Small friendly group ideal for beginners, solo travelers or experienced painters.

New Luxury Painting Week in France - May 2020
New Luxurious Painting Weeks in France
May 9th - 23rd - 2020

You can book for one or both weeks.

Why not join us for a relaxing painting week in this amazing venue in rural France.

Location is in the Haute-Vienne region of Limousin within 90 minutes drive of to the Dordogne and 20 minutes to the Charente regions. With many places of interest and activities in the local area.

We offer everything you will need for a painting week from only *£575 pre week ... privacy and perfect peace at our new stunning retreat location.

This beautiful, spacious gite accommodation offers some great amenities: Good sized bedrooms, Two outdoor dining areas, Sauna Hot tub, Swimming pool, Table tennis & other games equipment, BBQ area, Archery Free WiFi, Wheelchair accessible property & lake, Huge gardens Exclusive use of fishing lake ... And all situated just 30 minutes from Limoges airport.

A £50 non returnable deposit will secure your place.

The only problem I can see is finding time to paint!

*Travel not included


Two great French art and photography locations

Painting Weeks in France - The Dordogne or Echandelys?

So different but both have so much to offer ... Echandelys set in the beautiful heart of the Livradois-Forez in one of the greatest national parks in France.

This was the location for our first painting week in France and one I think we all enjoyed as a complete package - the facilities, location, food and entertainment.

Location - Wonderfully peaceful and beautiful location with plenty of space to paint, sketch and just enjoy in a relaxing and very beautiful region of France ... ideal location to chill out and enjoy an arty week.

But that is just the start of the attraction - the hosts, Gerda & Cees, are both talented people - Gerda is a painter and has a wonderful studio that was very nice to relax and paint in and Cees a musician and singer that kept us wonderfully entertained, with occasional help from Gerda when she had the time to spare between cooking some wonderful food - I recommend the artichoke dish !!!


This year we had our first painting trip to the Dordogne - So much to see and do - probably better to have an extra week to just go sightseeing, eating, walking, cycling or maybe messing about on the river!

The Dordogne is so full of spectacular views, villages and markets ... definitely a place for the more adventurous looking for more than just a beautiful place to enjoy a week of art

And to top it all off the self contained barn conversion offers a great place to mix as a group, but also rooms and space to have your own private space. A nice spacious area to eat, cook, make hot drinks, etc - but you will not go hungry if you choose *Megans cooking (not to mention the home made cakes and marmalade).

Bob & Megan are great hosts and able to help with local places to visit and even willing to offer airport transfers and possibly even organise trips out for art or sightseeing.

I can't choose - and love to do both!

*Please note my Dordogne website prices includes all meals but you are free to choose to opt out of evening meals if you wish.

Pictures and videos of both locations can be see on Facebook martin.piercy.3 or I will be happy to email some.


Painting at Echandelys

A relaxing week of painting, drawing and photography, food and fun, for anybody looking to combine art and / or photography with a relaxing break set in the beautiful heart of the Livradois-Forez, one of the greatest national parks in France.

This is a painting and photography week that can be tailored to suit your own personal requirements and welcome you as a day one beginner or professional.

Our  Livradois-Forez location is so beautiful and open with a studio and entertainment that it is an ideal place to enjoy your painting and for any photographers looking for a more natural location with local villages and farm bildings.
A great location for a relaxing fun week - and you are free to draw and paint at every opportunity or just join in with the group as and when you wish.
This location would be best explored by car so bringing or hiring a car would be worth considering. 

What is covered in the cost?

Free drawing and painting lessonst, use of facilities, food, accommodation and the good company of like minded people will be £600 per person £500 each for two people sharing.

Book in Saturday vacate the following Saturday.

Our prices do not include travel but we are happy to help with arrangements. 

Monday to Friday - Breakfast and 3 hours free time or art lessons for people requiring them. 
We will also offer optional sketching, photography or simply sightseeing trips out some afternoons and evenings throughout the week - that may, in some cases, require a small additional payment to cover transportation costs.
Saturday - Breakfast and checkout !  
To book for May art weeks or group weekend painting 2019 / 2020 - £50 non returnable deposit will reserve your place with full payment payable four weeks before start date - please enquirer about available dates before booking. 
Email Martin at for more information. 

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Painting in the Dordogne

Dordogne 2019 / 2020


A £50 non returnable deposit will reserve your place with full payment payable four weeks before start date - please enquirer about available dates before booking. 

French art and photography weeks in the Dordogne - A good choice for people wishing for a more active week of exploring or with a less arty partners looking for nice places to eat and visit. 

I would definitely recommend the region for people wishing to stay on to visit the many places of interest and enjoy the many other things to do.

Cost £695 per person or £550 for two people sharing a room).

This is a week that can be tailored to your own wishes and needs - from a day one beginner to professional painter or photographer - and we are happy to adjust the price if you would like to make your own arrangements for evening meals or accommodation etc.

Our Dordogne location is an ideal location to enjoy your art at your own pace - and you are free to be part of the group at every opportunity or just join in as and when you wish.

What is covered in the cost?

The cost includes free painting and drawing tuition for people that require it, or photographers wishing to give it a try, use of facilities, food, accommodation and the good company of like minded people.

The cost will be £695 per person or two sharing £1100 (book in on Saturday and book out the following Saturday). This does not include travel but we are happy to help with arrangements and airport and hotel transfers. 

A car would be recommended but trips out will be organised for the group.



Your tutor (Martin Piercy)

Your tutor (Martin Piercy) - if your looking for tuition?

Why choose me as your art tutor and what could you achieve as a beginner or experienced painter wishing to strengthen in a particular area of your painting.

I would say my strengths lay in the fact that for the majority of my life I was painting for my own enjoyment and was self taught making all the mistakes and had all the struggles the people I now teach are facing. But, probably, my biggest strength is that I am very passionate about all forms and styles of painting and drawing - from classic to abstract, watercolour to oil and portraits to flowers - So you don't have to stick to one form of painting or drawing ... find, try and learn what you want to know and not what the tutor wants you to learn!

I got into painting for a living late in life but having made that move I have gone on to be employed as artist / manager of a large gallery before  owning my own gallery. I have been selling my paintings to many parts of the world and have spent many years running art classes, one to one tuition, and life figure drawing classes - using acrylic, watercolour, oil, pencil and charcoal.

But apart from my painting career I have always been involved in arty things. I have had a passion for photography from a young age, very useful for learning about such things as composition, using light and shade, developing an artistic eye to see things others may miss. I worked as a sign writer specialising in graphic sign painting - including my own screen printing and screen making workshop.

And when your week is over and the tan has started to fade I am still available for free online support and help with future work.

I hope to meet you soon!


NEW - Add a relaxing second week

Add a second non painting / non tutured painting week (before or after) tailored to your requirements.  

It can be a chillout week or you can include local sightseeing, full board, half board or self catering ... you tell us!

More details on request.

Please see Facebook  martin.piercy.3  for pictures and videos 


Weekend Art & Photography

Groups of five people or more.

If you are able to find five people we can organise a long weekend in Northern France from Friday to Sunday for about £200 pp depending on your groups requirements.
The basic weekend will include breakfast, accommodation and free art lessons for anybody wishing to learn or give it a try.
We can tailor the weekend to suit your requirements, including evening meals, photography or sketching trips out, etc.

Please email Martin at for more information. 


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