Linda H Matthews Art
7 Day Plein Air Painting Holidays - Languedoc, France; 2019
La Liberté is the name of Linda’s home in L’Herault France, 12 miles north of the city of Beziers, an area known as Les Avant Monts, literally before the mountains.
In the wine village of Autignac, La Liberté was built in 1830, and is decorated in sympathy with it’s age.
Each twin room has it’s own shower room. It is Linda and Paul’s home, not a hotel, so each painting week will be more of a house relaxing party experience.
Private painting groups are very welcome, outside the fixed dates of tutored painting weeks
Easily accessible Beziers airport or railway station are 30 minutes away.
2019 Painting Weeks with Tuition:
25 May -1 June; Late Spring in L’Herault:
A beautiful time to visit the villages and market towns of L’Herault. Everything is waking up the vines are in full leaf, the tourists are arriving. Painting venues could include the mountain town of Minerve, Grau d’Agde where the river enters the Mediterranean Sea, St Chinian Market, Chateau Grezan Autignac’s own mini Carcassonne and the riverside village of Lunas.
22 - 29 June; BEACHES, BOATS AND RIVERS :
In Autignac we are not far from rivers, the Canal Du Midi and close to the Mediterranean Sea. So the variety of boats is vast the fishing boats moored on L’Herault at Agde the house boats on the Canal Du Midi and the sail boats on the Etang du Thau, and where there is water there are reflections. Of course you are not limited by the title of the week it is your holiday you choose your subject on site
19 - 26 October; Autumn Colours:
Autumn in Languedoc is spectacular, you still have those special warm days, the light is softer, the colours glow. The vine leaves are red and orange, the land has cooled after the heat of summer and the shadows are long. We will visit mountain lakes and villages, paint the vineyards, the Canal du Midi and visit small town markets
Bedrooms are twins or double, of a good size, furnished to suit the style of the house and each have their own bathroom. Your rooms are comfortable to sit in, though you have communal space including the terrace to sit. If you like your own space you can find a quiet corner.
Breakfast will be served in the dining room or on the terrace, as will evening meals taken at home.
There is be a large studio space at the house to use in the times we are not out on location if you wish to paint before we go out or into the evening
Each day includes demonstrations, tuition and critiques with Linda, bring your enthusiasm to explore different approaches to plein air painting or sketching.
Small groups and Linda’s methods of teaching mean she can engage mixed ability groups. She will encourage you to be inspired by your chosen subject, not to copy it.
If you are an experienced painter who wishes to spend a few days with like minded people and no tuition you are very welcome too.
Unless stated all holidays are in the media of your choice.
see Video of some painting locations and La Liberté
“Linda was very good at demonstrating and giving easily remembered tips to improve our work”
“Tuition was always positive, lively, attentive and interesting. Lots of variety and imagination”
“ Linda is an exceptional teacher, who knows how to disarm insecurities and creates a supportive inspiring atmosphere. I hugely enjoyed the weekend and have so much to go on with Thank you
Only 6 painting places available in total
Painter in own room: £995.00*
two painters sharing a room : £1791.00 per room
Non Residential price £575.00 includes 1st night evening meal
Structured holidays in France include:
7 nights Bed, Breakfast and evening meal
Own room with own bathroom.(friends sharing each receive a 10% discount when booking at the same time).
Transfers to and from Beziers airport or station at arranged times
Travel to painting venues,
5 days Tuition ,
Easels, Drawing Boards and Seats to use on site
♦Travel Insurance ♦ Travel to France
♦ Materials (can be ordered 14 days prior to holiday) ♦ Lunches
What to Bring?
Your regular painting kit
Suggested Materials list will be sent on booking if required
Full fee payable on booking. Please read terms, your payment is a record of your acceptance
Drive: directions sent on booking
Train: TGV from Paris to Beziers
Direct to Beziers
Paris, Stockholm, Dusseldorf
You can also fly to Montpellier, Nimes, Perpignan and Carcassonne then drive or train to Autignac
Downloadable Brochure Page 1
NB: If you are a single artist or group of friends who would like to come and stay at La Liberté to paint with or without tuition please contact me to arrange dates and costs - price will depend on size of group, length of stay and what input you require re. meals, transport etc.
If you would like a paper brochure and booking form sent by mail please message me.