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Whether you’re looking for a new medium to kick-start your painting passion, a fresh dose of inspiration, or simply the chance to escape the 9 to 5 and connect with other like-minded travellers, a painting holiday is a wonderful way to do exactly that. 

Our painting holidays in France are about so much more than rolling green fields and delightful historic villages, even if you do have them in abundance. Whether you’re venturing out to capture the local scenery ‘en plein air’, or enjoying the cool surroundings of the onsite artist’s studio, there’s always a crisp glass of wine and a great company waiting for you at the end of the day. It’s a great way to indulge in your passion while truly experiencing a destination.

Unleash your creativity in France

By choosing an activity holiday in France, you’re getting a chance to see the things that most tourists don’t. A painting holiday with a local artist is about finding hidden gems, these off the beaten track locations, listening to your host talk passionately about their home and the areas that inspire them the most.

You can relax and soak up the scenery, let go of worrying about directions or places to stay, and simply drink in the experience of exploration.

Where to experience painting holidays in France

The southwest of France is a treasure trove of sprawling landscapes, enchanting chateaux, market towns and beautiful nature. Let the rivers of the Dordogne shape your artwork. Follow in the footsteps of iconic painters before us by exploring the ‘valley of the painters’ in Limousin.

Alternatively, venture further south to the picturesque region of Gascony. Typically famed for its rich and indulgent cuisine, it’s a great place to immerse yourself in local culture and unwind after a day at the canvas.

Wherever you head for your painting holiday in France, one thing is guaranteed, you’ll create memories that last a lifetime.

Who are our French painting holiday guests?

Experienced artists, those who have never held a paintbrush, creative souls looking for like-minded individuals, and those who are simply in search of new creative inspiration; absolutely anyone and everyone is welcome on our painting holidays in France.

The artists are experts in their fields. Some will have their own preferred style and specialise in one medium, the others have let their creativity wander and share their knowledge across mixed media. All groups are small and intimate meaning the experience will be totally tailored to you and your needs, so that you can simply relax and be inspired.

All you need to bring is your passion, a willingness to discover new things and a love for art. Sound like you? Come and join them.

Why choose Not In The Guidebooks?

We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.

We’ve got local partners and artists all across France, from the lush green countryside and rivers of the Dordogne, to the rolling hills and charming villages of Gascony. Choosing a Not In The Guidebooks holiday in France means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.