of Winston Churchill... 'Don’t be afraid of the canvas.' I have now reached the point where the canvas is afraid of me.”
Beatrice Lillie (1898-1988)


“I've never believed in God, but I believe in Picasso.”

Diego Rivera (1886-1957)

News and forthcoming courses

2016 Reflections

2016 was another busy and successful year for us and our students. 
We enjoyed the company of truly international groups of diverse ages and stages.  Our safe, peaceful and charmed village provided a place for hard work and repose in equal measure. 

We hope that we will expand on our experiences and successes of previous years to make 2017 another harmonious year of broadening horizons for everyone who comes to us.  We look forward to welcoming you to Academy Studios Abroad, Aubais and la belle France.


Masterclasses will be advertised separately


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Forthcoming Courses

The Lifesaver Course - In Summer 2017, we have two courses of painting and drawing the model from life, this course includes a portrait painting element.  We use superb models for both the nude and the portraits and usually everyone’s expectations are exceeded.  As with all our courses colour theory and preparation of drawing and painting media are included.

The Portfolio Course - Our very popular long course, is five weeks of drawing all subjects in different media and painting in oils.  It includes, colour theory, technical advice, preparation of drawing and painting media, observational drawing and painting from life of every subjects, landscape, the nude, portrait, animals and still life.  This course enables the creation of a Portfolio for entry to art school and provides a foundation in technique that is uncommonly taught these days.   It refreshes and revitalises those who need revitalising and gives a good grounding in drawing and painting for a future of self-expression.

The Landscape Course -  This course incorporates drawing and painting of the natural landscape and topographical landscape in our beautiful region of France.  We are holding it in September a time which the vines are burgeoning and fruitful, the heat of the summer is subsiding and the light is still good.

Generation Art  -  Children and their parents painting together.  This has been a successful course in the past, everyone getting pleasure out of collaboration and learning whilst taking part in activity which involves everyone painting and drawing together.


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