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Painting Holidays

Together with English professional artist Nicola Blakemore (, we are pleased to offer residential painting holidays at Bigno Garrigo.

Nicola arrived in Quarante from the UK at the end of May 2008, fulfilling a long held dream to live and work as an artist in France. She originally trained as a graphic artist and then followed a different career path working in the media and travel. After time spent in both London and Paris, she returned to her creative roots and became involved with interior design, specialist paint effects and creating murals for clients in both the UK and overseas. She has taught art at college level, at a school for children with special needs and worked with private groups.

Now settled in the Languedoc she continues to create murals, specialist paint effects, teach art and paint. She is accomplished in a variety of media and styles including portraiture, has exhibited her work in both England and France.

Watercolours have long been the medium chosen by the traveller and holiday maker, as a flexible and quick drying paint that is also easy to transport. It is with watercolour paints that Nicola will help you create your own souvenirs of your time spent in the stunning Languedoc region of the Hérault. With an amazing choice of landscapes ranging from the relaxing Canal du Midi to the rough and rugged garrigue, there will be plenty for the enthusiastic painter of all levels to get to grips with.

We have said goodbye to our painters for 2013 and are preparing for next Spring when we look forward to welcoming faces both old and new!

The Studio we use is a light and airy galleried room with huge picture windows offering lovely views of the valley. You will have unlimited access to the studio facility for your stay and if you wish to work into the evening or early mornings then you are most welcome.

Materials and Equipment: You will need to bring your own materials (paints, brushes, pencils etc.) and equipment that which you would normally use on a painting session. We will provide lightweight chairs for outdoor excursions, jam jars for water, kitchen roll and drawing boards.

Absolute Beginners: You will need to bring a watercolour paint box along with two or three paintbrushes suitable for watercolour painting (your supplier will advise you), at least a 2b pencil, sharpener and eraser. We have mixing palettes here. You will also need an inexpensive sketch pad at least A4 in size and a watercolour block. If possible this block should be glued and no less than 300gms in weight, rough or smooth and no less than A4 in size. If you can manage the larger A3 for both of these items that would be great. There are a couple of art shops in Béziers and Narbonne should you need to visit them.

Price £725/845€ per person (£495/575€ non-painting partners)

The price includes:

Full Board Accommodation (7 days / 6 nights): Bed, Breakfast, Evening meals
Lunch (except for rest day) - see below for sample menus.
Use of our studio.
Unlimited Refreshments, Internet Access (free WiFi connection) and Parking.
See below for transport option extras

Non-painting partners are also welcome - there is plenty for them to see and do in the local area.

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Course Itinerary*

Day 1:
Arrival. A chance for you to look around and settle in. Nicola will be joining us for our Evening Meal.

Days 2 and 3:
Painting from 9.30am - 1pm and 2.30pm -
7.30pm - 9.30pm: Dinner

Day 4:
Free day with the possibility of an excursion.

Days 5 and 6:
Painting from 9.30am - 1pm and 2.30pm -
7.30pm - 9.30pm: Dinner

Day 7
Depending on the time of your departure we will supply Breakfast.

*The above painting schedule is subject to change depending on the location selected in which to work, weather conditions and number of painting guests.

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How to get here

There are a number of airports within an hour of Bigno Garrigo. Click here for details on who flies where, as well as how to get here by car or train.

Airport/Railway station pick up and drop off

Béziers or Narbonne Railway station - 20 euros e/w

Béziers Airport - 30 euros e/w

Carcassonne Airport - 50 euros e/w

Montpellier or Perpignan Airport - 70 Euros (including motorway tolls) e/w

Toulouse Airport - 120 euros (including motorway tolls) e/w

Girona Airport - 120 euros (including motorway tolls) e/w

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How to Book

To book a place on one of our courses simply e-mail your choice of dates, along with your level (beginner, intermediate, experienced) to:
Tel: +33 (0)4 6738 0612

Payment can be made by Bank Transfer (details available on request) or PayPal.

The booking is confirmed with a deposit of 30%, and the balance is due 8 weeks before your course.
On confirmation of your booking we will send you a receipt.
We will contact you a week before your course to confirm all arrangements.

Please note:
•Cancellation received more than 2 months prior to arrival will receive a refund of deposit minus 20% for administration.

•Cancellation less than 2 months prior to arrival will forfeit deposit in full.

• You are advised to purchase Independent Travel Insurance and to bring your European Healthcard with you.

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Caroline Vink
Domaine Bigno Garrigo
Hameau de Barrès
34310 Quarante
+33 (0) 4 67 38 06 12
Mob nr: + 33 (0) 6 15273981

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